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There are two main areas to eat in the Crystal City part of Arlington, VA.
This includes the Underground (most not open post 6pm and weekends) and Crystal Drive. (now known as Crystal City Shops or Crystal Square Arcade.) Crystal Drive has undergone a nice transformation recently and has a bunch of great restaurants that are open on weekends and nights. Some include McCormick and Schmicks and Legal Seafood (yes, Seafood), Oyemel (Tapas), Bailey (Sports - good for kids), Ruth Chris (steak and overlooks National Airport), Charlie Chaings (Chinese - good for kids). King Street Blues (originally in Old Town Alexandria) has a location here too. They have great, tender ribs or chicken and other entrees. Don't miss the wonderful bread pudding.
On 23rd Street in Crystal CIty there are a BUNCH of restaurants. This street is affectionately known as "Restaurant Row". LOTS of ethnic restaurants. Some faves include Bonsai Sushi (excellent sushi and GREAT people, Crystal City Sports Pub (Sports Illustrated top 20 best sports bar, great wings, good for kids as they have a kids menu and crayons and coloring books. Also food to good but not too expensive), Cafe Italia (best of the three Italian restaurants)Tutto Italino (less upscale than Cafe and better for kids with more pizza and subs on the menu), and Freddie's Beach Bar (straight friendly and fun Karoke). There are many others to meet anyone’s taste.