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tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 12:13 PM

I've had a hard time since I moved to Courthouse from Richmond finding any place to grab a quick bite...nothing fancy and definitely not ethnic, just sandwiches and stuff. Parking is impossible and it seems like everything is either sit-down or run-down. Any suggestions?

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    jaydreb RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 12:34 PM

    What about Listrani's, Earl's, 5 Guys, Delhi Dhaba, Kabob Bazaar (Clarendon) or Cafe Asia?

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      tentimesodds RE: jaydreb Jun 23, 2008 12:40 PM

      Call me old fashioned but indian, persian and asian fusion are ethnic to me...

      Have done listrani's pizza a few times. Is there parking anywhere near Earl's?

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        kneelconqueso RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 01:23 PM

        what do you need to drive for? unless of course your disabled, courthouse is very walkable.

        nonetheless, earls is located on a stretch of wilson that almost always has plenty of street parking. or i suppose you could park at one of the nearby (3-4 blocks) free arlington county parking garages.

        whole foods has plenty of good takeout.

        tea noodles rice has a few good dishes.

        el pollo rico, a mile away has plenty of parking and the best rotisserie chicken around.

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          alkapal RE: kneelconqueso Jun 24, 2008 12:25 AM

          i don't know of any free arlington co. garages. please inform me!

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            MikeR RE: alkapal Jun 24, 2008 04:44 AM

            Kbneelconqueso either knows something I don't or he's parking illegally. There's a garage in Clarendon (Highland Street, I think, across Wilson Blvd and not too far from the Metro station) that belongs to some Arlington government agency where you can park free after business hours, but not at lunch hour.

            He's right about the metered parking on the street. A quarter in a meter will get you enough parking to pick up a take-out meal. El Pollo Rico's lot is often full with a car or two waiting for a space, so I usually spring for a half a buck on the street when I eat in (I don't do takeout myself) there.

            For non-ethnic food, it's hard to beat Five Guys, and there's one of those on Wilson Blvd on that stretch between Courthouse and Clarendon.

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              kneelconqueso RE: MikeR Jun 24, 2008 07:33 AM

              i'm not parking illegally, i rarely drive in the first place.

              the highland street garage is one of them, the one in courthouse plaza is another one. its free after five.

              also forgot to mention that you can park for a buck in the ballston mall and pick up food from noodles and co (nothing special but quick and not-too-ethnic), chickfila, vapiano, panera, etc.

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                alkapal RE: kneelconqueso Jun 24, 2008 08:46 AM

                ok, after five is another matter. short stay in ballston is another matter, too. i thought this was lunch?

                heck, i thought it was what was available walking-wise. otherwise, there are tons of driving (short-trip) options. see a recent thread about arlington newcomer.

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                  kneelconqueso RE: alkapal Jun 24, 2008 10:23 AM

                  oops i missed the word lunch

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                    alkapal RE: alkapal Jun 24, 2008 07:14 PM

                    this is the thread i mentioned re arlington newcomer: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/521522

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            ktmoomau RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 01:48 PM

            I second, third? Earl's. They have great sandwiches, one of my favorites in the area. Whole Foods has very good normal sandwiches and salad stuff.

            Also you could get takeout from cheesecake factory in Clarendon? Although limited parking I don't know how far of a walk it would be. Harry's would probably do takeout too.

            Hard times Cafe or Rhodeside Grill would have normal fare? Also isn't there a wrap place there, and a Cosi?

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          dcskinsfan RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 01:34 PM

          There's a new Corner Bakery in the Courthouse area too.

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            rappel75 RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 06:19 PM

            Earl's makes a great sandwich. Brooklyn Bagel also has a good sandwich and quick bite breakfast.

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              xena1441 RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 06:42 PM

              It would be tough to suggest too many spots in that area since most of the places are "ethnic" unless they are sit down restaurants. The only thing I can think of is Earls.

              1. chaofun RE: tentimesodds Jun 23, 2008 07:53 PM

                Since you are driving, please check out Italian Store off Lee Hwy not too far away. The sandwiches and pizza are really really good.

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                  xena1441 RE: chaofun Jun 23, 2008 07:54 PM

                  ooooh i totally forgot about that! Get the caprese sub.

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                    alkapal RE: xena1441 Jun 24, 2008 12:28 AM

                    i love the capri sub. http://italianstore.com/subs.html
                    large, hard roll, with the works. yum!

                    pizza, too! better than listrani's....

                2. chaofun RE: tentimesodds Jun 24, 2008 07:52 AM

                  Oh also.... Rocklands BBQ is not too far in Ballston (I know there are plenty of haters). EatBar seems your speed, but I've never gotten the takeout there. Liberty Tavern has a good takeout window. Mario's steak and cheese sub has a place in my heart from college, but its not exactly great. Unless you are drunk.

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                    flavrmeistr RE: tentimesodds Jun 24, 2008 09:52 AM

                    Call in a sub at the Italian Store. Plenty of parking, great subs. The Italian Store is at Lee Hwy. and Spout Run.

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