Rosslyn Restaurants

Ray’s Hell Burger

(formerly Ray's to the Third)
1650 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-974-7171

Burgers
Cheesesteaks

 

$
$13.99
 

★★

Excellent Value

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The reborn Ray's Hell Burger is essentially the former Ray's to the Third without steaks or servers. The menu expands on Michael Landrum's original hell burgers, adding cheesesteaks, grilled cheeses, and chicken sandwiches. Be warned: with some of the best burgers and anywhere and good prices, it's usually very crowded.
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… The Mack remains the area standard, the cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and onion of our dreams, but it’s hard to resist the more clever combos, including a burger topped with chili and jalapeños. … The unorthodox Landrum recently debuted a “restaurant within a restaurant” at the Arlington location, devoted to … the famed Georgian cheese bread khachapuri on offer, including one topped with superb steak tartare. … " See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"World-famous hamburgers (literally), simple and deliciously seasoned meat, like no other patty I've tried, best eaten by itself, sides tend to be ordinary."

Ahra Café

1100 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-522-2224

Sandwiches


 

$
$8.99
 

★★

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Owner Charlie Choi's sandwich shop features slow roasted, hand carved meats. It opens early for breakfast, but closes at 4 p.m.
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Italic — Recommended
"Open for breakfast and lunch only, featuring several slow-cooked, hand-carved meats for sandwiches."

Guajillo

1727 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-807-0840

Mexican


 

$$
$15.33
 

★★

Good Value

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This family-owned Mexican restaurant is among the best in Northern Virginia, with good, authentic versions of popular specialties.
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2 Stars (10/17/2004)
In this very outdated review, Tom Sietsema notes that "while the Mexican restaurant of my dreams continues to elude me in Washington, a few" such as Guajillo, "get points for trying harder than others." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/1/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
Washingtonian notes that "the reasons to come are the regional Mexican specialties such as black mole … and masitas de puerco." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Good, family owned Tex-Mex with interesting sauces."

Rosslyn Coffee & Deli

1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
703-522-5387

Sandwiches


 

$
$6.25
 

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This casual deli that caters to the lunch crowd has good, cheap sandwiches and subs and friendly owners. There's also a great selection of beers.
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Italic — Recommended
"A cut way above the standard sandwich shop, worth trying due to its commitment to quality, very recommended."

Pho 75

1721 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-525-7355

Vietnamese
Pho

 

$
$7.75
 

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This no-frills pho parlor is the one that started it all (the Rosslyn location is the original), and it's still our favorite. You may find pho as good elsewhere, but you won't find better.
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Unrated (Undated)
"…The steaming Vietnamese classic (pronounced FUH) is good on its own, better when a diner adds a few accents from the accompanying plate of licorice-like Thai basil, crisp bean sprouts, fiery jalapeno and fresh lime. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/11/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
Washingtonian notes that "these quick-serve shops remain the standard to this day—remarkable in a business predicated on change, especially considering the flood of competition." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Surely the best chain Pho in the DC area." See 1/15/2011 Review…»

Wiseguy NY Pizza

1735 N Lynn St.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-358-8880

Pizza


 

$
$7.98
 

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The second branch of the New York-style slice shop comes as close as anyone to the ideal as you'll find in the area, with flavorful crusts, the right amount of cheese, and slightly crisp crusts that you can still fold (as you should). The original is located on the Eastren end of DC's Chinatown, not far from the Verizon Center.
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Unrated (10/23/2014)
"… Like many before him, Wiseguy NY Pizza owner Tony Erol has invested a ton of time and money researching this branch of the pie family. The Turkey native focuses on a several qualities that he believes define true New York pizza: thin, crispy slices, firm at the tip but still foldable; light charring along the exterior crust, far less than the standard leopard spotting of Neapolitan pies; the use of gas-powered deck ovens to spread heat evenly under those thin crusts; and a well-developed dough to provide the right amount of flavor and oven spring. But Erol also believes a New York pizza is a homemade pizza, with almost everything made from scratch…." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"New York–style pizza slices—especially when you get them outside the five boroughs—are often grease bombs, secreting so much orange-colored oil that you need a fresh napkin every few bites. But Wiseguy owner Tony Erol has avoided that, thanks to a near-obsessive drive to get the hallowed pies right. His are made without shortcuts—the kitchen proofs the dough for a full day and pulls fresh mozzarella curds each morning. The fabulous result is a slice more crispy than floppy, with just the right ratio of slightly sweet red sauce to cheese." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"The best NY slice in DC, edging out Tony's for best in the DC Area, eat it right there while it's hot for maximum experience." See 12/31/2015 Review…»

Chop't Creative Salad Company

1735 N. Lynn St.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-875-2888

Salads
Wraps
Healthy
 

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$9.99
 

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Excellent Value

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This small salad chain with locations in New York and DC is a great spot for a quick salad or salad wrap. You can make your own combination or select from a number of tasty pre-selected ones. And, with the calories posted on the menu and a good selection of "spa" dressings (all under 50 calories per serving), it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Unrated (11/18/2012)
The story about Chop’t highlights some of what we like about it: it’s healthy, fast, has a wide variety of ingredients to choose from, and offers a number of tasty combinations. But that's only half of what caught the reporter's eye. "The other half is the theater that comes with the salad assembly line." See Full Review…»
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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 (*).