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Cafe Arax
A stripmall bakery/cafe with Armenian treats.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Matt McMillian
Comments () | Published October 10, 2006
Dirt Cheap Eats (2008)
Arax Cafe
Address: 5852 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22216
Phone: 703-532-3320
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9 PM. Closed Sundays.
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church, Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Homemade ice cream; khorabia; baklava; cheese-filled pastries; meat pizzas; stuffed grape leaves; baba ghanoush; hummus.
Price Details: Bakery selections, $1 to $4.75.

From April 2006 Dirt Cheap Eats

When Starbucks ennui sets in, Cafe Arax is just the antidote. With only eight tables, the cafe has a homey vibe courtesy of the Lebanese-Armenian owners. The usual lattes and chais are on the roster plus Armenian coffee, a strong brew similar to Greek coffee, and the Euro-style cafe glasse, as good an excuse as any to try the house-made ice cream ($1.40 to $3.75). All this java begs for a nibble. Look for the khorabia ($1.50), a crumbly butter cookie that melts in the mouth; nutty pistachio baklava ($1.50); and a hybrid Middle EasternÐAmerican sweet made with mixed nuts and graham-cracker crust. For the truly hungry, there are wonderful cheese-filled pastries, spicy meat pizzas ($2.25), stuffed grape leaves ($1), and baba ghanoush and hummus ($4.75) to swipe with hot, papery pita.
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