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Old Town Alexandria For Lunch

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

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

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

      1. re: jwg

        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.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          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)

    2. 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. 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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        1. re: weezycom

          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.

          1. re: sweth

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

            1. re: weezycom

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

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

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

              1. 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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                1. re: msarap

                  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.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    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.

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

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

                      1. re: Roundwood

                        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.

                      2. 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

                          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.