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Columbia Pike

A sprawling multicultural hodgepodge, two roads -- Columbia Pike and Leesburg Pike -- dominate this neighborhood, if you can call it that. The area isn't exactly homey (unless "chaotic" and "crammed" is what your heart desires), with its eye-paining high-rises, plethora of strip malls, and apartment communities that have seen better days. On the bright -- or rather, green -- side, Four Mile Run is great for riding your bike or taking your dog for a romp.

You'll need several shots of Novocaine to handle Leesburg or Columbia Pike on a Saturday. This big box bonanza draws the crowds and makes shopping a nightmare. However, it is the most accessible place to get everything you need, from hiking boots at REI to toilet paper at Target. However, if you're trapped during lunchtime, See more.

>The Chicken Place is the best Peruvian chicken joint around, and Five Guys serves up mouthwatering burgers.


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Crystal Thai
Tucked away in a shopping center off Route 50 in Virginia lies some of the best Thai food in the area--at least in my uneducated, not-too-well-informed, quite subjective opinion. Clean, nice establishment; friendly service; aromatic, flavorful, delicious dishes: I cannot ask for more. And if one judges the quality of international food by the percentage of said international group in a particular restaurant specializing in that international food, then I believe my opinion cannot be far removed from the truth because my English-speaking table stood out. Crystal Thai's too sugary sweet cocktails are the only aspect of the meal that didn't adhere to my idyllic dining experience. And for a special treat, go on your birthday (or pretend it's your birthday)--the Thai birthday song is as good as their Pad-See-Ew. Well, almost.

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