Editors' pick

Rustico

American
$$$$ ($15-$24)
Rustico photo
Evy Mages - For The Post
A dizzying beer selection and hearty menu makes the second Rustico location one of Ballston's best stops.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5:30-11 p.m. Bar hours: Monday 4 p.m.-midnight. Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-midnight.
(Ballston)
571-384-1820
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Editorial Review

Rustico's Alexandria bar is one of the area's better-known beer destinations, but the Ballston branch, which opened the last week of October, might be set to overtake its sibling. The selection is much larger - 40 drafts, 400 bottles. The chairlike bar stools and high bar tables make for a comfortable after-work drink destination (beers are $2 off between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekdays), and though the gleaming bar top and muted colors make it seem like an attractive date spot, be warned: The bar can be deafeningly loud when there's a full house. (The dining room is quieter; I'd try to get the tables near the roaring fireplace.)

-- Fritz Hahn (Dec. 16, 2010)