Step up to the plate in Alexandria, where many independent restaurants enjoy success and give customers a variety of culinary choices. Here are some samples:
If you can’t find a good American fare restaurant in Alexandria, you aren’t looking hard enough. Excellent destinations include Columbia Firehouse, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Hunting Creek Steakhouse, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant and Warehouse Bar & Grill. Also try to visit Cheesetique, a cozy restaurant that offers a cheese-heavy menu and a vast wine bar.
Enjoy soup and sambusa at Hawwi Ethiopian Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in all of Alexandria. Other top dining options if you’re in the mood for exotic include Dishes of India, Il Canale, La Mexicana, Namaste, Nam Viet Restaurant, Su Pollo Restaurant and Wok and Roll. In addition, Cosmopolitan Grill serves authentic Balkan and German food, and their goulash and schnitzel may have you thinking you’re in Eastern Europe.
Rated a Top 10 Downtown by Livability.com, the historic Old Town district of Alexandria is lined with bars and upscale restaurants as well as sandwich shops and other eateries. Top options include Jackson 20, Momo Sushi, The Perfect Pita and Restaurant Eve, which is known for its deviled egg quail with caviar and an impressive cocktail and wine list. Other good choices are La Tasca, Paradiso Italian Restaurant and Two Nineteen Restaurant.
Two Farmers Markets
If it's the weekend, try visiting the two farmers markets in Alexandria. Fair trade coffee and bok choy are just a couple of the interesting selections available at West End Farmers Market, which opens Sundays from April through October in Ben Brenman Park. Meanwhile, Old Town Farmers Market is believed to be one of the longest-running farmers markets in the nation, having first opened in 1753 (George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold at the market). The interesting attraction is open Saturdays year-round in Alexandria’s Market Square near City Hall.