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Where to eat in Arlington Virginia?

jallenrouman May 10, 2013 08:13 AM

I saw a recent discussion here on CHOW about places to eat in Washington DC and Baltimore. It got me wondering about Arlington specifically.

Any suggestions for interesting places, particularly non-big chain, with good food?

We found Rockland's Barbeque on Fairfax Drive totally by chance. There are a few of them around the area, but clearly has that local vibe going on. The food was really good and they have plenty of seating in a retro feeling space. It's great for all ages when you aren't aiming for fussy.

Not too focused on a price point with my question here, as I'd like to learn about anything noteworthy. We sometimes splurge, though mostly aim for budget dining.

Oh, and we rarely drink, so bar/no bar, doesn't matter to us.

Thanks in advance!


  1. j
    jallenrouman May 11, 2013 08:21 AM

    @Steve - sure. Always open to ideas.

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    1. re: jallenrouman
      Steve May 11, 2013 10:27 AM

      Here is my list of the best things to eat in the area. Since you are new to this site, please realize it assumes you are willing to explore with no limitations:

      Taqueria El Charrito Caminante: Taco de Cabrito
      Lyon Hall: Kraut Garnie, Warm Pretzels
      Thai Square: Yum Pla Krob/Yum Pla Dook Foo
      Me Jana: Mezze Platter
      Bayou Bakery: Arm Drip Sandwich
      Pupatella: Burrata Pizza
      Gharer Khabar: Moghlai Parota, Chatpati
      Nha Trang: Noodles with shrimp paste in the shape of worms

      Falls Church:
      Luzmilla's: Saltenas, mocochincho
      Hong Kong Palace: Chengdu Cold Noodles
      Bangkok Golden, Lao Menu: Nam Khao
      Myanmar: Ginger Salad
      Jerusalem: Musakhan
      Mirage: Lomo Saltado
      Fairfax Inn: Daing Na Bangus

      The list includes only those items which you can always find on the menu. Check for hours of operation, etc.

      1. re: Steve
        bmorecupcake May 11, 2013 05:20 PM

        Steve, have you ever tried Fettoosh (Moroccan) next to Pupatella? I always want to try it out, but after the long drive from Baltimore, we fill up at Pupatella. Also, how would you rank Duangrat's takeout counter? Another place I always want to checkout, but can never pull myself out of Eden Center.

        I would also recommend Pupatella's doughnuts, specfically the cream-filled one. We've also sampled chocolate-frosted, nutella-filled, and plain, but we always go for the cream-filled now.

        1. re: bmorecupcake
          Steve May 11, 2013 06:42 PM

          Yes, I've been to Fettoush. We had lentil soup, couscous with lamb, and b'stilla. Both the soup and the couscous were thoroughly uninteresting, kind of bland. The b'stilla was great, a knockout. Works well to take home. That's the only thing I'd touch there.

          Duangrat's takeout has items not on the restaurant menu, and they also offer Lao (Issan Thai) food. Their Nam Khao is very good. Lat time I was there they didn't have English translation for the menu, but I'm pretty sure they do by now.

          Lots of great items at Pupatella, including the panzarotti and anancini.

        2. re: Steve
          jallenrouman May 13, 2013 11:58 AM

          Awesome! Thank you Steve. This is a fun list. Can't wait to start exploring.

      2. law_doc89 May 11, 2013 07:44 AM

        I recently went to Il Portofino on S. 23rd St and had a very good meal with home made pasta, wild mushrooms, custom sauce, and a true zabaglione made to order. Caveat: I was with an Italian who jabbered away with the owner in Italian, so I don't know how it would be if I were to return.

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          Steve May 11, 2013 07:05 AM

          Arlington County is pretty small and there are a lot of great eats just across the county line in Falls Church. Do you want to hear about those places as well? I live in Arlington, but I am surrounding by quite a few terrific eats within a five minute drive or a long walk in nice weather.

          1. j
            jallenrouman May 10, 2013 08:28 AM

            Bingo! Thank you agarnett100. Didn't think of that.

            Additions always appreciated.

            1. agarnett100 May 10, 2013 08:19 AM

              @jallen - just do a search for Arlington in the search bar on the top right there are a ton of postings

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