100 Best Restaurants 2012: Tallula
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Tallula
Address: 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-778-5051
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11. Open for brunch Saturday 11 to 2:30 PM; Sunday 10 to 2:30 PM
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Terrines; fried oysters with celery-root purée and apple “risotto”; spaghetti squash; lettuces with breakfast radishes and Champagne vinaigrette; gnocchi with braised wild boar, Niçoise olives, and rapini; cavatelli; toffee brownie with pistachio ice cre
Price Details: Starters, $8 to $14; main courses, $15 to $30.

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Chef Brian Wilson, who has cooked at 2941 and Palena, is turning out gorgeously plated match-ups--such as black-eyed peas with tasso-ham risotto--that taste as good as they look. You can pair them with wines from the 375-bottle wine list, 60 of them available by the glass and half glass.

An open kitchen and a stone waterfall are the focal points of the room; terra-cotta walls and dim lighting lend a cozy feel. Service has been spot-on--attentive and friendly but not hovering. Gracious touches such as the complimentary doughnut holes that end the meal are nice, too.

What to get: Pumpkin soup with bourbon/brown-sugar cream; house-made charcuterie; venison carpaccio with pickled vegetables; autumn salad with poached quail egg and garlic flan; porcini ravioli; grouper with black-eyed peas; grilled pork chop with creamed corn; Fat Elvis waffle with bananas and bacon; confections plate with mint-chocolate-chip ice cream and a take on a Snickers bar.

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch. Expensive.

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