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