Rustico: More than 400 Beer Selections to Enjoy

Robust cooking and amazing beer selections are what keep customers coming back to Rustico, a restaurant and bar in Arlington that has a modern atmosphere that is both warm and unpretentious.

Start by ordering on of the more than 400 beers available to you. From delicate fruit offerings to old ales, you will find a beer to fit any pallet or meal. If you get stuck with all of that choice, the friendly staff will gladly come to your assistance. You just may find a new beer to love.

In addition to the two beer menus (bottle and draft), Rustico offers four different food menus: brunch, lunch, dinner, and desert. Food favorites include a variety of items from each menu: the salmon BLT, donuts made with ricotta cheese, carrot hummus, Tuscan kale salad, traditional pizza, and the gnocchi.

Rustico
4075 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 384-1820
www.rusticorestaurant.com
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Cafe Caturra: Raise a Glass

You'll find fine wine and a tasty assortment of dishes at Arlington's Cafe Caturra. Located just a short trip from IO Piazza, this wine bar and bistro brings good food and drink together in a hip, welcoming ambiance. The interior's rustic, with touches of reclaimed wood, and there's an outdoor patio where you can dine al fresco when the weather's nice.

On the menu you'll find a variety of small plates and appetizers to go with larger entrees like pizza and pasta dishes. Popular starters include stuff like chips and guac, beef and vegetable skewers, a cheese and charcuterie plate, and even deviled eggs. Sandwiches include chicken curry salad, a classic club, and sliders. Heartier appetites might prefer something from Cafe Catura's menu of entrees, like lasagna, lamb chops, scallops with risotto, or prosciutto pizza. The restaurant's extensive wine list includes options served by the glass or the bottle, and the friendly wait staff is happy to suggest a perfect pairing.

Visit Cafe Caturra's website to learn more!

Cafe Caturra
2931 South Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 535-5480
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Mussel Bar and Grille: Belgian Beers and Fare in Arlington

The Belgian roadhouse is a tradition where Chef Robert Wiedmaier is from. He hails from Belgium, and remembers spending his nights at the old-world spots scattered around his native country. They served simple Belgian fare and beer in an atmosphere conducive to unwinding after work over some good music.

Mussel Bar and Grille harkens back to Wiedmaier's youth by serving the same Belgian beers and dishes that he enjoyed in his time spent abroad. They include onion soup with Gruyere melted on top, a beef and beer stew called carbonnade, iced plates of seafood, and, of course, chocolate. They all work to complement the massive list of Belgian beers, which customers consider one of the best in the Arlington region. In addition to its various imports, the list also offers Antigoon, a brew created by Chef Wiedmaier himself. If you prefer, Mussel Bar and Grille also serves cocktails that regulars seem to love almost as much as the beers.

Mussel Bar and Grille
800 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 841-2337
www.musselbar.com
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Earl’s: Fresh, Unique NoVA Sandwiches

Stephen Dugan opened Earl's in December 2005 with the intention to offer fresh, high-quality sandwiches rather than standard deli meat sandwiches. Before long, Earl's became a popular lunch spot, and the menu eventually expanded from 12 sandwiches to more than 35.

Regulars enjoy the roasted pork sandwich, which has french fries on the inside. The Mona Lisa, one of the vegetarian options, is another crowd pleaser. It has grilled eggplant, cheese, roasted red peppers and mushrooms on garlic ciabatta bread. The roast beef and cheddar sandwich gets high ratings, too. Regulars say the meat is thick and there's plenty of it.

As you can expect, Earl's can get packed around lunchtime, so anticipate a bit of a wait if you visit this Arlington deli during peak times.

Earl's
2605 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 248-0150
earlsinarlington.com
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It’s Always Time for Pancakes at Bob and Edith’s Diner

Bob and Edith's Diner serves tasty breakfast 'round the clock. This 24-hour Arlington Diner also serves lunch and dinner, but many regulars flock to this eatery for breakfast. If you're looking for a classic American diner, Bob and Edith's is the place to go. This establishment is often packed and typically attracts a morning and late-night crowd on the weekends.

