Ambar is one of our favorite spots for a group dinner in Arlington. The food is from the Balkans, and you can expect a mix of Mediterranean and Eastern European, with flatbreads and croquettes and also lamb pate and crispy smelt. You’ll inevitably have trouble narrowing down your order, so our advice is to go for the “Balkan Experience,” which gets you unlimited small plates for $35. After your fourth bowl of tzatziki, have a post-dinner drink at Baba, Ambar’s cocktail bar nextdoor. They also serve a limited food menu if you’re looking for a quicker bite.
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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.
The Italian Store
The massive subs and pizza by the slice at The Italian Store will make your Arlington lunch breaks a lot better.
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You know the drill at Cava: build your own Mediterranean bowl/wrap. Pretty much whatever you make will turn out great.
Tail Up Goat
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ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar
Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.
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Lyon Hall can solve most of your eating dilemmas in Arlington. The German food and multiple levels work for a date, group drink, or catch-up dinner.
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