86°Partly Cloudy

Morning Poll: New Restaurants Along R-B Corridor

by ARLnow.com November 2, 2011 at 9:48 am 4,450 213 Comments

The Rosslyn-Ballston corridor continues to grow and change.

Thanks to new residential and commercial developments, and the coming influx of Fairfax residents on the new Silver Line, the number of customers frequenting local businesses — especially restaurants — will almost certainly continue to grow over time.

Given complaints that we have an overabundance of certain types of restaurants, we thought it useful to ask: what sort of restaurant would you like to see more of?

Pick any three from the following list, compiled from reader suggestions.

  • Nick

    What about Indian?

    • Ballstonian

      I said seafood, but i assume that any new restaurant will be fro-yo covered burgers on cupcake buns.

    • Peetie

      I agree, we need more Indian.

    • Yes … Indian … and/or Ethiopian

      • JEB

        . . .would love Indian and Middle Eastern and Ethiopian – we do NOT need more burgers. . . .

    • Kiffee

      Agreed – more Indian! Too bad Sangam moved to the Pike from Ballston. Could do with another steak place as well

  • novasteve

    Can we have our taco bell back?

    • Tre
    • brendan

      definitely need to bring it back. the Courthouse Wendy’s is awful, and who wants to drive all the way up Lee HWY or Down to Rt. 7 for a gordita?

      • Hope

        I don’t eat at that Wendy’s anymore. Yuck!

    • RosRes

      No

    • jack

      No, that’s a wildlife sanctuary now. At least until they start the high-rise building and chase away the rats.

  • Tabby

    we need pho on Columbia Pike.

    • novasteve

      we only have one place in from key bridge until you get to 7 corners. The hidden place in clarendon isn’t really a pho place. Only has a handful of choices.

      • RosRes

        There’s Pho 75 in Rosslyn

        • novasteve

          That’s the one I was referring to.

          • ResRos

            Then why did you say Clarendon?

          • novasteve

            I said “The hidden place in clarendon isn’t really a pho place.” so it doesn’t count. The one place is Pho 75 in Rosslyn.

          • Clarendude

            Bet he was referring to Nam-Viet in Clarendon (Pho 79) which is more of a full restaurant than a Pho kitchen.

    • Ho Chi Minh

      Minh’s serves pho.

  • clarendonneighbor

    Not sure why frozen yogurt wasn’t a choice? A really great deli is needed. Not many choices here. Or a quality Chinese place like City Lights of China in Dupont.

    • Zach

      Agree about a good deli. I really like Earl’s, but I wouldn’t call it a classic deli. I want a place that will give me a big stack of cold cuts with good mustard and cheese.

      • VA^2

        There’s apparently a new deli coming to the VA Square/Ballston area, in the old Upper Crust location (next to the cigar shop). Although, i walk by almost every day and haven’t seen much progress. I really hope it is good!

        • Peetie

          Close to where the Super Garden Market was in the 1970’s. The best deli ever.

  • CW

    It’s amazing how few true late-night places there are where you can get something quick. Goody’s is just about it near me.

  • novasteve

    YOu know what I would like? More grocery stores. Trader Joes coming is great, but

    1. eating out is expensive.

    2. it’s healthier to make your own food, and you know what’s in it.

    Other than that new Giant on Columbia pike, with pay parking, every grocery store in Arlington is tiny, with a bad selection.

    • South Arlington

      The parking is free at that Giant.

      • Ballstonian

        There’s also a Giant 2 blocks away from the Va. Square metro which also has free parking.

        • CW

          I think he’s saying that they are all small, have poor selections (esp. of meat and produce) and are extremely expensive, all of which are true statements. Wegmans Fairfax is worth the drive.

          • novasteve

            I like Wegmans, but it’s too damn far. I don’t like driving. I’ve put 7k miles on my car in 4 years. It’s not really cheap at Wegmans, but I love their selection.

          • Dave

            Actually, Wegmans is one of the cheapest grocery stores around. Everyone just assumes they’re expensive because it’s so nice.

          • MC 703

            Agreed. I go to the one near my office in Ashburn a few times a week and groceries there seem cheaper than Giant or HT. I think I saw a local news story on the different prices and Wegmans was cheapest or 2nd cheapest.

