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Dinner tonight in Arlington - suggestions?

dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 06:30 AM

I am heading out to dinner tonight in Arlington and would love a couple suggestions.
I am looking for a restaurant that is reasonably priced.
We usually opt for Za, but I would love to go someplace different.

I would prefer it to be more casual/inexpensive, so some a place like Flora would not be an option.

Just a place for a couple of girls to catch up on some gossip.

any suggestions?

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  1. Joanie RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 07:13 AM


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      Bluebell RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 07:27 AM

      Kathmandu Spice has great food, and I like Punjab too. Mifune is new, and not too crowded. Something Savory is way up in the Heights and tasty, but it's cozy.

      I think Tryst's price points are close to Flora.

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        Sugar04 RE: Bluebell Jun 19, 2007 07:52 AM

        Very casual and inexpensive--but TASTY--Blue Ribbon BBQ.

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          BeantownHound RE: Sugar04 Jun 19, 2007 07:56 AM

          Strongly second Blue Ribbon, go for the NC pulled pork

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            peregrine RE: BeantownHound Jun 19, 2007 08:08 AM

            Blue Ribbon has very few tables; they do have some sidewalk dining at this time of year. Excellent, inexpensive, huge portions.

            I'll also second Katmandu, Punjab and Mifune as casual, reasonably priced, and spacious indoor dining.

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          Harp00n RE: Bluebell Jun 19, 2007 08:17 AM

          I think that Something Savory is an excellent suggestion, regardless of price-point. Yes, it's a bit cozy and all though they've applied for a license it's still BYOB, at this time. Run by the former chef of the Green St. Grille, they have a lot of tasty options here. Btw, It's not like it's a schlep. They're less than two mile west of Arlington Center on Mass. Ave :-))

          I like Tryst, a lot, and if your careful ordering you can leave having paid a modest sum. No arguments with The Blue Ribbon for 'Que, if that's what you want, their's is the best in the area, IMO.
          Here's Something Savory's link; http://www.somethingsavory.com/index....

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          Blumie RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 08:05 AM

          I recall reading about a good home-style Mexican place in Arlington. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

          Just did some research: Zocalo Cocina Mexicana. I've never been, but it sounds wonderful.

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            dustycolby2 RE: Blumie Jun 19, 2007 08:13 AM

            Awesome suggestions....thanks!!!

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              RichardA RE: Blumie Jun 19, 2007 08:14 AM

              I would suggest Scutra. I love their food and it is a small, intimate restaurant. And the best part right now is that they have a summer special starting tonight. You get a 3 course meal (appetizer, entree and dessert) for $21.99.


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              phonelady RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 09:41 AM

              2nd on Scutra

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                gltsoi RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 10:38 AM

                I think Tryst is great, and although some of their menu items can be pricey, there are also very reasonable items.

                1. Sal Monella RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 10:44 AM

                  If you like Thai cuisine...give Thai Moon a consideration.

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                    nasilemak RE: Sal Monella Jun 19, 2007 10:59 AM

                    i second Thai Moon. Great curries and stir fried noodle dishes.

                  2. litchick RE: dustycolby2 Jun 19, 2007 01:02 PM

                    Thumbs up for Blue Ribbon, Kathmandu Spice, and Something Savory!

                    I'm a huge fan of Scutra, but like Tryst and Flora, it's not what I'd call cheap.

                    I also whole-heartedly recommend Bollywood Cafe on Mass Ave (ok, it's technically in Lexington, but only just), which has a BYO policy and is conveniently next door to a nice little wine & beer shop. The food is great, as are the staff, and they'll go real spicy if you ask them to.

                    I've had some great food at Thai Moon, and a few losing visits as well. But if Thai is what you're after, it's a good choice.

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