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.
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.
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.
Step up your sports bar game at A-Town Bar & Grill. This family-run bar and restaurant boasts upscale bar food, great drinks, and tons of specials, all at reasonable prices. They serve the starters and sandwiches you would expect, along with signature entrees and even a large array of sushi rolls and sashimi. The atmosphere is modern but still casual, with the energy really ramping up during sports games or their happy hour.
Perhaps the most impressive spread at A-Town Bar & Grill is their all-you-can-eat weekend brunch. Enjoy breakfast classics alongside sushi, seafood, ribs, and more. Saturday’s buffet also includes all-you-can-eat snow crab legs, and the dessert section of the buffet is fully stocked with chocolate fountains and plenty of items for dipping. Check the website for more details and reservations on the weekend buffet (it fills up fast), or learn more about events like Sunday Funday or holding your next private or corporate event at A-Town Bar & Grill.
For more than 25 years, Arlington locals have depended on Pastries By Randolph for everything from cookies and croissants to wedding cakes, graduation cakes, and other once-in-a-lifetime events. If you’re in the market for a cake to celebrate a special occasion, head to the website, take a look at the photo gallery, and call the shop to schedule a consultation. Otherwise, feel free to drop by and choose whatever catches your eye out of the big glass display cases.
If you stop by in the morning on your way to work you might pick up a hot cup of coffee, along with an almond croissant or a hand-held cherry pie. Swing by on your way home in the evening, and pick out something special for dessert. How about a strawberry mousse cheesecake? Or maybe a chocolate souffle? You can even buy cookies, brownies, and other treats by the pound or by the dozen (depending on how big a crowd you need to feed).
The creative chefs and bakers at Livin’ The Pie Life mix up the menu on a daily basis. They do this to showcase the seasonal, local ingredients available that morning and to keep customers coming back to try new treats. You can always expect a mix of sweet and savory dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a full lineup of pies and desserts.
For instance, in the morning, the list of eats typically consists of options like freshly baked maple-cinnamon rolls, quiches packed with spinach and cheddar cheese or chunks of smoky bacon, and “pocket pies” stuffed with sweet ingredients like apples and sugar or bananas and Nutella. Later in the day, expect creations such as mac and cheese pockets or smoked pork pockets. Whatever you do, make sure that you save room for a slice of salted caramel chocolate chess pie, apple caramel crumb pie, or the cake of the day.
Green Pig Bistro oozes creativity, and not just when it comes to the cuisine. Pages from cookbooks line the walls in lieu of wallpaper. Mismatched vintage dish sets serve as decor. A communal chef’s table features glossy slats of reclaimed wood. The menu reflects the same attention to detail that goes into the interior design.
The chef specializes in sustainable food featuring head-to-tail meats, wasting no part of the animal. Check out brunch when you want to savor one of the meat-centric dishes. Locals rave about the brunch menu, particularly the fried chicken and waffle with house-made onion jam and hearty sausage gravy. The steak and eggs, huevos rancheros with pulled pork, and shrimp and grits with andouille sausage all showcase high-quality cuts of meat. If you’re craving something sweeter, try the waffle with berry compote or the caramel apple tart.
A trio of childhood friends, one of them a chef, launched the Ballston branch of CAVA in an effort to bring the Greek and Mediterranean fare they grew up eating to all of DC’s diners. In the process, they decided to team up with nonprofits focused on spreading a love for healthy eating and urban gardening. For instance, local organization City Blossoms creates gardens where kids can learn how to cultivate food and transform it into healthy meals, and this is just one of many nonprofits that benefit from CAVA’s efforts.
So you can feel good about it when you enjoy a fresh feast at this newly opened eatery. CAVA allows you to build your own healthy bowl starting with a base of grains, greens, or pita bread. Then choose a dip or spread, like spicy Crazy Feta mousse or classic house-made hummus, and a protein such as falafel or spicy lamb meatballs. Then load on toppings such as romaine, tomato-onion salad, or cauliflower-quinoa tabbouleh and choose a dressing like sriracha Greek yogurt or spicy lime tahini. Then there’s nothing left to do but dig in!