100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Lyon Hall
Hot dogs at Lyon Hall restaurant. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants 2012

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

The most memorable thing on the menu at this French/German-inspired bistro is a hot dog, and trust us—that’s not a backhanded compliment. Fashioned from short ribs and spiced like a great terrine, the frankfurter is slipped into a house-made poppy-seed bun that’s been buttered and griddled. Near perfection. A restaurant that’s willing to go to such lengths with a dish once intended for children is a restaurant that minds the details from start (an excellent bread basket, well-made cocktails, one of the area’s best by-the-glass wine lists) to finish (baked-to-order crullers drizzled with icing). In between are chef Liam LaCivita’s hearty and abundant plates, including a selection of sausages, a juicy, crunchy schnitzel, and short ribs in a rich wine sauce.

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

Don’t Miss: “Colossal” shrimp cocktail; warm Bavarian pretzels; pâté de campagne; chicken-liver mousse; bratwurst.

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