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Sep 18, 2011 11:43 AM

suggestions for dining in old town alexandria VA and surrounding areas

my wife and I are visiting old town VA and DC Thanksgiving week (sun-thurs) and would love to hear your recommondations for places to eat, we are staying at the sheraton Suites Alexandria, but we are not limited to immediate area, we will use the metro. Thanks,

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  1. Vermillion is an excellent restaurant - I went for brunch and it was really excellent. Highly recommend it.

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    1. re: Jeserf

      Seconded. I also love The Majestic. You also might want to look up Robert Wiedmaier's Brabo. I haven't been to it (it has both an upscale and a more-casual option), but I love Wiedmaier's restaurants in the city proper so have always been curious.

    2. Restaurant Eve is one of the best restaurants in Alexandria. My husband and I did their tasting menu - it's outstanding.

      Also, if you won't have a car, you can take the ferry to Georgetown. Our favorite in Georgetown is Citronelle - it's amazing. Citronelle has a "lounge" menu that is more affordable.

      Both of those options are pricey, but you can't go wrong.

      Restaurant Eve
      110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

      3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

      1. Perks and Extra Perks are good for a quick breakfast. Hank's Oyster Bar has a good brunch, well it is good anytime really.

        I like Virtue Feed and Grain for a casual lunch. I also like Fontaine Creperie for lunch. And the Pita House for Lebanese.

        Vermillion, The Majestic and Brabo are all good on the moderate to high end. And Restaurant Eve is great for very high end. Of course if you go on a weekday you can eat lunch at the bar for a steal ($13). Very seasonal and excellent.

        Red Rocks has good pizza. BGR Joint for burgers. Overwood has casual good food, nothing special, but always solid.

        220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

        Restaurant Eve
        110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

        Pita House
        407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

        Red Rock Cafe
        385 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          (I lived in OT for almost 3 years and we ate out about once a week but never for breakfast or brunch. Just as a point of reference for my blabbering.)

          I'd second Hank's, Vermillion, Virtue, and Restaurant Eve. I love Red Rocks and Burger Joint (we'd go weekly when we lived there) but you can get good pizza or burgers anywhere.

          Both Virtue and Restaurant Eve are run by the same chef, Cathal Armstrong, who may as well just buy up all of Old Town and have 100 different places, each with their own style. He's that good. Even if Eve is out of your price range (and you forget to go there weekdays for the two-course $13 steal of a lunch in the bar), be sure to make it to Virtue (or Eammon's for fish and chips or Majestic for casual American food). Then you can say you've really seen / tasted what Old Town is about.