Now Open: Baba, Fogo de Chao and More

New restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Arlington, Falls Church and McLean.

Looking for the latest spot to grab a bite (or a pint)? We’ve got you covered. Check back as we keep you updated on the latest restaurant and bar openings in your area.

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2901 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
Expected opening: Jan. 30

Located in the basement of Ambar, the Balkan restaurant that has drawn raves from critics, Baba is envisioned as a café and cocktail lounge. Morning food items will include pastries, oatmeal, grain and vegetable bowls and sandwiches. Later in the day, it will transform into a lounge with cocktails, sliders and music.

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Fogo de Chao

1775 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons Corner
​Expected Opening: Jan. 30

This Brazilian restaurant features an open kitchen showcasing the country’s grilling technique of churrasco — the art of roasting meats over an open fire. In addition to steak, poultry and seafood dishes, there’s a “market table” with options such as black pepper candied bacon, cold-smoked salmon and an assortment of imported cured meats such as salami and prosciutto. ​

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Choolaah Indian BBQ

2911 District Ave., Merrifield
Opened: Jan. 14

Offering a fresh take on Indian food, the fast-casual restaurant offers barbecue bowls designed to be mixed and matched. Customers can choose from main ingredients such as lamb meatballs and paneer cheese, basmati or brown rice, naan and different kinds of masala. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and egg-free options are available.

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3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
Opened: Jan. 10

Featuring the flavors of Basque cuisine, the Spanish restaurant’s menu is separated into smaller plates, larger dishes under the headings of “land and sea,” and “paellas.” A dish of vinegary, herbed olives starts the meal. There’s an all-Spanish wine list and Spanish beers in bottles and on draft. The large space has a cozy feel.

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Quinn’s on the Corner

1776 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Opened: Jan. 5

The team behind Shirlington’s Copperwood Tavern opened a European-inspired restaurant in Rosslyn’s “Restaurant Row” on Wilson Boulevard. The menu emphasizes notable Irish and Belgian foods such as mussels, steak frites, and bangers and mash. A range of specialty burgers round out the offerings. Starters range from $8 to $14 and main dishes from $12 to $26. On tap are full pints of Irish and Belgian draft beers and what promises to be one of the largest selections of Irish whiskeys in Arlington and the Washington region.

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