Lifestyle, Restaurants

Alexandria’s RT’s Named A 2018 Best Southern Restaurant

According to Open Table’s new list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America 2018, Alexandria’s RT’s Restaurant is one of the best.  It was the only representative from the entire state of Virginia.  The Mount Vernon Avenue classic has been offering authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine for more than 30 years.

The list includes restaurants from 14 states and Washington, D.C. but only 10 of those states are Southern.

The rankings are based on 12 million reviews on Open Table for over 27,000 restaurants in 50 states and DC.

If you’ve never tried RT’s, Alexandria Restaurant Week (August 17-26) is a great time to give it a go. They will be offering a $35 three-course dinner and $22 lunch.

Click here to see the full list of the Best Southern Restaurants in America 2018.


Events, Local Business

Ninth Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

The 9th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 in Old Town and Del Ray.

The event is led by Visit Alexandria in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association.  More than 50 local Alexandria boutiques will be offering summer merchandise at up to 80 percent off.  If it rains, sidewalk tables will be brought inside.

If you are looking for end-of-summer savings on clothes, jewelry, home decor, culinary goods, and gift items this is the event for you.  Participating stores include The Shoe Hive, Periwinkle, The Lucky Knot, The Dog Park, fibre space, Pacers Running and Kiskadee.  Boutiques with yellow balloon markers outside of their storefronts are in on the sale.

The city will provide free parking at meters in Old Town on both Saturday and Sunday; parking is free in Del Ray.

For a complete list of all participating businesses and examples of sale items, visit:


Fourth of July in the AVA

Fourth of July is coming!  America is turning 242 – Happy Birthday America!  With the Fourth on a Wednesday, Alexandria will celebrate on the weekend after the Fourth.  So, on Saturday, July 7th, grab a chair or a blanket and go on down to Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison Street).

From 6:00 -10:00PM, visitors can enjoy live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Jon Kalbfleisch.  There will also be patriotic birthday cake, food vendors and, of course, fireworks.

Refreshments such as ice cream, hot dogs, Thai food, pizza, barbeque sandwiches, snow cones and kettle corn will be available for purchase.  But you can always back your own food!

The schedule is as follows:

6:00PM – Performance by U.S. Navy Band Commodores

7:30PM – Town Crier announces Mayor Allison Silberberg; poetry reading by Wendi R. Kaplan

8:00PM. – Distribution of birthday cake by the mayor and members of City Council

8:30PM – Performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra; Jon Kalbfleisch, Guest Conductor

9:30PM – Grand finale fireworks display with cannon support

Admission, like America, is free!  In the case of inclement weather, only fireworks will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 8, at 9:30PM.



Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair 2018

The Annual Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair is this weekend.  Come to Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street) on Saturday, June 09, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the fun.

Take a walk down King Street to Waterfront Park and you can enjoy jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, painters, fabric artists, and much much more.

Food will be available from:  Bunny & the Bear Food Festival (smoothies, lemonade), ROCKLANDS Barbeque and Grilling Company, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, and Together We Bake.

Local beer from Port City Brewing Company will be sold.

Everyone will have a chance to leave their mark on a boat with paint.  And face painting will be available from 10am-3pm and as well as Henna art for all ages!

It is sponsored by Volunteer Alexandria.