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Join the members of The Keri Shull Team as we take you on a tour of our 3 favorite restaurants in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington.
This area has a ton of different options for delicious food, and we want to show you some of the best dishes you can eat when you’re visiting or living in Arlington.
Are you already familiar with the food in Ballston? Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know where you like to eat in the comments below — we’d love to check it out!
Make sure to check out the rest of our Neighborhood Spotlights to find out some of our favorite places to eat, drink and have fun in the DMV. Leave a comment to let us know if you have any suggestions for where we should spotlight next!
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It’s Presidents Day weekend — or George Washington Day weekend, if you’re fancy and in Virginia — which means a three day weekend for many.
Well, not for the staff of ARLnow. Vern and the crew will be working all day Monday. Don’t expect much in terms of news articles, though — we’ll be working on some future stories and new initiatives.
We’ll see you back here Tuesday for a full day of news coverage. In the meantime, here are the most-read local articles of the past five days:
- Furry Convention Coming to Crystal City
- Elizabeth Warren Holding Campaign Event in Arlington
- President Trump Made a Surprise Visit to Arlington Today
- Arlington Reveals ‘No Scooter’ Zones
- Pentagon City Draws More Police Activity
- Arrest Made After Woman Attacked By Man With Knife Near Pentagon City
- Compass Coffee Is Now Open, Plans to Offer Free Coffee Tuesday Morning
- Arlington Firefighters Battle House Fire in Falls Church
- Campaign for Young Arlingtonian Fighting End-Stage Heart Failure Raises Thousands
Feel free to discuss these stories or any other topic of local interest in the comments. Have a great holiday!
Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick
Address: 2206 N. Nelson Street
Open: Saturday, February 15 & Sunday, February 16 from 1-3 p.m.
This lovely rambler with a large, private backyard in sought-after historic Maywood has been updated throughout with new paint, flooring, lighting, renovated baths, brand-new stainless kitchen appliances and quartz counters, new high-efficiency washer and dryer, and so much more.
This home is move-in ready and located on a rare 1/3-acre lot offering plenty of space to expand in the future.
The main level features the updated kitchen, large living room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bath, two additional bedrooms, a second bath, and hardwood floors. A comfortably finished lower level offers a rec room with a second gas fireplace, wet-bar and new carpet. Three additional rooms (to use as bedrooms, office, workout or craft rooms), a huge storage room and a full bath complete the picture.
Just a short two-block walk to Cherrydale shopping and dining, a 5-minute walk to ART and Metro Bus stops, and a 6-minute drive to Clarendon Metro and nightlife, this is the perfect home in a spectacular location!
For more photos, details and an interactive floor plan visit 2206NelsonSt.com.
Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce!
Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process. This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.
This seminar’s professionals will include Dusty Sparrow Reed, Family Law Attorney; Cecile Hult, Certified Divorce Financial Adviser; John Hurst, High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.
$10 workshop fee. Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited.
The following was written by the Anderson/Palmer family, which has lived in the Clarendon area for the past few years.
Clarendon, this year, you are our Valentine.
By you, I mean the managers, staff, store clerks, baristas, and kitchen assistants that make your establishments run. The ones who go above and beyond to ensure that our family, which includes a severely autistic, nonverbal young teen, has the space and ability to experience normal life, as a normal family, at local restaurants, coffee shops, and stores.
We are a very small family that moved here several years ago. We live, work, and play in this community. You have probably seen us around, shopping at Market Common, walking through Lyon Village, or dining outdoors in the summer at all of our favorite spots. Or perhaps you’ve seen evidence that we are around – a rubber frog or stuffed toy puffin flying through the air may ring a bell. It is no secret that our young teen is quite the socialite who adores being out amongst people!
Daily life with severe autism is challenging, which few understand. We know that you cannot fully get it unless you live this. We love your kindnesses, just as they are. We are amazed every day, by the kindness and understanding shown us, by the unsung and often unnoticed people who work in the establishments that make Clarendon…Clarendon! Today, we want to tell you, we notice everything. We love you all!
We specifically want to give a shout-out to Delhi Club – Mir, Himal, and Yadav – you have made a second home for us there from day one, as restaurateurs, as the best of friends, and as a second family.
