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by Eleanor Greene — August 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm 1,350 0

Ammanisahan flyerThe area’s first Uyghur restaurant will be opening this fall in Crystal City, according to one of its owners, Emam Maimaiti.

The restaurant will open in the space of the recently closed Charlie Chiang’s (320 23rd Street S.).

The new restaurant will be called Queen Ammanisa and feature Uyghur food from province Xinjiang in Northwest China, a place formerly known as Turkestan, Maimaiti explained. Uygur cuisine is being discovered in other parts of the United States, Maimaiti said, but he and his partner Fatima Baikeli are anxious to bring it to the D.C. area.

Uyghur cooking is a product of its geography and therefore is a mix of Persian and Chinese cuisines. It has kebabs and noodles “like you’ve never had before,” Maimaiti said. Lamb, mutton and beef are common in Uyghur food, as are carrots, raisins and lots of vegetables, he wrote in an email. Uyghur food is often halal too, due to the ethnic group’s predominantly Muslim culture.

As for the name, the partners had planned to name the restaurant Amannisahan, as posted on the window of the building now, which was the name of their previous restaurant in Beijing, where the suffix “han” means queen. They have decided to change it to the English translation, “Queen Ammanisa.” Queen Ammanisa was a queen and musician from the region who lived in the sixteenth century.

The owner would not reveal a specific opening date but hopes that the restaurant will be able to open mid to late fall.

by ARLnow.com — August 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm 3,618 0

Charlie Chiang’s has closed in Crystal City.

The Chinese restaurant, at 320 23rd Street S., has posted signs on the doors directing customers to its Shirlington location at 4060 Campbell Avenue..

“Thank you for your years of patronage!” the signs say. “We have consolidated our operations with our Village at Shirlington location — Ping by Charlie Chiang’s… Please visit us there!”

Another sign on the door says that a new restaurant will be replacing Charlie Chiang’s and will be “opening soon.”

The new restaurant will be called Amannisahan and will serve Uyghur cuisine, according to the sign. In an indication that a quick reopening may indeed be in the works, Amannisahan says it’s currently hiring restaurant managers and waiters.

Uyghur food is a blend of Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Chinese cuisines, serving dishes like kebabs and noodle soups.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm 509 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its Arlington restaurant partners. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a nearby spot today. 

Fuego
Traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist
2800 Clarendon Blvd (two blocks from Clarendon Metro)

Mini But Mighty: These Taquitos de Atún sit atop a homemade salsa de arból, and guacamole to hold the shells upright. Cute mini shells are stuffed with delicious and tender ahi tuna. Queso fresco, guacamole, and a slice of red onion top it all off.

Duck Duck Goose: The Flautas de Pato features tender, shredded confit of barbequed duck leg wrapped inside a masa corn cake shell and flash fried. It’s topped with pickled red onion and queso fresco, served with a mole negro dipping sauce. Holy mole!

Mexican Mussels: These tender Pacífico Beer Steamed Mussels are bathed in a chipotle broth of heavy cream and beer. Chunks of fresh chorizo for a little zing, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and a dusting cilantro complement these mussels perfectly. You won’t even have to ask for a straw to slurp up the broth; the mussels come with a big piece of bolillo bread to soak it all up.

Fresh Catch: This locally-sourced Yellowfin ahi tuna melts in your mouth. Seared on the outside and tender on the inside, it blends perfectly with its bed of yellow heirloom tomato puree. Fresh charred local watermelon salad balances nicely and adds a bite of sweetness.

Even though the Pesca Del Día rotates, it will always be locally caught, and will always be the same price no matter what catch it is.

Know Your Flags: Fuego’s Enchiladas Mexicanas de Pollo might be the most delicious enchiladas you’ve ever had. Tender pulled chicken tinga is rolled up in a corn flour tortilla with a fresh cheese blend and diced onions, and is topped with salsas rojo, verde, and queso in the shape of the Mexican flag. Served with thick-cut yucca fries and a delicious habanero aioli dipping sauce, you’ll leave full and happy after this meal.

Corn Flakes Comeback: If you’re missing the good ol’ days you started every morning with a bowl of corn flakes, look no further than Torrejas. This thick slice of brioche is dipped in French toast batter and pressed in a Panini press. Its smeared with Mexican goat milk caramel and topped with caramelized and candied corn flakes to give it a delectable crunch.

Warm Sugar Canela-Dusted Churros: These classic Mexican staples are a must-try dessert. These fresh hand-made sticks are rolled in a sweet sugar mixture, and come to the table accompanied with a caramel sauce that will make you regret offering to share a dessert.

