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Dinner near Hilton Mark Center -- Alexandria

geg5150 Aug 29, 2007 07:56 AM

Ugh...room service last night was mediocre, at best. Breakfast this morning was horrifying.

Can you suggest someplace close by for dinner tonight? I'll be dining alone, as I'm in town for business. I do have a car, but prefer to stay within 10 minutes or so.

Nothing too fancy, I'll be in jeans. I've had Italian and Indian lately, so I'd like to steer clear of those. Budget is up to $35 or so, but I'm fine with a hole in the wall too.


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    linda971 Aug 30, 2007 09:26 AM

    Where did you end up going?

    1. Bill on Capitol Hill Aug 29, 2007 03:12 PM

      I've had good luck with the sushi at the Finn & Porter in that hotel.

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        MikeR Aug 29, 2007 01:40 PM

        Isn't there a Clyde's within spitting distance? Ask at the desk. They're pretty good American bar food that you can eat at a table or at the bar. Casual dress is fine and you won't bust your budget even if you have a drink, wine, or dessert (but not all three).

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          xena1441 Aug 29, 2007 08:59 AM

          Shirlinton Village is the best bet I think. But avoid capitol city brewing company- not very good. Luna Grill has quite the variety

          1. monavano Aug 29, 2007 08:54 AM

            I agree with Shirlington. It's a short trip and has many selections of different types of food. The Carlyle, owned by Great American Restaurants, is a solid choice for American fare with a bit of a seafood emphasis. Service is usually quite good for this chain, which seems to have raised the standard for such restaurants.
            A bit closer, in Fairlington (Quaker Lane and Duke St.) there is Fairlington pizza, a very informal but good pizza place with some Greek dishes too. Around the corner, there is Simply Fish.

            You also have Clyde's right there at Mark Center.

            And as stated above, Old Town is not far away at all. You will enjoy a good meal and a stroll. If you're from out of town and have a car, definitely check it out.


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              linda971 Aug 29, 2007 08:33 AM

              A few other options.
              Off Duke Street

              Up 395 in Shirlington Village there is Italian, Indian, Brewery, Middle Eastern, Carlyle, Thai, Mexican and more in that shopping center.

              Down Rt 7/King Street are a lot of ethnic place such as Thai and Vietnamese.

              Shirlington is your best bet for one place with a lot of selection.

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              1. re: linda971
                ktmoomau Aug 29, 2007 08:42 AM

                In Shirlington I like the Carlyle and Luna Grill.

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                  Itsmeeh1 Aug 29, 2007 09:06 AM

                  A friend of mine actually lives in that area and the following are some good options:
                  Clyde's Mark Center - good American food and they have great Happy Hours food deals from 4-7pm or 10-12AM. I believe they also have live acoustic music on Thurs night.
                  Shirlington area - a couple of exits from 395 - Lots more options like Linda971 and ktmoomau had suggested.
                  Van Dorn Street (Van Dorn Plaza)- about 5 mins from hotel - there is Akasaka for sushi, Savios for Italian (good food, service is ok), and Satay Sarinah (Singapore cuisine).

              2. ktmoomau Aug 29, 2007 08:13 AM

                I am not extremely familliar with exactly where this hotel is, but in the more downtown area of Alexandria I have some suggestions. I don't think they could be more than 10 minutes driving.

                Southside 815 for Southern- a lot of food, not all that expensive, very good, but filing.

                The Pita House- one of my favorites, not very expensive, very good schwarma (sp?) sandwich and other stuff.

                Majestic is a little more upscale, but you can probably do it one your budget for one. They have an online menu I think.

                I have seen Overwood being recommended a lot, but I haven't been yet. It is I think in the medium price range and still casual. You would be fine in jeans for all of these.

                220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                Pita House
                407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                The Majestic Restuarant
                911 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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