          • Ballstonian

            Agreed. I go to Giant for staples, but i make the trip to Wegmans for most other things. Particularly their spicy asiago cheese bagles.

          • Nerd

            I go to Office Deport for staples πŸ™‚

          • New Yorker

            I go to Staples for staples.

          • Southeast Jerome

            I send people to the hospital for Staples

          • Rosslyn Heifer

            Wegmans should go on the old Bardo/TacoBell site.

        • novasteve

          But that Giant, like every other grocery store here, is TINY, with a crappy selection.

          • Josh S

            TINY?

            By what standard? How many kinds of toilet paper do you want, Steve-o?

          • novasteve

            Try leaving arlington and going somewhere else. That new safeway in 7 corners is 3x the size of giant by spout run or va square, and is typical of a Moco sized grocery store. And it’s groceries I’m talking about, food, things you eat.

          • jack

            Curious: What food item that you want does that Giant not carry that a larger place would?

          • novasteve

            Well for one, larger giants sell frozen matzah balls. They also have have larger canned soup selections, as well as a larger choice of meats.

          • Swag

            Think Giant also ranks just below WholeFoods as the most expensive NoVA grocery chain.

          • Andrew

            I think that honor belongs to harris teeter.

          • Josh S

            I think people could (and do) argue about that all day long.

    • LP

      Steve-

      Why are you concerned about health? You’re a smoker.

      • novasteve

        I only smoke when I drink, which isn’t very often.

        • Swag

          I think we all assumed that since posts about smoking make up about 50% of your contribution to ARLnow.com, smoking would also make up about 50% of your day.

          • VA^2

            On the topic of smoking, did you know that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month?

            Lung cancer actually kills more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined; it accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths.

            Its a great time to stop smoking!

          • novasteve

            And obesity kills even more people and costs society even more money than smoking does, and we are talking about having more restaurants with huge portions contributing to that problem.

          • Josh S

            And where are the pink gloves and cleats for lung cancer? Huh?

          • Chris

            And the other 50% of his time he spends not driving automatic transmissions.

    • drax

      Harris Teeter isn’t bad.

    • What?

      Harris Teeter (any of them–Glebe, Lee-Harrison, Pentagon Row) is large with good selection. Likewise most of the Giants (VA Square, Lyon Village) and some Safeways (Lee Hwy) and the one just over the border in Falls Church on 50.

    • OX4

      Agreed. The Safeway in Rosslyn in a rat hole.

      • Ross Lynn

        That Safeway is so ghetto.

    • NoVapologist

      I go to the Giant in McLean for staples. It’s huge and it has valet parking.

    • Steamboat Willie

      I’ve been to three different Harris Teeters in Arlington. You and I have a different definition of a “tiny” grocery store. Ever been to a Safeway in DC or an IGA anywhere down South?

      • Hope

        I want some items from the IGA.

  • Arlingtoon

    Italian!

    Would love to see a really good Italian place. There was one that I believe has closed. If it’s done right it’s the best food ever.

    • AllenB

      Toscana Grill in Courthouse Plaza has a new owner and chef… they’re turning out really good red-sauce italian food and pizza.

      • RosRes

        Thanks for the tip AllenB. I’ll check it out!

    • Bryan

      I second the Italian! Yes, we all know that it is easy to cook up Italian at home, but this isn’t a poll about whether to cook at home or eat out. I vote Italian. GTown and Crystal City are the closest Italian cuisine and the options there aren’t what I would consider awesome.

      • Clarendude

        Italy has a diverse cuisine. Mario Batali should open a restaurant here. An acquaintance of mine ran a restaurant called Pirandello in Bethesda and it was awesome. They had a whole grilled Rockfish that was out of this world. I can’t get off the seafood.

      • Anon

        You are kidding right? Off the top of my head btw Ballston and Courthouse there is Vapiano, Cafe Tirolo, Pines of Florence, Faccia Luna, and Petes Apizza all serve Italian, in varying levels of formality and price.

        • Me

          Also Tutto Bene, Pinzimini, Il Radicchio, bertuccis, Trattoria Domaso, Piola, and Listranis. village Bistro also has a lot of good italian dishes.

          My favorites are Tutto Bene and Cafe Tirolo.

  • yo

    Crystal City Restaurant… in RB corridor, that serves bagels in the morning and Jack and Coke at night.

