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Cheap Eats 2011: EatBar
Comments () | Published August 18, 2011
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EatBar
Address: 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-778-9951
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily beginning at 4 PM; Open Sunday for brunch 10 AM to 2:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Bacon-wrapped figs; steak tartare; hot dog; Guinness cupcake; Moscow Mule cocktail.
Price Details: Starters, $2.25 to $13; entrees, $8 to $15.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday, 4 PM to 7 PM.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

With its boppy indie-pop soundtrack, 65 wines by the glass, and Sunday movie nights, this chilled-out place would be easy to like even without good food. Culinarily speaking, it's had its ups and downs over the years, but the kitchen is now putting out some of the best food we've eaten there--a feat considering that Barry Koslow, the acclaimed chef who oversaw this and neighboring restaurant Tallula, has departed. Burgers have always been a strength here, whether in regular or slider form, fries have a double-fried crispness, and wings get a zippy Sriracha-stoked glaze. The eclectic menu is leaning Southern right now, which means you'll find an excellent toasted cornbread with jalapeƱo jelly, an over-the-top-rich chicken-and-waffle plate, and tiny braised-pork sandwiches with slaw. When you've blown that many calories, you might as well have dessert. Here, make it a banana split atop a Belgian waffle.

Also good: Fettuccine with olives and sausage meatballs; onion rings.

Open daily for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

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