100 Best Restaurants 2012: Lyon Hall
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Lyon Hall
Address: 3100 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-741-7636
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: French, German/Austrian, Belgian
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11. Bar open Tuesday through Saturday 4 PM to 2 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Alsatian tarte flambée (without foie gras); black pudding with mustard greens; chicken-liver dumplings; house-made sauerkraut; lemon pound cake with rhubarb; chocolate praline cake.
Price Details: Starters $7 to $12, entrées $10 to $24.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible

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At some restaurants, the sum is more than the parts. At this Alsatian-themed bistro, it's the parts we remember most: a superb Manhattan, an impressive wines-by-the-glass list, a short-rib hot dog we can't stop thinking about, a brief roster of enticing desserts, and some of the most hospitable service seen at a place not named the Ritz. The bustling cafe and bar is a place you can bring the family or come for a casually sophisticated couple's night out. Brothers and owners Stephen and Mark Fedorchak, partner Brian Normile, and chef Liam LaCivita all but perfected that formula at Liberty Tavern. Here they've opted for brassiness over coziness in the dining room and traded the comfort of regional Americana for Alsace's brawny cuisine. Plates are huge--you'll likely take home a doggy bag.

What to get: House-made pretzels; shrimp cocktail; pan-roasted Amish chicken with wild mushrooms and fingerling potatoes; duck-and-foie-gras sausage; pork schnitzel; choucroute of sausages; profiteroles with lemon-and-violet ice cream; dark-chocolate-mousse bar.

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

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