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
This coffeehouse with wrought-iron furniture and dark wood floors is a snug spot to ponder the cosmos. Besides the usual lattes and macchiatos, you’ll find strong, cardamom-scented Armenian coffee ($2.25) and sweets, a nod to the owners’ heritage.
Of the various types of baklava, the roll filled with cashews and the classic walnut-layered diamond (both $1.59) are first-rate. Also good are such Western desserts as chocolate-walnut bundt cake ($3.25 a slice) and an addictive graham-cracker square laden with cashews, walnuts, pistachios, and caramel ($3.75). If you need real sustenance, there are meat “pizzas” on the thinnest of crusts ($2.75), homey lentil soup ($5.25), and top-notch tabbouleh ($5.25). Open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 9 pm.
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