Cheap Eats 2009: Cafe Assorti
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
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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:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: The filling, carb-heavy menu of Eastern European pies, breads, and dumplings will comfort the weariest of travelers, and the setting—orange walls, high ceilings, tall windows—is just as soothing.

What to get: Garlicky carrot salad; creamy beet salad with walnuts; soft yeast buns (called samsas, pirozhoks, or rasstegais, depending on the shape) stuffed with meats, egg, fish, or vegetables; Assorti ground-beef steak, a moist patty topped with a sunny-side-up egg; manti, three large, mounded dumplings filled with beef; Napoleon cake, layered with thin, crispy pastry and whipped cream.

Best for: Diners looking for variety. One side is a bakery and coffee shop, the other a sit-down venue with full menus and crayons to keep kids busy.

Insider tip: Baked goods—savory and sweet—are made fresh and replenished throughout the day, so not everything is available at all times; ask a staffer what just came from the oven. Soups and entrées change daily.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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