Taste of Arlington to Feature 46 Restaurants

Crowds at Taste of Arlington 2012This Sunday’s Taste of Arlington festival in Ballston will fill the streets with food from 46 local restaurants.

The annual event will be held from noon to 5:00 p.m. Packets of 10 food and beverage tickets for are still on sale for $35.

Responding to high demand in previous years, Taste of Arlington will have a larger beer and wine pavilion this year. Located on Wilson between N. Randolph and Quincy Streets, the pavilion is billed as having “seating and plenty of space to dance.”

Aside from eating and drinking, Taste of Arlington will feature a number of different activities and entertainment option.

Three bands well-known to many Arlington residents will be performing on the main stage: Jumpin’ Jupiter from noon to 1:00 p.m., Gonzo’s Nose from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., and Burnt Sienna from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

A “KidZone” will feature a rock climbing wall, face-painting, carnival games, Washington Wizards and Capitals inflatable games, a teen band, a puppet show, a magic show and a dance performance. KidZone food, drink and game tickets are $20.

A “Bark Park” will provide a space for festival goers and their dogs, complete with pet supply vendors and a Corona beer station. For $10, dog owners can enter their pooch in a “World Pup tournament,” which features a 70-foot race track and a doggy-sized soccer goal.

Before the festival kicks off, organizers will be holding a Girls on the Run 5K race, described as “Northern Virginia’s most family friendly 5K.” A number of roads in the area will be closed from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to accommodate the race.

There will be other traffic impacts in Ballston as a result of the festival. Wilson Blvd between N. Glebe Road and Quincy Street will be closed from midnight to 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the booths, as will N. Stuart Street between Wilson and 9th Street N. Parking will also be restricted in the area.

The full list of breweries and restaurants that will be serving at Taste of Arlington, after the jump.


  • The Bottlehouse
  • Laurel
  • Red and Blue
  • Casita
  • The Daily Dish
  • Bombazo
  • The Pearl
  • The Ballston Chophouse
  • Kool Zone Ice and Treats
  • Tropical Smoothie
  • Tara Temple
  • Mac’s Donuts
  • Northside Social
  • Capriotti’s
  • Lyon Hall
  • Mussel Bar & Grille
  • Liberty Tavern
  • Naked Pizza
  • Thirsty Bernie
  • McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Gua-rapo
  • Commonwealth Joe
  • The Green Spoon
  • Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Epic Smokehouse
  • RedRocks Pizzeria
  • The Melting Pot
  • NiceCream Factory
  • Circa
  • Willow
  • Which Wich
  • The Front Page
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • Nando’s Peri Peri
  • La Tasca
  • Il Forno
  • Taco Bamba
  • Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
  • World of Beer
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria
  • Kapnos Taverna
  • Big Buns
  • Sangam Catering International
  • A-Town Bar & Grill
  • Lebanese Taverna


  • Port City Brewing Company – Ways & Means IPA
  • Port City Brewing Company – Monumental IPA
  • Old Bust Head Brewing Company
  • Corona Light
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Pacifico Clara
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Company
  • Modelo Especial
  • Ithaca Beer Company – Flower Power IPA
  • Heritage Brewing
  • Port City Brewing Company – Optimal Wit
  • Foothills Craft Brews
  • Port City Brewing Company – Porter
  • Sweet Water Brewing Company
  • Starr Hill
  • Bold Rock Hard Cider

File photo. Disclosure: Taste of Arlington organizer Ballston BID is an advertiser