  • New Yorker

    Why do we have to go to Rockville for a true NY style deli? I think there are enough of us displaced New Yorkers to support an appetizing counter (chopped liver, smoked fish, knish, etc.), good cold cuts, pickles, egg creams and blintzes. Homesick after 20+ years…….

    • novasteve

      Because there aren’t many jews in arlington, that’s why. Ever see how small the kosher section in grocery stores are here? I’ve seen bigger ones in Missouri.

    • dk

      +1!!

    • drax

      Because this isn’t New York?

      • New Yorker

        Nor is it Mongolia….just sayin’…..
        And yes, there are Jews, but many (certainly not all) are only practicing the cuisine and minor holidays….

      • dk

        You don’t need to be a New Yorker or Jewish (I am neither) to appreciate a good deli.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      @ New Yorker, this Virginian totally agrees with you! I’d be delighted to have a real, true NY style deli in Arlington (or even Falls Church).

  • Pumped Out Freak on a Big Wheel

    I think a Hooters would go down well in the 22101…

    • New Yorker

      Read that again….

      • Hope

        LOL!

    • Pumped Out Freak on a Big Wheel

      err, 22201 –

      • drax

        No, not that part….

        • Pumped Out Freak on a Big Wheel

          err 22301 ???

    • AllenB

      Sorry, but you can keep your Hooters out of my zip code.

    • OX4

      I bet it would *snicker*

  • Chris

    Somebody once asked for a real Mongolian restaurant. Don’t know who that was, but I fully agree with him.

  • Clarendude

    Seafood all the way! And not some place where they have to have some chef poof up the fish with complex sauces and other stuff but a place where you can get good fresh grilled seafood of all types (and other preperations, but must have the simple stuff).

    • CW

      Nice. Clarendon Tackle Box annex would rake in the cash, especially if it had a bar like the Connecticut Ave. location.

    • drax

      SoBe is there. Not saying it’s great, but it’s there.

      • Clarendon

        Haven’t been there almost since it opened. I’ll check it out again. I didn’t at the time think of it as a seafood restaurant, more of a bar/bistro. For a seafood restaurant, like a deli, you like to see the place busy so you know the stuff is fresh and sadly Sobe never seems busy. I think that bulding/location could do much more to make those restaurants in there feel more interesting. I just never think to go there and the places always look closed.

        Many restaurants might have one or two good dishes based on seafood but no real standouts that specialize in it. I had a great Salmon filet dish at Nam-Viet the other day for example.

  • Andrew

    A good bbq and a good tex-mex place would be great!

    • Ballstonian

      Are you implying that Rocklands is not good or/and that its too far off the Corridor?

      • CW

        I will state (not imply) that Rocklands tastes like dirt.

      • What we need

        Rocklands is GARBAGE. Way too fatty, and their “pulled pork” isn’t pulled but just sort of thrown together. Not to mention flavorless.

      • BBQ Fan

        Rocklands is overly fatty, and the “pulled” pork, just like the “pulled” chicken, is not done correctly. It’s supposed to be shredded with two forks, not loosely torn apart with the hands. It’s also underseasoned. Red Hot & Blue is far better.

        • Steamboat Willie

          I disagree on several of your points and I grew up in the heart of Eastern NC bbq country.

  • North Delawarian

    100% agree with needing a “real deli.” Also how about a
    (casual) GERMAN place? Doners, brats … would be awesome for lunchtime and late night.

    • NorthArlingTim

      That would be great!

    • novasteve

      Since when have Doener Kebaps been German? I wouldn’t mind having Turkish food here.

      • FYI

        Do:ners originated in the Mediterranean (Turkey and Greece mainly), but they’re now the de facto national food of Germany. Do:ner stands are all over the major cities there. Hamburgers and hot dogs might have once been considered German, but no one would dispute they’re (for better or worse) quintessential “American” foods.

        • novasteve

          But that’s like saying Tacos are american food given you can buy them everywhere here.

          • Steamboat Willie

            Doeners were voted the national favorite dish of Germany in at least one survey a few years ago. And it’s a matter of quality as well as widespread availability as to why they are considered quite German.

          • novasteve

            And I’m sure the national favorite food in the USA would probalby be burritos, but that still doesn’t make it american food, nor does it make a Doener German food.

