The Front Page restaurant is settled in the heart of Ballston, a themed bar and restaurant that attracts both family diners and a bar crowd. As you walk into the restaurant and see the bar to the left and the dining area to your right, it soon becomes clear why the restaurant bares its name. Lining the walls are framed front pages of newspapers from all across the country, both recent and from days past.
The menu, featuring a variety of options, is similarly designed like a newspaper, with the clever headings for each section of the menu mimicking journalistic terminology.
The appetizers, or “Headlines,” contain the usual Buffalo wings for $6.99 and a Front Page Sampler (chicken tenders, wings, mozzarella sticks and fries)for $10.99. But in contrast to the typical bar appetizers, Front Page specialties include a touch of refinement, such as tequila calamari for $8.99 and crab and artichoke dip for $7.29.
Be careful not to eat too much in order to leave room for the “Dinner Edition,” which features fairly large portions of grilled items, pasta or seafood. The specialties in the Seafood News section include crabcakes for $19.99 and grilled shrimp for $16.99, while the Hot off the Grill favorite is the London broil, for $15.99. Don’t forget to check out the “Extra! Extra! … Today’s Feature” section for even more options not included on the regular menu.
For those who don’t have quite as large of an appetite, many salad and sandwich options are available. Front Page’s “Garden Report” specialty is the grilled chicken salad for $8.99 and the favorite “Sandwich Story” is the French dip sandwich for $8.99. A wide range of club sandwiches and wraps are also available.
While all of these options are tempting and delicious, the menu item for which Front Page is perhaps best known is their Page One Burger. In fact, the menu states, “We have been famous for our 1/2-pound burgers since 1987.” A Page One Burger costs just $7.99, and other grilled sandwich options, such as a garden burger, chicken sandwich or grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich, do not cost more than $8.99.
But be sure to leave room for the desserts! The server brought us a dessert tray with so many mouth-watering cakes it was nearly impossible to choose from the array of apple pie, chocolate mousse cake and various flavors of cheesecake (eggnog, turtle, raspberry and even pumpkin).
Front Page offers an entertaining atmosphere where it is possible to enjoy their food. Music plays in the background without drowning out conversations. On the other hand, the many people go to Front Page simply to enjoy the bar with friends. The bar is located immediately to the left of the restaurant’s entrance, where the music is louder, people are livelier and televisions show a variety of channels.
While I visited the restaurant on a cold January night,it is even more enjoyable in the warmer spring and summer months, as Front Page has a spacious patio area that was named the best patio in Arlington for outdoor dining by On Tap Magazine.
For more information about the history of the restaurant, a gallery featuring photos of their specialties and a more complete list of meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, visit Front Page’s Web site at www.frontpagearlington.com. There you'll find out about a variety of theme nights offered by the restaurant, including movie Mondays and free Tacos on Thursdays.
4201 Wilson Blvd. | Arlington, Va., 22203
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Daily