The night before our vacation, Mr. Chow and I were in a rush and wanted something close by, quick, tasty, and healthy for dinner. I’d read about South Block in the Washington Post and was very happy when Mr. Chow agreed to go.
South Block is located in the Clarendon area of Arlington, one block behind the madness of Clarendon Blvd. The shop has really nice glass windows and gives off a fresh, clean vibe.
We visited on a Wednesday night around 7pm and didn’t have to wait to order. We noticed that people came in and out (mainly for take out) at a steady pace as we waited for our food/drinks and ate our meal. South Block’s staff of two or so people does a great job at keeping things moving so customers are never waiting for too long.
South Block’s menu of wraps is easy and simple. I love that everything lists the calorie content (which is also available on their website). When it comes to ordering for take out or a quick bite, this is a real bonus because a handful of solid, delicious choices leads me in the right direction. Too many options can be really distracting and often makes it take longer for me to order. I went with the regular sized Eleventh St BBQ wrap with chicken and a whole wheat tortilla, per the recommendation of the man working at the counter. Mr. Chow went with the regular sized Thai Peanut Wrap with chicken and WW tortilla. I really like how many customizable options South Block offers. From various types of tortillas or bowls, to black bean burgers, tofu, or various meats. For this reason, I’d recommend this place to my vegetarian friends. We both got wraps this time around, but we’ll have to give the bowls a whirl next time.
The regular BBQ wrap was a really good size. It was filled with a nice smokey BBQ sauce, rice, chicken, corn, and other tasty things. The outside of the wrap was grilled nicely, and the contents of the wrap were just the right temperature. Although the contents of the wrap stayed put while being eaten, the juices ran down my hand and made a bit of a mess. But I didn’t seem to mind much, since the wrap was really tasty!
Mr. Chow’s Thai Peanut Wrap was a bit less robust in size and flavor than the BBQ wrap. It looked smaller and skinnier than my wrap, even though it was a regular size. But in spite of this, Mr. C kept commenting on how much broccoli and chicken were in his wrap. He really liked that part of it. He only wished there was more “stuffed” into the wrap to fill it up.
Mr. Chow and I also ordered smoothies because how could we go to a place called “Smoothie and Wrap Co.” and not get smoothies? 🙂 The smoothie menu has a lot more choices, but they are grouped nicely so I could quickly find what I wanted (something with acai!). Mr. Chow opted for the Mango Mania smoothie (in the tropical group), and I went for the Coco Cow smoothie (in the acai group).
Mr. Chow is a huge mango anything smoothie fan. But tends to make a mad face when his smoothies are overpowered by the taste of banana. Unfortunately, this was the case with the Mango Mania. It was more like banana mania. And at over $5 for a medium sized cup, he probably wouldn’t order it again. I, on the other hand, really liked my acai smoothie. It’s made with coconut milk (love!), acai, bananas, soy milk, etc. Really tasty flavor. It reminds me a lot of the way Robeks used to make their Awesome Acai drink a few years back, when they were still using frozen scoopable Acai, versus the liquid Acai “juice.” I loved that smoothie!! I really like South Block’s version too….I just wish it was a little thicker. The consistency was more like a juice than a smoothie.
Overall I liked South Block Smoothie and Wrap Co. It’s a nice, healthy addition to the Clarendon area. I’m like always on a diet, so I’ll be back for more smoothies and wraps; probably for take out next time. I also noticed a fun “make your own” granola station that is on my list of things to try in the future.
South Block Smoothie & Wrap Co.
3011 11th St
Arlington, VA 22201
730am – 9pm weekdays
10am – 9pm weekends