Maybe you are running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend and need a good brunch to relax at afterwards… or maybe you are planning to catch up on sleep and then try a new brunch spot… either way, I highly recommend Fuego Cocina y Tequileria in Arlington! Fuego is one of Chris and I’s favorite spots for any time of the day–or day of the week. Located on the corner of Clarendon Blvd and N Fillmore St in Arlington, the restaurant is colorful, bustling, and trendy. The downstairs area features soaring shelves of high end tequila, generous bar space, and a few large televisions. If you go upstairs, you’ll find comfortable booths, posh tables, a flashy pretend fireplace, and a tiny balcony seating area outside. Though Fuego is upscale, they offer many deals throughout the week. In fact, it can be hard to remember all of the specials, but fortunately, their active Twitter feed helps to keep fans in the loop.
Chris and I have been to Fuego more times than I can count–primarily for happy hour and dinner. My most memorable Fuego experience was during one of the snowstorms earlier this year. Fuego tweeted that they were serving happy hour ALL DAY to celebrate the snow… so we put on our boots and trekked right over!
Two weekends ago, we ran the Army Ten Miler. Two of my favorite things about racing are 1.) “carboloading” with a pasta dinner the night before, and 2.) eating a hearty brunch afterwards. Fuego was the perfect choice for a post-race brunch. You can order various dishes a la carte, or try their new prix fixe menu.
Chris and I went with the prix fixe option since we were starving and it seemed worth the price. He started with the flautas de pato (shredded bbq duck , queso oaxaca, mole negro), which was not incredibly flavorful–but a solid duck dish. I ate the beautifully displayed quesadilla de jaiba (fresh corn tortillas, lump crabmeat, trés chile salsa). Very delicious! I definitely could have made this my full meal, but these were just the apps.
For our entrees, Chris picked one of his favorite brunch dishes, the carne asada con huevos (grilled skirt steak, cebolleta, two eggs over easy) and I did as well with the huevos rancheros (crispy corn tortilla, black beans & chorizo, spicy tomato salsa, avocado). Can you believe how much we ate? I probably finished about half of this plate, though it was so good.
We decided to take our desserts to go (no pictures, unfortunately). The chocolate flan was pretty good, but our favorite of our two desserts was the fresh lime & coconut tart — yum!
Even though we had just run ten miles, it was hard to finish everything! At $19 for three courses though, it’s a pretty good deal. If you go the prix fixe route, you also get to order $2 drinks off of a select cocktail menu. Though my absolute favorite brunch cocktail at Fuego (the jarritos paloma, made with tequila silver, lime juice & jarritos grapefruit soda) is not on this list, you can order classic drinks like mimosas, bloody marys, margaritas, and more.
We joined the Loyalty Club at Fuego recently and I couldn’t be happier. I love this place!
PS – Click here for Marine Corps Marathon restaurant specials around Rosslyn this weekend!