Chez Dior

Rating: ★★★★★

23158387_10155866823318011_1340310584_oNo, Chez Dior is not a designer clothing store. In fact, it’s the DC area’s only Senegalese restaurant and a very tasty one at that. This friendly, welcoming and brightly-decorated Hyatsville spot offers a broad menu showcasing one of West Africa’s most complex cuisines. Start off your meal with a pain de singe juice, made from the fruit of the baobab tree. After that (provided that you like fish), I highly recommend the thieboudienne, which is 23157718_10155866823313011_1219659693_othe national dish of Senegal (and neighboring Mauritania). Thieboudienne is a fish and rice dish that contains delicious, seasoned rice similar to jollof rice, but red in color due to tomato sauce and seasonings. The dish is great, but not if you don’t like fish and other flavors that may be a bit exotic for the American palate. Regardless of whether you go for the Thieboudienne, the laid-back, friendly vibe of Chez Dior is sure to make for a positive dining experience.

Chez Dior is located at 5124 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

Five Guys

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12952785_10154103948773011_910181536_oFive Guys may be a large burger chain now with over 1,000 locations, but they got their start right here in Arlington. Five Guys continues to have a heavy presence throughout the DMV area with several locations in the District, in addition to locations at Reagan National Airport and in Arlington, Hyattsville, Kensington, Bethesda, Fairfax, Potomac, Alexandria, McLean, and Annandale.  While the “better burger” market has become saturated in recent years by new offerings like Smashburger and Shake Shack, 12941142_10154103948738011_1729560251_oFive Guys  was the first of the “better burger” chains I tried and I still think it’s one of the best. For starters, the burger (despite the fact that you can’t order it less than well-done) is always flavorful and juicy (some people might say it’s greasy, but I find it delicious). And there’s a large selection of toppings- I always get a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, pickles and ketchup. The fries are tasty (if you like them with the skins left on) and I love that they serve free peanuts while you wait. The wait is usually pretty brief (rarely as long as at Shake Shack. Be aware that Five Guys doesn’t do much other than burgers and fries; they do have hot dogs (I’ve never tried one) but you can’t get a veggie burger. They’ll make you a sandwich of veggies on a bun, but that doesn’t sound too appetizing. Since I love burgers and I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t really care. Some Five Guys serve breakfast, which is basic, but tasty. You can get a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich or add a burger patty to that for an extra charge (and extra calories). They do have coffee but it’s pretty meh (what did you expect?).