In the Virginia Square neighborhood, Medium Rare focuses on simple, well-executed dishes like coulotte steak, Medium Rare's secret sauce and hand-cut, double fried fries. The Arlington outpost is also known for its brunch specials with bottomless drinks and such entrees as fluffy French toast or signature steak frites accompanied by "the perfect poached egg," topped with Medium Rare's secret hollandaise sauce and served with hand-cut fries.
Cava Mezze, like its Capitol Hill location, serves a modern take on traditional Greek recipes. In its casual, neighborhood setting in Clarendon, enjoy signature dishes like hand-rolled grape leaves and spanakopita, tableside flambéed Saganaki cheese and braised lamb shank. It is also a well-liked spot for brunch because of its all you can eat brunch options allowing diners to sample a variety of dishes.
For happy hour deals and eats ranging from specialty burgers to flatbread pizzas, head to Circa at Clarendon. This American bistro features creative seasonal fare that have made its various downtown locations busy with the after-work crowd. Locals like to head there on the weekend for its solid brunch menu and $4 mimosas and other cocktails.
D.C. Destination Dining in Ballston
A new shopping, dining and entertainment complex, Ballston Quarter's food hall Quarter Market brings together many beloved D.C. eateries all in one brand-new location. Local favorites include:
- Ted’s Bulletin, a modern American diner with a 1920s/1930s art deco vibe, offers comfort food dishes with breakfast all day. Enjoy boozy milkshakes and pop tarts as well as classic diner fare with a twist at this updated version of this D.C. area favorite.
- One of D.C.’s favorite BBQ joints, Sloppy Mama’s dishes up brisket, pulled pork and other classics at its Quarter Market location.
- Cucina al Volo dishes out the popular Italian cuisine that had D.C. diners raving.
- Award-winning D.C. creamery Ice Cream Jubilee serves up its innovative creamy concoctions made with all-natural ingredients. Try the honey lavender flavor!
- Turu's by Timber Pizza Co. serves up the bubbly Neopolitan-ish pizzas fresh from the wood-fired oven that made its D.C. location popular.
- Named best doughnuts in D.C. for four years running, District Doughnut comes to Arlington with its scratch-made Vanilla Bean yeast dough in delicious flavor combinations.