 

by ARLnow.com — August 20, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,564 0

Rabbit (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Flash Flood Watch Tonight — Arlington and much of the D.C. area is under a Flash Flood Watch tonight. The watch runs from 4 p.m. to midnight. Forecasters say storms with very heavy rain will pass through the region and may produce flash flooding. [Twitter]

Regional Home Prices Flat — The Washington region saw no year-over-year growth in the median sales price of single family homes in the second quarter of 2015. That comes at a time when 93 percent of metropolitan areas reported increases in median home sales prices. [InsideNova]

Highline Now Offering Sunday BrunchHighline RxR in Crystal City is now offering Sunday brunch service. The bar/restaurant opened in February, in the former Bailey’s space above McCormick and Schmick’s. [Facebook]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — August 19, 2015 at 9:25 am 2,707 0

Sunrise over the Potomac and the Memorial Bridge (Flickr pool photo by David Giambarresi)

Arlington Native Murdered in California — Christopher Wrenn, an Arlington native, was shot to death in a San Jose, California office park last week. The motive for the shooting remains a mystery, but two of the three suspects have since been shot and killed by police. Wrenn, a Washington-Lee High School graduate and Marine Corps veteran, was noted for having a big personality and always having a story to tell — like how he was baby-sat by actress Sandra Bullock as a kid. [San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS Bay Area]

Arlington Little League Memories — The local little league used to keep statistics on each player, and “Our Man in Arlington” columnist Charlie Clark recently dug up some of those records. Among the batting averages of some notable Arlingtonians are .172 for CNBC managing editor and anchor Tyler Mathisen, .212 for Italian Store owner Bobby Tramonte and .290 for Clark himself. [Falls Church News-Press]

Renovations at Nam Viet — Long-time Clarendon restaurant Nam Viet is undergoing some renovations this week. A sign in the window says the eatery at 1127 N. Hudson Street will reopen Monday, Aug. 24.

Hat tip to Benjamin M. Flickr pool photo by David Giambarresi.

by Heather Mongilio — August 14, 2015 at 11:00 am 2,446 0

Restaurant Week 2015 logo (via RAMW)

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week kicks off next Monday, and 16 Arlington restaurants are listed as participating.

Restaurant Week is held from Aug. 17-23, and features restaurants from Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $22 or a three-course dinner for $35. In most cases, the three course meal includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

The full list of participating restaurants can be found online with links for reservations and the menus.

Here are the Arlington restaurants listed as participating, according to the RAMW website:

  • Carlyle — 4000 Campbell Avenue, 703-931-0777
  • Epic Smokehouse — 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria — 2800 Clarendon Blvd., 571-970-2180
  • Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City — 1250 S. Hayes Street, 703-412-2762
  • Jaleo Crystal City — 2250 Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181
  • Kapnos Taverna — 4000 Wilson Blvd., 703-243-4400
  • La Tasca — 2900 Wilson Blvd., 703-812-9120
  • Liberty Tavern — 3195 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-9360
  • Lyon Hall — 3100 N. Washington Blvd., 703-741-7636
  • McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Crystal City — 2010 Crystal Drive, 703-413-6400
  • Me Jana — 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140, 703-465-4440
  • The Melting Pot — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse — 1750 Crystal Drive, 703-418-1444
  • SER Restaurant — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-746-9822
  • Water and Wall — 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-294-4949
  • Willow — 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800

by ARLnow.com — August 14, 2015 at 10:05 am 2,992 0

Urban corn along Four Mile Run (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

One BR Rental Near Clarendon: $4,300/month — A sub-800 square foot one bedroom apartment in a newly built building in Lyon Park, near Clarendon, is leasing for a staggering $4,300 per month. [Real House Life of Arlington]

Metro Delays Planned This Weekend — Trains on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines will run every 20 minutes this weekend due to “emergency call box installation and testing for a safer ride.” [WMATA]

Ballston Office Building Sold — JBG Cos. has sold a five-story office building on Fairfax Drive in Ballston to a partnership that hopes to eventually tear it down and build a new mixed use development. The building sold for about $22 million. [Washington Business Journal]

Delhi Dhaba Turning 25 — Delhi Dhaba restaurant in Clarendon is turning 25 next year. “Although it’s not at the pinnacle of Indian food in Northern Virginia, Delhi Dhaba is a great restaurant with more than decent service,” writes a reviewer. [Falls Church News-Press]

Park Service Studying Bricks — The National Park Service is studying the original bricks at Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s family house in what is now Arlington National Cemetery, in order to help with a preservation and renovation effort. [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

Spotluck Spotlight: Me Jana

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm 688 0

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Remember in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where the mother tells the vegetarian son-in-law “You no eat no meat??? That’s okay I make lamb.”

We get it now. We’ve compiled what you NEED to try at Me Jana, including their famous lamb chops!

