Plenty of tasty eateries reside in the heart of Lincolnia, with a large group populating the intersection of the Little River Turnpike with Lincolnia Road. From exotic Middle Eastern cuisine to traditional American favorites, this area allows residents and visitors to savor the tastes of the world without leaving the neighborhood. Start with Pho Factory, an affordable Vietnamese café known for its flavorful broths and tender cuts of meat. Order one of the signature bowls that combine soft noodles with a burst of strong flavors, or opt for the wings, which locals praise alongside the vegetarian fried rice. Wash it all down with a tangy fruit smoothie for a meal that leaves you both satisfied and able to afford a second visit.
Send your taste buds on a trip around the world with the flavors of Enat Restaurant on Chambliss Street. The authentic Ethiopian restaurant concocts hearty platters smothered in spices and well-loved sauces. Long-time patrons recommend the vegetarian sampler with any lamb dish, such as the lamb tibs. Meat lovers scarf down the tenderloin and ribeye tibs before moving on to the sweet finale created by heaven-sent baklava and fresh espresso. Thanks to a closing time beyond midnight, hungry patrons can dine on the savory and spicy flavors of Enat for almost any meal, including a midnight snack complete with Ethiopian beer.
Pizza enthusiasts make pit stops at Valentino’s New York Style Pizzeria on Beauregard Street for a slice of cheesy pie and side of famed garlic knots. Though the classic recipes sell out quickly, locals also suggest trying the specials, such as the Buffalo Chicken or Pizza Bianca. Large individual slices and thin crust make this joint feel straight from New York City, but Valentino’s method of loading on the chunky toppings stays unique to Lincolnia.
The nightlife scene of D.C. and Alexandria doesn't quite spill over into the Lincolnia suburb, but locals scope out a few neighborhood pubs to hang out at following a long day of work. Clyde’s at Mark Center provides locals both a generous drink menu and tasty selection of seafood. Locals suggest keeping an eye out for specials, such as half-price wine on certain week nights. Night owls also appreciate the second wave of drink specials called the late night happy hour, which corresponds perfectly with live music. Other pubs outside Lincolnia provide alternative locations to sip cocktails and craft brews, such as Shooter McGee’s on Duke Street and Alley Cat
on Whiting Street. The latter attracts lively crowds with the guts to sing live karaoke, though the menu of strong cocktails helps ease any nerves about singing.