BRABO Tasting Room: Modern, Belgian-Inspired Cuisine in Alexandria

The dining room at BRABO Tasting Room feels simultaneously modern and historic, with its bright, airy space, exposed brick, and custom zinc bar. At this Alexandria restaurant, you can always expect to take a culinary journey, and that's just what Chef Wiedmaier is after.

You might start your meal with locally sourced roasted mushrooms, served with pancetta, taleggio, and arugula, or perhaps you'll order a pot of mussels direct from Prince Edward Island and simmered in a classic broth of white wine, garlic, and shallots. As an entree, try the roast beef au jus with pepper jack cheese and caramelized onions, or dig into a hearty Nicoise salad topped with sushi grade tuna, a quail egg, French beans, olives, and fingerling potatoes.

Whatever sounds good to you, just settle yourself into one of the restaurant’s comfy booths and let your taste buds do the rest.

BRABO Tasting Room
1600 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
www.brabotastingroom.com
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RedRocks Pizza Napoletana: An Alexandria Pizzeria

For tasty pizza in Alexandria, one popular place is RedRocks Pizza Napoletana. Naples is the birthplace of pizza, and RedRocks does this style of pizza well.

Come to the Old Town location and enjoy the low-key and comfortable atmosphere, with a big bar and comfortable booths. Folks know to come to the bar for happy hour or just to hang out with friends because of the big selection of beers on tap, wines by the glass, and specialty cocktails. And, of course, there’s the pizza. Every pie, calzone, and Italian specialty is baked in a wood fired brick oven for real authentic flavor. (The margarita pizza is a big favorite here.)

Open Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., RedRocks also features some great local talent at the Lodge lounge.

RedRocks Pizza Napoletana
904 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 717-9873
http://www.redrocksdc.com/
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Union Street Public House: A Nice Spot by the Water

With a view of the Potomac, the Union Street Public House is the place to go for food and spirits with friends and family. Located across from Waterfront Park in a beautifully renovated colonial building, the Union Street Public House is even nicer when you walk inside. You’ll like the cool bar, comfortable seating and old school ambiance. There’s also a terrific view!

Come after work with friends and enjoy the selection of draught and bottled beers and wines by the glass. There are also some nice bar bites to share. The lunch and dinner menus features tasty sandwiches and entrees. But check out the oyster bar, where you can get fresh delights on the half shell.

Check out Union Street's website to find out more about this Alexandria pub.

Union Street Public House
121 South Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1785
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Morrison House Blends Classic and Modern Flavors in Alexandria

Morrison House is a Federal-style mansion in Old Town Alexandria, a stunning property that was once featured in Conde Nast Traveler magazine. It contains The Grille, a French/New American restaurant where Chef Brian McPherson appropriately “blends the best of the past with today’s freshest tastes.” One dining area is classically appointed in the manner of Morrison House, while another is styled as a contemporary bistro.

From corned beef hash and shepherd’s pie to steak tartare and vegetable terrine, this is vivid, elegant, and memorable food. A typical entree is champagne poached wild Alaskan halibut with crepes and confit fingerling potatoes in a delicate butter sauce. Lost in the big wine list? The friendly, efficient staff is happy to help.

Check out The Grille's website for menus, reservations, and to learn about special offers.

The Grille
116 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
http://www.thegrillealexandria.com/
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Aditi Indian Dining: Indian Cuisine in Alexandria, Virginia

"Aditi" means "guest" in Malayalam, one of the many languages spoken in India. This is a fitting name, since regulars of Aditi Indian Dining say the focus of this restaurant is outstanding service and cuisine.

Aditi serves authentic, traditional Indian food in a contemporary setting, with the dining room decorated in earth tones & rich wood details. Diners enjoy the garlic naan, which is the ideal balance of pillowy and crispy. The baby spinach chaat is a recommended appetizer, containing sweet yogurt, raisins, tamarind, and cilantro dressing. Regulars enjoy the chicken tikka entree, boneless pieces of seasoned chicken cooked on skewers in a clay oven, and the lamb curry. For dessert, try the kulfi, which is rich Indian ice cream topped with cardamom.

Aditi has an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The buffet has been voted as best D.C.-area Indian buffet in both quality and value, a distinction that frequent guests say is well-deserved.

Aditi Indian Dining
5926 Kingstowne Towne Center
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 922-6111
myaditi.com
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Hank’s Oyster Bar: A Fun, Quirky Eatery

Since first opening in 2005, Hank's Oyster Bar has garnered several awards as well as spots on numerous "best of" lists. With its scrumptious lobster rolls, mussels, po' boys, and macaroni and cheese, regulars say that these accolades are well-deserved.

