The top restaurant for my family in Arlington is Vapiano. We order exactly what we like and they make exactly how we want. It is one place where every-one gets to be happy. I like it. This is near the Ballston mall.
Another place we like is Cafe Fuego (an American-West, Mexican) near Clarendon. Excellent atmosphere and great food.
Sorta depends the occasion and your preferences – wife’s birthday might be different than a night out with the boys, or different yet from an interview for a job (or out to lunch with the boss). Newty25′s list is a good one. We still like Rio Grande, but depending on the time of day and day of the week, it can be impossible to hear anything inside. So rather than point out the few disagreements, I’ll just suggest a few additions:
1. Super Pollo next to DARPA is worth a visit.
2. Like Bob & Ediths for Breakfast
3. Italian Store Subs – the large Milano for instance.
4. Still like Rays Hellburger, but as pointed out above its starting to show some age.
5. Lost Dog Cafe.
6. Gyros at Two Chefs and the place outside the Ft Myer Rt 50 gate whose name escapes me right now.
Couple new places in Ballston that either have opened, or are about to open – Red Parrot and II Forna? Anybody either place yet?
El Pollo Rico is Number one as far as the Chicken joints.
Bob & Ediths service and quality has gone down in the past 3 years.
Sorry to hear that about B & E. Not many good choices for breakfast. Not a lot of difference between all the chix places in my opinion, which is just that, my opinion as folks tastes differ.
FWIW, saw some awful reviews on yelp for the Red Parrot.
Rays Burgers were rated in the top 25 nationwide according to Zagats:
course I think the Washingtonian reported recently that the two closed Rays are closed forever.
No complaints about Bob & Edith’s service and quality. Must be a judgement call.
I love Bob and Edith’s and haven’t noticed any decline in service over the years either. It’s still my breakfast (and snowstorm hideaway) of choice. Can’t beat a good neighborhood diner.
Happy to get that report. Actually, we spend at lease a couple weekends a month out in the Shenandoah Valley and so most of our dining out is during the week (pretty much excludes eating breakfast out). B & E was always a wait, but usually worth the wait.
Stopped in to El Pollo Rico for lunch today as I hadn’t eaten there in some time. Decent, but certainly not my favorite. Arguing about P-Chix is like arguing about BBQ generally (Carolina, TX, Memphis, KC, ect) – most folks have a favorite that often is based on where they’ve lived and defend it to the death. I actually like the Chix BBQ that they sell at the churches, Tractor Supply and along the road out in the valley, but then again I prefer vinegar based Carolina BBQ which is similar to the Chix BBQ is out in the valley.
As for the local Arlington P-Chix, well if it helps you decide – check out the Safeway parking lot near the Super Pollo 2? (located at Wilson and George Mason Blvd). Its usually full of work truck at lunch with most of those guys eating at Super Pollo or McDonalds. El Pollo Rico looked like 80% George Mason Students whereas at Super Pollo 80% of the folks in there have their name on their shirt. YMMV.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.