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by ARLnow.com July 21, 2011 at 8:09 am 2,763 54 Comments

Lime Fresh Signs Clarendon Lease — Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, from the company that brought you Ruby Tuesday, is officially coming to Clarendon. The restaurant is opening one of the first locations outside of Florida in the Clarendon Market Common storefront once occupied by Comfort One Shoes. [Washington Business Journal, Clarendon Culture]

Same-Sex Couples in Arlington — According to the latest U.S. Census numbers, Arlington is home to about 6 percent of Virginia’s same-sex households. There are 1,165 same-sex partner households in Arlington — 835 male and 333 female. The number of same-sex male households has grown 3 percent since 2000, while the number of same-sex female households has grown 16 percent. [Associated Press]

Revamped Playground for Ft. Myer Heights — Kids in Ft. Myer Heights will be getting a renovated playground at Ft. Myer Heights Park. A public meeting is planned next month to discuss the planned renovations. [Ode Street Tribune]

Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA

  • Lacey Forest

    How nice. Another chain restaurant comes to Clarendon.

    • AllenB

      Right…. all chains are bad…yawn….zzzzz

    • KalashniKEV

      Who cares if it’s a unique snowflake or not? If the food is good, I’ll eat there.

    • FF

      Well, I just checked the Lime Fresh website…apparently they use meat from animals raised as certified humane, without antibiotics etc. So I might give them a try (even if they are owned from the god-awful Ruby Tuesday people).

      • KalashniKEV

        Who cares #2- Who’s doing the certifying and why is it important? I noticed that too, but I’ve never seen that logo before…

        I’m more concerned with clean handling of the meat and it’s processing (without byproducts or additives) than I am how happy my food was before it got to my plate.

        • FF

          without antibiotics etc

          • KalashniKEV

            I thought that was a bold claim- hormone free beef is good (or rather no added hormones), but I’m not sure it’s possible to raise a herd of cattle and treat them individually for the sniffles without the disease spreading to the whole herd quickly. Keeping them from getting sick in the first place is good animal husbandry.

            Also grass fed beef (no mention of that here) are far less efficient and more harmful to the environment.

          • doodly

            Yes, it is possible to raise a herd of cattle without them all getting each other sick if you don’t jam them all together living in their own filth, etc. The antibiotics are not good husbandry, they are a cheap antidote for bad husbandry.

          • CW

            Depends on where you are with respect to grass-fed beef. In Argentina that is definitely not the case.

        • doodly

          Good for you.

      • J

        I always eat at Lime every time I go to South Beach! It is soooo good and they have the strongest margaritas in the world…I am usually rather tipsy after just one. This will be a great addition here…hopefully they will open up in the District also….we gays can love it in Arlington and in DC:)

        • CW

          Non-sequitur alert, or did I miss something?

          • J

            Well the morning notes are about Lime Fresh and same-sex couples also….so I combined the two stories

          • CW

            Mkay, if that’s all there is to it, that’s fine.

  • G Clifford Prout

    Will get back to you in a few. Need to come up with smart comment about more gays and a better class of restaurant.

    • AllenB

      If you’ve been to the sad strip of 17th Street between P and S in Dupont Circle, you’ll see the two don’t always go hand in hand.

      • JS

        Well played on the sarcasm, AllenB

      • KalashniKEV

        Yeah, there was a truck stop by my house in Kentucky that was just full of gays all the time… I assumed there would be good food there as well, but it was just terrrrrrrible.

        • SSRS

          Sounds like you hung out there pretty often.

  • KalashniKEV

    I want this, but too bad it isn’t grilled Mahi Mahi:

    LA PAZ SALAD Fresh Mahi Mahi, lightly fried in our homemade
    batter on a bed of fresh greens with black bean corn salsa,
    carrots and pico de gallo and topped with crispy tortilla strips.
    Served with a side of spicy ranch dressing. 7.99

    The Yelp reviews are pretty good. I’m excited!

    • doodly

      Are you going to check all the employees for green cards or citizenship first? Or just not tip the brown ones?

      • KalashniKEV

        No, but I’ll certainly make an assessment. One would hope our law enforcement would do just that on a periodic basis though, since we certainly pay them enough…

        • doodly

          How will you make an assessment?

