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Takeout Lunch in Arlington

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

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    1. re: jaydreb

      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?

      1. re: tentimesodds

        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.

        1. re: kneelconqueso

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

          1. re: alkapal

            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.

            1. re: MikeR

              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.

              1. re: kneelconqueso

                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.

          2. re: tentimesodds

            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?

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

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

            1. 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. 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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                1. re: chaofun

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

                  1. re: xena1441

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

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