Posts Tagged ‘Ballston’

Chefs Mike Isabella and Jonah Kim Will Open Noodle Bar Together

Ramen, steamed duck buns, and more!

Ballston’s Restaurant Challenge Isn’t Exactly What It Seems

More than 35,000 people showed up in Ballston for the Taste of Arlington last week to drink beer, listen to live music, and sample food from some 40 area restaurants. But for eight of the chefs and restaurateurs serving the sunburned masses, the stakes were high. As contestants in Ballston’s Restaurant Challenge, they were competing, […]

Mike Isabella Will Open a Mexican Restaurant in Ballston

Apparently Mike Isabella hasn’t given up on Mexican food. Nearly a year after his split with Bandolero, Isabella has announced plans to open a Mexican cantina called Pepita in Ballston. The restaurant will be located at 4000 Wilson Blvd.—the same building as his second Greek restaurant, Kapnos Taverna, which is slated to open this fall. This time around, Isabella […]

Quick Feeding: R.J. Cooper Shows Skin; Plus, Asparagus With ‘Girth’

Blagden Alley Tease: Over in Shaw, chef R.J. Cooper partially removed his shirt in an alleyway "in a demonstration of badassery" in advance of the opening of what promises to be his culinary center-stage spectacle at Rogue 24. [The Feast] In-Depth Vegetable News: "When buying asparagus, girth is key." Baby asparagus, you see, is just […]

Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Chicken Biscuit Surprisingly Similar to Its Spicy Sandwich

The Ballston Common Mall's basement-level food court isn't the best place to get excited about something new and spicy, especially when that something is the same spicy chicken, only served at 9 a.m. Young & Hungry, with a freshly printed preview reservation for Chick-fil-A's yet-to-officially debut spicy chicken biscuit in hand, walked up to the […]

Changing Tables: District Taco Ready to Open Brick-and-Mortar Location

The latest in restaurant openings, closings, and highly unstable target dates. Coming Soon: Tynan Coffee & Tea is just weeks away from opening its new location at 1275 First St. NE. A sign in the window has already proclaimed itself as the place with "the best happy hour in NoMa." (Prince of Petworth) Arlington will […]

Buzz Bakery in Ballston Will Open in…Who Knows?

This may be the most painfully cute sugar cookie ever. I say "painfully" because the beehive-shaped treat is available at, ahem, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, where pastry chef Josh Short created it several years ago for a  fundraiser. Now it's permanently on the menu at Buzz. I have to admit, over the years, I have […]

Rebel Heroes May Already Be the Best Food Truck on the Streets

The sizable crowd milling around the new Rebel Heroes truck told me one of several things: The Ballston neighborhood continues to struggle for cheap and decent lunch options, the magnetic pull of street food remains undeniable, or the banh mi sold from this mom-and-daughter operation is something special. Or a combination of all three. I […]

Even Tutto Bene’s Pen Is a Cultural Oddity

Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant & Grill is not exactly what it seems—at least on the weekends when the classic red-sauce house transforms into a prime lunch-time destination along the so-called Saltena Circuit in Arlington, where thousands of Bolivian ex-pats chow down on their native cooking. If you've never sampled this under-appreciated cuisine—truly one of the […]

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