          • KalashniKEV

            Powers of Intuition.

    • CW

      Who the hell batters and fries mahi mahi? That is a travesty.

      • KalashniKEV

        I know, right?

  • Curmudgeon

    New restaurants are bad. Development of all type is bad. I want Arlington to revert to the sublime paradise it was in 1992. It was sooooo WEIRD!!!

  • I got that PAM

    WOW! Ruby Tuesday!!!! it must be authentic Mexican food!!

    • KalashniKEV

      No… it’s called Lime Fresh.

      • Greg

        I wonder what team of corporate branding zombies, er experts, came up with the name “Lime Fresh”.

  • I got that PAM

    no sh*t? owned by the same company that brought us Ruby Tuesday. It must be great.

    • AllenB

      Unless you’ve been to one of their restaurants, you really have no idea if it’s good or not.

      McDonalds owns Chipotle and for the price, the food there is pretty good.

      • R.Griffon

        Exactly. And Baja Fresh used to be owned by Wendy’s. Ownership doesn’t say as much about the brand as you’d think.

        • KalashniKEV

          Once I found out 50 Cent owned Vitamin Water that stuff tasted straight GANGSTA to me… previously I thought it was only an expensive Gatorade for the Yoga Tart Set.

          • KalashniKEV

            Of course the vibe remained after he sold it…

      • John Fontain

        McDonalds sold their partial interest in Chipotle in 2006.

      • JS

        Common misconception. McDonald’s divested its stake in Chipotle five years ago.

        • AllenB

          My bad… but regardless the point remains the same. They were started under McD’s and were considered good all along. Corporate ownership doesn’t have to dictate quality of individual chains.

          • Ali

            McDonalds only got involved when Chipotle was looking to expand outside Colorado.

  • JamesE

    I think they should get rid of all office and residential buildings in Clarendon to make more room for all these new restaurants ignoring the rest of Arlington.

  • Southeast Ben

    How do they count “same sex households?” I have a male roommate, but we are both straight. Are they counting us in the percentages? I don’t remember a “Straight/Gay” checkbox when filling out the US Census.Perhaps there was?

    • Steve

      Maybe they look for the rainbow flags outside of their homes?

    • AllenB

      I’m pretty sure there was something on the census about same sex couples… different than just a roommate.

    • JamesE

      They obviously know something you don’t.

    • KalashniKEV

      SEXUAL ORIENTATION QUESTIONS: Sexual orientation is not directly assessed. However, the census can be used to identify same-sex couples. The questionnaire asks for head of household information first, coding gender of the head of household; it then asks for information on all other persons in the household

      • Southeast Ben

        Cool. Thanks for the clarification…I didn’t remember. I was just curious as to the accuracy of the Census data.

      • AllenB

        I’m pretty sure what you’re quoting is for the 2000 census… here is how the 2010 census worked:

        For everyone EXCEPT for the head of household How this person is related to the head of household; categories include:

        Husband or wife
        Biological son or daughter
        Adopted son or daughter
        Stepson or stepdaughter
        Brother or sister
        Father or mother
        Grandchild
        Parent-in-law
        Son-in-law or daughter-in-law
        Other Relative
        Roomer or boarder
        Housemate or roommate
        Unmarried partner
        Other non-relative

        http://hatthief.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-census-short-forms-for-everybody.html

        • RosRes

          Thanks for the real clarification AllenB. It’s nice that we’re finally being counted. What I don’t know is whether there was really an increase or whether they just started counting us better to reflect that we’ve already been here…

    • doodly

      Have you ever come home drunk and cuddled with your roommate though, Southeast Ben? Come on, you can tell us.

      • Southeast Ben

        Nope. He’s not my type.

    • Glebe Roader

      It’s the “relationship to person 1” question on the census form. For example, If person 2 checked “husband or wife” or “unmarried partner” and they are the same sex as person 1, they should be counted in this category.

      • CW

        If someone checks “husband or wife” to someone of the same gender in a state that doesn’t permit same-sex marriages, does it cause the entire census computer system to crash? Or does it trigger an immediate order for the right-wing morality police to come kick in their door?

        • ArlForester

          I am sure it raises a rainbow flag.

          • KalashniKEV

            lol!

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