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.

2800 S. Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 814-4053

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

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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!

2039 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-6500

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! 

1010 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 807-1816

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

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

Carlyle: Upscale Fare in Arlington, Virginia

Want to enjoy some refined classic dishes in an upscale atmosphere? Put Carlyle on your list of go-to dining spots. Stop in at lunchtime to quell your hunger with something healthful and delicious like the Mango Chicken & Spiced Pecan Salad, with a fresh melding of mixed field greens, grapes, sun-dried cranberries and ginger vinaigrette. Some tasty sandwiches are on the menu, as are entrees like Short Smoked Salmon Filet and Simply Grilled Filet Mignon. The dinner menu aims to wow your taste buds with New Orleans Shrimp & Creamy Grit Cakes, Hong Kong Style Sesame Crusted Tuna, Barbeque Beef Ribs and Hickory Smoked Black Angus Ribeye Steak. Decadently delectable desserts include Deep Dish Apple Pecan Pie and Warm Flourless Chocolate Macadamia Nut Waffle.

Located in Arlington, Carlyle is open every day.

4000 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 931-0777

Alexandria Restaurant Week

Try out some new restaurants in Alexandria this week during Alexandria Restaurant Week. Over 50 local restaurants are participating, and will offer a $35 dinner for two, or $35 per person prix-fixe, three course meal. Make reservations and view participating restaurants and menus here.

Happy Eating!

Wilson Tavern: An Arlington Pub

Wilson Tavern is a great neighborhood watering hole where you can chill out with a draft beer, a cocktail or a glass of wine and a bite to eat. Why not throw off the cares of the day with something refreshing like the Arnold Palmer’s Mistress with vodka, lemon juice, club soda & simple syrup? Follow it up with a tasty starter like Mozzarella Sticks with house-made marinara, Jumbo Hot Wings with bleu cheese dressing, or Battered Fried Pickles with horseradish ketchup. Fresh, flavorful entrée salads are on the menu, as are Perogies, those yummy Polish-style pastries stuffed with savory fillings. Other dining options include Mahi Mahi Tacos, French Dip Sandwich, Steak Philly and the BYOB Burger. Wilson Tavern is open every day.

Wilson Tavern
2403 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 970-5330

RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro: Pick a Perfect Pie

A bustling pizzeria located in the Penrose Square neighborhood of South Arlington, RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro brings a slice of Naples to the D.C. area. With thin crust pizzas prepared in a classic Italian wood-fired brick oven, the menu contains a wide selection of gourmet possibilities when choosing your pie. Specialty pizzas ranging from a simple margherita to boar sausage with smoked mozzarella and roasted artichokes are available, and you're free to customize using the many ingredients available. A number of salad and pasta dishes are also on the menu, as are numerous meat and cheese plates. Whatever you order, you're sure to enjoy the fresh, local produce and hand made cheeses used in the kitchen. The bistro eve cures many of its own meats and makes its own sausage! 

RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro
2501 9th Rd South
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 920-0706