Arax Cafe (Closed.)

5852 N. Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22216


Neighborhood: Arlington

Cuisines: Middle Eastern

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 9 PM. Closed Sundays.

Wheelchair Accessible: 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

Cafe Arax

A stripmall bakery/cafe with Armenian treats.

From April 2006 Dirt Cheap Eats

When Starbucks ennui sets in, Cafe Arax is just the antidote. With only eight tables, the cafe has a homey vibe courtesy of the Lebanese-Armenian owners. The usual lattes and chais are on the roster plus Armenian coffee, a strong brew similar to Greek coffee, and the Euro-style cafe glasse, as good an excuse as any to try the house-made ice cream ($1.40 to $3.75). All this java begs for a nibble. Look for the khorabia ($1.50), a crumbly butter cookie that melts in the mouth; nutty pistachio baklava ($1.50); and a hybrid Middle EasternÐAmerican sweet made with mixed nuts and graham-cracker crust. For the truly hungry, there are wonderful cheese-filled pastries, spicy meat pizzas ($2.25), stuffed grape leaves ($1), and baba ghanoush and hummus ($4.75) to swipe with hot, papery pita.