Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Arax Cafe
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Dirt Cheap Eats (2008)

Arax Cafe (Closed.)
Address: 5852 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22216
Phone: 703-532-3320
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9 PM. Closed Sundays.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church, Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Homemade ice cream; khorabia; baklava; cheese-filled pastries; meat pizzas; stuffed grape leaves; baba ghanoush; hummus.
Price Details: Bakery selections, $1 to $4.75.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cafes & Carryouts

The house-made sweets on the counter might get your attention first, but there’s more to Arax Café than meets the eye. Behind the coffeehouse façade is a kitchen that turns out delicious Armenian mezze and snacks.

Silky hummus and baba ghanoush ($4.75) come with hot, thin pita for dipping. The round Armenian pizza ($2.50), topped with a paste of beef, red pepper, and onion, is even better with a slather of plain yogurt. And while chicken in a pita ($4.95) doesn’t sound sexy, the zingy garlic sauce makes it so.

Coffee drinks such as the glasse—espresso with a blob of ice cream—and the Armenian-style coffee itself cry out for a sweet. We like the crumbly butter cookies called khorabia.

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