Favorite Cheap(er) Eats in No.VA?
What are everyone's favorite less expensive restaurants in the Arlington area? My husband and I are kind of looking for just a general hangout place. We like pretty much any type of food -- but it seems easier to find reccomendations for "special occasion" and expensive places than just a good, solid "any old saturday night" restaurant. any suggestions?
thanks in advance!
I've never been there for brunch, but in my experience brunch is a pretty bad way to judge a place unless they pride themselves on their brunches. I've only eaten there for dinner and it's consistently been less than 50 bucks or so for two of us to have wine, apps and dinner- all of which have been pretty good.
I agree with you once again on this one. I love this place. Not cheap per se, but it is not outrageous and great for a nicer evening when you don't want to go to someplace far away, or more expensive.
Also not cheap per se, but Willow is a wonderful local hangout with nice food for a nicer evening, but not a special occassion.
Italian Store, of course...
Tarabouch not a hangout per se as it is very small, but good warm delivery of the gyro.
Hard Times Cafe for wings...
Some great chicken places, but they are normally take out as well, there is another recent thread on that, I like the one on the corner of 29 and I think George Mason. Hole in the wall, good chicken.
Other people have mentioned others I would have said so I won't repeat.
in no particular order, here are some Arlington spots that meet your qualifications:
- in Lee/Harrison center, PieTanza* for pizza and Taqueria Poblano for what is it, SoCal Mex?
- on Columbia Pike, Restaurante Abi for good solid mex/salvadoran, Thai Square and Bangkok 54 for Thai
- in Buckingham, Ravi Kabob, 2 spots on either side of Glebe (and either side of Pershing). the original Ravi on the east side of Glebe, north side of Pershing can get crowded with resultant sloooow service, but the food is always delicious and is open more often than its newer bigger spot across the intersection
- in Crystal City, Kabob Palace (either one, a few doors apart) and our new fave pizza spot, Cafe Pizzaiolo*
- in Clarendon, the aforementioned Nam Viet. a lotta people also like Faccia Luna and Mexicali Blues, they're OK IMO, nothing too special. Whitlow's for weekend breakfast.
- in Westover, the Lost Dog for sandwiches and beer. Like original Ravi, gets crowded and overrun in a hurry. Probably the best carry-out beer selection in the county.
*both pizza places are exceedingly small-kid friendly
let us know if you would gravitate more toward Falls Church Alexandria or McLean, many more recs in expanded area. good luck!
re: Jamie D
What's the latest on the "new" Ravi location? A few months ago I walked past at lunch time (they weren't open) and noticed a sign on the door saying that this restaurant was for families only, and that others should go to the original location across the street. Are either or both of these still true? I like the kabobs at the original location but it's always too hot and too crowded to really enjoy a lunch.
the new ravi is just as delicious and awesome as the old one. just less crowded and a little cleaner (well, newer) looking. its not 'for families only.' i think that was just a poor translation. i have eaten there with friends and girlfriends often, and i wouldnt call them family. i usually hit that location because parking is easier there and service is a little faster. also, the seating is a little easier to attain.
For cheap italian I recommend Pines of Naples on Coumbia Pike across from the Nissan Dealership... Its literally a hole in the wall, but they have the best home-made pasta! And its definitely a family operation! For something even less formal, have you tried Kabob Palace in Crystal City? Their stuff is great!
Alladins in Shirlingon is good -- and I love the seared tuna salad at Carlyle Grill, also in Shirlington. Bangkok 54 for Thai on Columbia Pike. Del Merei Grill -- YUM! -- in Del Ray, also Firefly and Taqueria Poblano. There's a fabulous thai restaurant on Colmubia Pike -- a small place -- but to kill me, I can't remember the name. Not quire Arlington, but Four Sisters for Vietnames (7 corners) and Duangrats (Rt. 7).
I like the Luna Grill fand for Mexican, I like Guapo's, both are located next to each other in Shirlington.
I agree with p.p. on Nam Viet, Guajillo and EatBar.
Also Matuba for sushi and Thai Square for the best thai (both on Columbia Pike), Costa Verde for Peruvian (Clarendon).