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Check out Rosslyn's new food hall—plus Indian fast casual, pupusas, pastries and polenta tots with a side of street art.
Army veteran-turned-chef Jonathan Coombs has perfected his biscuit recipe and it’s a monster of flaky, salty goodness. Order that signature carb with a sampler of house-made jams (featuring seasonal farmers market fruits), or as a sandwich packed with fillers such as fried chicken, hot honey and candied bacon, or guac and egg with lemon aioli. The Falls Church storefront owned by entrepreneur Tricia Barba is in the same strip with Bakeshop and Audacious Aleworks. Opened: March 16. // 102 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church City
Think fast-casual Ethiopian. This vegetarian build-your-own-plate concept on the Pike by Beakal Melaku prompts customers to choose a base (injera bread or rice) and then pile on plant-based options such as curried split peas, lentil stew, portabella mushroom tibs, collard greens and/or beets and potatoes. Berbere, a chili-based spice blend and cornerstone of Ethiopian cooking, promises a bold flavor punch and brings the heat. Opened: Feb. 13. // 3203 Columbia Pike, Arlington
Co-owned by chef Matteo Venini and Antonio Matarazzo, this Shirlington outpost of the Union Market original centers on Neapolitan-style pizzas in variations ranging from traditional margherita to cacio e pepe (a sauceless pie topped with three cheeses), plus house-made pastas, panini and exquisite appetizers that could easily make a meal. A deli counter offers pastas, sauces, salumi, cheese and desserts to take home. Not sure what to order first? Our dining critic has a few recommendations. Opened: Feb. 12. // 2800 S. Randolph St., Arlington (Shirlington)
Housed in a modern warehouse-like space with garage-style doors (a former Starbucks), this trendy coffee shop roasts its own beans inhouse and presents a heady list of artisanal caffeinated beverages, but that’s not all. The kitchen also serves all-day breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner plates such as tempura-fried sriracha shrimp, grilled salmon and five kinds of sliders. Opened: January. // 1101 S. Joyce Street, Arlington (Westpost)