Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ballston: Rustico

After walking up and down several flights of stairs to help a friend move out of her apartment we decided that we needed some substance and headed over to Rustico for one of their delicious and totally original dishes, carrot hummus (past review OCT12).

We decided to split a couple of appetizers for our meal instead of getting entrees. 

Carrot Hummus spiced lamb, crumbled feta, pita: I'm really not sure how to describe the wonderful flavors of this dish but if you like hummus, this is a milder version, but still flavorful in it's own way. Topped with lamb chili and crumbled feta, it really is perfection in a dish. One I need to learn to recreate ASAP.
Fried Green Tomatoes bacon jam, avocado ranch, arugula: This dish had so much potential but unfortunately the main component was not up to par. The actual tomatoes were sliced so thin that all you could taste was the breading. The bacon jam was everything you could have ever hoped it would be and more and the avocado ranch was delicious. 
French Fries herb and garlic: The garlic flavor was there but the fries were not fried the first time around, they were limp and soggy. We sent them back and they brought us new ones which had the appearance of being fried but were not cooked in the middle. Huge fail.
Service was seriously lacking this time around (not rude - just pretty much ignored us), and they royally screwed up the fries twice (how hard is it to cook some darn fries??). We didn't want to complain and get a 3rd order so we ended up just leaving them untouched. Our server was probably just having an off day...or we were sitting in the bar area drinking ice tea so we probably weren't on his high priority list. 

Would I come back? Yes. Although service wasn't the best, they weren't rude and their carrot hummus with lamb is really spectacular - a must order dish. I am also really curious about their pizza with a chick pea crust so a visit in the future will probably happen. 


4075 Wilson Blvd
Arlington VA
Closest Metro: Ballston 
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