          • FYI

            The question was if a real “German” place would serve d:oners, not if they originated in Germany. Of course they’re also Turkish and Greek, and I’d agree that tacos are of course Mexican. But they’re also American. Just like pizza, spaghetti, omelettes, etc. If you opened an “American” themed restaurant in some foreign city and wanted it to be authentic, I think you’d have to serve all those things.

          • North Delawarian

            Thanks FYI and Steamboat.

            Novasteve … There is Atilla’s on the Pike if you want traditional Turkish. I can’t think of anywhere in Arl that I can sit down at a relatively casual place (ok a casual place in itself is rare around here) and enjoy some “German” food!

          • Josh S

            Odd. I can’t think of a single formal restaurant in Arlington. Well, there’s Harrys……uhhhhh……

          • Sammy

            Harry’s closed.

          • Josh S

            It was open as of last Saturday night….

          • Me

            Harrys just closed and will reopen as a new place.

    • bb

      Doner Bistro is supposedly coming to Clarendon.

      • North Delawarian

        Thanks for the heads up – I just found the Wapo article about it. That would be so exciting! I just hope they could find a good location … Lburg location and physical setup (including outdoor space) contributes a LOT to its charm/success I think.

  • Charles

    I’d also welcome cuisine from west Africa – Ghana, Togo, etc. Fufu and goat stew, yeah baby.

    • Tabby

      Worst cuisine in the world.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      Giant muddy tasting chewy earth snails, no thanks, been there, done that, got the t-shirt…they are really just gross and will ruin your appetite for days.

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      Here ya go! best to eat them slightly chopped and fried with onions:

      • New Yorker

        Ah, the memories – how about bitter greens over corn foufou?? Love it!! I skipped the bugs though.

  • Tre

    Breakfast breakfast breakfast. A Dunkin Donuts would make a killing in Clarendon…. mmmm Bagels and Donuts

    • Lard McFatty

      Is that why the one on Wilson closed?

      • Tre

        Is that why being in the middle of no man’s land between the Clarendon Metro and VA Square metro is a good place to to get high foot traffic?

    • Me

      Yes, i want a dunkin donuts!

  • Wilber

    Non Franchise. Independent. Ethnic. Not yuppie chow.

    • Aaron

      To serve hipster.

      It’s, it’s, it’s a cookbook!!

    • KARLington

      Amen, Wilber. Unfortunately, the Cheesecake Factory and Ted’s Buffalo Palace ilk seem to have a healthy audience. Well, not *healthy* per se, but willing.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    This is such a poorly designed list – what Arlington has lost in the mega-re-development is what’s missing from the list. The Queen Bee in Clarendon, Little Viet Garden gone to Georgetown.
    You only have Chinese and Korean – there are lots of other asian styles. Also I can’t believe you lumped southern and cajun together – pretty much distinct.

    • dk

      Cafe Dalat, may it rest in peace.

      • Clarendon

        Amen.

      • LVGuy

        That was my comfort food growing up.

  • arlgirl

    What about a nice, laid-back steakhouse where you can get reservations — someplace like J. Gilbert’s in McLean?

  • What we need

    Now that Cafe Parisien is gone, the only cheap French spot is in Alexandria, unless you count Le Madelleine.

    We could also use more Tex-Mex. Rio Grande is just OK (kind of pricey), El Paso went downhill long ago, and El Ranchero is nasty, with weird service and obnoxious kickballers packing the place.

    Possibly more Chinese; there is China Garden in Rosslyn, and Full Kee in Seven Corners, but that’s not a lot to choose from.

    Reasonably priced Indian would be welcome.

    We have more than enough Thai: Thai Square, Crystal Thai, Thai Thai, Gin Na Ree (Lee-Har), Thai Curry (Buckingham), probably others. I love Thai, but that’s enough Thai spots.

    • CW

      Ironically, you forgot to mention “I Love Thai” (Ballston mall) in your list when saying that you love Thai!!

      • What We Need

        I Love My Personal Safety–which is why I never go into Ballston Common Mall!

        • Josh S

          *rolls eyes*

    • Clarendon

      I haven’t been to Gin Na Ree in a long time but it used to be my fav when I lived up that way. I think Sawadtee in Courthouse in my favorite in the R-B corridor, but I go to Thai Square when I want really good papaya salad.

      Dehli Club and Dehli Dhaba satisfy my Indian, although we could do better. I miss the Indian Spices and Appliances store for my burlap sacks of basmatti and other Indian treats.

