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Old Town Alexandria For Lunch

Roundwood Jul 15, 2009 07:34 AM

Several years ago Chowhounds suggested that Vermilion was a good choice for lunch in the Old Town when we took day trips to the area. Since that suggestion we have gone there for lunch eight times, and we still like it. There however has to be some other really good restaurants for lunch in the Old Town. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    yfunk3 Jul 16, 2009 09:20 AM

    Sorry if this is slightly hijacking this thread, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a good place for great sandwiches in Old Town BESIDES Brabo? Or maybe even falafel? I live near, but don't really go for lunch a lot. And when it's lunch, I crave sandwiches with fries more than I do actual entrees and hot foods...


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    1. re: yfunk3
      monkeyrotica Jul 16, 2009 11:21 AM

      Jack's Place over on North Lee makes good deli sandwiches, but it's tiny. Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory on Duke does a decent one, but not as good as Al's on Mount Vernon. There's also the lobster roll at Hank's if it's payday and you've got $22 burning a hole in your pocket.

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      Roundwood Jul 15, 2009 08:51 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions

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        ChewFun Jul 16, 2009 07:25 AM

        I often go to Red Mei. The owners are Turkish, but the food is a pretty good pan-Asian food made with fresh ingredients. I especially like the Kung Pao chicken with fresh spinach, the cocoanut curry and the teriyaki.

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        Jacey Jul 15, 2009 05:25 PM

        Cafe Salsa

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          msarap Jul 15, 2009 05:02 PM

          Good deals and good food at Restaurant Eve's Lickety Split lunch (bar area only) and Majestic's Royal Pick (also at the bar). Different type of lunch altogether but I like the grilled chicken wings at Hard Times (I think it's fried and then grilled), Eammon's fish and chips (partial to the grouper -- I think it's a bigger than the cod), Bittersweet for the cranberry lemonade.

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            monkeyrotica Jul 16, 2009 05:25 AM

            When I'm not in the mood for the three-way, I usually go for the footlong chili dog at Hard Times. Does anyone else sell those anymore? I don't think even Dairy Queen does those.

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              msarap Jul 16, 2009 07:56 AM

              Hmmm, footlong chili dog...I should get that back in my Hard Times food cycle. I used to have the kid-size of the 3-way every time I go, but not since I discovered the chili-lime grilled chicken wings (.40 on Wed.) and not since they got rid of the kid-size version of the 3-way...the big, grown-up size is just too much for me.

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                littlew1ng Jul 16, 2009 09:22 AM

                sonic still sells footlong chili dogs, but you gotta go pretty far away from here to get one :)

            2. Smiles2008 Jul 15, 2009 01:50 PM

              Restaurant Eve-they have a great lunch special (very reasonable).

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                weezycom Jul 15, 2009 01:23 PM

                Forgot to mention, Pita House on Cameron Street (and Royal? Pitt?) for nice middle eastern fare.

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                  georgetownronin Jul 15, 2009 12:47 PM

                  I have always liked the Warehouse Bar and Grill. They have an accurate menu posted online.

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                    weezycom Jul 15, 2009 10:55 AM

                    Majestic has a nice lunch, Union Street Public House for decent pub-grub, and there's a creperie (name escapes me) I think on Royal just south of King.

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                      sweth Jul 15, 2009 11:40 AM

                      The creperie is Fontainne Caffe. Eve's Lickety Split is good. On the south side of Old Town, there's Southside 815 (hence the name), which is also good but a little more southern and pub-food style than Vermillion. And I second Vaso's over Cretekou for the food, but Cretekou definitely wins if you want outdoor seating.

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                        weezycom Jul 15, 2009 01:21 PM

                        Vaso's has a front patio. I see people lunching out there regularly.

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                          sweth Jul 16, 2009 08:08 AM

                          I guess I give extra points for a patio in back where you don't have cars driving by and can pretend that you're somewhere else for a little while...

                    2. woodleyparkhound Jul 15, 2009 08:54 AM

                      I can vouch for Eammon's if fish and chips is what you're after. I've read great things about the "lickety-split" lunch at Restaurant Eve, but I have yet to try it.

                      1. monkeyrotica Jul 15, 2009 07:38 AM

                        Brabo for a classy sandwich, Overwood for hangar steak, Eammon's for fish and chips, Momo for sushi.

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                          jwg Jul 15, 2009 08:16 AM

                          When I lived in the area, I loved the Greek restaurant, Taverna Credakou (sp?). They have a nice outdoor area in the back.

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                            monkeyrotica Jul 15, 2009 08:24 AM

                            I've found the food at Taverna Cretekou can be hit-or-miss, but their patio is a great space for relaxing with a glass of wine. I've had more consistently good Greek at Vaso's Kitchen.

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                              jwg Jul 16, 2009 01:07 AM

                              Well, I must be hitting then. I came back to Old Town after many years' absence and met a friend there for a lovely Sunday May brunch (last year)

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