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

Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Arax Cafe

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.