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sambo83 Oct 3, 2006 06:12 PM

I'm new to the Arlington/Balston/Clarendon area and have found very little options for cheap and tasty take out. Any recommendations?

  1. chaofun Aug 3, 2010 02:21 PM

    Northside Social
    that taco truck next to route 50 is El Chilango
    The Broiler
    Pike Pizza (for Saltenas)

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    Pike Pizza
    4111 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

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      daves_32 Aug 4, 2010 06:39 PM

      I have had good luck witht he Liberty to Go setup at Liberty Tavern. The half pastas are $8-$11

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      The Liberty Tavern
      3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

      1. re: chaofun
        chaofun Aug 4, 2010 07:39 PM

        I'd add also Weenie Beenie, for any Arlington half smoke cravings.

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        Weenie Beenie
        2680 S Shirlington Rd, Arlington, VA 22206

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        jumpingjack Aug 3, 2010 12:34 PM

        I'd vote for both Moby Dick's and Ravi Kebab, for different reasons. Ravi Kebab is super delicious, but large portions and pretty oily (in a good way). Moby Dick's chicken salad (just grilled chicken over iceberg lettuce with some olives, feta, tomatoes, etc, is very tasty and very healthy -- a good light meal. Moby's is the only place I've found that makes white meat that tastes good to me. Also, Moby's bread is vastly superior to Ravi Kebab's.

        Other spots:
        - There's a taco truck with delicious tacos that's usually parked on Fairfax Drive at N Queen Street, just west of the N Queen Street exit from Rt 50. Jesus, the proprietor, is very friendly. He's there until about 8 pm.
        - Astor Mediterranean, on Pershing, just off 50, is pretty tasty. They have a nice veggie sampler.
        - Ray's Hell Burger does carry out, though you need to box it up yourself.

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        Ray's Hell Burger
        1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

        Moby Dick
        1070 31st Street N.W., Washington, DC 20007

        1. ktmoomau Aug 3, 2010 11:41 AM

          Looking down through the list places I didn't see mentioned, sorry if they were:

          Cassat's Cafe- they have some specials too on certain nights check their website.
          Lost Dog Cafe
          Earl's Sandwiches
          Tandoori Nights
          Thai Terrace
          Pupatella
          Big Buns
          1 Gen Thai is ok
          Liberty Tavern (inexpensive depending on what you order the Vermont Pizza is great)
          Flavors Soul Food
          Minerva Express

          I highly second:
          Lebanese Taverna Market
          Ravi Kabob
          Thai Square
          El Pollo Rico
          TECC
          Carribean Grill (there is a briyani place in that plaza that is great too)

          You might also check out Doctor Delivery they are the delivery company for most of the places in our area.

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          Thai Square
          3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

          Tandoori Nights Restaurant
          2800 Clarendon Blvd, R 900, Arlington, VA 22201

          Lebanese Taverna Market
          4400 Old Dominion Dr, Arlington, VA 22207

          The Liberty Tavern
          3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

          Thai Terrace Restaurant
          801 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22203

          Doctor Delivery
          925 N Jackson St, Arlington, VA 22201

          Lost Dog Cafe
          5876 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

          Pollo Rico
          7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

          Pupatella
          5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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          1. re: ktmoomau
            Dennis S Aug 3, 2010 01:07 PM

            The briyani place you mention I believe is connected to the halal cart in Ballston - still need to make it by the full restaurant.

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            Ballston Cafe
            4601 Fairfax Dr Lbby 2, Arlington, VA 22203

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              rHairing Aug 4, 2010 08:22 PM

              You are spot on! I'd add food trucks Rebel Heroes and District Taco. Their locations change but you can follow them on FB and Twitter. I like Mike's Cafe and Chop't as well.

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              jodik Aug 2, 2010 04:47 PM

              I would add Dehli Dhaba to the list. The buffet hits the spot.

              Also, Me Jana has some great mini shwarmas that I've had as takeout snacks at a party. Really good.

              Rockland's BBQ on Washington Blvd.

              The Burger Joint in Lyon Village shopping center.

              Metro 29 diner.

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              Me Jana
              2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140, Arlington, VA 22201

              The Burger Joint
              106 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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              1. re: jodik
                Dennis S Aug 2, 2010 04:51 PM

                Ooh - in North Arlington there's Caribbean Grill!

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                The Caribbean Grill
                5183 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

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                Foodgeek Aug 2, 2010 01:13 PM

                Ravi Kabob
                El Charrito Caminante
                El Pollo Rico
                Philly hoagies or NY pizza at the italian store on Lee Highway
                Fabian's (Mexican) in Ballston Mall Foodcourt.
                Thai Square on Columbia Pike, and they deliver pretty far.
                Lebanese Taverna Market on Lee Highway
                Kabob Bazaar
                Subs from marios but the pizza sucks.

