Best of Good Grub 2013

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Store_Arlington_InteriorCritic’s choice: Twisted Root Burger Company, 310 E Abram St, Ste 100, Arlington

Twisted Root is possibly the loudest dining establishment in Arlington. As a result, it won’t matter what kind of noise your kids are making, and there’s plenty of stuff for them to see and do. When you order, you’re given the name of a character (Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Dora the Explorer), and that’s what the staffers holler when your food is ready.  While you’re waiting, your kids can have as many (free) pickles as they want. Because life is short, order your dessert milkshake first. Both the milkshakes and the sides (fries, fried green beans) are big enough for families to comfortably share. And the restaurant has a serious commitment to the environment: The beverage cups and lids are made from corn, not plastic, the flatware is biodegradable, and your serving “plate” is cardboard — saving space in landfills for your kids’ kids’ trash.