Neighborhood Spotlight: 5 Great Spots for Brunch, Drinks and More!

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In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight, we are sharing a throwback video of some of the best places to eat in Crystal City! All of these restaurants and bars are open for in-house dining or take-out options right now, so you can enjoy their fare from the comfort of your own home if you want!

As always, we are looking for more places to highlight in our Spotlight series. So if you have a favorite restaurant or nightlife spot that you’d like to see us share, just let us know down in the comments — we’d love to check it out!

Bob & Edith’s Diner

As a 24/7 joint that’s been run by the same family for 3 generations of owners, Bob & Edith’s Diner has existed as a mainstay in the Arlington dining scene for over half a century. Bob and Edith Bolton first opened their doors in 1969, and their family has been serving traditional diner fare ever since.

If you are looking for a classic diner experience in Arlington, you can’t do much better than Bob & Edith’s. From the homey, “seat yourself” atmosphere to the no-nonsense, southern-inspired food, everything about this joint screams comfort.

Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant

You don’t have to go to Virginia Beach to get the full beachside experience in Virginia! Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant is a high-energy, vibrantly colored spot for cocktails and classic American fare in Crystal City.

As one of NoVA’s most prominent LGBTQ nightlife spots, Freddie’s has become famous for its welcoming atmosphere and drag nights, though there are plenty of other specials to enjoy, as well. Their signature “Crazy Hour” lasts from 4-7 p.m. on every night that they are open, and they host massively fun karaoke offerings to boot!

Please note that, during the current COVID-19 regulations, Freddie’s Beach Bar is offering curbside takeout as well as both interior and exterior dining. Their award-winning brunch is still available on the weekend, but it is now a menu-based experience as opposed to their traditional buffet style.

Federico Ristorante Italiano

Right down the road from Freddie’s is another establishment owned by Freddie Lutz, the Italian restaurant Federico!

For 25 years, Lutz worked as a maitre d’ at Cafe Italia, a long-standing institution in the world of Arlington food. When the eatery shuttered its doors in April of 2018, he stepped in to revive it as Federico.

Federico boasts authentic Italian food in Northern Virginia, as well as a unique collection of drinks and desserts to sate your appetite for the sweet and exotic!

Crystal City Sports Pub

Founded in 1994 by Bill Bayne, Art Dougherty, and Jim Madden, Crystal City Sports Pub has grown into one of the most lauded sports bars in Arlington — and in the DMV at large! The joint was originally just a single room in its building, but in the 25 years since its establishment it has grown to span three entire floors.

It’s not just the locals who love Crystal City Sports Pub, either — this bar was listed on Sports Illustrated’s collection of the “Top 10 Best Sports Bars to Watch the Super Bowl Across the Country” in 2018!

Crystal City Sports Pub is currently open for both takeout and dine-in, so make sure to stop by or check out their menu online.

Highline RxR

As a newer addition to the Crystal City entertainment scene, Highline RxR has already created a name for itself as a flagship beer bar in Arlington. In addition to a robust food menu, Highline RxR has a massive selection of 40 different draft beers on tap, as well as a respectable selection of house cocktails.

The bar also features a fun selection of classic arcade machines and innovative twists on classic board games. Grab some friends and one of the games and you’re sure to have a blast while drinking, eating and playing games in Arlington.

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