At Fairouz Cafe, waiters ameliorate appetites with a menu of classic Middle Eastern dishes. Hummus bel-shawarma ($9.95) jump-starts eating engines with a serving of hummus topped by slices of beef and lamb, created by cracking a meat piñata over the plate. The chicken kebab platter unites marinated, boneless chicken cubes with rice ($11.95), and the falafel sandwich corrals fried chickpea patties into bellies ($5.95). Combo appetizer plates such as the yogurt salad with diced cucumbers ($3.50) or the shakshouky, an eggplant salad with diced tomatoes and pomegranate extract ($5.95), juxtapose simple ingredients to accentuate their flavor, much like PB&J sandwiches or barbershop quartets with one rapper. Escort meals to hunger-vanquishing glory on a cascade of nonalcoholic beverages such as juices and smoothies ($4.50) or a toasty pot of Turkish coffee ($3.95). During meals, diners can enjoy the smoky flavors of a hookah (not included with this Groupon), soak in live or DJed music, observe the sensual stylings of a belly dancer, or keep up with sports on wall-mounted televisions.
Mouthwatering scents from traditional tagines trickle through the horseshoe arches of this Moroccan eatery, offering olfactory hints at dishes served up à la carte and family style. Make a bold beginning with a bastilla appetizer, a bastion of Moroccan fare filling thin phyllo dough with chicken or vegetables ($14.99, $24.99 for medium). Next, sink teeth into entrees of vegetarian and meaty varieties, such as the lamb tagine with raisins and almonds in a sweet sauce ($15.99) or vegetable-studded couscous ($12.99). Families, friends, or barbershop quartets can feed on Fez's family-style feasts, which include soup or salad, a bastilla, a tagine or couscous, dessert, and Moroccan mint tea (starting at $46.99). The bistro's bar is open late on weekends to accommodate nocturnal noshers.
Charcoal-heated grills sear hearty kebabs of halal meats at Afghan Kabob House, flooding the restaurant with the scents of roasting chicken, lamb, and beef. To accompany the skewers, cooks toss together leafy salads, bake pillowy naan in a tandoor-style oven, and unite seasoned rice with saffron or carrots and raisins. The menu also boasts 20 different flavors of shisha for its hookahs, which encourage diners to lounge around after their meal and practice forming the perfect ring or Möbius strip out of smoke.
Converted from a historic 1930s art-deco theater, Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a combination restaurant and theater that features a 75-minute live stand-up show on select Thursdays. Become an usher's nightmare while rolling on the floor and laughing due to the humorous musings of top comics. Take in the sarcasm of comedians who have been featured on shows such as The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and SNL as they locate funny bones with surgical precision.
Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant tickles taste buds with a menu of traditional Irish cuisine backed up by savory American sandwiches and salads. Beneath a sprinkling of herbs, the broiled Blarney salmon ($16.99) sings alongside a dazzling duo of sides that chaperones each Irish specialty like an unattached prom guest. For a meal straight out of the Emerald Isle, curious cravers can tunnel into a plate of corned beef and cabbage ($13.29) or slurp beef-and-Guinness stew, a hearty helping of slow-braised beef chunks and vegetables cavorting in a calming bath of Ireland’s darkest brew ($11.99). Guests can also sup on one of more than 13 sandwiches on the restaurant's outdoor patio, which is festooned with green umbrellas, curving metal fence work, and air as fresh as flirtatious laundry.
L.A. Bar & Grill, with its classic brick front and festive interior, welcomes Arlington residents for maximum hanging-outing. A hearty assortment of brews has glasses brimming, and savory menu selections keep hunger at bay. The house-specialty "hog wings" ($8.50) make ideal companions on Redskins-rooting Sundays, when the L.A.'s nine flat- screen TVs fulfill their ultimate purpose. A game of pigskin also goes well with L.A. Bar & Grill's potato skins, succulent slices layered with cheddar cheese and a choice of bacon or chili ($8). Seven burger options, including the hearty applewood-smoked bacon burger ($9) or the L.A. Woman, topped with swiss, bacon, barbecue sauce, grilled onions, mushrooms, and Cajun seasonings ($9.50), will pique your hunger tooth and activate dormant burger glands at the base of your skull. Cruise the country with a Philly cheesesteak ($8.50) or a rack of St. Louis–style ribs ($9 for half-rack, $17 for full rack), or stomach-ski across the pond with a helping of rockfish and chips ($11).