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Will be at Crystal City but want to got to Old Town Alexandria

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Artaine Mar 2, 2011 04:56 AM

I am an artist and we heard great things about Alexandria. Any recommendations for an artsy night out? Can the metro take us there or should we =drive and park? Mid range $$ for dinner is ok, we eat everything. We will be there this weekend.
Thanks

  1. monavano Mar 2, 2011 07:36 AM

    Metro- depends on where you're staying. If you have to get in the car to get to the Metro, then just drive. It's very close and more convenient if you want to explore the Torpedo Factory down by the water.
    Can you be more specific about cuisine preferences and budget? It just helps to narrow suggestions, as there are a lot of restaurants, some of which are perfectly fine to grab a sandwich. If you want a more "foodie" experience with regards to cuisine and drinks, I think CH'ers can help you out with more tailored rec's.
    BTW....Sat. is the St. Patty's Parade, which will wind up about 2pm or so. Old Town will be PACKED with regards to parking and street closures, but probably will be very lively into the night.
    Please check this out if you haven't yet. It will help to orient you and plan your visit.
    http://visitalexandriava.com/attracti...

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      Just Visiting Mar 2, 2011 09:25 AM

      Choose carefully - many of the restaurants in Old Town - as you get closer to the waterfront - are dreadful. Try Eammon's - A Dublin Chipper (just what it sounds like) or The Majestic for good food and good value.

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      A Dublin Chipper
      728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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      1. re: Just Visiting
        monavano Mar 2, 2011 09:28 AM

        Dreadful is a bit overstated as a blanket statement. There are "tourist" spots and then there are pretty inexpensive eats that will be a pleasant, if not a culinary, experience.
        Eammon's is a wonderful chipper, with a counter and seats, but as I said, it's St. Patty's Day in Old Town (for all intents and purposes, so be warned!).

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          katecm Mar 2, 2011 11:06 AM

          Columbia Firehouse can be good for that price point, if only for their fries and onion rings.

          Don't forget to go to the Torpedo Factory!!!

          1. re: monavano
            alkapal Mar 2, 2011 04:25 PM

            just curious, ramona, but why is st. patty's THIS weekend, instead of the next?

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            also, i was going to recommend the OP look at your blog, but i see your link is gone. have you quit doing your blog? ;-(.

            1. re: alkapal
              monavano Mar 4, 2011 04:51 AM

              Sorry to respond so late! I haven't been keeping up with the blog for a while now...am working on another one to focus on local farmers market goodies.
              The Old Town St. Patty's parade is always the first Sat in March. One of my dogs is getting all cut and beautiful just so he can look all handsome in his Irish scarf!

              1. re: monavano
                alkapal Mar 4, 2011 05:00 AM

                good for you blogging about the farmers markets; i know you had been giving us lots of info on products and vendors -- with nice photos -- for a while.

                have fun in the parade. hope you beat the rain.

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          KeithW Mar 2, 2011 10:34 AM

          If you enjoy long walks (1+ miles) the metro is fine -- it's very walkable (meaning there are sidewalks, pleasant neighborhoods). Otherwise getting parking is usually do-able, however as mentioned the St Patricks parade this weekend raises uncertainty.

          At the $$ price point (what I am guessing you mean by that) I suggest looking at Pizza Paradiso or the Majestic.
          http://www.eatyourpizza.com/
          http://www.majesticcafe.com/

          Also I have not been to either of these but if it were me I would consider them: Hank's Oyster Bar and Eammons (already mentioned above).
          http://www.hanksdc.com/
          http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/

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          1. re: KeithW
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            katecm Mar 3, 2011 09:15 AM

            Oh, yes yes yes yes yes. Hank's Oyster Bar and the Torpedo Factory. A great night!

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

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            ForFoodsSake Mar 2, 2011 03:46 PM

            Not sure if it qualifies as an "artsy night out", but I've always enjoyed La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar in Old Town. They do a live guitar and flamenco show on Thursday nights.

            If you join their email club (http://latascausa.fbmta.com/members/U...) they'll give you 20% off your first visit as well.

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            La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar
            607 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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              noamb Mar 3, 2011 06:42 AM

              But the food is way better at Jaleo, which is _in_ crystal city.

              In old town I vote for Red Rocks pizza over Paradiso, Eamonn's is great, and I (although other people don't seem to so much) like the sandwiches at Brabo Butcher Block (or whatever it's called - the counter service place attached to Brabo, on King St. pretty close to the metro). BGR
              (non-fast-food burgers) is good, too.

              Layla's not bad for middle eastern.

              Overall, Old Town is good for atmosphere, but I happen to think that only a small fraction of the restaurants are particularly good (and it so happens that crystal city has my favorite kabob (Kabob Palace) and tapas (Jaleo), but zero atmosphere).

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              Eamonns
              728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                KeithW Mar 3, 2011 08:34 AM

                I didn't know about Red Rocks pizza. Looks like a great place for me to try.

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              justaddwater Mar 2, 2011 03:57 PM

              Crystal City is not far at all from Old Town, I'd do a taxi, but if you have to do metro, get off at the King Street metro and start walking down if it's a nice night and/or hop on the trolley that runs all the way to the waterfront and back. King Street is the spine of Old Town with many restaurants and boutiques. If you taxi'ed it, grab a return taxi at one of the hotels, Hotel Monaco, for example.

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              King Street Cafe
              1018 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                nickdanger Mar 3, 2011 06:27 AM

                I went to Jackson 20 at the Hotel Monaco for restaurant week, and had a great meal. Meatcentric although they have a nice vegetarian plate, fried chicken, cassoulet, fish and southern-inspired sides. Fun bar and crowd as well

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                Jackson 20
                480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                1. monavano Mar 4, 2011 04:53 AM

                  +1 on Pizza Paradiso and Hank's. Both lovely. Hank's is farther up (west) on King St. Union St. Public House is a fine place to grab a sandwich. Service has always been lovely. Again, right there by the water.

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                  1. re: monavano
                    agarnett100 Mar 4, 2011 06:27 AM

                    I would also try Southside 815

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                    Southside 815
                    815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                    Artaine Mar 5, 2011 03:51 AM

                    thank you all so much, was just able to get back to this post this morning after a whirlwind tour of the art galleries yesterday. I will plan this better next time, with your help of course :0 )

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