Northside Social — you were our first introduction to Clarendon and that day, we decided we could be very happy and very accepted living here. Randi, Karin, Isaac, and the entire cast of “Noso regulars”– you all rock! Even every Noso customer we have encountered has been representative of all the genuine, kind, and “real” people that call Clarendon and Arlington home. We are happy to bask in the company of all of you. (Special shoutout to the unknown woman who sat across from us outside this summer, noticed our predicament, and offered to go inside and get our coffees and desserts for us! We love you. We have not forgotten.)
Liberty Tavern — shout-out to the best and most caring kitchen staff and wait staff. There has never been a better kitchen crew anywhere.
Circa — it was at least a full year before we were able to convince our autistic teen to try Circa. Sarah, Eddie, Josh, Chris, Heather, Seth, Kevin and Gabriel (Angel) and every staff member … you all are the definition of a large team that is so in tune that you have at times just blown us away with your spontaneous command of unexpected autism moments and your absolute class and professionalism 100% every time, all the time. Without fail. It has not always been easy for you, but you always make it easy for us.
Sephora — you all rock! Way to get our back under duress! And we love the way you always find those little rubber frogs. Rougue status all the way!
Whole Foods — you have been the unwitting recipient of some very autistic moments, and we are eternally grateful for your employees’ unflappable cool. Shout-out to Joseph!
Join us for the 2nd annual AWE SUMMIT, a can’t miss gathering of the most awesome women business owners in the D.C. region, packed with educational and inspiring presentations, panels, conversations and connections — and all-new vendor expo and 30-Second
Two men from the District have been arrested and charged with with breaking into at least three cars and stealing items.
The break-ins and thefts occurred earlier this month on the 1400 block of Key Blvd in Rosslyn. Arlington County Police say they obtained warrants for the suspects after “utilizing various investigative resources, including witness accounts and surveillance video.”
Last week ACPD revealed that 882 cars in Arlington had been broken into since July. Amid the ongoing crime spree, police are continuing to urge members of the public to lock their car doors and remove valuables from plain sight.
More from a police press release:
The Arlington County Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit is announcing 18 felony warrants have been obtained for two suspects responsible for a series of larceny from auto cases in the North Rosslyn neighborhood. Deondray Osborne, 30, of Washington D.C. and Raphael Osborne, 28, of Washington D.C. have each been charged with Grand Larceny (x3), Conspiracy to Commit Grand Larceny (x3) and Destruction of Property (x3). Both are being held in Washington D.C. pending extradition to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The investigation determined that on February 2, 3, and 10, the suspects forced entry into three vehicles parked in the 1400 block of Key Boulevard by smashing the cars’ windows. The suspects then allegedly stole personal property, to include a purse, wallet and electronics, before fleeing the scene in a red hatchback sedan. Utilizing various investigative resources, including witness accounts and surveillance video captured in the area, detectives developed information on possible suspects. The suspects were identified and taken into custody by the Metropolitan Police Department on the evening on February 12, 2020.
The identification, apprehension and subsequent charging of these suspects is the direct result of strong partnerships and collaboration between the Arlington County Police Department, Metropolitan Police Department and Arlington’s Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management.
Safety Tips and Crime Prevention Measures
Larcenies from auto are often crimes of opportunity with thieves targeting items left unattended or out in plain view. Members of the public are reminded to close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Pull on the door handle to verify it’s locked. Take all valuables out of your vehicle. If you must leave items in your car, place them out of sight – preferably in your trunk.
Report Information and Incidents to Police for Investigation
In two of these cases, alert members of the public reported suspicious activity to law enforcement or security personnel in the area after observing vehicles with broken windows. Community members are encouraged to remain alert for suspicious activity such as individuals who appear to be looking into parked vehicles or trying door handles. Report information for law enforcement investigation by calling the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.
If you are the victim of a larceny from auto or auto tampering, file an online police report or call the Emergency Communications Center.
This year’s Feel the Heritage Festival will celebrate African-American history on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Entrance to the festival — which includes live music and dance, food vendors, and activities for children — is free. The event will also feature vendors selling a variety of goods, from jewelry to homemade hot sauce.