Diners say the fare tends to be basic diner food. However, the dishes are reasonably priced and the food satisfies the taste buds. Grab a booth and enjoy quick and friendly service any day of the week. Opt for a burger, the country fried steak covered in gravy, or crispy fries followed by dessert. Order a pie, the chocolate peanut butter cake, or a milkshake to satisfy that sweet tooth. If you're stopping by for breakfast, the typical breakfast items are available, such as eggs, omelets, pancakes, and side orders.

Bob and Edith's Diner
2310 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-6103
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SOCCi: Arlington Italian Cuisine

Stop in at this classy Italian eatery in Arlington with elegant, uber-modern décor to dine on fresh pastas, succulent steaks and world-class wines. An open kitchen, chef’s tasting room, and relaxing patio add to the appeal of this popular spot. Try one of their signature cocktails, like the Classic Bellini with prosecco & white peach puree. Pair a crusty earth-fired pizza or some Seafood Pasta with calamari, shrimp & smoked mussels. Other pasta dishes include Cannolini Al Forno with short rib ragout, herb mascarpone & ricotta, and Tagliatelle Pasta with meatballs, marinara, & creamy ricotta. Meat and fish offerings include Borolo Short Ribs with polenta, seasonal vegetables, & crisp onions, and Roasted Salmon with grilled chard, leeks, & arugula. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

SOCCi
2800 S. Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 814-4053
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Hard Times Cafe: Award-Winning Chili

Fred and Jim Parker know chili. Their grandfather learned how to to cook it in a chuck wagon in Oklahoma in the early 1900s, and passed his recipe down though the generations. The Parkers opened Hard Times Cafe in 1980, serving the chili they love, and before long, others fell in love with it, too; USA Today named Hard Times Cafe one of the 10 best places for a bowl of chili in the country.

The restaurant's chili mac has a loyal following. The most popular way to eat chili mac is the four-way style, which includes chili, spaghetti, cheese, and onions. When it comes to the varieties of chili, regulars recommend the Terlingua Red, which has a spicy kick, and the Cincinnati, which has a sweetly spicy flavor and includes cinnamon.

Hard Times has more than chili. Also on the menu are grilled wings, Frito pies, house-made onion rings, and barbecue ribs.

Hard Times Cafe
3028 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-2233
hardtimes.com

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Guarapo: An Arlington Bar and Bistro

Guarapo has everything you need for a fun night out. Located a block away from Arlington's Courthouse Metro Station, Guarapo is a bar, lounge and bistro just made for friends. Come in and enjoy the cool ambiance, with neat lighting and comfortable seating. Go to the bar and try a classic Guarapo cocktail, a sweet concoction made with sugar cane syrup. And don’t be afraid of the hookah pipe, which can be filled with any number of fragrant (legal) tobacco and herbs. It’s perfect for sharing! The dinner and late night menu features a variety of tapas plates, with flair. And if that’s not enough, there’s always music courtesy of the house DJs or talented local bands. Put it all together, and no wonder Guarapo is a hot spot!

Guarapo
2039 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-6500
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Booeymonger: Deli Delights in Arlington

A sandwich shop and deli that's as high on value as it is flavor, Booeymonger is a name you won't soon forget. Having won numerous awards over its more than 35 years of existence, it's an Arlington institution for its deep menu of food cooked fresh to order. The Scheherazade is a popular option, with fresh sliced turkey and swiss cheese set off with alfalfa sprouts and a mango chutney. The Gatsby Arrow has a loyal following, too, loaded up with roast beef and brie and served either hot or cold. If you want something other than one of the many house sandwiches, you're more than welcome to get creative and build your own from the many ingredients. Specialty salads are also available, as well as a pretty popular breakfast! 

Booeymonger
1010 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 807-1816
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Cassatt’s Café: An Artful Meal

Yummy food served with a New Zealand flair is at Cassatt’s Café. What’s a Flat White? It’s Kiwi-speak for a Café Latte, which they’re happy to serve you, along with an assortment of freshly baked muffins and pastries. Tasty egg dishes are also on the menu in the a.m., served with a side of Bubble & Squeak. ‘Bubble & What?’ you say. Fried potatoes, onions and other veggies, of course! Lunch offerings include some flavorful panini sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads, along with entrees like Chicken Satay with peanut sauce, and New Zealand Style Spiced Salmon Cakes. Dinnertime serves up New Zealand Style Meat & Vegetable Pie, Grilled Sea Scallops and Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, among other offerings. Open every day.

Cassatt’s Café
4536 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-3330
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