Just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Alexandria, VA is a vacation destination in its own right. Old Town Alexandria, the town’s historic downtown, is a nationally designated historic district on the Potomac and home to more than 200 restaurants and boutiques. With so many amazing dining experiences available, we thought it might be helpful to pare down your choices. Here are the top five Old Town Alexandria restaurants you should add to your eating itinerary.
#1 King & Rye
King & Rye is one of the best restaurants in Alexandria to find the authentic flavors of traditional mid-Atlantic and Southern cuisine. Located in the heart of Old Town, King & Rye offers a dining experience rooted in genuine hospitality and a unique menu. King & Rye dishes are made from scratch and feature ingredients sourced from local farms and businesses. Support King & Rye’s relationship with Sapidus Farms with a Happy Oysters stater. For your main course tuck into a bone-in pork chop from Autumn Olive Farms. Add one of King & Rye’s hand-selected bourbons, ryes, or American whiskies to your meal and you’re in for a treat you won’t forget.
#2 The Majestic
With its distinct 25-foot tall neon sign, the Majestic Café is impossible to miss as you explore King Street. Established in 1932 and refurbished and reopened in 2001, the Majestic Café has long been a fixture in Old Town. The café features a contemporary bistro-style menu in an intimate dining setting inspired by supper clubs and art salons. With an assortment of artwork decorating the walls and a bar offering classic cocktails, the Majestic Café is the perfect place to linger over a classic cocktail or two.
#3 Brabo Brasserie
Brabo Brasserie is an amazing French culinary experience in Old Town. Executive Chef Sebastian Rondier grew up in Southwest France, and he brings his experience with French techniques and cuisine to Virginia with a menu full of iconic Brassiere-inspired dishes. Feeling adventurous on your vacation? Try the grilled octopus paired with a wine from Brabo Brasserie’s extensive, award-winning cellar of French and Virginian wine selections
#4 Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque
There’s barbeque, and then there’s competition barbeque — custom-built smokers, sauce recipes that have been handed down through generations, and a dedication to cooking meat to perfection. Myron Mixon brought that competitive barbeque ideology to Old Town with Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, and his award-winning competition recipes are an experience not to be missed. Try your choice of meats on a three-meat plate and see for yourself why Myron has won more barbecue competitions than anyone else in the world.
#5 Lost Dog Cafe
If pizza and pets are some of your favorite things, then Lost Dog Cafe is a must-visit restaurant in Old Town. In addition to delicious pizzas, sandwiches, and beer at a great price, Lost Dog Cafe supports the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. Since 2011, the non-profit corporation has helped over 18,000 homeless dogs and cats find homes. Indulge in a good meal at Lost Dog Cafe and support the compassionate efforts of a great foundation.
Old Town Alexandria is full of unique restaurants and inspired plates. Check out one, (or all,) of our recommended restaurants and you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable dining experience.
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