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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 225
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
5876 Washington Blvd
phone: (703) 237-1552
(Place added by: ManekiNeko)
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
From what I can tell, this is one of the better places to eat in the area.. They have great pizzas... and from what I've heard the subs are great too., The atmosphere is awesome, you walk in and the first thing you see is wall to wall of beer bottles, its everything I could imagine heaven to be. . If you are a dog lover they have fun paintings of dogs all over the walls. Even though there is an extensive selection of beers there is a limit to the number of drinks so there are never any people horribly drunk and even at the loudest it's been it is still very tolerable. It is a well run, very fun, and amazingly tasty place
07-23-2005 06:21:46 |
More by Rootdog316
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Atmosphere: The Lost Dog Cafe is a small hole-in-the-wall eatery tucked away in a small strip mall in the upscale Westover section of Arlington, VA. Dog-themed paintings adorn the walls, and the dog motif is evident throughout the rest of the bar and dining room. There aren't many tables and booths; it's a pretty small place. So going during off-peak hours is usually the best bet.
Quality: The promise of the cafe is presented when you first walk in and find yourself flanked by dozens and dozens of different beers. This promise is delivered upon, as they've had everything I've ever asked for, with only one exception (an Otter Creek Oatmeal Stout, which they had listed on the menu, but didn't have in stock).
Service: I've had great service there. I've had shitty service there. I've had adequate service there. (I've been a buncha times, dontcha know...) Usually, though, it's at least adequate, and often above average.
Selection: They have an outstanding selection of beers, including several offerings on tap. (Their tap selections strongly favor IPAs for some reason.) Around 150-200 different beers available, mostly US Microbrew, but with some international offerings as well.
Food: The food is quite good. It's sandwiches and pizza. There are a number of standard versions of each, or you can make your own out of a list of ingredients. Even the standard sandwiches can be made with different types of bread (I recommend the Eagle on rye). The Taco Pizza is a sloppy, delicious mess.
Notes: Their beer menu (meaning the little piece of laminated paper that lists their beers) is out of date. There's a LOT of stuff they have available that isn't on the menu. So it's best to plan your selection ahead of time by browsing the racks and cases in the entryway, and the bottles on display behind the bar.
03-25-2004 02:46:25 |
More by Afterburner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a mildly busy Saturday night.
Lost Dog Cafe is located in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington and is definitely a neighborhood joint, though one that welcomes newcomers (like most places in DC as there are few bona fide natives). The decor is more dog-oriented than it is beer oriented. If your idea of a beer place requires lots of breweriana adorning the wall, be forewarned that there is none of that here. The owners of the place also run a no-kill dog shelter (thus the name), and the decor reflects this, down to the signs on the bathrooms (the men's had a dog lifting it's leg on the hydrant, the women's had a dog squatting). Overall, it's pretty cute and quaint. I didn't see explicit mention of it, but I suspect a certain portion of the profits go towards the shelter. Two other things to mention: No smoking (yay!) and a 3 drink maximum (something I can happily cope with)
The overall quality of the place was pretty good and the prices were reasonable. Serving sizes of food were pretty decent, too.
The service I got that night (hostess, bartender, and waiter) was quite friendly and prompt. I can't say that they are all that knowledgeable about beer, but if you're on this site, how much more help do you really need anyways? Two problems I noted, though. One is that the standard glass here is a chilled pint glass. The waitstaff had no problem obliging my request for one that wasn't. The other beer related problem I noted was that they don't have any other glasses but pint glasses. If you're a purist about glassware, you might want to skip that Belgian.
In terms of selection, I believe the last boast I saw was 125 beers. I didn't count, but that seems to be a decent estimate. They may have more than that, though. There are 10 beers on tap, plus a tap for Dominion Root Beer. The only highlights from the tap lineup that should be passed on is Shakespeare Stout and the Lost Dog Ale (which I have yet to try). It's basically your usual selection for the area. Didn't see many things that I hadn't heard of at all. Decent domestic and European import emphasis. You can also buy the beers for carry-out, and they allow mixed 6-ers. The prices for that are steep, but I don't know of any other places that allow it in the area. Yet.
The food I has was quite excellent. They have a great selection of pizza and sandwiches. Your basic American fare, essentially.
09-21-2003 04:16:33 |
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