Dining In and Around Alexandria, VA
Alexandria is a historic town filled with lots of charm. It has easy access to and from Washington D.C. by Metro and it’s the perfect destination for someone looking to explore attractions off the beaten path. One of the best things to do when traveling is to eat your way through the city. Here are some local spots you should consider dining at during your next trip to Alexandria:
Del Rey Café
Alexandria is made up of many fun neighborhoods, each with its own personality and culture. Del Rey is an up-and-coming walking town and one of its most popular restaurants is situated in a refurbished home from 1925. The Del Rey Cafe is THE place for breakfast and brunch, you can expect to wait for 20 – 30 minutes for a table on Saturday or Sunday mornings. However, it is worth the wait! The Crab Benedict is a staple, but they also rotate in a Lobster Benedict that is so decadent and yummy you will savor every bite. It’s a little bit non-traditional but plays on its French roots with a buttery croissant replacing the typical English muffin.
Momo Sushi & Cafe
If you’re craving some of the best fresh fish, the Momo Sushi & Café will be sure to hit the spot. This low-key, authentic sushi bar serves all the classics like Spicy Tuna Rolls and Volcano Rolls but also cooks up Chicken Teriyaki, Katsu and Yakisoba (for those who prefer a cooked meal instead of a raw one). It is also only a block away from Founder’s Park, where you can stroll along the Potomac River or soak up the sun and play a game of volleyball.
A big attraction for visitors to Alexandria is Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George Washington. If you find yourself in the area (South Alexandria), I suggest dining at Mamma’s Kitchen. Serving Italian and Greek dishes, with both indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a casual place great for families. Pizzas are cooked to perfection in a wood-burning oven and the menu provides a variety of options for every mood.
Don Taco Tequila Bar
With eclectic décor and an impressive tequila bar, Don Taco is the go-to place for anyone looking for something unique. It takes a few minutes to read through all of the taco descriptions because all options are far from the common beef, chicken, or pork variety. Tacos can be enjoyed in 2 or 3 bites so depending on your hunger level, 3 – 4 tacos per person is ideal. I would suggest indulging in the “Fried Avocado” (with roasted corn, pico de gallo, aioli), the “El Gringo” (grilled skirt steak, queso fresco, charred red beans, spicy guacamole) and the “Dilly Dilly” (beer battered grouper, pickled red onions, aioli tartar sauce) – although I don’t think you could go wrong with any option!
The highlight of visiting this cute little ice cream shop is watching the ice cream being made right in front of you! Choose your flavor and watch them combine it with grass-fed cream and liquid nitrogen, which flash freezes your delectable treat in minutes. Local ingredients are highlighted in their rotation of flavors like Wild Blueberry, Lime in the Coconut, and Purely Pistachio. If espresso is your thing, I highly suggest the Affogato with Vanilla Chocolate Chunk. It’s also located on the historic King Street, so you can grab a scoop or two then walk in either direction to explore some unique boutiques with products local to Virginia.
For those who have little ones, Hooray for Books is a great stop during your walk down King Street. With both classics and new titles, it’s a cozy and quiet escape that makes you appreciate books in paper and ink form. Red Barn Mercantile is also a great shop to peruse (you might find yourself perusing for hours!). Full of unique home goods and gifts, you can find items unique to Virginia and DC – the perfect way to remember your trip to Alexandria.
Date night or nightcap on the agenda? Consider The Majestic, a contemporary restaurant and bar with an intimate atmosphere. When you enter, it’s a bit like going back in time (in a good way) with its purple booths and green walls filled with random art. Handcrafted cocktails highlight the menu and are rotated seasonally. I always ask our server what’s new and recommended.
Alexandria is full of history and one-of-a-kind attractions. Wherever you find yourself exploring, you’re guaranteed to find some of the greatest eateries to keep you full and satisfied. Visiting Alexandria (even just for a day or two) will not disappoint!
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