Week by week, the retail sprawl just oozes further in the Arlington Highlands Lifestyle Center. For reasons I may never know, one of the streets is named after a bankrupt Garland-based television manufacturer. If you follow Curtis Mathes Way a bit, you’ll pass the artificially babelicious Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke and the relentlessly family-oriented Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. Then you’ll come to the classy Piranha Killer Sushi. This sushi bar doubles as a South Arlington lounge, with a killer happy hour: weekdays from 4-7 p.m. In the “Highlands” part of Arlington, that’s worth braving the traffic on Matlock Road.
Perhaps “killer” is a relative term. Piranha offers extremely cheap drinks, like a small hot bottle of $2 house sake and $2.50 domestic beer. Mid-priced items include $4 margaritas and well drinks. However, you’re going to have to shell out six bucks for any one of the half-dozen martinis offered, even during happy hour.