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07 May, 2015

Four Restaurants You Won’t Find Anywhere Outside The Dining Scene in Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia is a great place to live. This thriving community is pet-friendly, teeming with plenty of recreational activities, and routinely tops lists of best places to live. The city’s dining scene is yet another reason to love this great city as well. Alexandria is home to some of the Washington, D.C. area’s best restaurants, but you have to know where to find them. Use this guide to soak up the best of the dining scene in Alexandria and, before you know it, your taste buds will be just as happy as you are with your luxurious apartment at the Frasier. Here’s to tasty eats!

Restaurant Eve

Perhaps Alexandria’s most acclaimed restaurant, Restaurant Eve (100 S. Pitt Street) serves true farm-to-table cuisine in an elegant setting. Many of the dishes you’ll find on your plate are plucked right from the restaurant’s on-site garden. And the food is spectacular. Look forward to inventive, dynamic entrees like terrine of Moulard duck foie gras with Stayman apple butter and brioche or Turbot with Castelvetrano olives, Finca Sierra La Solana Manchego, and Pimenton-shellfish nage. Finish off your meal with a decadent options like Chuao chocolate cream with coffee cake and cinnamon crème fraîche. As if that wasn’t enough, the drinks here are worth writing home about. D.C.’s premiere mixologist Todd Thrasher whips up some of the city’s most inventive drinks—featuring many fresh ingredients from the garden. We’d suggest shelling out for the tasting menu and ordering at least one cocktail. Head here at night for a truly magical atmosphere.

 

Hank’s Oyster Bar

As this restaurant’s name will tell you, specialties at the Alexandria outpost of this regional chain include seafood like raw oysters, clams, and lobster rolls. Guests will enjoy a modern setting complete with a light-filled dining room in a former Old Town townhouse. Highlights at Hank’s Oyster Bar (1026 King Street) include the lobster po’ boy, crabcakes, burgers and fried oysters. This restaurant also offers a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktail options. If you want to go local, we’d recommend the Port City Brewing Company pale ale from the notable Alexandria craft beer company. Pair this beer with the fried oysters for one memorable meal. Head here during the afternoon with friends and at night if you’re on a date.

 

A La Lucia

For hearty Italian fare served in a romantic setting, head to A La Lucia (315 Madison Street). Specialties here include brick-oven pizzas, pastas, salads, and grilled seafood. We’d suggest the cannoli or Tiramisu for dessert. Visit this restaurant in the afternoon to dine alfresco if the weather’s nice. Enjoy the sunshine with a big glass of Italian wine—a specialty here—and a tasty pizza pie.

 

Alexandria Cupcake

You’ve got us: this isn’t a restaurant, per se. But Alexandria Cupcake (1022 King Street) is a not-to-be-missed spot in Old Town. Head inside this hallowed old town house and find a gorgeous, well-lit display of cupcakes behind a glass case. We’d recommend shelling out for the classic flavors like red velvet, vanilla bean, or strawberry. If you’d prefer a more daring option, try this shop’s signature Rosewater cupcake. This treat features rosewater cake topped with rosewater glaze and a fresh raspberry. This is the perfect place to grab dessert after a meal or just to stop by on a short and sweet date.

 

Now that you know where to nab some of Alexandria’s best cuisine, you’ll need a great place to live in the city. And make that pick The Frasier. This amenity-packed building has plenty to offer. Get in touch with Bozzuto today to start the leasing process. Before you know it, you’ll be living in your dream home in a great, perfect-for-food-lovers city.

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