      There’s never been much good Chinese in Arlington as far as I can remember. I’ve been taking out from China Delight on King Street (over by Fairlington near my work) and it’s a very decent, very cheap place.

      A place that serves really good mexican breakfasts would make me happy. Used to go to El Palaccio (or something like that) on Lee Hwy a long time ago that had decent breakfast.

      • val

        +1 on missing the Indian Appliance store. Now I have to drive to Lee Hwy for Indian spices.

    • Vicente Fox

      I agree we need a good Tex-Mex place. Most of these Salvadorean wannabes just don’t cut it.

  • lost

    As much as the cupcakes, burgers and froyo options are overdone, I like the idea of small shops that do one thing, and do it well. Bahn mi, crepes, a falafel shop, belgian fries…

  • Vik

    I would second a good deli. My other two choices would be cheap dinner/late-night food and a japanese ramen place.

    I’d love to be able to spend under 5 bucks for a kati roll (http://www.thekatirollcompany.com/index.html) which is just enough food at times when I’m not looking for a big meal.

    Also, there’s a place, Ren’s Ramen, formerly of Bethesda, but now in Wheaton, that has great ramen. It may not seem that much different from pho, but it is and it’s delicious. I also can’t find a decent marinated beef with rice for ~$8 in Arlington.

  • vanessa

    A Cuban restaurant that serves more than crappy fake Cuban sandwiches.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      I second that – I miss the place where Mr Days went in

      • Clarendude

        Blue and Gold was where Mr Days is. The Cuban place was where Sobe is. But they are kind of owned the same so maybe it doesn’t matter. I think that Cuban place also used to be in Ballston before the Welbourne Square area was redeveloped. I forget the name.

        • Grateful

          The Havana Cafe was originally located at the corner of Wilson Blvd. and North Taylor Street.

          • Clarendude

            Thanks! That was one of the first places I ate at when I moved here in ’91. That was after hitting the Ballston Mall food court that had some place that sold really cheap 24 oz beers (maybe Frank and Stein ?)

  • KARLington

    Poutine! Good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, hangovers, baby showers…

    • novasteve

      Yes, a Canadian restaurant, where they serve maple syrup in water glasses.

  • Maeve

    Indian.

    Thai.

    • OX4

      Arlington needs another Thai restaurant like I need a hole in my head.

  • novasteve

    Does Russian Food suck? Why are there no russian restaurants anywhere?

    • Phood

      From what I see on No Reservations, it seems to be mostly meat, potatoes and vodka.

    • LVGuy

      I’ve had some excellent Russian food recently, though to be fair it doesn’t seem appetizing. Mung bean soup sounds boring, but it turned out to be a lot more exciting than I ever would have expected. Though not Russian, I’ve had cravings for Pierogi and other great Polish/Lithuanian foods I had when visiting my Lithuanian grandparents in Chicago. I could see a casual/take-out Eastern European restaurant doing well.

      • Suburban Not Urban

        Thats another good idea, a friend of mine in Cleveland introduced me to good pierogi’s

    • nicole

      I think Cafe Assorti between Courthouse/Rosslyn is Russian/Eastern European.

      • Aaron

        Kazakh.

  • Ocho

    We need District Taco on Wilson Blvd! That place is legit.

    • CW

      They set up every Saturday at the Court House metro station; what more do you want?

      • Ocho

        On Wilson, that place would kill…let’s get them to take over Mexicali Blues

        • Tabby

          A hostile takeover. Bring back the 80s!

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    White Castle? or a place that serve real Vienna all Beef Hot Dogs, Chicago Style!

    But here’s an Urban Concept, Channel your inner caveman past and have a hot rock pit where you throw freshly butchered game. Drink mead out of stone bowls. Eat fresh pulled leafy plants and bulbs.

    But all this would have to occur at Arlingon Prices and would have to have valet parking.

    • novasteve

      The chicago hotdogs is the best suggestion I’ve read here yet!

    • Swag

      I read an article about one of those caveman cuisine places the other day. Think it was in France tho.

    • Josh S

      +1 on Chicago hot dog joint

  • Swag

    What we really need is a Wawa in that empty lot between WholeFoods and SunTrust bank. I’d stop bitching about the rent if I was within walking distance of a Wawa.

