Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quarterdeck: Fresh Seafood in Arlington, Virginia

For fresh seafood, come to the Quarterdeck. Located in Arlington just a short trip from The Verona at Silver Hill Apartments, Quarterdeck is the kind of seafood place that you usually find near the seashore. But lucky for you, this is inland! The décor is casual and comfortable, with a great bar area, wood paneling and art on the walls with nautical themes. When the weather’s nice, dine on the patio! Year-round, there is always a nice selection of apps, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. But when Blue Crabs are in season, get here in a hurry! Get them by the dozen, or groups can do the Crab Feast. Quarterdeck is open every day from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.

1200 Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 528-2722

Ruz Uz: Enjoy Uzbek Cuisine in Arlington

Enjoy Uzbek cuisine without having to venture out of Arlington at Ruz Uz. The menu combines Russian and Uzbek cuisines for menu that’s unique and delicious. Excellent service and a cozy, intimate setting add to the appeal of this popular dining spot. Start of your meal with some Blinis filled with yummy herbs & cream cheese, Samsa – fried pastry stuffed with ground meat & spices, or Red Caviar baked in puff pastry. Main course options include Shashlyk – beef, chicken or fish shish kebab, Pelmeni – traditional dumplings with meat filling, Kotleti – fried meat cutlets, and Plov – lamb or beef with rice, carrots, peas & spices. They don’t have a liquor license, but they do have some refreshing regional beverages like Kvass and Kompot.

Ruz Uz
1000 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22201
(202) 468-8472

Theodore Roosevelt Island: Escape the City

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Arlington with a trip to Theodore Roosevelt Island. The monument to the 26th President is designed to look like a full forest. Miles of trails run through the wooded and swamp lands. Spend a weekend afternoon hiking the picturesque scene. Choose from three trails- Swamp Trail, Wood Trail, and Upland Trail. Make sure you check out the memorial to Theodore Roosevelt for a piece of history on your visit. The small island is a popular spot but there's plenty of room for everyone. Check out the website for a schedule of events like ranger led hikes. 

Theodore Roosevelt Island
George Washington Parkway
Arlington, VA 22216

The Stray Cat Café: Good Food With a Cause

The Stray Cat Café is the sister restaurant to the popular Lost Dog Café, and is becoming an equally popular place in its own right. Located in Highland Park, the Stray Cat Café serves delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. But there is also a higher cause – a percentage of the profits go toward animal rescue and adoption efforts in the Arlington area. You’ll like the laid back décor, with original artwork of cats adorning the walls. There’s a nice selection of beers and wine to enjoy, and the menu items aren’t just tasty, they’re funny! Where else can you get a burger called “Cat Scratch Fever?” The Stray Cat Café is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Stray Cat Café
5866 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 237-7775

Leek American Bistro: Casual and Classy

Leek American Bistro prides itself on elegant presentations of simple, clean food. The interior of the bistro manages to maintain a pleasantly low key feel while still feeling classy, making it perfect for date night. The menu of modern American cuisine offers a contemporary twist on old favorites, changing with the season to ensure your meal is full of farm fresh ingredients.  For a starter, try the ahi tuna tartare with ginger-chili mayo, or indulge in pulled pork biscuits with homemade apple jam. Entrees include creatively composed dishes like falafel crusted salmon with a roasted garlic and garbanzo puree, as well as seared scallops over rosemary pappardelle. Numerous visitors have commented on the high quality of the service, and the prices are reasonable for the quality of the meal you're getting. A wonderful mix of the upscale and casual, Leek American Bistro shouldn't be missed.

Leek American Bistro
801 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 312-4036

Cantina Mexicana Restaurant: Enjoy Mexican Fare in Arlington

Using only the finest ingredients, Cantina prepares its food fresh daily to ensure that diners eat the highest quality food possible. The chips and salsa make a great beginning to your meal, helping ease your hunger as you investigate the menu. Classic dishes like tacos and fajitas are available, as are more unique choices like crab cake enchiladas. The margaritas are a big hit, too, with amazing flavors and very generous sizes. There's a rotating lunch special every weekday, too, that allows you to have one of these great meals at a terrific price! Service is prompt and friendly, and the atmosphere is both fun and relaxed, with festive decorations helping to give just the right amount of bright liveliness. 

Cantina Mexicana Restaurant
515 South 23rd Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 979-7033

The Curious Grape: The Place for Wine Lovers

The Curious Grape started out as a wine shop, and then expanded to become a top wine bar and casual dining spot. Why? Because wine always goes better with food! Come in and relax in the classy, comfortably decorated bar and dining room. Enjoy a glass or even a half-glass from a nice selection of vintages, and share some equally nice cheeses. Stop in the café for breakfast or lunch, and get a great cup of coffee, a nosh or a sandwich. And the dinner menu is always paired well with some wine (ask your server for recommendations). Or just go to the shop and buy a bottle to take home!

The Curious Grape is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Curious Grape
2900 South Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 671-8700

Retro Ray’s: Retro Dining in Arlington, Virginia

If you’re looking for a steakhouse experience like the kind Don Draper might have enjoyed on Mad Men, Retro Ray’s has got you covered. This Arlington restaurant offers up exceptional steaks and sides with a retro flair – classic recipes prepared exceptionally well. Located next door to the larger Ray’s, this 40-seat bistro is tough to get into but very worth it. The steaks are the big draw here, with a variety of cuts seared to perfection on the grill and topped with a variety of accoutrements. Some of the most popular include the Onglet hanger steak, a Ray’s specialty, that provides incredible rich beef flavor, as well as the house special New York strip served with a peppercorn crust, brandy mushroom cream, and bleu cheese crumbles. Every steak comes with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, served family style, but the sides include some classic steakhouse offerings like deviled eggs and onion soup.

Retro Ray’s
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

El Pollo Rico: One Red Hen

If there’s one dish that Peruvian cuisine is known for in the United States, it’s roasted chicken. There’s something about the rotisserie method of cooking in conjunction with a unique blend of herbs and spices that makes for irresistible flavors. If you’re hungry just reading about it, make a trip to Ell Pollo Rico in Arlington, which serves up dozens of awesome chickens each and every day. The restaurant, part of a local chain, has won accolades from discerning Arlington locals. No matter what size portion you order, your chicken is accompanied by your choice of two sides. Frequent diners usually go for the crisp French fries, but the rice and beans are worthwhile as well. Top it all off with the house-made sauces. The hot green sauce is dangerously addictive, and you’ll want to order extra to put on home-cooked meals. Prices are very affordable and service is quick and professional.  

El Pollo Rico
932 N. Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-3220

El Charrito Caminante: An Expanse of Flavors

From the outside, Arlington’s El Charrito Caminante may not look like much – just another anonymous Mexican restaurant in a town full of them. But once you step through the doors, you’ll might be dazzled by the spectacular tastes on offer here. The menu incorporates dishes from a variety of South American cuisines in addition to classic Mexican fare, and everything is well-regarded. Some favorites include pupusas, the Ecuadorian corn cakes stuffed with melted cheese and topped with tangy cabbage – they’re a bargain at just $1.50 and a pair of them make for a good cheap lunch. Don’t miss out on the incredible burritos as well – they’re flavorful and stuffed near bursting. El Charrito Caminante is a local favorite for value, with just about everything on the menu coming in at $4 or cheaper. Get a glass of cold, sweet horchata with your meal. El Charrito Caminante is one of Arlington's hidden dining gems.

El Charrito Caminante
2710-A N. Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 351-1177

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