Best Arlington Virginia Neighborhood for Foodies

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Why Ballston Neighborhood is Great for Foodies

The Ballston neighborhood is located in downtown Arlington just South of Interstate 66 or the Custis Memorial Pkwy. It is technically right in the heart of Arlington and Virginia Square. Named for the Ball Family, relatives of George Washington, Ballston is one of the more popular neighborhoods in the entire Arlington County area and the hub for the commercial and industrial parts of Arlington.Where to live in Arlington - Ballston

In addition to dozens of restaurants, fabulous shopping, eclectic, trendy coffee shops, and fabulous food, Ballston is also the host of the annual Taste of Arlington Food Festival. Started in 1987, this foodie  street fair draws nearly 20,000 visitors each year and is organized by the Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership. Living in Ballston means you don’t have to worry about parking or transportation; simply walk to your favorite dining destination.

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Each year hundreds of restaurants and local vendors turn out to showcase and highlight their most treasured dishes. Happening about the third Sunday of May each year, you can enjoy delicious food and lively entertainment that literally takes up several streets. There are over 40 restaurants that participate in this annual event such as The Melting Pot, PF Chang’s, Willow, Front Page, ethnic favorites and tried and true comfort spots. Most of the proceeds from this event go to the Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington community foundations.

There is something for everyone at the Taste of Arlington. You can stroll the streets, find your favorite restaurant, and chat with the chefs; you can do it all at the Taste of Arlington in the Ballston Neighborhood.

ARlington's best neighborhood for foodiesIn addition to foodie events such as this, there are also over 50 restaurants within the Ballston and Virginia Square area. Whether it’s authentic Mexican food, hometown southern comfort, the best of smokehouse and tavern barbecue, Asian delights, or Polynesian treats, there is something for even the most discriminating palate.

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Looking to be close to all the best foodie spots in Arlington? Consider a home, condominium, duplex, or estate in the Ballston and Virginia Square neighborhoods. Prices start at about $600,000 and go up from there depending on size and location. Most of these homes were built prior to the 1940s so you’ll find many two-story and three story brick homes with just a few modern styles. Many of the homes will either offer a carport or a one-car garage underneath. Call me today to show you that Ballston Neighborhood is great for Foodies as well as homes.

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Rainer
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Aisha Carr
Keller Williams Realty Centre - Columbia, MD
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Hey There Norma!

Thank you for highlighting a few of my favorite food hang outs in Arlington. I used to work in the office building at 950 North Glebe Road which is directly across the street from a few of the places you mentioned. Sichuan Wok on Quincy was my absolute favorite...Yum! I will also put the Taste of Arlington on my calendar; supporting Virginia Hospital Center is muy importante to me. Another great event in the area is the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade...Talk about Fun!

 

Feb 15, 2013 10:25 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Ahhh everyone want to know the foodie spots.  It looks like you have identified a lot of great restaurants.

Feb 15, 2013 10:56 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Hi Aisha - you definitely must come down for the Taste.  There are really some great restaurants in Arlington and Virginia in general.  When I lived in DC, I thought that was THE place, but since moving to Arlington in 1999 I rarely feel the need to visit any of the DC spots, especially with their parking problem.

I haven't done the Clarendon Mardi Gras- I'll be watching out for it this year.

Have you ever been to the Kings Contrivance restaurant up there?  I love it, but unfortunately I have not been for some time.  My friends whom I used to go with are no longer there.  It's also a great place for weddings and other functions - really nice.  

Feb 15, 2013 11:24 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Yes Joan - you will not go hungry in Arlington!  Lots of restaurants - lots of choices - many price points for everyone.

Feb 15, 2013 11:26 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Samantha Smith
214.422.0729 www.SamIAmHouses.com - Rowlett, TX
Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate

Great post about your area! The "Taste of Arlington" looks like an awesome event! Hmmm I just might have to plan a trip centered around that ... my hubby & I are both Foodies :)

Feb 15, 2013 12:09 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Hi Sam - you would not regret it; you'd definitely have a blast!  In the meantime if you know of anyone thinking of relocating to this area, please send them my way.  I'll do the same for you.  

Feb 15, 2013 08:59 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Norma, the Taste of Arlington Food Festival sounds like the place to be for a great variety of restaurant cuisine. Nice post!

Feb 15, 2013 09:58 PM #7
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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I will take two of those to go...UPS please overnight and thank you for a delicious post

Feb 15, 2013 10:29 PM #8
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Cliff Keith
Today Sotheby's International Realty - Redwood City, CA
Redwood City Real Estate

Good post. I only have one problem with it though. Now I am hungry. Thank you for giving me insight into the Ballston neighborhood in VA.

Feb 16, 2013 03:49 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Michael - it sure is.  Good for food and good for homes.  

Richie - hope you are a good tipper.  Thank you.

Cliff - my pleasure.  If the need ever arise, please remember me with any referrals.  I'll certainly return the favor.

Feb 16, 2013 04:13 AM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I must admit that if I were to try and locate the perfect neighborhood for where I am in life right now, I'd probably look for a town or community that had shopping, good dining, a theater or entertainment, all within walking distances.  One of the last real estate transactions I put together, was a guy, who wanted to live near his favorite bar and grill. 

Feb 16, 2013 06:28 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Myrl - come to Arlington.  They've been focusing on urban living for some time now.  

Feb 16, 2013 06:44 AM #12
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
I always enjoy dining and shopping with my daughter in Arlington... 'Looking forward to getting to know Shirlington in Spring, now that she has moved to Fairlington.
Feb 16, 2013 08:01 AM #13
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Hi Margaret - you'll love Shirlington with so many side-walk cafes and coffee shops.  If you are interested in the arts, there is  the new and improved Signature Theatre as well as an artsy cinema house for the not-so-popular movies  which the regular cinemas do not carry.  Nice place to hang out.  

Love the Fairlington community.  Have been trying to showcase the townhouses there.  

Feb 16, 2013 09:38 AM #14
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Norma,

What a great post on your area! Congratulations on your feature...well deserved!

Feb 16, 2013 11:49 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Norma,

I just read about you on Jerry Newman's blog. 

I'm so glad that you have joined Active Rain.  Your posts are so well done that it seems like you have been at it forever.  The Ballston area does sound like the best area for Foodies. 

Feb 17, 2013 04:01 AM #16
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Thank you Dorie - a very pleasant surprise.  Will take any extra publicity.  If you ever have the need for an agent in this area, please let me know.  I'll, of course, do the same for you.  

Feb 17, 2013 05:54 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Sondra - Come and see (taste) for yourself!  Thank you so much for your kind words.  Jerry is such a giving person;   I really appreciate all that he done for me since joining AR.  I do owe a lot to him.  I hope that one day I'll be able to "get around" as much as he does on AR!  I'm going to hop on over to your blog now.

Feb 17, 2013 06:36 AM #18
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