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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In the middle of Clarendon, Cava Mezze is a solid spot for a Mediterranean group dinner or brunch.
The Liberty Tavern
Liberty Tavern is Clarendon’s utility restaurant - use the American spot for dates, dinner with the parents, or a meal at the bar.
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.
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Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
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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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