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Cheap take out in Arlington VA

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

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  1. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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. 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

          1. 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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            1. re: sambo83

              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

                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

                1. re: chaofun

                  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.

                  1. re: hamster

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

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

                    1. re: hamster

                      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

                      1. re: chaofun

                        Good to know, thanks for that info!

              2. 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.

                1. 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.

                  1. 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.

                    1. 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

                        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

                      2. 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

                          Ooh - in North Arlington there's Caribbean Grill!

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                          The Caribbean Grill
                          5183 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

                        2. 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

                            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

                            1. re: ktmoomau

                              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.

                            2. 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. 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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                                1. re: chaofun

                                  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

                                    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