Arlington's Best Cheap Eats
Chef David Guas of the Bayou Bakery shares his favorite places to grab a cheap bite in Arlington.
Meet Our Arlington Restaurant Connoisseur
Chef and Louisiana native David Guas does his home state proud by serving rustic, playful offerings such as shrimp and andouille jambalaya, blackened turkey meatballs, and savory smothered biscuits and gravy. So it's no surprise that when he and his family head out to eat, they want similarly fun, unpretentious fare in a fuss-free setting. "We're looking for quick, quality, kid-friendly food," David explains. "I don't want to have to dress up, and it's nice to be recognized as a regular customer."
David returns to being a kid in a candy shop at this fragrant cafe and market. "Growing up, my father had a butcher shop, and I loved to visit and peer into the deli windows. Whether you're 4 or 44, it's still a thrill to look into a deli case and see an abundance of food," the chef says. "My boys love to get involved and pick out their meal." David and his family enjoy selecting several small plates and appetizers for their meal, including Lamb Shawarma sandwiches with tahini sauce, Kibbeh (fried beed-and-lamb meatballs made with bulgur, almonds, and pine nuts), Fatayer B'Jibne (fried cheese pies), Warak Inab (grape leaves stuffed with rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, mint, and parsley), Traditional Hommos, and M'saka (oven-roasted eggplant with chickpeas and tomatoes).
4400 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington; 703/276-8681; lebanesetaverna.com
4301 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington; 703/528-3131; unclejulios.com
Lost Dog Cafe
5876 North Washington Blvd., Arlington; 703/237-1552; lostdogcafe.com
Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant
6249 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church; 703/538-3333