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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