Baba Ga-What? Baba Ghannouj! Smoked eggplant is pureed with tahini in this smooth dip. The tangy flavor perfectly complements the warm, charred pita and makes a perfect meal starter for the whole table.

Cheese Please! The seared halloumi cheese is a standout on the appetizer menu. It’s lightly bronzed and served with poached pears and dates on the top.

Appetizer Overload: Me Jana’s grape leaves are cooked very slowly to keep them super tender. The spices inside are mixed with tomatoes and chopped Vidalia onion to give the rice great flavor.

Lebanese Pizza?!: If you love the fresh charred pita here, we highly recommend the Lahem Be-Ajeen. A thin pita bread topped with ground lamb and sliced beef that’s been slow-cooked in a bouquet of Lebanese spices and pomegranate molasses. Wow.

Big Ticket Item: Lamb chops… marinated… grilled to perfection… and served with a unique parsley onion salad and potatoes. That whipped cream-looking stuff on the side of the plate? Me Jana’s signature garlic sauce. Dip everything in reach in this sauce; we promise, the only ones who will regret it are any lingering vampires in a 10-mile radius.

Sweet Treat: Finish your meal with a traditional Lebanese dessert called “Ashta.” This silky milk pudding is served with bananas, strawberries, and a crisp piece of filo on top for dipping. Topped with honey and pistachios, this makes the perfect palate cleanser and after-dinner treat.

About Me Jana:
2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
703-465-4440
http://www.me-jana.com/

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) local startup; we created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry. Learn more at www.spotluck.com and download the app here.

 

by ARLnow.com — August 7, 2015 at 10:35 am 2,301 0

Merry-go-round at Arlington County Fair (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf)

Kitchen Fire at Zaika — A kitchen fire closed Zaika restaurant at Market Common Clarendon last night. Firefighters had to ventilate smoke from the Indian restaurant after quickly extinguishing the small blaze. [Twitter]

Nude Glebe Road Runner Identified — Police say the man arrested for running naked along Glebe Road while screaming at passing cars is Timothy Lowe. Lowe was previously arrested for doing pushups in the buff, in the middle of a street in the Nauck neighborhood. He also spoke out against alleged police harassment at a community forum last year. Police found a “large quantity of crack” after Lowe was arrested yesterday, said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

History of Arlington View Co-op to Be Preserved — Arlington County is working on a plan to help preserve the history of the George Washington Carver Cooperative Homes in the Arlington View neighborhood. The circa-1945 cooperative is set to be razed to make way for a new townhouse development after residents agreed to sell it to developer Craftmark Homes. [InsideNova]

East Falls Church Profiled — The Washington Post profiles the real estate market of East Falls Church, which will be undergoing some changes as the area around the Metro station eventually develops into a “neighborhood center district” over the next couple of decades. [Washington Post]

New APS Teachers Hired — Arlington Public Schools has hired 325 new teachers this summer to keep up with rising enrollments and staff retirements. [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm 888 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its Arlington restaurant partners. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a nearby spot today.

Faccia Luna
Classic Italian food with comfy outdoor seating in the heart of Clarendon
1.5 blocks from Clarendon Metro

Visit Faccia Luna and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into your grandmother’s kitchen. Friendly staff that make you feel like part of the family, delicious homemade Italian food, and a great atmosphere make Faccia Luna a must-eat stop on any Clarendon food tour.

Cutest Meaty Morsel: Meatball Sliders, smothered in a tangy marinara that bites so nice. These minis make a great appetizer for sharing.

Straight from Grandma’s Kitchen: Sliders didn’t quite fill you up? Order the Agnolotti con Mozzarella, a house-made ravioli stuffed with mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomato, served in a delicious basil pesto cream sauce.

Can’t Miss: You simply can’t go wrong with ANY of Faccia Luna’s signature pizzas. Try the Via Toscana pizza with a crispy crust, big round slices of gouda (plus FOUR other cheeses), caramelized onions and prosciutto. Or, if you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for some brunch, check out their Breakfast Pizza. This white pizza with fried egg, cheese, and a delicious garlicky crust is only served on the weekends – so don’t worry, you won’t be tempted to play hooky and grab a slice during the week.

A Light Lunch: If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try out the Fontina Chicken Sandwich. Perfectly charred chicken is paired with a citrusy aioli and topped with Fontina cheese to create the perfect melted delight.

Sweet Treat: Finish the meal with some homemade rich chocolate Belgian Mousse.  Enough said, now head to bed!

About Faccia Luna:
2909 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington Va. 22201
703-276-3099

http://www.faccialuna.com/arlington

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) local startup; we created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry. Learn more at www.spotluck.com and download the app here.

 

Spotluck Spotlight: Sushi Rock

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm 616 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its restaurant partners in Arlington. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a local restaurant today.

