1000 N. Randolph St.
Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood: Arlington, Ballston
Cuisines: Russian/E. European
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
At this authentically gut-busting tour of Russia and Uzbekistan, a gem of the Ballston dining scene, owner/chef Bakhtiyor Rakhmatullaev demonstrates the manifold and delicious possibilities inherent in meat and dough—from the terrific lineup of savory stuffed pastries (samsas, cheburekis, and piroshkas) to the pelmeni (tortellini-like dumplings filled with ground beef) and manti (palm-size pillows filled with peppery lamb and topped with yogurt) that form the backbone of the small menu. For a change of pace—or just to lighten the heartiness—opt for the excellent smoked-fish platter, a generous assortment of salmon, butterfish, and sturgeon.