Cheap Eats 2009: Eatbar
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 19, 2009
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Address: 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-778-9951
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday 4 to 1, Saturday 11 to 2, Sunday 10 to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Bacon-wrapped figs; steak tartare; hot dog; Guinness cupcake; Moscow Mule cocktail.
Price Details: Starters, $2.25 to $13; entrees, $8 to $15.

Why go: Inspired renditions of unabashedly bad-for-you dishes, from frat-boy fare (corn dogs) to more sophisticated creations (pork belly with potato purée). Add an impressive roster of house-made charcuterie and 70-plus wines by the glass and you’ve got the makings of a culinary bacchanal.

What to get: French onion dip with crostini and savory palmiers; bacon-wrapped figs oozing with mascarpone; golf-ball-size hush puppies; house-made hot dog; meatballs with polenta.

Best for: Impromptu dinners (no reservations are taken); wine and cocktail lovers; carnivores; movie buffs (there are free screenings, with truffled popcorn, every Sunday night).

Insider tip: We’ve yet to find a dessert we like; put together a cheese board instead. Because everything is meant for sharing—and the kitchen sends dishes out as they’re ready—plate pileups can be a problem.

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

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