Sushi Rock
Delicious specialty rolls and a rock & roll theme
Courthouse neighborhood, two blocks from Metro

Can’t Miss: Light My Fire Roll (Sushi Rock’s most popular for years running!). This crunchy shrimp tempura and avocado roll is crazy good, and has a bit of a kick to it from the spicy tuna, aioli, and sliced jalapeno. Crunchy tempura flakes top it off and give the roll its signature look.

You ordered WHAT at a sushi joint? Braised Short Rib. It will melt right in your mouth (9 hours of slow cooking marinated beef will do that), and pulls apart with chopsticks easily. Trust us, you’ll start coming back for this stuff alone.

Lighter Option: The Spicy Scallop and Cucumber Roll off the classic rolls section of the menu is light and crisp, but flavorful. The tobiko and spicy mayo definitely add some bonus kick to round it out.

From the Sea: Balance out the heavier rolls with a Sashimi Set. These colorful slabs of salmon, tuna, yellow tail, and white tuna nicely complement a bigger specialty roll or entrée.

Keep on Rollin’: You can’t forget about the Proud Mary Crab Roll. This house-recommended favorite won’t disappoint! Crispy fried onion chips with old bay seasoning top off this delicious roll filled with avocado, salmon, and tender crabmeat; it’ll leave you wondering why Sushi Rock doesn’t go ahead and open up a location in Maryland already.

About Sushi Rock:
1900 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
(571) 312-8027
www.sushirockva.com

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) D.C. area startup. We created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry, download the app HERE and visit us at www.spotluck.com.

by Mariah Joyce — July 28, 2015 at 10:00 am 2,101 0

Alexandria Restaurant Partners, a local restaurant management and consulting company, is planning to open new restaurant Palette 22 at the Village at Shirlington (2700 S. Quincy Street) in December.

The restaurant is envisioned as following in the footsteps of ARP-managed restaurant Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando, Florida, a small-plates eatery which boasts the theme of “Food, Art, Fun.” The company describes Palette 22 as Cafe Tu Tu Tango designed “for the local, millennial crowd,” and says the restaurant will emphasize authentic international street food, street art and a creative craft bar program.

According to Paul Beckmann, the architect on the project, the building permits for the restaurant were submitted on July 13 and are currently under review. Beckmann anticipates that construction will start mid to late August and last about three months.

Palette 22 is opening in the space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Extra Virgin, which closed in 2013.

“The space right now is pretty rough,” said Beckmann. “Much of the equipment has more than lived out its life span. We’re having to clear out the entire space.”

Once completed, the restaurant will be able to seat 168 inside and an additional 34 on an outdoor patio running along Campbell Avenue.

This will be ARP’s first restaurant in Arlington. The company currently owns Old Town Alexandria restaurant The Majestic, manages Virtue Feed & Grain, and has plans to open Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap in Alexandria in September.

Photos via Beckman Architects

by Mariah Joyce — July 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm 882 0

Mezeh, an assembly-line-style Mediterranean lunch and dinner joint, has opened a restaurant in Crystal City at 2450 Crystal Drive.

Mezeh replaces a similar restaurant in the space: Black Lime, which closed last year.

The restaurant officially opened for business on June 29, and is now in its fourth week. Director of Marketing Patrick Mika said that lines were out the door on opening day, and in the three weeks since then “business has been really good.”

Mika believes Mezeh distinguishes itself from similar businesses like Roti and Cava because of its emphasis on offering a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine and its use of fresh, local produce.

“We really feel that if a customer comes in one time, they’ll taste the difference and keep coming back,” said Mika.

The restaurant has had locations in Annapolis and Wheaton for the past two years, but both are located in mall food courts. The Crystal City Mezeh is the first stand-alone restaurant, and can seat about 60 people.

Mezeh is open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

by Mariah Joyce — July 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm 8,208 0

Italian eatery Vapiano’s Ballston location (4401 Wilson Blvd) has closed.

Vapiano had occupied the Ballston location for the past eight years. According to a sign in the building’s window, the last day of business was June 30.

The Vapiano signs on the building’s facade have been removed, and the space is currently being cleaned out in preparation for its next occupant.

The Wilson Blvd location was the only Arlington outpost for the international chain, which is based in Germany.

Vapiano locations in Reston (1875 Explorer Street) and Sterling (21100 Dulles Town Circle) remain open, as well as both of the restaurant’s locations in the District, on M Street NW and in Chinatown.

by ARLnow.com — June 30, 2015 at 8:30 am 2,132 0

The Corner Bakery at 2200 Crystal Drive in Crystal City has closed.

It’s unclear when exactly the eatery shut down, but as of Monday its signs had been taken down and part of its interior had been removed.

The only other Corner Bakery in Arlington, at 2111 Wilson Blvd in Courthouse, remains open.

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