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Good Southern Cuisine

TeeWhyKay Dec 2, 2011 08:39 AM

I'm looking for good southern cuisine in an upscale atmospher, and moderately priced. Suggestions?

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    flavrmeistr RE: TeeWhyKay Dec 2, 2011 11:49 AM

    Southside 219 in Alexandria is pretty decent. I like their biscuits.

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      agarnett100 RE: flavrmeistr Dec 6, 2011 08:31 AM

      I used to eat at Southside 219 3 times a week while on a project in Alexandria - the food is good and it won't break the bank

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        theoneontheleft RE: flavrmeistr Dec 7, 2011 01:32 PM

        FWIW, it's Southside 815 in south Old Town, and 219 Restaurant on the main drag (King Street). I've never been to 219, Southside has OK southern food but is not particularly upscale

        Southside 815
        815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

        219 Restaurant
        219 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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          alkapal RE: theoneontheleft Dec 7, 2011 10:34 PM

          i will never return to 219 because years ago the chef lied right to my face about ingredients in the alleged "snapper" gumbo, claiming obvious chicken was in fact snapper.. obviously, the chef may be different now, but it was the ethos.

          yep, i'm wearing my curmudgeon cap.

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            flavrmeistr RE: theoneontheleft Dec 12, 2011 08:27 AM

            You're right, thanks for clarifying. We usually refer to it as just "Southside" without the address. There's a penchant for restaurants in Alexandria including their addresses in the name. It probably started with 291/2 King Street. I always get 'em mixed up.

        2. ktmoomau RE: TeeWhyKay Dec 5, 2011 12:54 PM

          I would suggest Sou'Wester. Vidalia probably isn't in the moderate price range. Southside is good, but not really an upscale atmosphere at all. Georgia Brown's isn't very good. I still haven't been to Creme Cafe but it might fit your requirements too.

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            Snd485 RE: TeeWhyKay Dec 6, 2011 07:16 AM

            I recommend Restaurant 3 in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA. The food is really good and moderately priced. An entree and a glass of wine will run about $30. I'm not a fan of Georgia Browns either. I only went once and the food was way to salty.

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              kathleen440 RE: Snd485 Dec 6, 2011 08:05 AM

              Funny, that's the same complaint I have about Sou'wester. I was so dehydrated after eating there, and I thought the food was just okay.

              I haven't found any upscale Southern food in DC that I love, but I've had good luck with individual dishes at non-Southern restaurants. I like the shrimp and grits and fried chicken at Founding Farmers.

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                flavrmeistr RE: kathleen440 Dec 6, 2011 09:10 AM

                The shrimp and grits at Black Fin (16&Eye NW) are pretty good as well. Around $14 at lunch, IIRC.

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                  kathleen440 RE: flavrmeistr Dec 7, 2011 08:14 AM

                  Oooh, thanks for the tip. I've had bar snacks there that have been good but have never stayed for dinner.

            2. biscuit RE: TeeWhyKay Dec 7, 2011 09:15 PM

              Art & Soul up on the Hill is very good. Shrimp n grits, hoecakes, etc. Prices are mid-to-high, but worth it.

              1. monkeyrotica RE: TeeWhyKay Dec 8, 2011 03:16 AM

                If your definition of southern includes gumbos, grillades, and grilled seafood, Acadiana is a more upscale option.

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                  Bonstempsrouler RE: monkeyrotica Dec 9, 2011 01:05 PM

                  Monkeyerotica and you-all lookin for Southern Food. You gotta be more specific because there's lot of differnt areas each with their own type of food.. But Gumbo, Shirmp Creole and Grillades and Grits are South Louisiana foods and South Louisiana food is not considered part of Southern food.

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                    monkeyrotica RE: Bonstempsrouler Dec 10, 2011 06:10 AM

                    I think some residents of Louisiana might be interested to learn they haven't been eating Southern food for all these years.

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                      xdcx RE: monkeyrotica Dec 12, 2011 11:59 AM

                      not really, the food is distinctive enough that it doesn't really fit into the general southern food category, just like tex mex doesn't either.

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                  mdpilam RE: TeeWhyKay Dec 12, 2011 09:06 AM

                  I haven't yet been, but they're on my list, but do Vidalia and Art and Soul fit the bill?

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                    Snd485 RE: mdpilam Dec 13, 2011 02:38 PM

                    No, I think they're too pricey.

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