8 Places We Love in Old Town Alexandria (Besides Restaurant Eve)

By Rina Rapuano  |  March 25, 2014
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When asked about places people love in Old Town, the name Restaurant Eve pops up over and over again. And for good reason - chef-owner Cathal Armstrong is currently that city’s most well-known local restaurateur. But the simple fact is that just about every person in the area knows about Restaurant Eve, so listing it as something notable in Old Town would hardly be useful. Here are eight (other) reasons to visit Old Town Alexandria, places that are every bit as unique as that quaint, historic town.

  • Taverna Cretekou

    There's a reason this Old Town mainstay has been in business for 40 years. People love its lush patio, its welcoming vibe and, of course, its reliable, homey Greek food. 

    818 King St.; 703-548-8688

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    Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier

    Newish chef de cuisine Harper McClure and pastry chef Erin Reed have reinvigorated this Lorien Hotel & Spa restaurant - along with exuberant sommelier Matt Carroll. You'll find well-done dishes that play to the middle - as is necessary at a hotel restaurant - but also plates that cater to more adventurous eaters, like smoked duck carpaccio with quince or a panna cotta flavored with savory cheese.

    1600 King St.; 703-894-3440

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    Brabo Tasting Room

    Run by the same team that orchestrates the kitchen next door? Yes. But we think this casual spot with outstanding mussels, flatbreads, salads and sandwiches is a destination spot all on its own. 

    1600 King St.; 703-894-3440

  • La Fromagerie

    This wine and cheese shop has a casual bistro that turns out wonderfully fresh and seasonal salads as well as creative sandwiches like the rabbit "cheesesteak" and a wild boar meatball sub. If that's too creative for you, there's also corned beef and ham and cheese.

    1222 King St.; 703-879-2467

  • Misha’s

    This coffee shop roasts its own beans, meaning the staff knows its stuff - and explains the fervent local following among coffee aficionados. Grab a cup of brew or a carefully crafted espresso drink and while away an afternoon. 

    102 S. Patrick St.; 703-548-4089

  • Nickell’s & Scheffler

    A roster of sandwiches featuring house-roasted meats, a fridge case full of flavor-packed seasonal salads and warm entrees like crab cakes make for a perfect midday pit stop. Somehow, this little dine-in or take-out gourmet deli manages to be nothing fancy and something special at the same time.  

    1028 King St.; 703-549-5545

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    Society Fair

    Yes, it's owned by Cathal Armstrong, chef-owner of Restaurant Eve. But each restaurant must be judged by its own merits, and this wine bistro and market is a place we find ourselves popping into again and again. Consider it Eve's casual little sister. 

    277 S. Washington St.; 703-683-3247

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    Chef William Morris' style runs the gamut from delicate to robust, with each dish revealing an artistic eye and each ingredient sourced as locally as possible. The dining room feels romantic and special occasion-like with its exposed brick and rich color palette - but never stuffy.

    1120 King St.; 703-684-9669