Cheap Eats 2012: Café Assorti
Honey cake with tea at Café Assorti. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

Weather permitting, enjoy the simple snacks at this Eastern European eatery outside, where umbrella-topped tables on a brick patio create a rustic charm you might not expect at a fast-casual restaurant in Rosslyn. Salads of shredded carrot with garlic and chili peppers and of beet with garlic and walnut are fresh and crunchy but grow tiresome on their own—order both to share along with the tasty “original” salad: lightly dressed chicken with egg, dill pickle, and carrots. Savory pastries are great for passing around; our favorites are the vegetable rasstegai (an open-topped hand pie) and a square samsa filled with chicken and mushrooms.

Also good: Cabbage rolls packed with ground beef and rice; a tiered napoleon cake with buttercream (try it with coffee).

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