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EatBar in Arlington?

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Has anyone tried the newly renovated barside of Tallula called EatBar? I've been to Tallula and although I'm happy to have a place like this in Arlington...I haven't been very impressed with the food...other than the Baby Burgers which are awesome! And they have a great wine selection.

I'm wondering if the food at EatBar is similar to Tallula...I looked at the menu and saw a couple interesting options (e.g. Bacon-Wrapped Figs with Mascarpone Cheese & Blue Cheese Tator Tots). Can anyone give me a review? How about the crowd...busy?

I wonder why they decided to open a second dining area...with a more relaxed theme? Was the bar not seeing much action? Hmmm...

Thanks!

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    1. Very tasty. The miniburgers are out of this world--something about the special sauce. The onion rings and the corn dog were tasty, but a little gourmet for my taste (the corn dog has a spicy sausage inside; good, but I think I just want the classic when I order one). The butterscotch ice cream sandwich, really an oatmeal cookie chipwich, was INCREDIBLE. We were ready to lick the plate, but restrained ourselves. The bathroom (shared with Tallulah) could be a little cleaner....

      1. I love Tallula and Eat so I might not be a good judge for you, their burger was just rated by Washington Post as one of the best in DC.

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          ...but not as high as the lovely one at Palena. mmmm.

          I just checked out Tallula's site...they have a few restaurants that look good. have you been to their others?

          1. re: Jeserf

            Been to Rustico, food sucks, beer list is good. Been to Vermillon, meh. Tallula and EatBar are the highlight of their group it seems. I prefer EatBar to Tallula but mainly because I love the gastropub concept siginficantly more. Plus their steak tartar is to die for at the price. It's a must for anyone who goes there!

            1. re: jpschust

              unless you don't eat steak, at which point you don't care if it's good!

              I might try Eat Bar on a night they have that movie thing. Friends on the other side of the Potomac get irritated that they always have to come to DC for food. But, everyone knows Virginia is a schlep so if the food is good I might do it.

              How is brunch at tallula?

              1. re: jpschust

                Ok, ok, we all have some good eats... Agreed? (I am one to lecture about thread wars since I have another going on elsewhere, but still... The MD/DC/VA competition will not be resolved on this thread.) And don't dis us law school types! We normally end up burning out and opening good restaurants you might want to eat at ;)

                And yes metroing to some of these places is a pain. I wish I lived closer to many places. But blue cheese tater-tots how could they not be worth it? I mean blue cheese AND tater tots... And a pretty good burger and some decently priced wine, this sounds like a pretty good thing to me. In fact it makes me really hungry.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  Brunch at Tallula is good, took the SO's parents they enjoyed it too.

                2. re: jpschust

                  Have you been to Vermillion since Anthony Chittum took over the kitchen? I think the food there has improved dramatically since he arrived. I generally agree with you on Rustico, though the pizza and burger are fine to have with the beer. I've learned my lesson and don't stray too far from that when it comes to food. And I think Evening Star is great for what it is -- a nice neighborhood place.