If you were going to visit Wahington's estate at Mt. Vernon....
...where would you eat? There? In Old Town? Some place else? Not looking for anything too fancy. Like almost anything from hole in the wall, to historic, to fun and casual. It will probably be a late lunch/early dinner as we will be going to Mt. Vernon first thing that day. Thanks!
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Second Rustico for beer, pizza, or burgers, but everything else I've tried has either been meh or terrible. I get the impression they were trying to get the food to fit the beers instead of the other way around. Anyway, they recently changed head cooks, so hopefully the rest of the menu has improved. And Eamonns, Burger Joint are solid choices. I'd add Hard Times Cafe for chili, burgers, and footlong hotdogs.
827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Hard Times Cafe Alexandria
1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The Burger Joint
4827 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
The Burger Joint
106 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
I second Old Town Alexandria. The Majesticc is casual and has great food. Fontainne has bistro style food, crepes and afternoon tea. Cheesetique has a wine bar which serves sandwiches, salads and (of course) cheese.
Cheesetique Specialty Cheese
2403 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
The Majestic Restuarant
911 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fontaine Caffe & Creperie
119 S Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314
I second the Majestic and Cheesetique. I would also add Columbia Firehouse (we had a problem there with a big group recently, but they have addressed those problems) and the food was good. I don't know what type of crowd you will be with, but Restaurant Eve has a lickety split menu at the bar that is a steal in terms of price (but I don't think would be good with children).
I also enjoy The Pita House in Old Town.
In Del Ray (where Cheesetique is) I also really like Taqueria Poblano for really casual.
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
2400 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
The Columbia Firehouse
109 South St. Asaph St., Alexandria, VI 22314
The Majestic looks like it has a great selection. And I like that there's some history to the place. Thanks for all of the suggestions. There's so many that we might have to come back to Alexandria another day just to eat!