New Businesses in Loudoun: Your Guide to Eating in Loudoun County


4 SISTERS ASIAN SNACK BAR

43670 Greenway Corporate Drive, #106
Ashburn, Virginia 20147

More than 20 years in the Fairfax area, the famous Four Sisters Vietnamese restaurant has made its way to Loudoun County in the Shoppes at Ryan Park. Thuan and Angie Lai, a husband and wife team, opened the Ashburn location in December. “We are very excited to come out here to Ashburn,” said Angie. “We have a lot of regular customers that we’ve known from our other businesses.”

Unlike the original Four Sisters, which offers an elaborate menu, 4 Sisters Asian Snack Bar is just what the name insinuates. The concept is simple and for people looking for a quick bite to eat or carry out. Although small, the eatery is cozy with just a few tables and barstools to hang out. The décor is also modernized with Thuan and Angie’s French bulldog, Daisy, as the center of its theme. “We love her to death, so she’s become our mascot,” said Angie. “We just wanted to design something more fun.”

Affordable and quick has not diminished the quality and taste of Vietnam cuisine. Everything is made fresh to order. A signature dish is the bánh mì sandwich, which is similar to a French baguette served with your choice of meat or tofu. Be sure to add a side order of fries with Asian seasoning, which is made up of ginger, garlic, and spice that can be adjusted to your liking. There are also noodle and rice bowls.

Some other fun add-ons include Spam Musubi, which is cooked spam on a block of rice wrapped in Nori. You’ll also want to enjoy a handcrafted Bubble Tea either by itself or with your meal. A personal recommendation is the avocado smoothie made with one whole avocado. The sweet and creamy taste will rock your world.

Visitors can find Thuan and Angie working every day. Seeing the repeat customers makes all their hard work worthwhile, said Thuan. “At the end that’s what it’s all about.”


BURGERIM
22855 Brambleton Plaza
Brambleton, Virginia 20148

Saqib Khalid has always been a businessman with an eye for what a community needs. The former ice-cream shop owner saw his next venture when he moved from Toronto to Brambleton a few years ago. “Brambleton needed a good burger place badly,” he said.

Khalid and a business partner recently opened Burgerim in the old Johnny Rockets space. This franchised burger joint combines casual dining with gourmet quality. Customers walk up and order from a menu to design their sliders (either one, two, or three of them). You also pick your bun, meat, sauce, and toppings. “In a meal, you can have three burgers, like one lamb, one beef, one grilled chicken or crispy chicken, and there are five different types of beef you can choose from.” Specifically, beef options include regular beef, Merguez beef, Dry-aged beef, Wagyu beef, as well as sliders made of turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, and falafel.

Khalid said the staff is there to help those who are unsure of what to choose for their meal. “Many don’t know what they want to get for their first time. We tell people how to choose their patties, and they’re pleased.”

Options don’t stop with the burger either. Fries are also customizable. You can pick from regular seasoned fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or a combination of any two. From there, you can create your fries to your liking, whether it is adding Cajun seasoning or bacon and cheese. There are also wings on the menu (regular or crispy) with a choice of buffalo, bbq, or sweet, crunchy chili garlic sauce.

Another great option, perhaps for your next get together, is the Party Box. It has 16 different sliders, and you can choose up to four combinations. Burgerim does offer delivery options.

Khalid and his business partner plan to open different locations. There is another new Burgerim located at 4054 Pipeline Plaza Road, suite 140 in Ashburn but is under different ownership.


BUBBLEOLOGY
1603 Village Market Boulevard, Suite 121
Leesburg, Virginia 20176

If you haven’t tried Bubble Tea, with its chewy Tapioca pearls infused with Carmel – known as “Boba,” then you’re in for a real treat. The Village at Leesburg is now home to delicious Bubble Tea served hot and cold and in all flavor variations.

Bubbleology opened for business in January and is the first Virginia location for the European franchise. It’s nestled between two other sweet spots, Rocket Fizz candy shop and Fractured Doughnuts. “This is a great market because it’s culturally diverse and people love it,” said Jason Smith who is the general manager. “Kids love it for sure.”

Bubbleology serves coffee, blended tea options, and even allows customers to mix flavors or make their selection “skinny.” Each tea is freshly made to order with organic tea leaves. “We can mix and match anyway someone wants it. We want customers to leave happy at all times,” said Smith. “If someone doesn’t like something or not to their taste they can always switch it out for something else.” In addition to tapioca pearls, you can also customize your bubble tea with popping boba and flavored jelly.

If you don’t know what to order for your first time, Smith recommends picking a fruit tea. “The fruit teas are an excellent place start. They’re our most popular.” The Matcha or Taro milk teas are popular with the more experienced crowd. If you feel like something, a little extra sweet try the “Bobbatella” Nutella Bubble Tea, which is listed under specialty drinks on the menu. It won’t disappoint.

 

By Lia Sestric Hobel
Photos by Tracy Medlock