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Long live Weenie Beenie!
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Eat and Drink Your Way Around Shirlington

Enjoy everything this suburban enclave has to offer

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Long live Weenie Beenie!
| Josette R./Yelp

What do you get when you cross a major highway and a bustling city? Shirlington, of course!

Bearing a moniker born from combining Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway and the city of Arlington, Shirlington's roots stretch back to the early 1940s; that's when the nascent shopping hub branched out of sister neighborhood, Fairlington. Seven decades later, it has soldiered on as a model for a classic blend of entertainment, education and residential living.

It's home to public broadcasting affiliate WETA and live performance venue Signature Theatre. A majority of its dining options are centrally located in The Village at Shirlington. There are a few outliers, such as half-smoke slinging Weenie Beenie, sushi haven May Island, and the recently opened New District Brewing Company, but the present focus of modern dining can be found in places such as D.C.-minded Busboys and Poets, food truck graduate Hula Girl Bar & Grill, and dairy-forward Cheesetique.

As more and more young professionals flock to the area in search of an affordable place to live and work, Shirlington will surely continue to evolve. And while it's close enough to grant easy access to the District, Shirlington's perfectly happy to entertain itself, thank you very much.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Best Buns Bread Company

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4010 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 578-1500
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The name barely scratches the surface of what this full-service bakery offers. Sure, they’ve got baguettes, bagels, brioche, biscotti, and carrot bundt cakes, but those looking for something a bit more filling — though what is more filling that hot bread? — can find hearty soups, sandwiches (at breakfast and lunch), and even burgers if they stop in Monday through Friday. There are even special dog biscuits for four-legged friends to nibble on as their humans enjoy coffee and croissants on the adjoining patio (there’s limited seating inside the bakery).

2. Busboys and Poets

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4251 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 379-9757
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This branch of the homegrown restaurant chain opened in 2007 and has been bustling ever since, dishing out its special brand of progressivism with a side of pancakes until midnight on weekends. In addition to a popular brunch, the restaurant serves up mojitos, vegan nachos, and shrimp and crab fritters, as well as hosting regular open mic poetry nights every Monday.

3. Cheesetique

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4056 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 933-8787
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This gourmet market/restaurant goes above and beyond the typical wine and cheese shop. Boards of up to six cheeses can be customized to order, along with fondue and shared plates of tater tot poutine and burrata. Cravings for chevre-, brie-, and even gouda-filled grilled cheese, and lobster macaroni can be easily sated daily or at brunch, which is available Saturday and Sunday.

4. Copperwood Tavern

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4021 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

This modern American restaurant feeds the masses from lunch to after-hours — cocktails and dessert included. The seafood-heavy menu includes fresh oysters and rockfish, along with game animals including duck, venison, and rabbit. A variety of bourbons from Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee complement the woodsy fare. There’s also cocktails with names like “Bourbon Thief” and “Bacon Rebellion” (which, yes, includes bacon).

5. Hula Girl Bar & Grill

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4044 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 998-4853
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Originally launched as a food truck, this Hawaiian-themed eatery transports one to the islands without ever leaving Northern Virginia. Signature cocktails include the rum-pineapple macadamia nut-infused Hula GIrl Mai Tai, habanero and hibiscus Spicy Hula, and the electric blue curacao- and vodka-filled Blue Hi. The menu features ahi poke, and a pu pu platter featuring the mainland favorite, Spam musubi. Sweet ribs, chicken, and spicy seafood are also aplenty.

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6. May Island

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1669 N Quaker Ln
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 575-4455
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Just beyond the shopping center is a fun sushi spot whose rolls are served on bridge- and boat-shaped wooden platters typically adorned with cucumber- and radish-carved flowers or cat-shaped carrots. The Pink Lady (salmon, avocado, cream cheese), deep-fried Godzilla (tuna, avocado, seaweed), and Crazy Fish (eel, avocado, salmon, tuna) rolls are available to order, as well as several classic Asian chicken, beef, and veggie dishes. The restaurant also offers big and small Bento boxes, and fried ice cream for dessert.

7. New District Brewing Company

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2709 S Oakland St
Arlington, VA 22206

When homebrewer and former musician Mike Katrivanos achieved his dream of opening up his own brewery last winter, he also made history by operating the first distribution brewery in the county in a century. The large warehouse-style space serves only original brews, including its signature Ginger Saison and Belgian-style brew named 1821. Their newness lends itself to the debut of many new special release brews such, and their large space is perfect for the occasional Yoga at the Brewery night. The are only open Thursday through Sunday, and they don’t serve food, but guests are welcome to bring in their own meals from outside food trucks and vendors.

8. Osteria da Nino

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The Village at Shirlington, 2900 S Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 820-1128

Founded in part by native Sicilian Nino Pino, Osteria Da Nino offers classic foods from Italy, including Caprese salad, deep-fried arancini, and a dozen pastas to choose from. American influences do bleed through, particularly at brunch; expect to find blueberry pancakes, and chicken and waffles offered alongside polenta and frittatas. Craving something sweet? Try the panna cotta, gelato, tiramisu, or a simple biscotti and affogato.

9. Palette 22

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4053 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 746-9007
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The menu spans the globe at this artistically-inspired restaurant, with selections including carne asada tacos, Korean bibimbap, Hawaiian pizza, and crispy churros — and that’s just at lunch. Dinner runs the gamut from Cuban sandwiches and Creole shrimp to Mexican street corn. A bonus for diners is taking in the artwork on the walls, which is produced by DMV-based artists-in-residence and is available for purchase. Walk in hungry, and leave with senses fully stimulated — an all-around win.

