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Ravi Kabob House: Enjoy Tender Meat and Mediterranean Dishes Near AVA Ballston

For a taste of tender meat with a Mediterranean twist, plan on having dinner at Ravi Kabob House. Regulars can't say enough about the quality of the meat and the overall flavor of the dishes served at this Arlington eatery. So whether you've got a craving for kabobs or a Mediterranean meal, make the short trip from AVA Ballston to Ravi Kabob House.

Those particularly after the meat should try the slow-cooked, charcoal-grilled beef and lamb. For a flavor-infused item, order the seekh kabob, which is made with minced beef that has been spiced, molded around a skewer, and grilled. Customers say the vegetables here are also prepared quite well. In fact, the spinach and roasted chickpeas will go well with just about any main course. Know that Ravi Kabob doesn't accept cards so you must bring cash or get money from the ATM that is located across the street.

Ravi Kabob House
350 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 522-6666

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Sibarita Near AVA Ballston: South American Food for Arlington

Fried yucca comes with fiery dipping sauce at Sibarita, the perfect way to kick off a colorful meal at the Arlington eatery. It may sit just a stone's throw from AVA Ballston, but Sibarita imports the flavors of far-away Bolivia to Virginia.

That much is obvious from your first bite of fried yucca, your first sip of Inca Cola, or your first forkful of Bolivian-style steak. They're all available at Sibarita, along with many wines and beers. Sink your teeth into one of the exotic sandwiches, perhaps the milanesa de pollo. This sandwich contains a breaded chicken cutlet, and comes with fried potatoes, salad, and rice. The cabanitas is another fresh option, a sandwich stuffed with fried fish filet—you can also opt for fried and breaded steak in your sandwich. These are available throughout the week, but Sibarita also whips up Bolivian breakfast fare on the weekends.

2716 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-1050

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Rus Uz Combines Russian and Uzbec Cuisine Just a Short Distance From AVA Ballston

For a taste of Russian and Uzbek food, you don't have to venture very far from AVA Ballston, believe it or not. Just make plans to dine at Rus Uz, an Arlington restaurant that serves unique dishes melding the flavors of Uzbek and Russian cuisine. Adding to the appeal of this restaurant is the fact that customers say the service is top-notch and the setting is intimate.

Once you are settled, consider getting started with a hot appetizer such as the blini. Popular cold starters include stuffed puff pastry tarts with whole grain lumpfish caviar and black caviar. When it's time to decide on a main course, consider the qovurma lagmon, which is a house-made pasta fried with tomato, beef, celery, spices, and squash. Another top choice is the pelmeni, a traditional Russian dish made with dumplings stuffed with ground beef. Check out the drink menu, which includes wine, cocktails, and beer.

Rus Uz
1000 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 312-4086

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Boulevard Woodgrill Near AVA Ballston: An Arlington Hotspot for Weekend Brunch

Arlington eaters especially like Boulevard Woodgrill on the weekends when it rolls out a brunch menu. Some of the entrees verge on decadent, like the Grand Hotel French toast, the smoked salmon Benedict, or the Southwest frittata, packed with lump crab, chorizo, and white cheese. Paired with a mimosa, these morning eats leave quite an impression on anyone who snags a table at Boulevard during brunch.

However, it also serves lunch and dinner throughout the week. If you're looking for a juicy burger, the lunch menu's Black and Bleu burger should take care of that. A wood-grilled salmon wrap and lamb kafta pita are also available at lunch. Later in the day, you'll find items on the menu like Atlantic salmon cured with sage and maple, then drizzled in orange mimosa vinaigrette, Hudson Valley duck breast, and wood-grilled steak gorgonzola smothered in a tarragon mushroom sauce. Make the short drive from AVA Ballston to Boulevard Woodgrill for a hearty bite to eat.

Boulevard Woodgrill (CLOSED)
2901 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 875-9663

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Cafe Saint-Ex Near Avalon First and M Dishes Out New American Food

Biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya are all on the weekend brunch menu at Bayou Bakery. With a name like that, you'd be right to expect grub inspired by New Orleans, and that's exactly what you get during brunch. However, Bayou Bakery actually serves classic Southern fare all week long.

Stop by on your way to work from AVA Ballston and you can grab a piping hot cup of strong coffee and a beignet. The latter is a beloved pastry in New Orleans, a fried triangle of dough strewn with fluffy powdered sugar. If you'd rather have something savory than sweet, try the pepper jelly and Creole cream cheese on buttermilk biscuits still warm from the oven. Other breakfast options include pickled black-eyed pea on toast points, pimento cheese smeared on crackers, and even deviled eggs. Similar eats are available at lunch with the addition of hearty sandwiches.

Bayou Bakery
1515 N. Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410

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