    • Steamboat Willie

      Good call.

    • Ocho

      Brilliant, Sheetz will work as well in my mind

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Sheetz or WaWa….either one would be fine with me.

  • Mkt Common

    Japanese, sushi, ramen!!!!!!

    • Ben

      While I love Endo Sushi, a Kushiyaki place in the area would be the end of me….

    • I would love real ramen in Arlington, but I get the feeling Arlington just isn’t “cool” enough for ramen. Let’s play it safe and open up another American restaurant serving steak and burgers…

  • Quoth the Raven

    I’d go for a nice brewhouse, sort of like Dogfish but in a less lousy location. Good food, tons of beer on tap…

    • novasteve

      They will ruin it by making it a snobbish place..

      • Southeast Jerome

        like American Tap Room?

        • Quoth the Raven

          No, not a chain. I was thinking something more like Mad Fox in Falls Church — unique place without a lot of Applebees-looking crap hanging on the walls. I know Dogfish is (sort of) a chain too, but their beer is good enough for them to get away with it. “American Tap Room”? Not so much.

          • novasteve

            American Tap Room’s name just sounds like something that would would appeal to an Idaho republican senator……

          • Sane Wolf

            Except Mad Fox isn’t very good.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Too true. But it really SHOULD be good – the idea is great, and I like the location. Not really sure what went wrong…

          • Aaron

            The food is great, some of the beers are adequate. The service at Mad Fox is, however, a contender for “Worst in the Metro Area.” I don’t know if the ownership is just oblivious or if it’s their way of giving back to the community or what.

  • GetMeOutofHere

    In Rosslyn, how about a new anything?

  • Ethiopian

    • Suburban Not Urban

      The ethiopian on the pike in the old Bob and Ediths II location is quite good

  • John Fontain

    The voting options are mostly focused on food types, but I’d suggest what we really need are more affordable, everyday kind of places that people can take their family to and not feel like they are spending an arm and a leg. I guess that would fall into something similar to the diner category.

    And for you seafood fans, how about a revival of the old Chesepeake Bay Seafood House?

    • FYI

      I agree with you. You may know there are a few such places, but you have to get away from the Metro stations–Lee Hwy, Columbia Pike, etc.

      • VA

        I agree too – regardless of the types of food – the Orange line just needs more places where you’d be comfortable taking your kids, or your parents. Other than Pete’s A-Pizza I haven’t been out to dinner in Clarendon in months and months because I’ve gotten tired of the frat party and feel like there are better options in Del Ray, Old Town, and Columbia Pike.

        • Josh S

          You may have noticed that Whitlow’s was in the Best Family Friendly Restaruant section of the Best of Arlington poll last week. It’s my son’s favorite place.

          Also in the heart of Clarendon and good for kids – Faccia Luna.

          I will not go to Pie-Tanza cause it’s TOO family-friendly. Place is overrun.

          I’ll admit places to take your parents and not spend an arm and a leg are a bit harder to come by. But Lebanese Taverna comes to mind. I made the mistake recently of going to Ri Ra with my Dad. Mediocre food and the place was incredibly loud. Won’t be going back there……

    • Clarendude

      I think we used to get the king crab legs at the Seafood House. What is the deal with it ? I googled and it looks like it has become Chilis and On the Border holding company?

      http://www.chilis.net/about.asp

      or is that a different organization?

  • Hope

    Real BBQ, no chain, no runny sauce, with thick basted on sauce for hours.

    • Clarendude

      That’s the thing with BBQ, everyone have different likes and definitions. I particularly like the style dry, smoked pork with the thin, vinegary application. Although, I’m not at all implying that I don’t like the other variants πŸ™‚

    • Clarendon Cruiser

      Burnt suger and corn syrup can never taste good.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    I’d like to see a true, genuine NY deli with all the real NY deli classics. Ditto a genuine diner (not a chain) and a meat and three type place. Surely there must be a market in this area for good, authentic, reasonably priced down-home food.

    • Grateful

      Bring back the “Super Garden Market” that used to be on Fairfax Drive!

    • FYI

      Linda’s Cafe on Lee Highway, just east of G Mason Drive, is a very real diner.

  • novasteve

    Not like I’d go, but one of those tea places?

  • novasteve

    How about a Durian Restaurant?

