Restaurant List

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!

Having worked in the world of food and beverage for many years, I am always on the look out for great restaurants. Alexandria’s culinary scene has come a long way since I moved here in 1996. Now you don’t have to drive to Arlington or DC to find locally owned and operated restaurants offering an array of food experiences.  Here are some of my favorites:

Date Night/Special Occasion
Brabo’s
Belgian high-end cuisine
http://www.braborestaurant.com/
Restaurant Eve
Probably my favorite restaurant in Alexandria.  Farm to table food with a nod to Ireland
http://www.restauranteve.com/
Vermillion
Beautifully prepared American cuisine.  Hopping bar scene
http://vermilionrestaurant.com/


Casual Dinner or Lunch
Brabo Tasting Room
More casual than Brabo.  Great for lunch or dinner.  The place to order mussels
http://www.brabotastingroom.com/
Bread and Water
Wonderful breads and pastries.  Lunch and brunch are always a treat
http://www.breadandwatercompany.com/
Caphe Banh Mi
Vietnamese eatery with limited menu.  Never had a bad meal here
http://www.caphebanhmi.com/
Cheesetique
Cheese based menu and so much more.  Great wine selection
http://cheesetique.com/
Eammon’s
The best fish and chips with seven housemade sauces…try the Kitty O’Shea!
http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/
Evening Star
Del Ray eatery with consistently good food and two fun bar lounges. See No.9 Lounge below
http://www.eveningstarcafe.net/
Fontaine Caffe and Creperie
Very French café with sweet and savory crepes.
http://www.fontainecaffe.com/
Grape and Bean
Great little place for coffee, wine or light dinner. Fun wine events
http://www.grapeandbean.com/
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Super fresh oysters and seafood. Great bar scene.
http://hanksoysterbar.com/
Mai Thai
Great Thai restaurant with extensive menu and something for everyone
http://www.maithai.us/
The Majestic
American classics done right
http://themajesticva.com/ 
Momo Sushi
Everything you want in a sushi restaurant
http://mymomosushi.com/
Red Rocks
Wonderful Neopolitan pizza and interesting small plates
http://www.redrocksdc.com/old-town/
River Bend Bistro
South Alexandria’s only fine dining restaurant.  Nice wine list
http://www.riverbendbistro.com/
Rustico
Pizza and casual food (try the grilled Caesar). Extensive beer selection
http://www.rusticorestaurant.com/
Virtue Feed & Grain
Modern American menu. Great lounge space with couches and swings
http://virtuefeedgrain.com/


For Fun
Buzz Bakery Coffee and Lounge
Great place for breakfast, or dessert and after dinner drink
http://buzzbakery.com/
No. 9 Lounge at Evening Star
Casual hang-out on the second floor.  Pool table, TVs and live music
http://www.eveningstarcafe.net/bar/bar.html
PX
Speakeasy with intricate cocktail creations
http://www.barpx.com/about/
Society Fair
Bakery, butcher, coffee shop, food and wine market, restaurant and demo kitchen, all in one
http://www.societyfair.net/home/


Cafes and Sweets
The Creamery
House made ice cream and the only place I’ve seen pink peppermint stick flavor since I was a kid
https://plus.google.com/114523837835870414714/about?gl=us&hl=en
The Happy Tart
Wonderful gluten-free bakery. You’ll never miss the wheat flour!
http://happytartbakery.com/
Hollin Hall Pastry Shop
A neighborhood favorite…nice selection of cakes and tarts
http://www.hollinhallpastry.com/
Killer ESP
Espresso, sorbet and pie in a cozy café setting
http://killeresp.com/
Lavender Moon
Love these cupcakes, especially lemon lavender chiffon
https://www.facebook.com/lavendermooncupcakery
Occasionally Cake
Yummy cupcakes and beautiful (and tasty) special occasion cakes
http://www.occasionallycake.com/Occasionally_Cake/Home.html