If you read by bio, you saw that my fiance and I live in Arlington, VA which is about a 10 minute drive from the border of Washington DC (think of it as the “Brooklyn of NYC” as I’ve heard someone once say). We love it because there are a lot of things to do and we’re only two blocks from a metro stop on the orange line which makes it super easy to get into DC. For those of you who have never been to DC, one of the most popular forms of public transportation in DC is the metro where there are 6 lines of trains, each identified by a color.
Arlington is a growing area where there always seems to be a new apartment building going up and fortunately with that, comes new restaurants! Mike Isabella is a well known chef in the Washington DC area and has recently bought up space for three new concept restaurants located below The View Apartments. One of the first restaurants to go up was Kapnos Taverna which serves Greek-inspired small plated foods and the most delectable cocktails. It has become one of our new favorite places to go for cocktails and light bites on Friday nights.
First of all, the drinks are amazzzing. My two favorites? The “You Strawng” which combines watermelon, cachaca 51, tarragon, tincture, and lime (so refreshing without being overly sweet – the perfect summer drink) and “MIC martini” which includes vodka, dolin blanc, and orange bitters (very simple yet hits the spot every time). We typically keep it simple when it comes to the food. We always start off with a spread. Our favorites are tyrokaftarti (cheese-y), taramasalata (fish-y), and melitzanosalata (veggie). Each is served with a warm and fluffy flatbread (so good!). Our other favorite small plate dishes to share are the roasted cauliflower (has a slight kick to it), the charred octopus, the horiatiki (a fresh take on greek salad), and the marinated olives.
For all you local Arlington folks (+ DC folks who happen to be across the river), Mike Isabella Concepts will be hosting a Bloc Party at The View Apartments on Saturday September 12 from 1-4PM to celebrate the launch of their three new restaurants with live entertainment + unlimited bites + unlimited sips for $65 a person. Buy your tickets here!