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Lunch For One in Old Town Alexandria?

I've got 2 hours to kill each week while my kids are at an art class. Loving that I get to spend it in Old Town, but I need suggestions for casual-ish lunch places. While I would love to try out Restaurant Eve or some other amazing cuisine, I think I'm looking for more like cafe-type places where I can chill and read a book.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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  1. I think Eamonn's might fit the bill if you like fish and chips.

    www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/

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    Eamonns
    728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

    1. I don't really think Eamonn's is any type of place to chill and read a book, especially during the lunch rush.

      Maybe try Zorkafor's Sandveg?

      There's a La Madeleine cafe on King Street, near the CVS.

      There's also La Fontaine Creperie, though I'm not sure how busy they get during lunch.

      I'm sure there's any number of places in Old Town where you can chill and read a book. Or you can always eat anywhere you'd like and go hang out at the public library to kill the rest of your time before picking up your kids.

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      King Street Cafe
      1018 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

      Eamonns
      728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

      1. Behind the Torpedo Factory on the docks is a food court. There's a little Greek deli counter where they have very nice hummus, fresh pita, and decent souvlaki. You can always find a table somewhere in there and they won't chase you out in a rush.

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        1. re: weezycom

          I don't know of the Greek place you are talking about. I go to the food court there from time to time (last time was on Monday) and don't know of a Greek place. The grill there does a mean Tuna steak sandwhich.

          1. re: ChewFun

            It's been there forever. The signboard shows gyro, souvlaki, etc., along with typical burgers. To the right of the gumball machine stuffed in the semi-circular "corner".

            1. re: weezycom

              I guess I never think of them as Greek as the owners and staff seem to be Latino. How is the Souvlaki?

              1. re: ChewFun

                Nice. Not stellar, but nice, fresh, plenty of feta, good tender thin pita. And very hot crispy (but frozen) fries. I talked myself into going there for lunch today, as a matter of fact, so this is an of-the-moment report.

        2. Eat at the bar at Majestic - Delicious! If i eat alone in old Town, this is where I go...

          Don't discount Eve, I hear they have great Lunch specials even though I haven't had them....

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          1. re: tommyskitchen

            Try Red Mei, a pan-Asian lunch place. Their food is really good and freshly made. It isn't particularly authentic Asian fare, but it doesn't matter because they use fresh ingredients and it is pretty cheap. Another place is the Thai Restaurant at the very foot of King Street. It is really good. Then go to Starbucks (next door), have a coffee and read.

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            Red Mei
            602 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

            1. re: tommyskitchen

              Just to second The Majestic, they have a very reasonable lunch deal: http://www.majesticcafe.com/downloads...

              1. re: tommyskitchen

                The Majestic would be perfect. Sit at the bar, people watch near the window, read your book. I love the Royal Pick lunch.

              2. Third the Majestic and second La Fontainne Creperie. But don't rule out Restaurant Eve. It's the best deal in town ($13.50 for any two items on the menu), and while the bartender will be happy to chat with you (even when it's crowded), you would have no problem if you just wanted to open up a magazine or book. I have seen people dressed very casually at the bar at lunchtime. Lunch at Restaurant Eve gives you a great opportunity to try a truly special restaurant.

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                Restaurant Eve
                110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                1. I would also say that you really should check out the Lickety Split lunch at Restaurant Eve. It is at the bar so very casual. And the food is very good. Especially if it is an early weekday. But it is a nice relaxing time. And I think you would be perfectly fine there with a book, they tend to pace the food based on your schedule.

                  I highly recommend the Pita House too it is nice and I think they would let you hang a bit.

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                  Restaurant Eve
                  110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                  Pita House
                  407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                  1. On the other end of King St. (toward the metro station) is Brabo Tasting Room (I think that's the one that serves lunch)...at the peak of lunch, it would probably be too busy to sit and read, but if you catch it off peak, it is a very nice spot. And very nice staff. They have a counter in there to that you could sit at. Across the street is Uptown Cafe - a casual coffee shop. They do serve sandwiches and pastries, but the food I've had has not been very good. They make a good latte though, so I think it would be a good place to sit and read with a cup of coffee or tea. And there's Whole Foods on Duke St. - they've got a large seating area and lots of food options. I often go there for lunch and get the salad bar and read for a bit.

                    Down back toward the water is "Overwood" - it's very large and has never been crowded when I've been for lunch so that would be a good choice too. Their is food is sandwich/salads type of fair.

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                    Tasting Room
                    101 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

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                    1. re: mln1968

                      The Roast Beef and Chimay cheese sandwich at Brabo, also available next door for take-out at The Butcher Block is Fabulous....

                      1. re: mln1968

                        BTR would be a good choice if food quality is a concern. You could order the Napa tizer dish and peck at it for 2 hours. Free parking on nearby side streets.

                        I see alot of people hanging out and doing nothing at Faccia Luna on Washington Street, pizza mainly. Southside 815 next to it is also very casual.

                      2. I had dinner with my wife at Restaurant Eve for my birthday this year- good food, for sure, but not great for the price. I was underwhelmed in general, but for the area it may be as good as it gets. Haven't been there for lunch, although $13.50 sounds like a better deal for their food.

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                        Restaurant Eve
                        110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                        1. re: powermd

                          Eve's Lickety Split is one of the best deals around and is only available in the bar room. You get to choose two items from the menu which includes a daily special sandwich, soup, and salad, there's always a risotto, a couple of glasses of wine and a couple of desserts. Not to mention their amazing bread and butter. It's very casual, I've gone in jeans, and no one rushes you. It's a hard deal to beat at $13.50.

                          1. re: pineapple sage

                            I've chilled at the bar reading a book nearly every time I've done lunch at Eve, and never had any issues with being rushed. If anything, I find they're generally a little slower on service than I'd like even when I'm taking a lazy lunch.

                            I'll second Southside, Overwood, Red Mei, and Majestic for casual reading-a-book lunches, and also throw in Five Guys as an option.

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                            Overwood
                            220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                            Red Mei
                            602 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314