Where to Eat and Drink in Clarendon
Arlington’s most food-centric Orange Line hub offers a bounty of dining and snacking options.
COFFEE & SWEETS
Sweet treats at Northside Social. Facebook photo.
Boasting the triple threat of a bona fide brunchery, a top-notch coffee shop and a cozy wine bar, Northside Social is the perfect place to start a Sunday morning, recharge on a weekday afternoon, or wind down a lovely evening. In the summer and fall, its ample patio is a popular, sunny spot—and the smoked salmon & poached egg pairs particularly well with pleasant weather. A sister establishment to nearby Lyon Hall and The Liberty Tavern, Northside Social serves java from Counter Culture Coffee and sweets by award-winning pastry chef Bridie McCulla. Its devotees keep the cafe bustling throughout the day, while the upstairs bar area provides a quieter atmosphere to enjoy an impressive and ever-changing selection of wine and beer.
3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; northsidesocialarlington.com
Macarons at Bakeshop. Facebook photo.
Venturing two blocks south from Clarendon’s main drag will lead you to a small, locally owned bakery. Whether you are in the mood for traditional fare, like cupcakes, or a more unique treat, like Fruity-Pebbles macarons or the “brookie”—a cookie that tastes like a brownie—your sweet tooth will be satisfied. Bakeshop also excels at making traditional desserts from a variety of cultures, like ube and taro cakes. It is no wonder that the walls are lined with the testimonials of satisfied patrons and snapshots of smiling faces—you’ll be sure to leave this gem of a bakery craving more treats.
1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington; bakeshopva.com