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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Screwtop Wine Bar
Screwtop is a wine bar that doesn’t suck in Clarendon. Use it for an early date, or to convince your parents your taste has matured.
In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
Northside Social is a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night. If you live in Arlington, it will come in handy at least once a week.
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Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza
Pupatella doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s serving the best pizza in Arlington.
Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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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.
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.
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