Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week will provide you with an opportunity to try a new restaurant that you have been wanting to visit. Cuisines are varied and range from international, to BBQ, to Southern cooking.
For 10 days and two weekends, 65 restaurants in Alexandria will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week January 18-27. More than 35 restaurants will offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person. Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at 14 restaurants.
Starting in January, you can review the restaurants and menus being offered by clicking here.
Furloughed workers will get a little relief around Alexandria.
Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue) announced that it would offer free pulled pork sandwiches to furloughed federal employees for as long as the government shutdown lasts.
Owners Bill Blackburn and “Mango” Mike Anderson published this statement on their Facebook page around 10:30 on Tuesday, January 2:
“We are all in.
We been getting questions about shutdown sandwiches. Starting today we are offering all out of work, furloughed federal government employees (and out of work federal contractors) a free pulled pork sandwich. We hope to see this end soon, the offer is good until this shutdown is over.”
Another generous offer comes from Diya Indian Cuisine (218 N Lee St 2nd Floor). They are offering free buffet lunches to any Federal Government employee during the shutdown. This offer is available every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 11 am to 1 pm starting January 2nd, 2019 and ending January 11th, 2019 to any person who shows a current Federal Government employment ID.
And if you have always wanted to learn to knit, Fibre Space (1319 Prince Street) is offering knitting classes for furloughed federal workers. Sessions run Wednesday through Friday at 2 pm and another at 3 pm. If you can knit but need to learn purl and ribbing, come at 3:30! For those who can knit and purl already, they will add brioche classes next week!
First Night Alexandria is an annual New Year’s Eve music festival and the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the DC area. The fun for the family begins at 2PM. Entertainment starts at 7PM around Old Town. And, of course, there will be a fireworks display—the only one in the DC area—over the Potomac River at midnight.
Old Town will showcase more than 100 performers at 25 warm indoor venues. New this year is a Kids Karnival for children 12 years old and younger at three locations from 6 to 9PM that includes face painting, games and a kids’ countdown; a bigger-than-ever party at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial featuring Magician Mike Rose, dance parties with DJ Good Times and fireworks viewing from the lawn; and a Variety Showcase from 8 to 10 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church featuring comedians and spoken word poets.
And there is always the Fun Hunt for both kids and adults. Teams can pick up a clue sheet at the Torpedo Factory, search for items on the list, and return the completed sheet for a chance to win money, vouchers, games and merchandise.
Tickets are $30 December 1-30, 2018 and $35 December 31, 2018. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult with a badge and active military get in free.
Del Ray now has an option for fresh-caught seafood and craft cocktails when Catch On The Ave. opened this week. The new restaurant from Common Plate Hospitality opened at 2419 Mount Vernon Avenue.
Chef Eric Reid, formerly at now-shuttered Reserve in D.C., also runs the kitchen at months-old sister spot Augie’s Mussel House nearby. His offerings at Catch all sound amazing.
Entrees such as beer-battered cod and chips, fish and grits, and pecan-crusted mahi mahi are offered. Brunch features tuna ribs, bacon cinnamon roll, barbecue octopus, and (wait for it) buttermilk biscuits with crab fat butter.
The family-friendly eatery will also serve a “Build Your Own Bento” kid’s menu featuring a choice of protein and three sides.
Hours will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.
Alexandria natives Chad Sparrow, Justin Sparrow, and Larry Walston opened Mason Social nearby in 2015 and Augie’s Mussel House this summer. Later this winter, the group plans to open Urbano 116, a traditional Mexican restaurant helmed by award-winning chef and Noma alum Alam Méndez Florián of Mexico City.