Category Archives: Restaurants

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!

emmas

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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Take a Look Inside Mason Social – Alexandria’s Newest Gastropub

 

 

Alexandria’s Parker-Gray neighborhood is attracting more dining options with the recent additions of Richmond’s Sugar Shack doughnut shop and a new home for French bistro Bastille. The newest face: Mason Social, a neighborhood restaurant and bar opening Wednesday from locals Chad and Justin Sparrow, Larry Walston, and Teddy Kim. Here’s what to look for at the seasonal American eatery.

The food: Farm-to-pub. Chef Joseph Lennon, most recently a sous chef at Bourbon Steak, creates dishes that often draw from local ingredients and cooking traditions, though in a subtle fashion—the menus aren’t filled with farmers’ names and “house-made” descriptors. Keeping with the casual neighborhood vibe, you’ll find a section of “hold-me-overs” like lamb meatballs and beer-steamed mussels swirled with bone-marrow butter, as well as entrée salads and sandwiches at lunch and dinner—we like the sound of a local beef patty blended with more bone-marrow butter, topped with jack cheese and grilled onions. Diners can also go fancier with entrée like rockfish with winter citrus. A kids’ menu, all under $10, caters to the young’uns with chicken fingers or grilled fish.

Gastropub fare like a bone-marrow burger and beer-steamed mussels fill the menu.

The drinks: Punchy. Barman Tony Burke came from Clyde’s Restaurant Group, and created a lineup of what co-owner Teddy Kim “creeper drinks” (“you don’t taste any alcohol but you’re definitely feeling it”). Think along the lines of a house vodka-grapefruit punch—served in a Mason jar, natch—or gin and Fever Tree ginger ale with mint and lemongrass syrup. The bar also pours six craft brews, including Alexandria’s Port City and a beer from Burke’s native Cincinnati.

The name fun fact: The eatery takes its title from Thomson Mason, who was mayor of Alexandria in the early 19th century, back when the town was still an agrarian community. Design cues also come from the surrounding neighborhood and its industrial roots, so exposed brick and pipes aren’t just trendy touches.

The space can stay open until 2 on weekend nights.

New to the neighborhood: Late hours. The Parker-Gray area isn’t known for its late-night hangouts, but the Mason team is hoping to draw a crowd of night owls. The bar can stay open until 2 AM, Thursday through Saturday, and until midnight Sunday through Wednesday. The kitchen could remain open after dinner, serving a limited bar menu with burgers or chili-spiked fries. Also look for weekend brunch to start soon.

728 N. Henry St., Alexandria; 703-548-8800. Open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 to 2.

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