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Jun 4, 2014 06:53 AM

Recs for fall trip to Alexandria

We are planning a 3 day trip in the fall. I have a short list in order for dinner but would like some thoughts and lunch recommedations. Also note for day food we are looking for much less expensive and casual.
Any great places for a good cocktail would also be helpful.

Only Eve is decided since we were there in 2009 and loved it.

Eve (definite)

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  1. You may want to do Vermillion and/or Majestic for Lunch - Those are solid. I would suggest the Lickety-Split lunch at Eve but you are set there for dinner.One of my favorite breakfasts is the Ham and Cheese biscuit at Society Fair, very simple and delicious.

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    1. re: tommyskitchen

      Second Society Fair. Very reasonable prices considering the quality of the food. Also, Todd Thrasher manages the cocktail list so it's of extremely high quality ingredients and preparation.

      My last two trips two trips to hanks involved middling oysters and inedible mac and cheese.

    2. I'd skip Bastille, nothing special about it. I'd go to Eve twice, once for the Lickety-Split lunch as suggested by tommyskitchen.

      1. I like all your recs up there so far, for lunch I like Caphe Bahn Mi and that is super affordable. Momo Sushi is a frequent lunch for me it's a little more pricey than Caphe Bahn Mi, but a good deal for sushi lunch. I also like the Pita House it might be a good lunch option.

        1. I've had a couple of nice lunches at Vasos Mediterranean Bistro on King Street. If you are interested in straying out of Old Town, you can visit the original Vasos on the north end. Near there, I like Rustico's pizza and beer.

          Also, Del Ray has some decent lunch options. Cheesetique is a great choice for lunch or afternoon glass of wine/cheese. Grab a bike share bike and ride over there if you don't have a car.

          1. Bastille is a great spot, much more casual than Eve or Brabo. I enjoy the neighborhood feel to it.

            Re: Brabo, I prefer the Tasting Room at Brabo to the main restaurant, maybe good for a lunch?

            Hank's is "take it or leave it" for me.

            Columbia Firehouse is good for brunch/lunch. Momo Sushi is a few blocks off King and has some good quick lunch specials. Nando's Peri-peri for a quick and cheap "order at the counter" rotisserie chicken lunch. Killer ESP is a nice coffee-gelato shop towards the west end of King St. that also stocks Dangerously Delicious Pie slices and empanadas for a quick/light(er) lunch.

            Ditto the recommendations for Society Fair.

            The best cocktails in Alexandria are at all of the EGF spots, so it sounds like you'll likely be visiting one or more of those anyway. Although it's not everyone's cup of tea, I love going up to PX above Eamonn's for a pre-dinner drink. My husband is partial to Murphy's Pub, especially in the evenings in the fall/winter when they have a fire going downstairs and often have live music as well.