10 days, 2 weekends, 60 Alexandria restaurants: Alexandria Restaurant Week is back and better than ever. From January 23-February 1, 2015, the award-winning restaurants of Old Town, Del Ray and neighborhoods across Alexandria are offering delectable deals on everything from fine dining to family favorites with either a $35 three course dinner OR a $35 dinner for two. Plus, for the very first time, more than two dozen restaurants are also offering lunch specials at $10, $15 or $20 per person. Ready to expand your foodie horizons? Read on to get the scrumptious scoop!

 

1. New Names

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This winter’s Restaurant Week features special menus from top-notch new participants, including BRABO Tasting Room, serving up casual Belgian fare, and Taverna Cretekou, an Old Town favorite for classic Greek cuisine, alongside Alexandria newcomers City Kitchen and Mackie’s Bar & Grill. (And you thought you were already excited.)

To create your own Restaurant Week bite-inerary, strategic foodies can browse a special flipbook featuring nearly all of this winter’s Restaurant Week menus here. Looking for an excuse to sample tiramisu with homemade mascarpone (via Geranio)? Or maybe a bacon-candy-with-fried-egg BLT (Trademark Drink and Eat)? You don’t really need an excuse, but the menu flipbook’s got your back.

 

2. All-new Lunch Option

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That’s right—now you can enjoy Restaurant Week specials all day, everyday (well, almost), with an all-new lunch option at $10-20 per person from more than two dozen restaurants including Vermilion, A la Lucia, The Majestic and BRABO Tasting Room. That turkey sandwich you brought to work doesn’t look so appealing now, does it?

 

3. New Menu Sneak Peek

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Visit Teaism Old Town for a sneak preview of its upcoming menu “reboot,” rolling out at all four Teaism locations in late February. The new menu features more local, sustainable and healthy options, including beef from Roseda Farms in Maryland, ABF and GMO-free local chicken, “clean fish” certified salmon and more organic products, as well as go-to vegan dishes and special soups and stews made to warm you up in cold weather.

 

4. Exotic Entrées (and Local Cuisine!)

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Some truly extraordinary entrées dot this year’s menus. For example: partake in your own feeding frenzy of mako shark au poivre with Swiss chard, baby turnips, red wine reduction and herb oil at Jackson 20, or enjoy wild boar pappardelle at T. J. Stone’s. At Evening Star Café in Del Ray, go local with Virginia peanut soup starring Granny Smith apple and bacon jam, or chow down on Southern Virginia clams with braised kale.

 

5. Drink Specials

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This Restaurant Week, you can have your cake and a drink too. La Tasca offers three tapas and dessert plus a glass of wine or sangria, and King Street Blues lets you get down with an entrée, dessert and your choice of a glass of house wine or draft beer. Additionally, a number of restaurants will swap out a third course for a drink. At Grape + Bean, pair an appetizer and entrée with a selection of reserve wines, or dive into margaritas casa plus an appetizer and two entrées at Casa Felipe.

 

Check out Restaurant Week participants, browse menus and make reservations here.

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