10. Weenie Beenie

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2680 S Shirlington Rd
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 671-6661
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D.C. lore would have one believe that the half-smoke originated at Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street NW. But this drive-up food stand, which has been in the same spot for more than six decades — and opened four years earlier than Ben’s, in 1954 — defies that logic. The menu includes standard fare like hamburgers, chili, and bologna sandwiches, but regulars know that the North Carolina-style barbecue and onion rings are where it’s at. The restaurant remains open year-round six days a week; management observes the Ten Commandments tacked on the front of the building, but sitting curbside is best reserved for warmer months.

1. Best Buns Bread Company

4010 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

The name barely scratches the surface of what this full-service bakery offers. Sure, they’ve got baguettes, bagels, brioche, biscotti, and carrot bundt cakes, but those looking for something a bit more filling — though what is more filling that hot bread? — can find hearty soups, sandwiches (at breakfast and lunch), and even burgers if they stop in Monday through Friday. There are even special dog biscuits for four-legged friends to nibble on as their humans enjoy coffee and croissants on the adjoining patio (there’s limited seating inside the bakery).

4010 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

2. Busboys and Poets

4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

This branch of the homegrown restaurant chain opened in 2007 and has been bustling ever since, dishing out its special brand of progressivism with a side of pancakes until midnight on weekends. In addition to a popular brunch, the restaurant serves up mojitos, vegan nachos, and shrimp and crab fritters, as well as hosting regular open mic poetry nights every Monday.

4251 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

3. Cheesetique

4056 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

This gourmet market/restaurant goes above and beyond the typical wine and cheese shop. Boards of up to six cheeses can be customized to order, along with fondue and shared plates of tater tot poutine and burrata. Cravings for chevre-, brie-, and even gouda-filled grilled cheese, and lobster macaroni can be easily sated daily or at brunch, which is available Saturday and Sunday.

4056 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

4. Copperwood Tavern

4021 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

This modern American restaurant feeds the masses from lunch to after-hours — cocktails and dessert included. The seafood-heavy menu includes fresh oysters and rockfish, along with game animals including duck, venison, and rabbit. A variety of bourbons from Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee complement the woodsy fare. There’s also cocktails with names like “Bourbon Thief” and “Bacon Rebellion” (which, yes, includes bacon).

4021 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

5. Hula Girl Bar & Grill

4044 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
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Originally launched as a food truck, this Hawaiian-themed eatery transports one to the islands without ever leaving Northern Virginia. Signature cocktails include the rum-pineapple macadamia nut-infused Hula GIrl Mai Tai, habanero and hibiscus Spicy Hula, and the electric blue curacao- and vodka-filled Blue Hi. The menu features ahi poke, and a pu pu platter featuring the mainland favorite, Spam musubi. Sweet ribs, chicken, and spicy seafood are also aplenty.

4044 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

6. May Island

1669 N Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22302

Just beyond the shopping center is a fun sushi spot whose rolls are served on bridge- and boat-shaped wooden platters typically adorned with cucumber- and radish-carved flowers or cat-shaped carrots. The Pink Lady (salmon, avocado, cream cheese), deep-fried Godzilla (tuna, avocado, seaweed), and Crazy Fish (eel, avocado, salmon, tuna) rolls are available to order, as well as several classic Asian chicken, beef, and veggie dishes. The restaurant also offers big and small Bento boxes, and fried ice cream for dessert.

1669 N Quaker Ln
Alexandria, VA 22302

7. New District Brewing Company

2709 S Oakland St, Arlington, VA 22206

When homebrewer and former musician Mike Katrivanos achieved his dream of opening up his own brewery last winter, he also made history by operating the first distribution brewery in the county in a century. The large warehouse-style space serves only original brews, including its signature Ginger Saison and Belgian-style brew named 1821. Their newness lends itself to the debut of many new special release brews such, and their large space is perfect for the occasional Yoga at the Brewery night. The are only open Thursday through Sunday, and they don’t serve food, but guests are welcome to bring in their own meals from outside food trucks and vendors.

2709 S Oakland St
Arlington, VA 22206

8. Osteria da Nino

The Village at Shirlington, 2900 S Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22206

Founded in part by native Sicilian Nino Pino, Osteria Da Nino offers classic foods from Italy, including Caprese salad, deep-fried arancini, and a dozen pastas to choose from. American influences do bleed through, particularly at brunch; expect to find blueberry pancakes, and chicken and waffles offered alongside polenta and frittatas. Craving something sweet? Try the panna cotta, gelato, tiramisu, or a simple biscotti and affogato.

The Village at Shirlington, 2900 S Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22206

9. Palette 22

4053 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

The menu spans the globe at this artistically-inspired restaurant, with selections including carne asada tacos, Korean bibimbap, Hawaiian pizza, and crispy churros — and that’s just at lunch. Dinner runs the gamut from Cuban sandwiches and Creole shrimp to Mexican street corn. A bonus for diners is taking in the artwork on the walls, which is produced by DMV-based artists-in-residence and is available for purchase. Walk in hungry, and leave with senses fully stimulated — an all-around win.

4053 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

10. Weenie Beenie

2680 S Shirlington Rd, Arlington, VA 22206

D.C. lore would have one believe that the half-smoke originated at Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street NW. But this drive-up food stand, which has been in the same spot for more than six decades — and opened four years earlier than Ben’s, in 1954 — defies that logic. The menu includes standard fare like hamburgers, chili, and bologna sandwiches, but regulars know that the North Carolina-style barbecue and onion rings are where it’s at. The restaurant remains open year-round six days a week; management observes the Ten Commandments tacked on the front of the building, but sitting curbside is best reserved for warmer months.

2680 S Shirlington Rd
Arlington, VA 22206

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