As you read the menu, your server will bring a bowl of goldfish crackers to your table, which diners say is a quirky, fun touch. One of the most popular dishes in the lobster roll, described as having a lightly toasted bun and brimming with lots of fresh lobster meat. The lamb and blue cheese burger is another standout, as is the fresh oyster po' boy, which comes with house-made coleslaw. Regulars rave about the macaroni and cheese, which tastes lightly smoky and has the flavors of gouda and sour cream with bread crumbs. Diners also appreciate the small dish of dark chocolate chunks that are given to each table with the check.

Hank's doesn't take reservations, so you might have a bit of a wait, particularly on weekend nights.

Hank's Oyster Bar
1026 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-4265
hanksrestaurants.com
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Enjoy Southern Fare and Live Entertainment at Evening Star Cafe

Southern cuisine is elevated in Alexandria at the Evening Star Cafe. This casual eatery is the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch or dinner with friends and family. The food is a reflection of the chef, a Southern boy who applies his upbringing and expertise to every dish. Here, the chicken and waffles receive two thumbs up from regulars, rivaled in popularity by the mac and cheese with jalapeno.

Looking for something even more laid-back? Come with your friends for happy hour at the adjacent Majestic Bar and Lounge and enjoy a craft beer on tap, wine by the glass or bottle, or a craft cocktail while also feasting on some plates to share. (Try the fried chicken sliders!)

Open Mondays through Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Evening Star also features live music upstairs.

Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 549-5051
http://www.eveningstarcafe.net/
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Southside 815: Hearty Southern Cuisine in Alexandria

Southside 815, which serves large portions of Southern-style cuisine, has been a fixture in Old Town Alexandria for more than 20 years, and for good reason. Washingtonian Magazine has placed this restaurant on its list of 100 Bargain Restaurants for 10 consecutive years.

Regulars recommend starting your meal with a bread basket, which is $2.95 and includes homemade buttermilk biscuits, sweet potato biscuits, and cornbread, served with homemade peach-pepper jelly and apple butter. An entree favorite is the pulled pork, which comes in many dishes, including the pulled pork eggs Benedict, pulled pork nachos, and pulled pork sliders. Frequent diners also enjoy the fried green tomatoes. You have the option of adding fried green tomatoes to the Virginia burger, which also comes with ham, cheddar cheese, and hickory smoked barbecue sauce.

Southside 815 offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday, with hearty options such as chicken fried steak and eggs; sausage, biscuits, and gravy, red beans and rice.

Southside 815
815 S Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-6222
southside815.com
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The Dough is the Focus at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria

Owner and chef Ruth Gresser opened the first Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle in 1991 because she wanted to make the kind of pizza that she longed for, but couldn't find. To Gresser, the crust is the most important part.

Gresser developed a dough that rises slowly in the restaurant's wood-burning, domed, stone oven at a temperature of 650 degrees. The oven is in the heart of the restaurant, giving diners the comfortable feeling of eating at a friend's house.

Regulars recommend the Atomica, which comes with tomato, salami, Kalamata olives, hot red pepper flakes, and mozzarella. The Bosco pizza is another favorite, wihch includes tomato, spinach, mushrooms, red onion, and mozzarella. You also can't go wrong with the classic margherita, with tomato, basil, and mozzarella.

Pizzeria Paradiso has 14 craft beers on tap, dozens more in bottles, and a strong wine list. This restaurant doesn't take reservations, which means you might be in for a bit of a wait, especially on weekend nights.

Pizzeria Paradiso
124 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-1245
eatyourpizza.com
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Order the Deviled Egg App at Virtue Feed and Grain

Eating well isn’t a vice when you go to Virtue Feed and Grain in Alexandria. This Old Town bar and restaurant is actually housed in an old feed barn that's been reconditioned by using repurposed materials.The result is a place that blends into the surroundings, but also stands out on its own.

The interior is rustic, with brick and wood walls showing the original construction. The upstairs bar and lounge is cool and comfortable, with nice couches and burlap bag pillows. This makes for a perfect post-work meeting spot with friends, or you could come for lunch and dinner to try some of the classic cuisine. The burgers and entrees are all good, but don’t pass up the deviled egg appetizer.

Virtue Feed and Grain is open every day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Be sure to come back for the brunch on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virtue Feed and Grain
106 S. Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-3669
http://virtuefeedgrain.com/
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