The Needle: March 2011
Reviewed By Todd Kliman
Comments () | Published April 8, 2011
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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.
Nearby Metro Stops: Court House
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
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.

The lusty, pork-centric dishes of France’s Alsace region are the featured attraction at this Clarendon cafe. The chef, Liam LaCivita, grinds his own meat, cases his own sausages, and cranks out a succession of eminently satisfying, if sometimes overly rich, dishes. The staff is warm, the list of wines by the glass is among the best in the area—although you can pay nearly as much for a glass of the good stuff as you would for an entrée—and pastry chef Rob Valencia is a talent.

This article appears in the March 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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