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Tap and Vine -- Lee Hwy in North Arlington

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It appears the new Tap and Vine wine/beer/restaurant opened within the last few days. This is in the jinxed location that most recently was an Italian placed named Restaurant Milan or something like that.

Tap and Vine is apparently owned and operated by the Restaurant Vero folks on the same block of Lee Hwy.

Has anyone been yet? How was it? How was the food, beer and wine selection?

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BL

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  1. thanks for the heads up. they might as well name the restaurant "jinx", and just go with the flow....

    interesting buzz: http://www.zagat.com/Blog/Detail.aspx...

    owner joy reinhardt says this on donrockwell.com: '"Our goal is to open Tap & Vine by the middle of September. It will be family friendly with a dedicated childrens menu along with seasonal fare for the adults to enjoy. We will also feature a variety of craft beer on tap and food friendly wines."

    here is what they expect from their servers: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nv...

    i hope they have COLD grolsch on tap. if they have a good beer selection on tap, they will do well. maybe beer and wine can loosen the grip of the jinx.

    it does seem rather odd that they bill themselves as a family-friendly "restaurant," yet place the focus on "tap" and "vine" in the choice of a name. just a bit ironic. if i were driving by and just saw the name, i would think, "oh, another drinkin' joint." query: will they have televisions?

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    1. re: alkapal

      place is ok, Vero offers better food. Its a family joint, but wierdly. They have a decent beer selection, and the wine is hardly unique by a drinkers standards. Its nice to see it here though, so soon after Thirsty Bernie opened. With both these places in the area its looking good for foodies in Arlington. While i think Bernies has significantly better food and drink choices, the style of the cousine is notably different and they wont have to compete much, win win for the eaters

    2. Had dinner at Tap & Vine Saturday night with my family. It was busy without being too crowded. My husband and I had Stone IPA and Hoegaarden on tap. The four of us ordered different things and sampled each other's meals. Lamb/hummus, flank steak, hamburger, flat bread pizza were all fantastic. The truffle fries were AWESOME and the desserts fun and unusual (cracker jack sundae!) I really liked the art on display (local artists) and the atmosphere was warm and cozy. Can't wait to come again and try different menu items.

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      1. re: njwelch

        please tell us about the truffle fries!

        1. re: alkapal

          I asked about the super-thin, super-crispy fries...they are sprayed with truffle oil. subtle and delicious. I am a big fan of not too much potato in my fries.

      2. We live near Tap and Vine, and have eaten at the other, now defunct, eateries that were there. Today, we went up to Tap and Vine to try it out. First off, the decor is a major improvement over the previous incarnations. The place used to feel like a wide shoe-box, but the changed color scheme, along with the wine storage and the adjoining long bar in the front opposite the door, makes it a much warmer place to enter. For the folks that asked, yes, there are 2 flat screen TVs over the bar, and they have separate Verizon FIOS HD feeds. I think that's well done. There were quite a few people there, even though we arrived late for lunch on a federal holiday. The kids menu, along with a mix of families, couples, and groups of 3-4 people proved to us that this was a neghborhood eatery, which perhaps the name Tap and vine may not suggest. However, I think word will get out.

        The food was good, and the truffle fries are worth a try, although I think I'll stick to regular fries in the future. My pulled pork sandwich was tasy, not drowning in sauce, and the cole slaw was creamy without being drippy, and wasn't dominated by mayonnaise. My wife's organic burger was good as well, with flavorful beef, nice toppings, and a toasted bun.

        We were there for lunch, so we didn't sample the beer, and I am familiar with their wines because most (if not all) are available at Grape Juice, the affiliated wine shop located in the shopping strip 100 yards away.

        At any rate, we'll be back. I hope other patrons will say the same.

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        1. we had lunch here today and were very satisfied, although had to skip the drinks thanks to an election-night evening shift. everything was good and very reasonably priced. i had the green chile pork stew (very good and quite filling, which is not always the case with stews and soups) and the bf had fish tacos which also were quite good. and like everyone says the truffle fries are wonderful — they come out in a huge bowl and we still ate the whole thing. interesting menu. we will definitely be back. the bar looks promising. good atmosphere, too ... nice enough to be a date but also great place to take the kids. i hope this place breaks the locational curse!

          1. here is a little more info on their new (evolving) website: http://tapandvinerestaurant.com/about_us