100 Best Restaurants 2010: Tallula
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Tallula
Address: 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-778-5051
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11. Open for brunch Saturday 11 to 2:30 PM; Sunday 10 to 2:30 PM
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Terrines; fried oysters with celery-root purée and apple “risotto”; spaghetti squash; lettuces with breakfast radishes and Champagne vinaigrette; gnocchi with braised wild boar, Niçoise olives, and rapini; cavatelli; toffee brownie with pistachio ice cre
Price Details: Starters, $8 to $14; main courses, $15 to $30.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cuisine: Chef Barry Koslow’s terrines and pâtés stand out on a contemporary farm-to-table menu that has moments both robust (cavatelli with veal sausage) and refined (crisp fried oysters with puréed celery root).

Mood: The dining room, with its orange-red walls and Mission-style wood furniture, lacks the character of the restaurant’s popular gastropub, EatBar, but the curvy corner booths give you a wide-angle view on the whole room and subdued lighting makes it feel more intimate.

Best for: Those who believe that good wine is essential to a good meal; besides three- and six-ounce pours, you can order ten-ounce beakers and half and full bottles.

Best dishes: Terrines, including the rosy rabbit and silky chicken liver in ceramic pots; fried oysters with celery-root purée and apple “risotto”; marvelous spaghetti squash served casserole style; farmers-market lettuces with breakfast radishes and Champagne vinaigrette; roasted gnocchi with braised wild boar, Niçoise olives, and rapini; cavatelli with lemon, chili flakes, and veal sausage; toffee brownie with pistachio ice cream.

Insider tips: Saturday brunch means old-time cartoons such as Foghorn Leghorn and Pepe Le Pew on the big screen in EatBar; on Sunday, look for family movie screenings.

Service: ••

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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