2605 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201


Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse

Cuisines: Grocery Store/Market, American, Breakfast, Deli/Quick Bites

Opening Hours:
Monday through Saturday 10:30 to 8, Sunday 10:30 to 4.

Nearby Metro Stops: Court House

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Not Accepted


Best Dishes:
Turkey club sandwich; turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise; pork-and-fries sandwich.

Price Details:
Sandwiches, $3.99 to $10.99.

Special Features: Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast

Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Earl's

This breakfast/lunch counter barely has room for the bags of Miss Vickie’s chips that line the walls, but big flavors come out of its kitchen. Weekdays the line is long for two-fister sandwiches overstuffed with freshly roasted meats. Turkey is a good bet, whether stacked with bacon in a club ($8.99) or slathered with cranberry mayonnaise ($6.99).

But what really makes Earl’s a destination is the hefty pork-and-fries sandwich ($7.99), a chewy ciabatta layered with roasted pork, onion, sweet pickles, chipotle mayo, and, yep, a handful of French fries. The sandwich, which has echoes of a Cubano, isn’t as heavy as it sounds—the fries are more crunch than grease—but it’s plenty filling.

Open Monday through Saturday 10:30 to 8, Sunday 10 to 4.

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