The Hot Dog Spot's namesake nosh is presented as a canvas for customization. Start by choosing your breed of frank from a list including grilled foot-long ($3.39), boiled ballpark ($1.69), grilled ballpark ($2.09), Chicago-style ($3.19), and corn-coated varieties ($1.69); then load the linear meat with chili, cheese, sauerkraut, slaw, grilled onions, and grilled peppers to your belly's eyes content ($0.50 each). Or, play host to a sausage studying abroad and give an Italian, Polish kielbasa, or bratwurst a safe place to stay in your belly abode ($3.39). Other savory options include the Philly-style cheesesteak sandwich with mayo, grilled onions, and grilled peppers ($5.19 for 6 inches, $8.99 for 12 inches, and $5.29 in a whole-wheat wrap); the buffalo chicken with lettuce, tomato, and ranch ($5.19); and chicken wings ($6.49 for 10). Round out your repast by adding a side of onion rings ($1.99), bacon cheese fries ($2.99), or baked beans ($1.19).
Dick’s quickly silences grumbling bellies with a menu of tasty grilled edibles and a tongue-tingling variety of spicy twists. Fried pickles ($4.29), buffalo shrimp ($7.49), or wings in 365 available flavors ($8.99/10) engage mouths as guests wait for the main attraction—half-pound burgers, whose meatslabs are hand-pressed and grilled to order over the heat of omnipresent flame decals. Bacon, swiss, and lettuce enrobe the Squealin' Cheeser burger ($7.59), whereas sautéed mushrooms sit proudly atop the Shroomer burger ($7.59) and a trio of cheddar, american, and jack adorn the Three Cheeser ($7.59). All burgers come with a choice of steak fries or waffle fries and can be sharpened with any of Dick’s 365 sauce blends ($0.59 additional). Before strolling over to the nearby beach to squash sandcastles, diners can clog their molars with chunks of deep-fried Oreos ($3.99), a chocolate tribute to the hamburger and a smooth ending to a spicy ride.
Grinders American Diner on Atlantic Blvd in Arlington serves up hearty-sized breakfasts and lunches, including classics like meatloaf smothered in brown gravy and country fried steak. The unassuming little diner offers plenty of counter seating and simple wood grain tables, complete with black leather chairs. A chalkboard above the counter clues patrons in to the soup of the day, daily specials and a rotating sandwich option. Drop by often enough and you’ll start to hone in on favorites like the tuna melt, fried green tomatoes or build-your-own omelets. And while you’re there, be on the lookout for old timers squatting over a coffee and the morning paper, fast talking businessmen grabbing a bite before work and a sizeable lunch crowd that runs the gamut from regulars to hurried first-timers.
Queen of Sheba whips up zesty Ethiopian dishes from a millennia-old recipe book and serves them in the traditional style. Eschew modern utensils in favor of injera—large sourdough crêpes used to ladle stew-like dishes into mouths and the pockets of your loved ones. Inexpert eaters can limber food-mashing muscles on appetizers such as sambussa, which puffs up a pastry shell with a medley of lentils, onions, green peppers, and herbs ($2). The ye doro wot looms large in Ethiopian culinary lore, featuring berbere (a spicy Ethiopian red pepper), garlic, onions, and spiced butter blended together in a mighty chicken stew and flanked by a boiled-egg sidekick ($9). Meanwhile, the special kitfo displays the knife-wielding skills of a team of skilled chefs with finely chopped beef slathered in spiced butter and mitmita, paired with two different homemade cheeses and chopped collard greens ($10). While tickling tonsils and discussing ways to blackmail the moon, abate the fiery lingerings of a spicy meal with a soothing glass of t'ejj, an organic Ethiopian honey wine ($4/glass).
Fuji Sushi in the Arlington area is a dine in/carry out Japanese chain restaurant offering a host of al a carte sushi, soups, salads, noodles, entrées and hibachi dishes. There’s even an assortment of bento box lunch and dinner options to choose from, for the diner who wants a little bit of variety. With several locations around town, this unassuming outpost is tucked into a strip mall in the Regency section, along Commerce Center Drive. But don’t be misled: Fuji enjoys a strong local following. Try the steak, chicken, shrimp or salmon teriyaki bento box options, which come with soup, salad and shumai or gyoza and rice. A large selection of raw fish and vegetarian rolls round out most of the offerings, making this a catch-all restaurant for most anyone looking for simple Japanese food in a casual, comfortable environment.
Christopher Seafood serves up crab-happily scrumptious Chesapeake Bay fare and other varieties of sea- and land-food fashioned by the experienced hands of head chef Kahn Vongdara. Fill an empty bio-tank with a steamy cup or bowl of Maryland crab vegetable soup ($3.95 cup, $5.95 bowl), before savoring a sesame-seared ahi tuna salad served atop seaweed, cucumber, and pickled ginger drizzled with honey-soy vinaigrette ($12.95). The broiled blue jumbo-lump crab cakes, a restaurant specialty, feature a seasoned duo of crab spheres served over organic greens and mango salsa, topped with a citrus-butter chardonnay sauce ($25.95). Crispy fried options include the jumbo coconut-encrusted shrimp with orange-ginger dipping sauce ($8.95), and pastavores will appreciate a dish of seafood linguini marinara, featuring dapper pan-seared shrimp, sea scallops, and mussels that smoothly escort linguini down the throat carpet ($17.95).