Cheap Eats 2010: Cafe Assorti
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 10, 2010
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Café Assorti
Address: 1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-465-0036
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Russian/E. European, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 7 AM - 10 PM, Sunday 7 AM to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon, Court House
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Carrot salad; beet salad; yeast buns (called samsas, pirozhoks, or rasstegais, depending on the shape) stuffed with meats, egg, fish, or vegetables; Assorti ground-beef steak topped with an egg; manti (beef-filled dumplings); Napoleon cake.

Why go: This casual dining room and even more casual cafe/bakery are splashed in citrus colors. The Eastern European salads, buns, and dumplings will please finicky eaters, and it’s hard to resist the bakery case.

What to get: Carrot salad with garlic; creamy beet salad with walnuts; yeasty buns stuffed with meats, egg, fish, or vegetables; ground-beef patty topped with a sunny-side-up egg; manti, three large beef-filled dumplings; crispy napoleon cake with layers of buttercream.

Best for: Fresh takes on comfort food.

Insider tip: Though pastries are made throughout the day, staffers sometimes pop them into the microwave to warm them. Ask them not to—it affects the texture.

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