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For those who live and work in the Arlington area, it can be easy to find truly authentic international experiences and flavors. Thanks to the large immigrant populations in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, locals and tourists alike can benefit from the rich diversity in restaurants and services offered in these communities.
Some of the greatest examples of such diversity can be found among the iconic skyline and energy-filled streets of Rosslyn, where anyone can take a quick trip around the world simply by crossing Wilson Boulevard, going from sophisticated comfort foods at Barley Mac to no-frills yet historic Pho 75.
The journey may continue with other traditional Asian foods, or take a sharp turn for a delicious Mexican detour by visiting Guajillo, or for the true locals, a pitstop at Tacos El Chilango, the legendary taco truck hiding in plain sight. No matter what your favorite cuisine is, Rosslyn has a great option for you: Italian? Sfoglina, Il Radicchio. Sushi? Toryumon, Kanpai. Southeast Asian? Saigon Noodles & Grill, Thai Select. Mediterranean? The Simple Greek, CAVA. American staples? Open Road, Rhodeside Grill. The choices go on and on.
For the day-to-day munchies with no time for globetrotting, the fast-casual options are plentiful in Rosslyn. You can find your usual suspects, such as Chipotle and Panera Bread, spice it up with District Taco, Nando’s PERi PERi, or Happy Eatery, or keep it balanced with salads at sweetgreen and Chopt, or juices and smoothies at Vitality Bowls and South Block.
If you’re looking for an extra shot of excitement or are on the hunt for a good happy hour, Salt is the best place to start – if you can find it. This hidden gem, speak-easy style cocktail bar is attached to Open Road restaurant and is known for its handcrafted drinks and intimate atmosphere (perfect for date night!). Continental Beer Garden, just down the road from Salt, is another great more casual option for folks in search of libations for girls-night-out or a beer with friends after work.
In need of some date-night inspiration? Rosslyn has just the thing for your next romantic evening in the town. For the best views, head to Amuse at the Le Meridien Hotel, which overlooks the D.C. skyline and Potomac River, or, for the quieter types, try the charming Mele Bistro’s newly added outdoor patio.
To make it even more fun to eat, drink and love in the neighborhood, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District hosts more than 200 events every year, many of which are entirely dedicated to good foods and beverages. For example, the Rosslyn Farmers Market takes over Central Place Plaza every Wednesday from early May through the last week of October – shoppers can find fresh fruits and veggies, cheeses and dairy, delicious baked goods, and top-quality artisanal meat products, and much more! And when the fall weather comes, Rosslyn’s Jazz Supper Clubs bring live music and good food to residents and visitors, under the stars at local restaurants.
As an urban and forward-thinking neighborhood, Rosslyn counts on its diversity and passion for community to provide not only options for restaurants, bars, and activities but inspiration and unique experiences for anyone looking to Eat. Drink. Love in Arlington.
Author: Rosslyn Business Improvement District