Celebrating Arlington’s AAPI Businesses
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrated annually in May, pays tribute to the achievements of generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have shaped United States history and enriched our culture.
Throughout the year and especially during Asia Pacific American heritage month, Arlington recognizes local businesses that are representative of the Asia and Pacific Islands region. Here we identify AAPI restaurants and other businesses in 8 different areas of Arlington that are enhancing the vibrancy and diversity of our local economy and community.
1. AAPI Businesses in Ballston
2. AAPI Businesses in Clarendon
3. AAPI Businesses in Columbia Pike
- At Bangkok 54, enjoy authentic Thai food that pays homage to how it was served at home by the owners’ mother. Next door, the Bangkok 54 Market specializes in Asian grocery products and freshly prepared ready-to-eat meals.
- Other favorite Asian eateries in Columbia Pike: Rincome, Boru Ramen, Thai Square, Good Fortune
4. AAPI Businesses on Lee Highway
5. AAPI Businesses in National Landing
6. AAPI Businesses in Rosslyn
- Gong Cha was founded in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2006, and has expanded globally. Stop in for one of their bubble teas or try their specialty “Milk Foam.”
- TNR Café, a neighborhood staple for more than ten years, is a go-to for Chinese food made with locally sourced ingredients.
- Other favorite Asian eateries in Rosslyn: Happy Eatery, Thai Select, Saigon Noodles and Grill, Toryumon Japanese House, Kanpai, Pho 75, Sushi Rock
7. AAPI Businesses in Shirlington
- At T.H.A.I., dine on sophisticated new dishes inspired by the owner’s grandmother, Old World recipes, and Thai street food, crafted with fresh local produce and meat.
- Consider a trip to Ichiban, which serves a mix of traditional Japanese and Chinese delights, including tempura, gyoza, sashimi and nigiri, and fresh, innovative sushi rolls.
- Another favorite Asian restaurant in Shirlington: Aroma Indian Cuisine
8. AAPI Tech Companies
Many of the leaders of Arlington’s successful tech companies are of Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage. Here are a few:
- Subsystem Technologies, Inc. is a federal government contractor and leading provider of engineering and technical services nationwide.
- Fu Associates, Ltd. is a minority-owned company with deep knowledge of federal programs. They specialize in IT solutions, website development, and data analytics.
- VerticalApps is an IT services company providing Agile application development, data services, and intelligent automation to federal government clients.
- Syneren Technologies Corporation serves the project needs of government and commercial customers and specializes in operating, maintaining, and modernizing applications and IT systems for the federal government.
Author: Kirby Clark