For the cooks in attendance, there will be a chance to show off their skills at the festival’s third annual soul food cook-off competition. The festival will also include a Hall of History, where photos and artifacts from Arlington’s historically African-American neighborhoods and organizations will be on display.
On-site parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The community center is accessible via Metrobus 10B and ART bus 77, according to the Arlington Parks and Recreation website.
Photo via Arlington County
Valentine’s Day is often associated with indulgences in food, wine and chocolates or other desserts.
If you’re looking to change things up a little this year, there are some beer options that can make your evening just a little more special. If I may humbly offer a few suggestions:
Before Or With Dinner
If you’re starting with finger foods or a cheese/charcuterie plate (wherever might you acquire one of those, I wonder?), a clean, snappy Pils or other lighter Lager can simultaneously accentuate flavors while staying out of their way. My old standby Veltins Pilsener does this well, as do Hardywood’s Pils, Port City’s Downright Pilsner and the new Bruery Ruekeller: Helles.
Helles is a great way to go for something with a tick more flavor that you can also take to the table. Consider The Bruery’s version along with Rocket Frog’s Hellenor.
English-style Ales offer a great mix of sweet notes from both their malts and yeasts, along with easy-going lower ABVs and balanced mouth feels thanks to judicious hop usage that rarely crossed over into bitter or overpowering. We’re lucky to have a couple good local options available in the Denizens Lowest Lord ESB and the recently arrived Fast Mail from Danville’s Ballad Brewing, a lovely interpretation of an English Mild clocking in at 4.2% ABV.
For the more adventurous, a nice Belgian or Belgian-style beer always works. Denizens comes through again here with Third Party Tripel, but it’s hard to stay away from Trappist classics like Westmalle Tripel, Rochefort 8 and Orval. It’s a bit esoteric, but De Proef’s Saison Imperiale is a unique, maltier take on the style that is complex and gorgeous on its own but would play well with earthier entrees.
Staying with the Belgians, Rodenbach’s Felmish Sours play beautifully off of chocolates and fruits. The Rodenbach Classic runs more tart than sour, with hints of cherry, while Alexander actually sees the addition of sour cherry juice. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with Rodenbach.
If you’re veering toward a truly indulgent end to the meal, consider a lush Imperial Stout: Toasted Almond from Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Company in Virginia Beach is a cocktail-inspired, Bourbon barrel-aged monster made with lactose (pair with/on ice cream?), whole coffee beans and yes, toasted almonds.
It’s not cheap and hard to find — apparently only two cases came up to NoVA; guess who got one? — but if you’re going all-out, go all out, right? Also consider: Sierra Nevada’s Barrel-Aged Narwhal (recently released in 16oz cans and apparently as a year-round beer), Port City Porter, or Hardywood’s seasonal Baltic Sunrise, a lovely Baltic Porter on coffee.
Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.
3939 N. Wakefield Street
5 BD/4 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: McEnearney Associates, Inc
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
315 N. Garfield Street
5 BD/3 BA, 2 half bath single-family home
Agent: Kw Metro Center
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.
5214 26th Road N.
3 BD/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Penfed Realty
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
6721 Little Falls Road
4 BD/2 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Ttr Sotheby’s International Realty
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.
2037 N. Cameron Street
3 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Keller Williams Realty/Lee Beaver & Associates
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
1804 S. Nelson Street
2 BD/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.
1045 N. Utah Street #2-109
1 BD/1 BA condo
Agent: Ttr Sotheby’s International Realty
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.
(This Community Post was written by Bowen McCauley Dance Company and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.)
Each season, Bowen McCauley Dance Company (BMDC) produces the MOVE ME Festival in partnership with Kenmore Middle School. The annual gathering brings together local artists and dance companies to share their art through interactive workshops and performances on two stages. We open our doors to kids of all ages and their families for an afternoon of indoor fun, dance, music, face painting, balloonists, prizes and a few surprises from the main stage.
The Festival is FREE and there is something for everyone from traditional ballet, hip-hop to hula, yoga — it’s all here at the MOVE ME Festival. Kenmore M.S. has plenty of free parking and is accessible by public transportation.
Take advantage of the extra day in February and be sure to visit the main stage for a culminating performance between the Kenmore M.S. student dance residency and BMDC’s professional Company dancers!