Irish guy posted for 6 weeks in Alexandria VA
Hi there my company is sending me to Alexandria/DC for 6 weeks for training.
Previously I have lived in new York and London and enjoyed exploring all the food on offer.
Can you guys recommend some good places I can check out while im there.
In particular good bbq pizza and Mexican since London kinda sucks for that.
Thanks in advance!
Hate to break it to you. DC is pretty poor in those two categories. We're much better in Salvadoran.
For pizza in Alexandria proper, I'd say either Red Rocks or Pizzeria Paradiso, both on King Street in Old Town. I like Taqueria Poblano on Mt. Vernon Ave in the Del Ray neighborhood for reasonably good Mexican. Other people like Los Tios, just a couple blocks further north on Mt. Vernon for Mexican in that neighborhood.
There are a lot of very good restaurants in Alexandria, and it's easy to get into DC or Arlington for even more choices.
BBQ - Rocklands for the chopped pork sandwich. Sides of texas corn pudding and greens. Arlington
Pizza - Pupatella. Especially the buratta pizza. Arancini and panzarotti are great also. Arlington
First, there are antojitos, whcih are snacks. Tacos, etc. come under this category. My favorite is the tacos de cabrito at Taqueria El Charrito Caminante. Arlington. Also very good chorizo tacos. El Costalilla south of alexandria has good sopes.
For more than snack food, I recommend Casa Oaxaca in DC. Very good mole sauces. The enmoladas with black mole, the skirt steak with red, and the pork ribs with green mole are all deeply satisfying.
Mexican: La Mexicana Bakery and Tacqueria (tortas, particularly the cubano and ahogada) and Tacos El Costalilla.
Pizza: Valentino's for NY slice, Red Rocks or Paradiso for Neapolitan (good beer selection at the latter). Pupatella also does excellent pies.
BBQ: nothing really outstanding inside the Beltway, but Rocklands is close and competent. You need to head out to Sterling for the real deal.
I second the rec for Red Rocks which makes really good pizza. If you go to Taqueria Poblano I really like the crispy tacos. Another contender for BBQ in the area in Pork Barrell BBQ in Del Ray, not the best ever made, but not bad and they have a nice bar area, probably better than anything in London.
I would also recommend Cheesetique, The Light Horse, Extra Perks for breakfast, Misha's for coffee, A La Lucia, Royal Thai, Brabo, Rustico and Society Fair. And if you can get away for lunch downtown I think Restaurant Eve still does their Lickety Split lunch which is great food at a great deal. I haven't been to Royal Thai, but I know a lot of Alexandrias like it so it might be worth a gamble.
Oh and if you can get around a bit you should definitely try to get to the Eden Center and just go crazy eating Vietnamese food. Or go to Annandale for Korean.
Austin Grill? My kids like going to Austin Grill with my inlaws, who also hate Mexican food. It's Tex-Mex for people who hate Tex-Mex. Also themselves. About the best I could say is that it's a solid, inoffensive, mediocre place for chips, salsa, happy hour, and people with strollers. It's like Lauriol Plaza with slightly better parking options.