There’s no better time to get a taste of our city’s booming dining scene than Alexandria Restaurant Week, with more than 50 restaurants in Old Town, Del Ray and the West End offering deals on gourmet cuisine and casual favorites from August 19-28, 2016. For 10 days and two weekends, diners can choose from either a $35 three-course dinner OR a $35 dinner for two at participating restaurants. And as if that weren’t enough, over two dozen restaurants are offering lunch specials at $10, $15 or $20 per person. Hungry for more? We’ve got the scoop on Restaurant Week right here.
1. New Names and Returning Favorites
Image credit: J. Hughes for Ashlar
Alexandria Restaurant Week features menus from newcomer Ashlar Restaurant and Bar at the recently renovated Morrison House by Kimpton, including a three course prix-fixe menu with options like the Pork City IPA braised pork cheeks. Joining Restaurant Week for the first time is Del Ray’s Bombay Curry Company with dinner for two specials including complementary treats and sides. Recent additions to the Alexandria restaurant scene include Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Tap (check out the fire pit at the outdoor patio!), Sonoma Cellar, and Italian fare market, cafe, and restaurant Carluccio’s. Also returning with fresh new twists to their menus are Restaurant Eve, La Bergerie,Geranio,Del Ray Café and many more.
2. Tempting Lunch Specials
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Why save the best meal for last when you can dive into lunch specials at some of Alexandria’s most-lauded restaurants including a chance to try the new brunch menu at Magnolia’s on King for $20, featuring items such as Chesapeake Benedict, Shrimp & Grits and Pulled Duck BBQ, plus an off-menu entrée of Roasted Porchetta featured on the dinner menu; a $10 two-course lunch menu at Mason Social featuring offerings such as the Marrow Burger, Lamb Meatball Sub and Louisiana BBQ Sliders; and a $10 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Dishes of India. You can find other delicious lunch specials at favorites Vermilion, Jackson 20, Columbia Firehouse, Union Street Public House and more.
3. Mouthwatering Menus
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(Warning: the following paragraph may cause hunger.) These Restaurant Week menus are chock-full of summertime specials, including a three course dinner at Bastille, best enjoyed on the patio; locally sourced seafood on the waterfront at Blackwall Hitch; Louisiana BBQ sliders at Mason Social in Parker-Gray/Braddock; salmon filet with mango salsa and fig-balsamic glaze from the West End’s Tempo Restaurant, and much more. For all my Type A foodies out there, the Alexandria Restaurant Week menu book lets you browse nearly all of this summer’s menus to determine what dishes and deals suit you best.
4. Decadent Desserts
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Diners will have little difficulty satisfying their sweet tooth this Restaurant Week. Just a sample: peanut butter and chocolate icebox pie at Virtue Feed & Grain, Oreo silk torte at Vermilion, circus cake at Society Fair, and lemon bread pudding from Magnolia’s on King. Whichever way you go, make sure to leave room for dessert!
5. Vegetarian Specials
Roasted spiced cauliflower. Image credit: Virtue Feed and Grain
From lunch to dinner, there are plenty of palate-pleasing dishes for all the vegetarians out there. Vegetarians will find ample specials at Daniel O’Connell’s, Il Porto, Laporta’s, Virtue Feed & Grain and more. Try some of the best mac and cheese in the U.S. at Cheesetique in Del Ray, or stop by Dishes of India for authentic Indian curries and vegetarian specials including a $10 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
Check out who’s participating in Restaurant Week, see menus and make reservations here, or check out the menu book below: