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Columbia Pike Restaurants and Bars
  • Hank August 16, 2013 - 11:26 am #84202 Reply

    So I moved to Columbia Pike from Courthouse about a month and a half ago.  Love it.  Great neighborhood.  I haven’t had a chance to try as many restaurants and bars as I would have liked to by now.  I tried Pedro and Vinny’s the other day… great burritos.  Lost Dog has great sandwiches.  Bangkok 54, good as well.  And William Jeffrey’s Tavern is becoming a favorite (I’ve spent more time and money at their affiliate, Ragtime, than any human being should).

    Does anyone have any recommendations for what to try next?  Thanks!

    Dezlboy August 16, 2013 - 11:34 am #84209 Reply

    P Brennans Irish Pub and Restaurant, directly across from Draft House Cinema,  Don”t let the “pub” part lead you astray. They have a pub, but a (more?) substantial restaurant.  Check their website as they have specific specials each night.


    Sunshine August 16, 2013 - 11:40 am #84211 Reply

    Atilla’s–try the Koy Tavuk and Chicken Bursa. The fries are really good as well.

    Dama– for Ethiopian. They also have great pastries.  Meaza is also good Ethiopian in the other direction on Columbia Pike.

    Pike Pizza– no pizza here, it’s Bolivian food. Try the Saltenas.

    If you like Bangkok 54, go next door to their market. They have really good carry out food there.

    MissKittenCat August 16, 2013 - 12:23 pm #84222 Reply

    outside of Lost dog, P brennan’s

    Atillas Greek-Do the carry out not the sit down. *Chicken Gyro, rice pudding

    RedRock-Pizza. *tre formaggia calzone

    nom de guerre August 16, 2013 - 12:40 pm #84227 Reply

    Cafe Sazon-Bolivian


    Both are on the Pike west of George Mason but before Four Mile Run.

    Hank August 16, 2013 - 12:43 pm #84231 Reply

    Thanks, all!  It’s funny I see P Brennan’s listed twice as I’d heard mixed reviews on ARLnow.  Atilla’s I’ve really wanted to try.  What is that weird restaurant at the bottom of the Days Inn?  Do they have a prosties and Johns breakfast buffet?

    nom de guerre August 16, 2013 - 12:48 pm #84235 Reply

    What is that weird restaurant at the bottom of the Days Inn?


    justaguyinnova August 16, 2013 - 1:01 pm #84246 Reply

    Abi Azteca Grill and Bar

    Thai Square

    both are great.

    Anonymous August 16, 2013 - 1:36 pm #84257 Reply

    TNT Bar, inside Eamonn’s.

    Hank August 16, 2013 - 1:38 pm #84259 Reply

    TNT is where they have the “fancy” drinks, right?  Like high end cocktails?

    okfuskee August 16, 2013 - 2:28 pm #84272 Reply

    Red Rocks – best tap list on the pike

    Thai Square – pretty authentic thai – Rincome is worth a shot, too – friendly staff, lots of regulars

    abi’s – friendly staff and fun atmosphere (live music, etc.)- cheap happy hour prices

    El Rancho – solid take out chicken and sides

    Dezlboy August 16, 2013 - 11:39 pm #84346 Reply

    @Hank,  my understanding is the owner/chef (?) of TNT picked the best and unique drinks from around the world.  Friends have rated the mixed drinks five stars. Don’t know how their prices are, as I had a beer. :-)

    Can anyone comment on the restaurant?

    Overlander August 17, 2013 - 2:36 pm #84381 Reply

    @okfuskee not so sure about Red Rocks having the best draft list on the Pike compared to Lost Dog.  I’ve been there twice now, as recently as last week, and wasn’t really blown away by the beer selection.  They also don’t seem to be able to consistently cook their calzones.  I had been going to the original location in DC for years, but they had also had consistency problems.

    Per Red Rocks web site, here is there current beer selection in Arlington[1].  This is reasonably accurate from what I remember last week.  In no way shape or form is this a particularly large or exotic beer list in 2013.

    Regarding TNT, they make some fine cocktails.  But they charge as much (~$13) for them as they do at their original site PX in Alexandria.  But PX has the ambiance to back up that price, TNT doesn’t.


    Bell's two hearted ale iPa -- MI (7.0%) 7
    evolution rise Up Coffee Stout -- MD (6.8%) 6.5
    DC Brau Public Pale ale -- D.C. (6.0%) 6
    Great Lakes edmund Fitzgerald -- OH (7.5%) 7
    Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' -- CA (7.5%) 7
    Peroni -- Italy (5.1%) 5
    Duvel -- Belgium (8.5%) 7
    ommegang rare vos -- NY (6.5%) 7
    Port City optimal Wit -- VA (5.0%) 5.5
    Brooklyn Lager -- Brooklyn, U.S.A. (5.2%) 6


    okfuskee August 17, 2013 - 8:24 pm #84389 Reply

    @overlander How convenient that you have posted only one side of the coin. Where is the [2] to your [1]?

    Nevertheless, It’s true, I’m not a fan of the lost dog tap list for various reasons: something weird about their pricing, the 2 beer limit they had at one point, the card boardy pizza, and the penchant for law suit-ish behavior  . Also – way too bright. So I guess I was also evaluating other factors.


    @dezlboy If you mean the fish n chips etc at Eamons’s…it’s decent, but not amazing. Pretty good fish n chips by american standards, though not up to UK/Irish quality.

    Dezlboy August 17, 2013 - 8:29 pm #84390 Reply

    @okfuskee, yes, I meant the fish n chips. Mostly because before just now checking the online menu I thought that was their only food offering. [I really need to go out more! :-)]

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