Food & Drink
Best Coffee Shop
A great coffee shop offers more than just a strong cup o’ joe. Opened in April 2010, Northside covers all the bases with a talented staff, the perfect location (the little red house serves as a gateway to Clarendon), a hipster vibe and high-quality ingredients and equipment. “Our espresso machine was nearly the price of a Honda,” says co-owner Mark Fedorchak. Regulars like to pair the fair-trade Counter Culture coffee with scones and muffins by pastry chef Bridie McCulla, along with sandwiches and salads.
From morning to night, Northside’s seats are buzzing with nomadic types engrossed in their laptop screens. “The atmosphere is fabulous for working on your computer. It’s quiet, although you’re right in the middle of Clarendon life,” says Joey Baird, owner of nearby Baird Automotive.
Come 5 p.m. (except Sundays), the second floor transforms into a wine bar with an extensive list of small-production varietals by the glass and bottle.
3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-465-0145, northsidesocialarlington.com