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Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

703-465-9360

Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse

Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, American

Opening Hours:
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.thelibertytavern.com

Best Dishes:
Arctic char, smoked in-house and folded over johnnycakes; apple-and-endive salad; fiery fra diavolo macaroni with fresh lobster; autumnal gnocchi with celery root and blue cheese; Vermont pizza with white cheddar and apples; skirt steak; schnitzel-style s

The Needle: Liberty to Go

Takeout meals seldom approach the quality you’d find in a restaurant, and we don’t burden them with that expectation—so long as they’re cheap and fast. This carryout, around the corner from its bustling parent, Liberty Tavern, is a wonderful exception. It comes through with fast and surprisingly good cooking. Rarely have we enjoyed a takeout meal more than a recent one featuring a satisfying roasted-parsnip soup, a near-virtuosic bollito misto with luscious slabs of pork belly, and a couple of first-rate cakes, including a stellar German chocolate. A container of hand-cut fries was still crispy a half hour later.

This article appeared in the April, 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.