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May 21, 2008 07:53 PM

Just moved to Cherrydale, Arlington area

I just moved to the Cherrydale neighborhood of Arlington and I'm looking for tasty places (shops, restaurants etc.) close to home. I'd love ANY recs or ideas for the neighborhood or even places in the Rosslyn or Falls Church or Ballston areas. Thanks!

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  1. Welcome to Arlington!

    Your question is pretty broad and you might want to try doing a search. To get things started, here are a few places that come to mind off the top of my head:

    --El Pollo Rico or Super Pollo for Peruvian-style chicken
    --Willow (Ballston)
    --Guajillo (Mexican - Rosslyn)
    --Rays the Steaks (Rosslyn)
    --Tallulah/Eat Bar (Clarendon)
    --Nam Viet (Clarendon)
    --Italian Store (Lee Highway)
    --Arrowine (Lee Highway)
    --Ravi Kabob

    1. Yes, welcome and good eating! I'll add to the list and second some suggestions:

      -Arax - Armenian cafe on Wash Blvd. - you'll need a car, but it's worth the drive for the cardamom (sp?) coffee alone.

      -La Union Bodega - Lee Hwy and N Taylor; right at the top of the Cherrydale neighborhood; great selection of Central American eats and ingredients.

      -Marvelous Market - just opened in Ballston; on Randolph (?) and I foget the cross street; swell breads, pastries, etc.

      -El Chaparral Bodega - Wilson Blvd; btwn Courthouse and Clarendon; as with La Union, and even better meat selection.

      -Arrowine - wonderful selection and great staff. Ask for Aldo, a Triestian gent with a wide knowledge of charcuterie; everyone else knows his/her stuff too; the wine staff is great too; I've never been steered wrong there.

      -Greenberry's Coffee - Wilson Blvd; just West of Rosslyn; roomy, cozy, and great staff; very fresh and tasty coffee (personally, I recommend you skip Murky Coffee, but you'll get suggestions to go there I'm sure)

      -Crisp & Juicy - in the same strip with Arrowine; great birds, great sides and cheap

      Enjoy and let us know where you get to.

      Cocinero Cubano

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      1. re: Cocinero Cubano

        Cocinero Cubano is right on about La Union, a small market with a counter in back. Maybe the best Salvadoran food in the area, especially the veggie enchilada, one of my very favorite things to eat. Also tamales are some of the best around. All selections here are good.

        At Heidelburg Bakery, go on Saturday afternoon when they are grilling wurst outdoors. The baernwurst is top notch. If you can get it on logenbrotchen (pretzel roll), so much the better. If not they sell the pretzel rolls on the inside.

        Ghin Na Ree - I recommend the beef selad and the shrimp wrapped in wonton skins.

        Taqueria El Charrito Caminante, 2710 Washington Blvd, goat or chorizo tacos.

        El Pollo Rico, of course.

        1. re: Steve

          Cocinero Cubano and Steve are right about La Union, I go there for lunch, get a corn tamale with sour cream, pupusa revuelta and an empanada, $4.50. Delicious
          Ghin Na Ree is good, not great, but the price is right and the people are very nice. Not as good as Thai Square, but unfortunately, my last two lunches at Thai Square haven't been as good as they used to be either. Still very good, just not great. The crispy squid just isn't crispy, it is more chewy.
          TECC on Washington has phenomenal tacos, lengua and pork are my favorites. The tortas with avocado is very good too.
          Pho 75 is very good, not great, but I still like their Pho Tai Nam Gan a lot. Only place I've had it better was Pho Pasteur in Saigon.
          Guajilo is ok, nice atmosphere albeit it a bit noisy, ceviche was good, mole was fair, good staff.
          Village Bistro next door doesn't get much press but I think they have well prepared food at good prices. Ravioli is pretty good, bow tie pasta as well. Very good mussels.
          Chapparal Meats on Wilson (?) has a very good butcher, cuts rib eyes for me, not as tender but very flavorful.
          Ragtime at 14th & Courthouse has a pretty good pub menu, my favorite is Tuesday nights for Seafood Night. $3-$4 for 6 oysters (surprisingly decent last week, despite the lack of an R in May), or 6 mussels, or 6 clams or a 1/4 pound of shrimp, if I remember correctly. Micro brew for $2.50 this month is a fair lager.
          Ravi Kabob at Glebe and Pershing is phenomenal, still like the old one better, tho the new one is cleaner and roomier, Karahi for two is spicy enough to bring a little sweat to the forehead, just right. Good kabobs, chickpea curry, spinach with cheese, nan.
          Nam Viet at Clarendon and Minhs at Courthouse are both solid Vietnamese restaurants with deep menus and good staff. Might give the edge on food to Minhs and service to Nam Viet. Unfortunately, I usually get the bbq pork on skewers with vermicelli, and it is good at both places. Tried the fish in a clay pot at Nam Viet, only ok. Spring rolls good at both.
          Someone mentioned Lebanese Butcher, it is further out, but the lamb shawarma and ouzi are very good, hummous is really tasty, grape leaves fairly good, the sound of the saw nextdoor in the butcher shop going through a bone, priceless...

      2. Don't miss Randolph's...
        It's got some of the best goodies in the metro area... :)

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        1. re: chinkleDC

          chinkle, i looked at the site to find the name of their divine almond/marzipan coffee cake ring. looks like the site is still under construction, btw.

          1. re: alkapal

            Mmmm... I've not had that, but it sounds awesome. We usually go there for their white chocolate mousse cakes for special occasions (that is, when *I'm* not baking!). :) Their site is kind of sparse, yes... probably because they're SO popular they don't think they need to put much more energy into advertising online (which is a mistake, IMNSHO as a web developer by trade). Maybe we could help them with that in exchange for some goodies... :)

            1. re: chinkleDC

              all that is filled in is "home" and "wedding orders". but DO try that almond thingy! that being the technical term ;-)

        2. Just a few blocks away you'll find Lebanese Taverna Market with lots and lots of sublime Middle Eastern goodies for take-out and a few tables for eat-in meals. Do a search for lots of specific recommendations on their food.

          1. Also not too far, you have gotten some great suggestions:
            Lebanese Butcher- best Lebanese in the DC metro area, Falls Church.
            Lost Dog Cafe- excellent for sandwiches and take out.
            Another good place for sandwiches is Earl's Sandwiches in Clarendon.
            Carribean Grill- less peruvian chicken like el pollo rico more carribean, but amazing with great sides like cuban rice and plantains.
            I also like Sette Bello in Clarendon for a little more upscale.
            Eleventh St. Lounge is a great bar with incredible food for a bar.
            For brunch Harry's Tap Room has good brunch, so does Tallula mentioned above, awesome pancakes.
            Thai Square is wonderful for Thai.

            People have posted good recs above!
            You really are not in a bad spot for great food not too far away, if there are any specifics in genres of food you are missing let us know.

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              You are also not too far from Eden Center, in Falls Church, for Vietnamese.