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                Thai Square
                3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

                El Charrito Caminante
                2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

                Kabob Bazaar
                3133 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

                Lebanese Taverna Market
                4400 Old Dominion Dr, Arlington, VA 22207

                Ballston Cafe
                4601 Fairfax Dr Lbby 2, Arlington, VA 22203

                Pollo Rico
                7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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                1. re: Foodgeek
                  Dennis S Aug 2, 2010 02:05 PM

                  Is Fabian's the one to the right as you descend the escalator? I ate my Halal Cart at the food court the other day and saw something over there that was a bit intriguing.

                  And so, for the thread - the Halal Cart in front of Ballston Mall.

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                  Ballston Cafe
                  4601 Fairfax Dr Lbby 2, Arlington, VA 22203

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                  bacchante Oct 4, 2006 10:44 PM

                  Not mentioned yet is Ravi Kebob on Glebe Rd and Pershing. I can't compare it to Kabob Bazaar, but it is far superior to Moby Dick. See thread begun by Steve last Friday or Saturday for more discussion.

                  There were some additional Arlington suggestions in a thread last week about where to eat during a kitchen renovation.

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                    wayne keyser Oct 4, 2006 09:44 PM

                    Chowhounds won't agree with me in general, but if you can stand salad bars the Giant on Duke Street near Quaker Lane has one you can (carefully) choose better-than-average selections from.

                    $5.99/lb and you can have all the salad-size shrimp you want (actually they have decent flavor), really good croutons, Ken's dressings, hardboiled egg halves, fairly good stuff among the "leave-it-there's".

                    To Hounds who wouldn't be caught dead: sorry.

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                      hungryT Oct 4, 2006 06:18 PM

                      I second the thumbs down for Moby Dick. The rice wasn't worth mentioning and the meat was very lacking (altho, not bland). Only thing they did right was the roasted tomato quarters. Kabob Baazar is likely the best kabob place in the metro area. Same compliments to Pollo Rico for rotisserie/charcoal chicken.

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                        sambo83 Oct 4, 2006 04:50 PM

                        Thanks for the input, I'll be sure to check those places out. Any one known if the new indian place next to Clarendon Ballroom is worth a visit?

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                          sekelmaan Aug 4, 2010 05:26 AM

                          I haven't tried that Indian place but I think that Minerva Express is the best Indian I have had in the area and it is very inexpensive.

                          http://maps.google.com/maps?q=minerva...

                          1. re: sekelmaan
                            chaofun Aug 4, 2010 06:40 AM

                            SInce the original post is from 2006, I think its refering to Delhi Club, which is actually quite solid for takeout. On another note the lunch buffet there is supposed to be a unreal deal. $8.95 on weekdays, and 11.95 on weekends (with an extended selection).

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                            Delhi Club
                            1135 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201

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                              hamster Aug 4, 2010 12:19 PM

                              Are you sure they have a weekday buffet? I enjoyed the weekend buffet a while back, and when I was back in the neighborhood (last December) on a weekday, they didn't have the buffet out. The website only mentions a weekend buffet, as well.

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                                Lori D Aug 4, 2010 12:40 PM

                                The Web site also has a coupon that expires in 2007 ...

                                I believe I have read elsewhere that there is a weekday buffet.

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                                  chaofun Aug 4, 2010 05:39 PM

                                  Here is a posting from the Delhi Club owner on DonRockwell from July 9th re the buffet:

                                  http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?...

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                                  Delhi Club
                                  1135 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201

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                                    hamster Aug 4, 2010 06:33 PM

                                    Good to know, thanks for that info!

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                            Foodgeek Oct 3, 2006 10:08 PM

                            Moby Dick
                            kabob bazaar
                            El Charrito Caminante
                            Cafe Tirolo
                            Pizza from Pizza Roma in Ballston
                            El Pollo Rico
                            hot subs from Mario's
                            cold subs from the Italian Store
                            sandwiches form Earl's Sandwiches

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                              Lori D Oct 3, 2006 08:46 PM

                              You're only a few miles from Eden Center - tons of inexpensive Vietnamese options.

                              Minh's (Vietnamese) is in Clarendon.

                              Crisp and Juicy (Peruvian chicken, in the same shopping center as Arrowine).

                              There's a Moby Dick in Clarendon, although I can't vouch for that location.

                              1. Dennis S Oct 3, 2006 06:58 PM

                                Tons.

                                The chicken places, El Pollo Rico and I believe Super Pollo (behind Ballston Mall).

                                ECC as mentioned, to be sure. Up near Arrowwine is La Union, which I finally made it to, with super veggie enchiladas, as mentioned initially by Steve, who you should track in order to find all good cheap eats.

                                I have issues with Italian Store due to their lack of attentiveness to service and that I am mainly out in the Herndon area with the much superior (imo) The Deli, but if you go, just go in a very non peak time.

                                There's also a good tacqueria on Columbia Pike in the parking lot of the CVS - get the chorizo tacos.

                                Attilla's is good down there, and very reasonably priced is Thai Square - the best thai in the whole area to many on this board.

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                                  westofrome Oct 3, 2006 06:24 PM

                                  El Charrito Caminante on Washington Blvd for amazing Salvadoran/Mexican

                                  Italian Store on Lee Highway for great authentic subs and pizza

                                  Cafe Tirolo in Ballston for Austrian/Italian

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