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Apr 20, 2010 07:35 AM

Need recommendation for Old Town Alexandria

Looking for recommendations for a Sunday dinner in Old Town and for breakfast and or brunch/lunch on Monday.

My husband likes continental American (for lack of a better term) and French as well as Italian and or seafood for dinner. We like all kinds of breakfasts and either a more upscale or something like Mexican for lunch (I know that makes no sense).

Good wine at dinner a must. Price not a major consideration. Reservations a big plus, especially for dinner.

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  1. For good American classics, you could try The Majestic. I love the food, good solid fresh American, not dressy. I haven't had their Sunday night meal but they have a Nana's Dinner which is a preset menu for the month. It always looks mouthwatering. You can also get a regular dinner.

    1. Somebody else will probably mention this eventually -- and I haven't actually had it myself -- but just in case, the Lickety Split Lunch at Restaurant Eve is very highly and very often recommended on this board, might work for your "more upscale" Monday lunch. (Same owners as Majestic, if I'm not mixing things up.)

      Restaurant Eve
      110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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      1. re: mselectra

        Agree with mselectra about the Lickety Split lunch at Restaurant Eve. I had it a month or so ago and I was completely blown away by the high quality meal you get for about $13. This really should not be missed; it's off the charts.

        Restaurant Eve
        110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

        1. re: mselectra

          Yes, I go to Restaurant Eve for the lickety split lunch every couple months, it is sooo good. Available only at the bar/lounge for the $13.

          For dinner you might also try Vermillion, Hank's Oyster Bar or La Bergerie.

          If you opt not for Restaurant Eve for lunch, Taqueria Poblano is a fun casual mexican spot in Del Ray. Their LA crispy tacos are good. Well most all of their tacos are good.

          Restaurant Eve
          110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

          Hank's Oyster Bar
          1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

          La Bergerie
          218 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

          Taqueria Poblano
          2400 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

          1. re: ktmoomau

            I agree about Hanks! Awesome each time we've been!!

          2. re: mselectra

            Same owners, different chef, and The Majestic has its Royal Pick lunch for $12. Decent deal, small portions. Not nearly as upscale as Restaurant Eve.

            Restaurant Eve
            110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

            1. re: chowser

              The Royal Pick is at the bar only, I believe. And if I recall, the bar at Majestic is quite a bit smaller than the lounge at Eve, they are both first-come, first-served, so you'll probably get seated more quickly at Eve.

              There's also Eammon's Chipper, same owners. An Irish fish-n-chips shop, so if you want it fried and quick, that's the best place to go.

              Morrison House Hotel may be a little stuffy, but it will have the best upscale breakfast in Old Town. Everywhere else is either a coffeeshop with a few pastries, or sort of a run-down diner (Royal St Restaurant).

              1. re: weezycom

                Yes, it's at the bar only but you can sit near the window and the street then. There really is no comparison between Eve and Majestic other than the owner. Majestic is far more casual. Restaurant Eve's also has a regular lunch if the OP wants a formal sit down formal lunch.

                I'd be wary of some of the sandwich/coffee shop places in Old Town if you want a great meal. I've had some just acceptable meals there, when I've walked in out of the street. I don't remember the names because they weren't prominent.

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            1. It would be hard to better than Landini Brothers for Italian food. 115 King Street, Alexandria.

              1. If you want a Sunday dinner where price is NOT a major consideration, the tasting room at Restaurant Eve is a fantastic experience. I concur with the other posts that the Lickety Split lunch, also at Restaurant Eve, is the best reasonably priced gourmet lunch you can find. Eve also has a fantastic wine cellar with great selections and a very professional sommelier.

                If that doesn't work, you might try Evening Star, in the nearby Del Ray neighborhood. The food is not as heart-stoppingly delicious, but it's very good, and the wine list -- drawn from their Planet Wine retail shop next door -- is outstanding.

                If you really want a good Mexican place for brunch / lunch, take a cab a mile or so north to Los Tios Mexican restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. You won't find better Mexican food, or better margaritas, anywhere in the D.C. area.