    • Chris

      You just love old ashtray taste so much that you want a restaurant that serves a fruit that tastes like that? Man, I’ve known ardent smokers before, but you are hardcore.

  • The Noid

    More pizza!

  • PL25rd

    I’d love to see a good sit-down German restaurant, like Cafe Mozart downtown, in Arlington. Yum!

    • Quoth the Raven

      Isn’t Lyon Hall supposed to be German?

      • Andrew

        Belgian, I think.

      • Clarendude

        Alsatian, maybe ?

        • CW

          They are self-described as serving classic French brasserie fare. In doing so comprehensively, they cover a wide spectrum, including dishes such as those of Alsace where there is a heavy German influence.

      • Rachel

        I thought it was just “old world” Europe inspired. Definitely not just German or Alsatian, or Belgian, or French.

  • Steve

    Would it be possible to get more things to do in Arlington besides eating or drinking?

    They give us Artisphere, but what about other things? A video arcade, a shooting range, a museum dedicated to whatever, an amusement park, a pottery factory where you can make your own pottery. Just stuff to do. Please.

    • MustardGasMike

      Try KEV’s house if you’re looking for a shooting range.

    • Open your eyes…

      There’s really quite a bit “to do” in Arlington for as small as the county actually is (things that take up huge amounts of land may not work, but they aren’t THAT far of a distance away)… http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/comm_center/parksrecreationscriptscomm_centertj.aspx TJ isn’t the snootiest place in the world for the rich and famous of Arlington, but they ALWAYS have activities for all ages. Also buildings like museums (which you suggest) take up large amounts of space, but they’re less than 20-30 minutes away on a metro ride… and from Ballston – Rosslyn that’s the longest it should take you. Technically Ballston has an arcade still in the mall doesn’t it (?) I know it’s not fancy, but it’s there, they also have the comedy club and other family activities that aren’t outrageously expensive… Ultra Zone is right at the falls church/arlington line… go play laser tag, I mean a lot of what you mentioned is no more than 15-30 minutes away and I don’t even drive, so it’s closer if you do. Open your eyes and google “things to do in Arlington” if you’re convinced there’s nothing.

  • Rachel

    Hungarian!

    I know, I’ld have a better chance of getting a free ticket to Budapest.

  • American

    Amurrrrican

    BBQ

  • BookGuy

    I would like a chicken place even KFC or Popeye’s although I would not mind a Peruvian chicken closer to Rosslyn than El Pollo Rico.

  • Steve

    It’s a shame Virginia doesn’t allow bars. I’m sick of all of this “family friendly” crap. Nobody under 21 is allowed to even enter. That’s the way it should be.

  • Smoke_Jaguar4

    I voted for Latin American, but for something other than Central American, Peruvian Chicken, and Bolivian Saltenas (and I love all three). El Chapparal, before they closed, started serving carne asada they were grilling on the sidewalk. They were also serving choripans on either bread or arepas. Perhaps after I retire I should open the first Argentine-Uruguayan-Chilean restaurant in Arlington? Maybe as a food truck?

  • MC

    I am tired of the beef fetish that dominates R-B. Too many burger joints, steak houses. Now Harrys, once purveyor of farm-fresh produce, is planning to become a “Chop” house. If you don’t want beef, restaurants will insist on putting bacon in anything else, from salads to ice cream. We need healthy alternatives to the heart attack diets that restaurants are offering.

  • I just want to say that I can’t believe that a 7-Eleven opened up next to Rocklands. WTF?! I always envisioned that space as a new restaurant, which would help out both Rocklands and Mala Tang and create a new “restaurant district” in that area.

    As for me, I want Korean, Mexican and good Pho. No more burgers, steaks, Middle Eastern or Peruvian. I included pho only because I’m tried of trekking it to Eden Center to get good pho. Pho 75 is no replacement for Eden Center.

    I also wouldn’t mind a good Thai restaurant that doesn’t serve sushi. Seriously, what’s up with Thai restaurants in this area serving Chinese and Japanese food?! It’s as if serving mediocre sushi gives them a pass to serve shitty Thai food or something.

  • Steve

    How about a place that serves only soups?

  • S

    Need a solid coffee and pastry place in Virginia Square. Need better restaurants in VA square too. All the good stuff is in Clarendon/Court House. A really good bagel place would be amazing.

Γ—

Subscribe to our mailing list