Two New Restaurants Now Open in Pentagon Row

by Katie Pyzyk June 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm 8,311 45 Comments


It’s been a big week at Pentagon Row, where two new restaurants officially opened to the public.

Nando’s Peri-Peri has opened in the space that used to be PR Grill, and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill has replaced Baja Fresh.

This is the second Lime location in Arlington, joining the one in Clarendon that opened earlier this year. Just as with the Clarendon location, this one experienced some delays in getting off the ground, but is now in business. A long line snaked out the door of the restaurant during lunchtime today.

Nando’s has 850 locations around the world, and expansion in the D.C. area was its first foray into the American market. The Pentagon Row location is the first in Virginia. It opened according to schedule, after two days of mock service.

  • Chris B

    Pentagon Row, how exciting.

    • Charles

      They are doing their best to support the fiction that Pentagon Row is a happening place, not a block of chains.

    • Michael H.

      People will complain about anything on this site. What’s wrong with Pentagon Row? Not hip enough?

      • CrystalMikey

        Ain’t that the truth.

  • Cletus Van Damme

    I ate at Nando’s Peri-Peri this week and thought it was great. I highly recommend it. Going to give LIME a shot tomorrow night.

    • James

      How’s it hold up vs El Pollo Rico or Super Pollo?

  • I Like Burritos

    Thank you for finally referring to this restaurant by its proper name, Lime, and not calling it Lime Fresh like it has been in everyone other post about it.

    • John Fontain

      The name of the restaurant is Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, not Lime. Arlnow has been properly citing the correct name.

      Their website is copyrighted by “LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL” and their corporate mailing address includes this same full name. Additionally, industry trade publications such as Nation’s Restaurant News name the company using the full name.

      • I Like Burritos

        Yes, the full name is Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. But its short name is just Lime. Hence the logo having the large capital lettering of LIME followed by the subtitle Fresh Mexican Grill. They even refer to it as just Lime in several place on their own website.

        However, in the ArlNow posts about its Clarendon location it was continually being referred to as Lime Fresh, which is totally inaccurate. I’m happy to see them now using the correct reference.

        • John Fontain

          Lime Fresh is what I’ve typically heard it called.

          • Bad Jokes

            Wow, I am glad that has been cleared up.
            Next let’s tackle peace in the middle east.

          • John Fontain

            I was hoping to debate the name for a few more hours first.

        • Drop the Chalupa

          The cool kids call it LIME GRILL.

          • Urban hipster

            The even cooler kids call it LIME GRILL – yo.

          • Aaron

            The even hipper kids say Lee-MAY Grill, yo, brah.

        • drax

          So it’s LIME Fresh, like PROPER Slice.

          • KalashniKEV

            Lime Fresh is unlike a PROPER SLICE because it’s not truly a proper taco. The Chilango truck or District Taco is a PROPER TACO.

  • C. Heston

    Are Nando’s chickens raised in Arlington?

    • nom de guerre

      That’s a clown question, bro.

    • Cletus Van Damme

      Nope. Just trolls…

    • Dr_Klahn

      Sam’s Corner is the only place I know of serving Arlington-raised, free-range, heirloom chicken. Not for long though…

      • WeiQiang

        do i really want to know what an heirloom chicken tastes like, brah?

        • FrenchyB

          It tastes old.

        • Bad Joke


        • nom de guerre

          Crusty, bro with a palette bouquet of moth balls.

        • Dr_Klahn

          Wait till you try tbe dry aged roast beef…

          • nom de guerre

            Is it a Waygu hand fed beef culotte, infused with a garlic and fresh lime (as opposed to Lime Fresh) marinade with crushed black peppercorns and locally sourced, sustainable, organic freshly grated horseradish?

          • Dr_Klahn

            I heard it’s a recipe he got a long time ago from the Bates Hotel. Which is interesting if you think about it ’cause they weren’t open very much either.

          • nom de guerre

            I personally like the sausage recipe from Motel Hell. I believe it was locally sourced and sustainable based upon the number of customers.

  • Justin

    Nando’s is kinda garbage in this country.

  • BreakPause02

    Will the music be just as loud as the one in Clarendon?

  • CW

    Lime is probably done in Clarendon unless the heavily capitalized parent company keeps them rolling along. At least if the fact that I saw them on Groupon is any indicator.

    • Dr_Klahn

      Do you think they’d do better if they used a clown to promote their brand?

      • nom de guerre

        I see what you did here, bro, You are asking clown questions on purpose. I vote for Homey the Clown to be their brand ambassador. Any other suggestions?

        • Dr_Klahn

          Is he willing to wear a sombrero and Charro suit? He’s got the job unless Homey don’t play dat.

          • nom de guerre

            Homey will plat dat if you throw in a VIBRANT, locally sourced, roaming Mariachi band.

    • Ballstonian

      That’s too bad. I was hoping that mediocre food and a bizarre “order up front and then deal with a waiter at your table, even though you’re 2 feet from the salsas and beverages” business plan would keep them around for years to come.

      • CW

        Lolz – discussion of this interesting business model and mediocre food is what’s kept me from setting foot in the door to begin with. I just keep on goingt to Baja Fresh, or, if I feel like a drive or bike ride, District Taco.

  • John Fontain

    The guy who started Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and recently sold it to Ruby’s has opened a new concept in Miami called Yardbird Southern Table. It sure looks good. I hope we get one here eventually…

  • Zach

    I would love if Nando’s would move into the Orange Line corridor. I know this is shameful, but I like it a lot more than El Pollo Rico, Super Pollo, etc.

    • Rich Steele

      That’s a clown answer, brah!

      • Clarendon

        I’d appreciate a link to the origin of this expression – thanks. Also, the application in this case was to a non question, which seems a bit superfluous.

  • SW

    Wish this happened while I was still working in Crystal City. The first time I ate at Nando’s in Dupont Circle I said, “Damn, I wish they had one of these in Crystal City!”


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