Anthony’s in FC and Vienna Inn have been favorites of mine, since moving to Arlington I’ve been on the hunt for “mom and pop” type of restaurants in the Arlington area, who doesn’t love mom’s cooking?! Yesterday I discovered Arlington Kabob a great lil spot with that exact type of feel, hospitality, superb food just like mom would make if she could grill kabobs
Personally I have never been there, but my buddy grew up in Arlington and his family loves going to Joe’s Place on Lee Hwy for “family events.”
We too used to patronize Anthony’s in FC. Nothing particularly worth writing about, but good and consistent. The casual family atmosphere was probably the subliminal draw. We recently began eating at Arlington Kabob, mostly weekend lunch. The lady at the register is super nice and seems to go out of her way to be pleasant. They have a limited menu, but what they do have is very good and certainly pleantiful. Joe’s is Joe’s…a North Arlington family institution. Just my two cents.
Masala Express – mom, pop, grandad, uncle, auntie, kids – whole family seems to work here. Laughably incompetent of keeping track of orders especially when they let their 10 year old son man the phone. Good Indian food once you get it though!
I second Masala Express and add Attila’s, Pedro and Vinny’s, Bangkok 54, Ravi Kabob, Dama, Pike Pizza, The Italian Store, Super Chicken and Super Pollo.
If you still go to the Vienna area, I recommend The Virginian, Amma Vegetarian Kitchen, Amphora, Yama, Turmeric Indian Dining, Cenan’s and Plaka.
In addition to the fine suggestions in Vienna from Sunshine, I’ll add Church Street Pizza and Skorpios for Greek.
Couldn’t agree more with the Masala Express comments – great food, very reasonable and super nice folks. Haven’t had any issues with orders (yet, fingers crossed).
Bangkok 54 and Italian Store are also legit!
The ultimate mom and pop in my books is the tiny Goody’s Pizza next to the Clarendon metro. This place has great, huge slices of pizza and is run by an actual mom and pop.
My pick is Two Chefs, roughly across Wilson Blvd from Pupatella.
Preservation Arlington remembers when no one was at Sam’s Corner.
My favorite Mom n Pop restaurant is any place run by Michael Landrum (my dad yelled an awful lot and was always in a bad mood and my mother got us kicked out of our quarters because she didn’t make the lease payments for several months)
Anyone that picks Bangkok 54 should know what risks they are accepting – they are basically on a permanent improvement plan with the county:
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