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Shirlington Village Holds Restaurant Week

by ARLnow.com October 8, 2012 at 10:00 am 5,006 41 Comments

Shirlington Village is holding its second annual restaurant week starting today (Oct. 8) through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Sixteen Shirlington restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for $25. Most of the restaurants will also be offering a two-course lunch for $12. In addition to the food deals, there will be a number of unadvertised drink specials.

The eateries participating in Shirlington Restaurant Week are:

  • Aladdin’s Eatery
  • Aroma Indian Cuisine
  • Bonsai Grill
  • The Bungalow
  • Busboys & Poets
  • Café Pizzaiolo
  • Capitol City Brewing Company
  • Cheesetique
  • Dogma Bakery & Boutique
  • Extra Virgin Modern Italian Cuisine
  • Hilton Gardon Inn
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Luna Grill & Diner
  •  Ping by Charlie Chiang’s
  • Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastropub
  • T.H.A.I. Shirlington

A menu of restaurant week offerings can be found here.

  • Tabby_TwoTone


  • Tabby_TwoTone

    Actually, those are pretty sad offerings–with the exception of Luna Grill, Hilton Garden, and Extra Virgin. And Dogma of course.

    • JimPB

      We rated Busboys and Poets high — definitely return.

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        I love BB&P. I just meant the restaurant week menus in general.

        • godfila

          BB&P is for BP s

  • Ursie

    I’ll definitely be there! – I love the Shirlington area!

  • Ummm

    Johnny Rockets? I’m assuming a regular dinner there is less than $25.
    How is that place even on a restaurant week list?

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      If you look at the link, they’re offering a free soda and dessert.

      • MariaC

        Even with a dessert and drink, $25 would be outrageous. That must be a mistake.

        • Tabs

          Not all the specials are $25. Rocket’s is not charging $25. They’re giving away a drink and dessert with every entree.

    • That’s usually my issue with DC restaurant week as well. I would rarely spend $35+ per person for some of the restaurants on the list. Not a good deal and completely misses the point of Restaurant Week. Other cities around the country do it better.

  • Sour Caryle Grapes

    No Curious Grape or Caryle Grand. That figures.

  • Diner

    Used to be regulars at Shirlington, but it’s become a victim of its own success. Take Guapos: They raised their food and drink prices significantly in the last 2 years, just as parking has gotten so much more difficult.

    If it weren’t for the art-flick theater, there’d be no reason to go here rather than individual restaurants scattered around, as the latter offer lower prices and easier parking.

    • MariaC

      Almost all restaurants everywhere have raised their prices significantly.

      • Diner

        Not everywhere, and not by that much. I think the fried plantain appetizer there used to be 2.50 or 3.00. Now I think it’s 6. Similar increase with the draft beer–a 100% increase or close to it. I guess they get so much demand they can do that, and any lost customers will be replaced by new ones. We’ll see, I guess.

        • Neighbor

          The worst thing Guapo’s has going for it is its food. It’s just terrible. When people tell me they like it, I shake my head in disbelief. I’ve gone three times in three successive years (I wish it was good because I love Mexican food and it is the closest to me) but it was equally bad every time. Taco Bell is more authentic.

          • Say it Ain’t So

            You should try Guajillos – it’s pretty good. Parking is bad. Next to Ray’s burgers out near Rosslyn.

          • godfila

            Couldn’t disagree more you should try anything with carne asada can’t beat it

          • Rory of the Hills

            I eat a lot of Mexican food, and used to live in New Mexico for 4 years. Guapo’s is not bad. It’s generally above average for Mexican food in this area.

    • Maggie

      How about Signature Theatre and the library, both of which have wonderful events and opportunities to broaden one’s horizons. Re parking .. no problem after 6 pm (or maybe earlier) and on weekends you can park almost anywhere you like. I never have a problem parking in Shirlington and I go there all the time. You can also take ART 75 right to Shirlington. What’s you beef?

      • Diner

        Not everyone is into plays/musicals or library stuff.

        The parking is horrendous, even after 6 and on weekends. A huge portion of the garage parking is labeled “reserved for XXX [company/employer nearby]” so that you feel like if you park, you might get towed, a la Clarendon. (It doesn’t say “during business hours” or the like.) Plus it’s just tedious driving and driving in circles. I’d rather just go someplace else. We always feel like we’re fighting major crowds at Shirlington these days.

        • ShirliMan

          Yes, office spots say reserved for that office, but that does not apply to evenings and weekends. Signs are posted at the entrances that indicate when parking is open to all. There is a ton of parking in Shirlington. The top levels in the garage that is behind Guapos and Ping usually have plenty of open spaces, and you can walk out across from the breezeway by Guapos, or from the other end behind Ping.

  • gnushell

    At last eat, Bonsai grill was still good. I’m sorry that Carlyle isn’t participating, though.

  • Mary-Austin

    I wonder if there will be drunk people puking in the streets and faceplanting on the sidewalks like Oktoberfest.

    • MariaC

      No. That only happens during the hideous Oktoberfest.

    • JamesE

      Sounds like I missed a good time

    • Enthusiast

      Do a lot of girls wear those sexy dirndls at Oktoberfest?

  • Omar

    Wow, Carlyle is not particpating.. Sad.

    • MariaC

      Carlyle never does.

      • Neighbor

        I love Carlyle’s food but does anyone else find that their service is very spotty?

        • David

          I find their service over the top, too much talking and asking how everything is, seems like they are almost over trained.

          • Agree

            Waitstaff are all trained now to cultivate some ridiculous fake mini-relationship instead of bringing what you want with a minimum of fuss. (“Do you want more water?” Just bring the @@@ing water! God forbid someone not finish their water.)

          • Neighbor

            I can deal with that. I think of myself as an easy to please customer: take my order, make sure I’m not dying of thirst, and don’t keep me waiting forever for the check. I tip well and don’t ask for much. I sometimes have dessert, even. At Carlyle, I’ve had one too many instances where it takes a long time for a server to show up or to bring the check at the end or to clear the table when I’m done eating or to otherwise leave me sitting there when I want something or am ready to go. I forgive some of that if they’re busy, but I like to go during off-times when they aren’t so slammed and this happens then, too. The bad servers just seem to disappear for long stretches at a time and their teammates don’t come behind them to pick up the slack. I’ve very often noted a good server doing too much while three or four bad ones slack off. I frequent Mike’s American several times a month and have had exactly one bad server experience in the decade I’ve been going there, which the manager noted as it was happening and swooped in to fix the situation (and I never saw the server again). Not so at Carlyle, which is odd considering that they share the same management staff. What accounts for the difference?

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            Unfortunately, that buddy act is what a lot of people expect.

            I worked in fine dining, and some customers would demand to know my name–as if it was Chili’s.

          • Diner

            Tabby, I see you only have 15 pieces of flair; remember, 15 is the minimum.

          • Tabby_TwoTone

            I love Kung Fu.

  • JimPB

    Any info on arrests for disorderly conduct and DUIs in connection with Oktoberfest?

    • Yawning

      Your mama

  • Cyrus

    Crap City participates? Blech. They should pay their patrons to eat there not the other way around.


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