what is hands down the best place to eat in Arlington. like legit food. i don’t care if its from a food truck or overpriced. what is the top restaurant here in arlington
In no particular order, Ravi Kabob, Atilla’s (chicken bursa, koy tavuk, fries), Bangkok 54, Dama Ethiopian, Abi Azteca. Though not in Arlington but close by in Falls Church, Bamian, Meaza and Super Chicken.
Has anyone eaten at the Comida Latina Express food truck in the Food Star parking lot at the corner of Columbia Pike and George Mason? There always seems to be people waiting for food there.
I think Atilla’s I have been going there since I was 5 years old. I even think my grandpa had a birthday party there.
Also El Pollo Rico. No one else compares to you. Idk why people would like crisp and juicy. the sauces are watered down and the chicken less than juicy.
Rays the Steaks has been my fav! Then maybe Tallulah
Rays the Steaks WAS great in the former location. Now it’s overpriced and bad service to boot. I would call it above average, but not great.
I’ve been to Tallulah once and it missed the mark for me. Sucks too because it seems like it had so much promise.
Willow has great apps and service, but the entrees are subpar.
I’ve had a great meal at Eventide and one average meal. The formal dining room is nice.
I’ve never had a bad meal or service at Circa. That’s easily the goto spot right now.
I did the new Tequileria last weekend (formerly Harry’s and the Market Tavern). The service is TERRIBLE and SLOW. Think two hour dinner, slow. The food was mediocre and overpriced.
A-town has been surprisingly good. I’ve had the Sunday brunch and a few apps there and was shocked at the quality and taste of the food. Service was very good too. I plan to check out a formal dinner there soon.
I hate to admit this, but Rio Grande is probably the best “value” sit down meal for the quality and real “tex-mex” flavors. But, I’m from Texas and you can’t get Tex-mex anywhere else in the area. Most of the “mexican” food around here is Salvadorian or South American. Very different.
District Taco is good for what it is. It’s not over the top good though.
Pupatella is FREAKING awesome. That’s THE best food/pizza in the area. They may be putting crack in the crust or something though. It doesn’t work for everyone, but the people that like that style of pizza… that’s the place to go, barnone.
The best bar food I’ve had is at First Down. They have a chicken taco platter in there that you can order any of their wing sauces on that’s really dynamite. The tacos alone are enough to make you want to go back.
I haven’t been in a LONG time, but a really well kept secret was the restaurant food at Iota. Great value and always first rate. Tuna steaks and fish cooked perfectly. Not sure what they’re doing since refurbishing the place though.
I hear Liberty Tavern is excellent, but can’t comment.
Lyon Hall is mostly sausage and meats. Not really my thing (mostly chicken or fish). I’ve eaten there and it was just so-so.
Buffalo Wild Wings blows. The service is awful and I had to wait for one hour to get an order of wings on a slow Sunday evening. We had to talk to the manager to get the wings to our table. That was third time I’d been there and the third time I’d had bad service. There hasn’t been a fourth time.
Carlyle in Shirlington is a chain and I hate giving top marks to a chain, but everything at Carlyle is superb. And, if you’re looking for the best fish in the area, the cook fish perfectly (and believe me, it’s very hard for restaurants to do correctly).
Endo Sushi in Clarendon is very good. The service is slow though. Just getting a drink takes forever. Very traditional atmosphere though.
BusBoys and Poets in Shirlington serves is an excellent brunch spot. I even go to the ones in DC for brunch with DC friends.
El Pollo Rico is obviously great. Crisp and Juicy sucks, IMO.
I’ve never tried Atilla. I have to put that on my to-do list. As well as that taco place on Washington right outside of Clarendon.
Love me some Fire Works! Great pizza with an amazing beer menu.
Good list, newty!
FireWorks has great veggie burgers, and I’m not a big veggie burger fan.
@newty25 – El Paso is far superior to Rio Grande. Attilla’s hummus is the best. Prefer Caribbean Grill to El Pollo Rico, but like both. Agree Pupatella is great. Thai Noy is current favorite Thai place (though T.HA.I. in Shirlington is good too).
Some may disagree with me but I really think William Jeffrey’s has some really good food. Some of it is a simple burger/fries but if you try out their lunch/dinner specials you can really tell that they have a talented chef.
@newty25 - El Paso is far superior to Rio Grande. Attilla's hummus is the best. Prefer Caribbean Grill to El Pollo Rico, but like both. Agree Pupatella is great. Thai Noy is current favorite Thai place (though T.HA.I. in Shirlington is good too).
You see, this is what I mean. El Paso is Salvadorian (they try to pass it off as Tex-mex though). I lived in Texas all my life and the only tex-mex around here is Rio Grande. It’s very authentic. If you like the food at El Paso, that’s great. It’s not bad. It’s just not tex-mex and shouldn’t be compared to Rio. It’s like saying an orange is a better apple than a granny smith apple.
I also forgot to mention Bangkok Bistro in Ballston. It’s the best Thai in Arlington… simply because of the amounts of vegetables they put into their dishes. I’ve never seen as many vegetables in a Thai dish in any other restaurant. I think it’s unprecedented. But the taste of the food is also really high-quality. I’ve definitely converted more than a few people to go there.
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