Sultana Grill is a terrific addition to Arlington's ethnic eating scene. My family happened on it when driving down Wilson Blvd just west of Ballston. It's in a small shopping strip that features a long-standing neighborhood eatery, La Union. There's the restaurant and a carry-out next door. They're easily missed so you need to have to watch carefully. On our first family visit we discovered their menu was overly-ambitious in the sense that several of our first choice entrees were unavailable, but at that point they'd only been open for a week or so, and both the main courses and the entrees that were available were terrific! The family owning the restaurant also plied us with some freeby sides as part of their very warm service. My wife has since had a second really satisfying meal there and we've repeatedly taken out various appetizers and main courses. The hummus is among the best I've tasted and the grape leaves were also first rate. The bastillah--a meat pie on puff pastry--was superb as was a lamb tagine. The warm Moroccan bread was terrific.There's considerable Mediterranean competition in Arlington--Layalina and Lebanese Taverna among them. Also Fettoosh. Sultana Grill compares favorably to all three. Its decor is quite plain, like so many Arlington strip ethnic eateries. It's a step up from Fettoosh but not quite as warm and welcoming as Lebanese Taverna and you certainly don't get the feeling of stepping into someone's living room as you do in Layalina, even though there are couches at some of the tables. But the genuine family warmth and the excellent food quality more than compensate for the plainness of the decor. Note that service can be a little slow because all the food is freshly made, but the wait is worth it. As of this writing in December 2012, these overall impressions line up with the six 4 and 5 star reviews posted thus far at Yelp.
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