The Italian Store is our move for lunch in Arlington, mostly because you can’t go wrong with any of their classic subs. Each is huge and topped with hot and sweet peppers and their special dressing (our favorite is “The Napoli,” in all its pepperoni-ham-mozzarella glory). But if you don’t want a sandwich, New York-style pizza is good too, and can be ordered by the slice. Seating is tight (but they do have a small patio at the Washington Blvd. location), so we’d suggest taking your order to-go. If you’re feeling really motivated and want to actually cook for yourself, their market, with hundreds of bottles of wine, gelato, cheese, and pasta, has all the ingredients you need for an Italian feast.
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Mussel Bar & Grille
Mussel Bar is a go-to when your parents are in town. Grab a seat on the patio if it’s nice out.
Green Pig Bistro
A meal at Green Pig Bistro will be meat heavy and very good. Bring a big group and sit at the communal table.
In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
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Great views, excellent seafood, and a lot of money. Fiola Mare is where you go for a special occasion in Georgetown.
Sfoglina is an Italian pasta spot in Van Ness that’s perfect for a date night or dinner with your parents.
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Super Pollo is a reliable cheap eats option in Arlington with excellent Peruvian chicken.
Timber Pizza Company
Timber is a casual pizza spot in Shaw that’s great for a low-key dinner or a group-hang outside.
Texas Jack’s Barbecue
Texas Jack’s in Arlington is a bit fancier and more buttoned up than your typical BBQ joint, but the food is very good.
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