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

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Fish Market Restaurant: Good Fish, Good Times

The Fish Market Restaurant is an Old Town landmark just a couple of blocks from the banks of the Potomac. The four separate dining areas are each decorated to be tasteful and comfortable for small or large parties. The great service is well known here, and make sure that you ask about the specials. The crab newport is a big favorite among regulars, as are the oysters.

Open Sundays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, the Fish Market’s Anchor Bar is also a popular place to meet for a drink or to watch the games. And don’t miss the weekly food specials, game nights, and live music.

Fish Market Restaurant
105 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-5676

Caphe Banh Mi: Classic Vietnamese Cuisine in Old Town Alexandria

Caphe Banh Mi serves up simple, classic, and delicious Vietnamese cuisine in Old Town Alexandria. Tucked away on a side street, regulars say it’s worth the effort to find; this is unvarnished Vietnamese home cooking, with enormous bowls of steaming, spicy pho, crispy vegetarian rolls, and — naturally — banh mi. Vietnamese ex-pats say it’s the real deal, with a heavy pate spread, lots of veggies, three kinds of protein, and homemade garlic mayo. Everything is affordable and memorable.

Some fine print: there’s a $1 container surcharge to take pho home. Parties of five or more have an automatic 18% service charge, and checks can’t be split for parties of four or more. Onion/scallion pho condiments are a small extra charge.

Takeout is available. Caphe Banh Mi’s website is incomplete, so check the Yelp page for opening hours, menu details, and more information.

Caphe Banh Mi
407 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-8400

La Bergerie: Traditional French Cuisine in Old Town Alexandria

La Bergerie serves traditional French and Basque cuisine in Old Town Alexandria. A favorite of diners and critics since 1974, it continues to be one of the DC area’s finest restaurants. The dining room is bright, elegant, and laid-back, with exposed brick, thick beams, white linens, and huge draped windows contributing to the timeless feel. The dressy, largely older crowd enjoys the classics: foie gras, the pork pate with gherkins, the salmon filet in saffron sauce, profiteroles, and sorbet. The wine selection is suitably excellent.

It’s as pricey as you imagine, but the tasting menu makes things a bit more affordable: four courses are $65, excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity. La Bergerie is open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and dinner only on Sunday. Reservations are essential. Check the website for menus and more information.

La Bergerie
218 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-1007

Columbia Firehouse: Old Town Elegance in a Historic Setting

Columbia Firehouse is a stunning late Victorian relic, a former working firehouse made of dark wood, iron, brick, and glass. It’s been reborn as an upscale brasserie and bar, serving a New American menu that draws on the building’s history. Local oysters, charcuterie, Angus burgers, steaks, scallops, classic cocktails, beer . . . it’s timeless food reinvented for the 21st century, and most visitors love it, calling portions reasonable and service solid. The four-level dining area gets packed, so reservations are essential, especially on weekends. Dinner entrees average around $20, making it a great special occasion destination.

Check the website for menus, opening times, and special event information.

Columbia Firehouse
109 South St. Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-1776

Flatiron Steakhouse & Saloon: ‘Wild West’ Steaks in Old Town Alexandria

Flatiron Steakhouse & Saloon is a casual steakhouse in Old Town Alexandria. The exposed bulbs, brick walls, and flocked wallpaper recall the Wild West while keeping a hip and modern vibe. Music is eclectic and outlaw-ish; plan on hearing Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, and Kansas during dinner.

Regulars say that steaks are well-prepared, and lamb chops also win high marks. Meat comes with your choice of chipotle, chimichurri, or Mediterranean barbecue sauces, but the sauces are too weak for some tastes. Sides are decent but pre-made, thus substitutions aren’t allowed; this is a big drawback for some diners. After dinner, the bar keeps rocking until 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends. There’s a big cocktail list and plenty of wine and craft beer.

Check Flatiron Steakhouse’s website for menus and more information.

Flatiron Steakhouse & Saloon
808 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-0777

Killer ESP: Sweet Surprises

Who would have thought that espresso, sorbet and pie would be such a great combination? It all comes together at Killer ESP. Located in Old Town on King Street a few blocks from the park, Killer ESP says it all in the name. Come for the comfortable ambiance, with brick walls, nice tables and friendly counter people. This is the coffee house you’ve always dreamed of! All of the espresso drinks are made with Stumptown coffee, so you know it’s good. The sweet and savory pies are baked fresh (try one of the empanadas), so you can always come back for lunch. And the sorbet is made daily on site, with so many different flavors that everyone will find something they like. Sit back and relax, the world can wait while you pamper yourself.

Killer ESP
1012 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 200-3200

Restaurant Eve: Fine Dining in Alexandria

Restaurant Eve in Alexandria is a place built on love. The husband and wife team behind Eve named their restaurant after their daughter, and the love for one another translates to its lovely food! There’s not just one dining experience at Restaurant Eve – there’s three. Come to the Chef’s Tasting Room for a five, seven, or nine-course menu of seasonal creations that highlights local produce and changes with the growing season. Try the bistro lunch menu and speak to your waiter for the soup, salad, or sandwich of the day. Follow it up with the bartender’s lemonade, pressed to order. There’s the wonderful cheese and dessert menu that includes a selection of loose-leaf teas. You can also order lunch at the Lickety-Split Lounge, Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Restaurant Eve
110 S. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-0450

Fontaine Caffe and Creperie: Your Classic French Café

Do yourself a favor and come to Fontaine Caffe and Creperie, where crepes are made to perfection. Located in Old Town Alexandria, Fontaine Caffe and Creperie is a quaint little spot that also has some tasty food. The ambiance will make you feel like you stepped into a cute little French café! It can get a little crowded, especially when brunch is being served, but it is well worth the wait. The lunch and dinner menus feature delicious cheeses, pates, a quiche of the day and, of course, crepes! Whether you go for the savory or sweet varieties, you’ll love the thin crepes, filled with tasty, fresh ingredients. 

Fontaine Caffe and Creperie
119 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 535-8151

Olio: Eat Tasty, Stay Healthy

Olio takes olive oil, herbs and spices to a whole new level. Everybody knows that olive oils in not only good for salads and cooked foods, it’s also good for you. The folks at Olio will be glad to help you to pair olive oils with not only a variety of recipes, but also with the many balsamic vinegars in the store. Then you can check out the selection of herbs and spices. Get a beautiful cruet, and you’ve got all you need for a perfect salad! But that’s not all. You can come to Olio to complete a tasty Italian meal, with various pastas, sauces and condiments. Become a regular and be a part of the Olio club: you’ll get your tenth bottle of olive oil for free!

1223 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-3004