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Get A Taste Of Arlington And Help Local Charities

The 31st Annual Taste of Arlington will be held Sunday, May 20, in Ballston. The event features some 60 local restaurants and food trucks, wine, spirit and beer gardens, live music on two stages and more.

Restaurants – including local faves Ambar, Bistro 1521, Little Miss Whoppie, Pamplona and Texas Jack’s Barbecue – will be competing to be named “Best of the Best.”

Two stages with live music will run from noon until 6 p.m. with bands including Jumpin’ Jupiter and White Ford Bronco. There’s also a KidZone and a pop-up BarkPark for our four-legged friends.

Benefits Local Charities

Most importantly, portions of the proceeds benefit 7 Arlington-area nonprofits. This year recipients are:

This gives you a chance to get a taste of Arlington and help local charities.

Entry to the Taste of Arlington is free. But you’ll need tickets to purchase beer, wine, spirits and food “tastes.” With 25,000 people expected, it’s a good idea to buy your tickets ahead of time online (through Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m.). You can pick up your tickets at Will Call on site Saturday or avoid the lines at pop-up ticket booths at the Ballston Farmers Market Thursday, May 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. and the Holiday Inn Ballston parking lot Friday, May 18, from noon to 7 p.m.

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8 Arlington Restaurants Featured During Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

8 Arlington Restaurants Featured During Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

Celebrate dining out at eight of my favorite Arlington restaurants during the fifth annual Northern Virginia Restaurant Week.

This value-priced dining experience runs from Monday, March 19, to Monday, March 26. Many restaurants in northern Virginia feature fixed priced lunches and dinners. It’s a smaller version of the big Washington Metropolitan Restaurant Week held every January and August. It’s a great way to check out Arlington restaurants. Though restaurants can get crowded during the promotion. So, make reservations, get there early and enjoy!

Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

Here are eight Arlington restaurants featured during Northern Virginia Restaurant Week:

Ambar (Clarendon), 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA – Ambar specializes in Balkan comfort foods. Specials include a $22 lunch (platter, soup, dessert) and dinner featuring Ambar’s unlimited Balkan experience of unlimited small plates for $35.

BaBa (Clarendon), 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA – The “speakeasy” café below Ambar has a unique ambience. The dinner special is Baba’s Trio (1 dish from each category + signature cocktail) for $35. While the lunch offer includes Baba’s basket of 1 starter, 1 entre, 1 coffee, 1 session cocktail and baklava for $22. For you late nighters, there’s usually a DJ spinning music into the night.

Gaijin Ramen Shop (Cherrydale), 3800 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA – Gaijin is the winner of Arlington Magazine’s Best Ramen 2018 and features Kyoto-style ramen, rice bowls and salads.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro (Ballston), 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA – Grand Cru is a nice wine bar that focuses on French-American fare. Restaurant week specials are three courses for $35.18. This includes entrees like Pine Cone Smoked Salmon, Pan Roasted Rockfish and Roasted Beef Coulotte Steak.

Me Jana (Courthouse), 2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA – Me Jana is one of my go to restaurants in Arlington. Why? They have fantastic traditional Lebanese food, and you can usually find a table inside or on the patio. And, co-owner Rabih Abi-Aad is a friendly and welcoming presence.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company (Virginia Square), 3471 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA – Rocklands is known for their red oak and hickory smoked chicken, baby-back ribs, brisket and pit beef. Specials include a Three Meat Sampler for $15.18 and Chopped Pork Sandwich served with two sides and fountain drink for $11.18.

Rustico Restaurant & Bar (Ballston), 4075 Wilson Blvd, Arlington – Rustico features gastro pub grub, a great craft beer selection and solid pizza. Specials include three courses for lunch (including the Brunch Burger, Rustico Burger or any pizza) for $22.18 or dinner (including Seared Salmon or any pizza) for $35.18.

Sushi-Zen (Leeway Heights), 2457 North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA – Sushi-Zen features Japanese cuisine and a full assortment of sushi. The special is a four-course sushi dinner for one for $40.18.

See all of Northern Virginia Restaurant Week’s participating restaurants. What are some of your favorite Arlington neighborhood restaurants?