District Dumplings is the newest addition to Arlington Ridge, offering a range of dim sum-style fare like fried or steamed dumplings, shumai, and soup dumplings. The menu expands on traditional fillings with more unique options, such as Pork and Chives, Bulgogi Beef, and new vegetarian delicacies like Buddha’s Choice stuffed with glass noodles, mushrooms, carrots, and spice-infused oil. Order the popular Soup Dumplings, which consists of a tender pork filling surrounded by a savory hot chicken broth, all delicately folded up in a thin wrapper and steamed to perfection. Pair your meal with a selection of tea, juice, beer, and wine.
The fusion-minded spot offers a comfortable dining atmosphere with several different seating options and a chalkboard wall featuring a handwritten menu. Locals love the affordable pricing and large portions – your order includes 10 dumplings and you can mix and match to try different flavors. Visit District Dumplings Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Blues Alley bills itself as the oldest continuously operating jazz supper club in the country, and given that it opened in 1965, that could very well be the case. Over the decades, Blues Alley has played host to well-known jazz artists on the concert hall circuit, such as Charlie Byrd, Nancy Wilson, and Ramsey Lewis. It continues to invite highly regarded artists to perform in its intimate venue.
Step inside, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time to the jazz clubs of the 1920s or ’30s. You can grab tickets to the show online or at the door, then grab a table. Blues Alley dishes out colorful Creole and Cajun cuisine that goes well with the live jazz. Dig into Dizzy Gillespie’s jambalaya, teeming with chicken, ham, and andouille sausage, or try the Phyllis Hyman’s stuffed shrimp, packed with crabmeat and served with red beans and rice.
If you’re having trouble saying so long to summer after the Labor Day holiday, don’t miss the last few Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga classes from Mind Your Body Oasis. Instructor Amanda has been leading these popular classes all summer, and there are two more in September to enjoy the warm summer air and calm water.
Don’t worry if you aren’t a paddle board expert; each class includes all the basics you need to get familiar with standing and balancing on the board, as well as basic paddle strokes. The yoga portion of the class is very informal, with a majority of it just focusing on the yogi breath and simple poses. Sign up for the 90-minute class, and you’ll receive the location to meet up the day before the session. Mind Your Body Oasis includes the paddle board rental in their $50 class fee, or your can supply your own for $10 off. Classes begin at 6 p.m., just in time to enjoy the setting sun.
Asiatique is all about seafood, but its menu doesn’t stick to just one type of cuisine. The eatery specializes in both Cajun cooking and Japanese sushi. The combination seems to work for customers, who’ve been flocking to this new restaurant since it debuted a couple of months ago in Arlington.
If you want to try some of the Southern seafood, it’s a three-step process to customize your feast. Start by choosing the seafood to star in your meal, such as oysters, crab legs, shrimp, or the classic crawfish. You can also choose a combo of two. Then decide on a seasoning, like the Original Cajun, lemon pepper, or garlic butter, which all feature at least a hint of Old Bay. Finally, decide on a level of spiciness. The chef will whip up your meal to order. Craving sushi instead? Asiatique offers a large list of sushi and sashimi, classic maki rolls, and inventive signature rolls.
Crafthouse in Arlington is a locally focused pub and eatery offering craft beer, wine, and spirits as well as a selection of snacks, flatbreads, burgers, and sandwiches. The motto is, “Eat local, drink local, support local,” and the restaurant has 50 craft beers on tap and over 250 craft beers and ciders in the cooler.
Stop by for one of their daily specials, such as $5 Burger Monday or Fiesta Friday with discounted Coronas, margaritas, and nachos. Crafthouse also hosts a popular weekday Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a variety of drink specials and tasty appetizers, such as the Crafthouse Tots smothered with beer cheese, jalapenos, bacon, scallions, and sour cream.
The 130-seat eatery has a classic pub atmosphere with exposed brick walls, polished wood, dim lighting, and sports playing on multiple televisions. Dine and drink alfresco on the comfortable outdoor patio, which seats about 125. Crafthouse is located a half mile from The Maxwell and is open daily for lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Depending on when you visit A-Town Bar & Grill, you could have a wildly different experience and meal. This family-owned and operated Arlington restaurant is huge, and boasts plenty of seating and bar space for everything from a leisurely lunch or dinner, or a raucous party during the football game or in-house events.
Their menu has classic bar food alongside classier entrees and the incredible variety of libations you’d expect from a sports bar. Make your reservation for their legendary all-you-can-eat weekend brunch for mountains of breakfast favorites, sushi, seafood, ribs, and a dessert bar complete with a chocolate fountain. The Saturday buffet even includes all-you-can-eat snow crab legs. Be sure to call ahead, as space can fill up quickly, especially when there is a popular game to watch at the same time. And for even more fun, check out the events calendar on their site for live music, the Sunday Funday party, and more.
Next Phase Arlington is a yoga studio that prides itself on the fact that every single class it offers is unique, employing various combinations of Bosu balls, battle ropes, TRX, HIIT techniques, and body weight exercises to give you a workout that’s both fun and effective.
First timers should know that it’s a good idea to arrive a few minutes early so that the staff can give you a quick tour of the facility before your class starts. Next Phase even offers on-site daycare services so that you never need to find a babysitter in order to work out — just bring your young ones to the studio where they’ll receive professional care while you get your sweat on. Class payment options are flexible, ranging from drop-in rates, to 15-class packs, to monthly unlimited passes, so you should be able to find something that fits your lifestyle.
Gallery Clarendon is a pop-up art gallery and venue for art classes, but its exact length of stay at Regency Centers remains unseen. You see, the art gallery is temporarily occupying a space left empty when a local Mexican restaurant closed more than a year ago. Until Regency Centers can find a new tenant, this Arlington Artists Alliance project will fill the space—probably for at least a year.
Still, your time to enjoy the gallery is limited, so don’t hesitate. Head straight to the newly debuted art space (it opened on June 20th) and check out its multi-level display of locally crafted artwork. Admission is free, but all of the pieces are available for purchase, so you might just leave with a new accent for your home. The studio isn’t offering art classes yet, but intends to create a schedule of public workshops in the coming months, so keep an eye out.