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Restaurant Week 2017

Foodies celebrate – it’s that time of year again!  Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is set for August 18-27, and over 60 restaurants from around the city are participating this year.

For 10 days, participating restaurants will be serving up special menus. Over 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week started in 2009 and celebrates the diversity of local restaurants. Restaurants are located in all areas of the city: waterfront Old Town, Mt. Vernon Avenue, West End and more.

 

New participants include: Hummingbird, Meggrolls, and Junction Bakery & Bistro.  Other returning favorites are Bastille, Restaurant Eve, Vermilion. For a full list of restaurants click here.

Reservations are available through Open Table.

New this year, select shops of the Old Town Boutique District will stay open until 9:00PM (Sunday hours vary) during the week.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Fun in the Summertime

Friendship Firehouse Festival, August 5th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred Street

The Friendship Firehouse Festival will celebrate the fire department’s 151st anniversary. Get a free fire hat and can check out the old hose reel, as well as the suction pumper fire engine, both pulled by hand. The festival includes fire-fighting activities, fire vehicles, and more.

Annual Sidewalk Sale, August 12th – 13th

Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria

Come support your favorite local businesses in Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. Over 50 businesses will offer discounted summer merchandise. Participating businesses will have bright yellow balloon markers outside their stores. See participating businesses here.

 

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week, August 18th – 27th

Alexandria

Over 50 restaurants around the city will be serving up special menus for the annual Alexandria Summer Restaurant week. For 10 days, restaurants will be serving up special menus. More than 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20 in addition. Restaurants around the city will participate. See more details here.

 

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Five Del Ray Restaurants Among Finalists

 

Go Del Ray!!!

We are proud to report that five Del Ray restaurants are among finalists across the DC area in WTOP’s Top 10.

The restaurants are finalists across a number of food categories. Readers and listeners of WTOP nominated their favorite local businesses in the following delicious categories:

Best Burger

Best Pizza

Best Barbecue

Best Brewery

Best Brunch

Best Coffee Shop

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Best Tacos

Best Bagels

Best Crab

 

The well-deserving nominees from Del Ray are:

Voting is open now until August 4th, so get busy and vote for your favorite local spot. Winners will be announced August 7th.

See all nominees and vote here.

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Take a Walking Tour of Alexandria

Looking for something different to do with your house guests this summer?  Discover Alexandria is a walking tour company in Old Town Alexandria specializing in historical walking tours, pub crawls, and food tours. All tours last about 90 minutes.  They also offer private and customized tours for groups of two to thirty people.  And Discover Alexandria is a veteran-owned and veteran-operated small business.

Options include, but are not limited to:

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour – the tour covers Alexandria’s colonial and revolutionary period from the town’s establishment in 1749 to Washington’s death in 1799.
Discover Alexandria – past to present history tour
Sweet History – guided sweets tour
Wine and Sweets Tour – Old Town’s best wine and dessert spots
Shop Alexandria Boutiques Tour
Historical Pub Crawl
Ghosts of Alexandria
Virginia is for Runners Tour – enjoy a flexible and modifiable jogging pace as you experience some of Alexandria’s hidden gems.

To make a group appointment contact Discover Alexandria at discoveralexandria@gmail.com. Prices are $12 per person, $10 for active-duty military, veterans, students, and seniors.

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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!

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Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.

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You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!

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You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their four most popular seasonings boxed together as the Dizzy Pig. Add these to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!

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Another thought is a group ukulele or acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.) The summer classes have already started but contact the school for information about joining in.

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The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

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Free Things to Do With the Kids (and Almost Free)

The days are finally warm and sunny!  Here are a few ideas for free things to do with the kids around Alexandria.

 

Feed the ducks in Old Town

 

There are plenty of ducks and other birds at the Waterfront looking for a little snack.  We did a little research and instead of bread you should feed them:

  • Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
  • Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
  • Frozen peas (defrosted)
  • Oats (rolled or instant)
  • Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)

 

 

Go to the Masonic Temple

 

 

You can climb the stairs and check out the view with a snack.  Counting the planes is a fun way to pass the time!  For a small fee you can take a tour of the temple and go outside of the top for an even better view.

 

 

Walk the Dogs in Monticello Park

 

 

Walk the dog, get some fresh air, and probably meet a new friend.  There are so many downed trees to climb and explore!  A gem of a spot in the city.

 

Enjoy!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  If you are still looking for a gift that will make you Mom’s favorite, look no further than Del Ray. Here are some shops that have treasures that will make Mom smile!

 

Top It Off (1906 Mt. Vernon Avenue).  Anything in this store will be a hit but this Ladies Embroidered Tunic in orange is the perfect piece for lunch or a night on the town.

 

Kiskadee (2205 Mt. Vernon Avenue)  Again, you can’t lose in this store. Choose an accessory like a bangle that she will wear again and again.  Or these monogrammed rain boots would be a hit.

 

 

Greenstreet Gardens (1503 Mount Vernon Avenue)  A potted plant is always a winner! Choose one in your loved-one’s favorite flowers and colors! You will be a hero!

 

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Any of these gifts will show your Mom just how much you care! Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there!

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Let’s Go Eat on the Patio!

Spring is here which means it is time to eat outside!  Here is a list of some of our favorite spots that have outdoor seating.

Live Oak Restaurant
1603 Commonwealth Ave
Southern

Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave
American (New), Breakfast & Brunch

Del Ray Cafe
205 E Howell Ave
French

Rosemarino d’Italia
1905 Mount Vernon Ave
Italian

Stomping Ground
2309 Mount Vernon Ave
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch, American (New)

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap
401 E Braddock Rd
Pizza, Italian

Junction Bakery & Bistro
1508 Mt Vernon Ave
Bakeries, Cafes, Sandwiches

Kaizen Tavern
1909 Mount Vernon Ave
Japanese, Sushi Bars

FireFlies Restaurant
1501 Mt Vernon Ave
Breakfast & Brunch, Pizza, American (Traditional)

South Block
3051 Mount Vernon Ave
Smoothies, Acai Bowls, and Juice

Front Porch
2006 Mount Vernon Ave
American (Traditional)

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub
2300 Mount Vernon Ave
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch

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Emma’s Espresso and Wine Bar

A new place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat!

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Experience Del Ray’s
Hottest New Gathering Place

Come connect, work and enjoy good conversation!  Check out the menu here!

106 Hume Avenue

Alexandria, Virginia 22301

p. 571-431-6150

e. info@emmascoffee.com

Complimentary WiFi

Sunday-Monday   7am-4pm

Tuesday–Saturday  7am-10pm

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A Great Burger Battle: Holy Cow vs. Five Guys

Two heavyweights go bun to bun.  Who does a messy, delicious burger best: Holy Cow with the Lonestar (left) or Five Guys double cheeseburger (right)?

 

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