Columbia Pike East Restaurants

Thai Square

3217 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
703-685-7040

Thai


 

$
$13.96
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Owner Sunthorn Rojural, a native of Bangkok, has been serving her authentic dishes at this tiny restaurant for nearly two decades. The bare-bones dining room is not much to look at, but the cooking is among the best traditional Thai food in the area and a good bargain. People rave about the Floating Market Soup, but there's a lot else to like here, from crispy squid with basil to green chicken curry.
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3 Stars (10/9/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"Thai Square gives you dozens of reasons to frequent the place. … What you won’t find at Thai Square is much atmosphere…. The dining room is exactly what its name suggests: a square dressed with some colored panels. Not every dish is a hit, either. Pad Thai with tofu proves sweet and bland. But why would you order something so routine when the choices are so rich? … Owner Sunthorn Rojural shops for the vegetables himself; his wife and chef, Mataporn, makes her curries in small batches. Their attention to detail pays off. When the Thai Embassy needs a caterer, Thai Square gets the call." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Some restaurants get better with age, but even more don’t—part of what makes this 19-year-old restaurant from Bangkok native Sunthorn Rojural remarkable. The minimalist room doesn’t look tired, and the kitchen continues to produce plates that are bracingly spicy and fresh. Appetizers shine. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Mazagan

2901 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
703-566-4173

Moroccan


 

$$
$16.97
 

★★

Good Value

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Chef/owner Riyad Bouizar's restaurant next to the Cinema & Drafthouse offers "modern Moroccan cuisine in a casual setting." The expansive menu features 16 kinds of small plate mezze, 4 kinds of bastilla, 15 flavors of kabobs, 4 tagines, 4 entrees, and a burger. There's also a hookah lounge with a long bar.
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1.5 Stars (6/25/2014)
"If you’ve come to the new Moroccan restaurant in Arlington expecting to sit among arches, lanterns and extravagant kilim rugs, you’ll be in for a surprise. Mazagan favors the contemporary over the customary in many of its details. … Mazagan is definitely a looker. Provided you know the kitchen’s strengths, it can also be a taster. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Modern Moroccan, terrific food, chicken bastilla, Moroccan couscous with on-bone lamb (get this), open late with a hookah bar, good bar area for enjoying dinner." See 11/4/2015 Review…»

Pedro and Vinny's Burritos

2599 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
703-302-3999

Mexican


 

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$12.50
 

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This little burrito hut (from the same owners who run a popular cart downtown) features big, cheap burritos. There are no frills — just solid food.
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Italic — Recommended
"Massive, inexpensive burritos, some completely vegetarian."

El Pike (Pike Pizza)

4111 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
703-521-3010

Bolivian


 

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$13.50
 

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The sign says "Pike Pizza," but there's no pizza in this diner-like spot. In fact, as far as anyone can remember there's NEVER been any. Instead, "El Pike" serves heaping plates of hearty Bolivian food and killer saltenas. There are also a number of very good weekend specials.
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Unrated (12/16/2007)
"Pay no attention to the sign out front. Pike Pizza hasn't baked a pie for probably a dozen years. The cheerful storefront's real signature is a much dearer commodity: saltenas, braided turnovers filled with a soupy mix of chicken or beef plus peas, hard-cooked egg and potatoes. Bolivians treat saltenas as snacks rather than meals; the time to enjoy them here, at the oldest of five family-run area outposts, is breakfast or lunch and no later than 2 p.m., advises co-owner Guillermo Molina, who says his small kitchen sells "hundreds and hundreds" of saltenas every weekend. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"There’s a generosity of spirit at this festive, diner-like spot, where heaping plates of homey fare are the rule. Soups and starters could easily double as a full meal, and entrées will feed two, three, sometimes even four—probably why the place is so popular with families and groups. This more-is-more philosophy reaches its pinnacle with planchita, a platter heaped with grilled beef ribs, blood sausage, hot dogs, pork chops, peppers and onions, and hard-boiled eggs atop a carb-load of fried potatoes, rice, and plantains. …" See Full Review…»
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Dama

1503 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
703-920-5620

Ethiopian


 

$
$15.00
 

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This dual café and restaurant is owned by the Dama family. While the former offers coffee and French pastries; the latter is among one of the areas better destinations for Ethiopian food.
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"The versatility of the place alone ought to earn it a spot in your dining-out rotation. At breakfast, it’s an easygoing antidote to greasy spoons or corporate cuisine. … Midday, it’s a pit stop for coffee and an Italian-style pastry or cake from the adjoining bakery. Come dinner, its enormous value becomes readily apparent. … Dama has in recent years made meatless cooking a priority, with another entire menu devoted to the Gondarian staples that make up the contemporary Ethiopian table …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"French-trained Ethiopian pastry chef, skilled barista, owned by the Dama family, a 3-in-1 bakery, market, and Ethiopian restaurant, hearty Ethiopian breakfasts in the dive bakery."
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).