Restaurants for June 2016
For this months restaurant we thought that we would highlight our favorites and give you a little insight as to what they are. Here in so particular are the best!
Ramparts Tavern & Grill
A tradition in Alexandria for over 30 years Ramparts has been a local place serving quality food at a very reasonable price. The newly renovated dining room is a calm respite from one of the best local bars in Alexandria. With different lunch and dinner special every day there is a variety from the regular menu serving great soups and salads to their focus on hearty servings of beef, ribs, pork and seafood. Prices are in the moderate range and check out their monthly specials.
Union Street Public House
Occupying a renovated Colonial warehouse, USPH has been serving revolutionary American cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere since 1986. Locals and out- of-towners alike flock to the waterfront location for fresh seafood, grilled steaks, and a taste of Old Town’s “favorite tap and grill.” The Oyster Bar is one of Old Town’s best-kept secrets where you can get the freshest catch from the Chesapeake Bay.
A relative newcomer to Alexandria, T.J.’s made an immediate impression with their house specialty of barbecue, steaks and southern cuisine. The bar area is separated from the masculine dining room which has one of the few wood burning fireplaces. Not necessary now, but you get the idea. They have a craft beer selection that is huge. This is casual dining at a very moderate price.
River Bend Bistro
Going into their second year, River Bend has made a great addition to the Hollin Hall/ Mount Vernon area. At a very reasonable cost you can enjoy Chef Caroline’s excellent selections as well as daily specials. Even though it is located in the Hollin Hall shopping center it is worth the destination…ample free parking and a great wine selection. Simple good food and quality wines.” What more could one ask?
Mackie’s Bar & Grill
For true connoisseurs of good food, good friends and the perfect steak- Mackie’s is where you’ll find all three at their uncomplicated best. Serving a melt-in-your-mouth dry aged steak combined with the fun of dinner at a friend’s house…this is Mackie’s. The bar out front with all of today’s sports playing is engaging and lively while the heavy glass door to the dining room offers a quite respite.
Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub
Opened in 1978, Murphy’s is located in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. This authentic Irish Pub was opened by friends and family with a passion for their Irish heritage and the desire to bring traditional Irish food and entertainment to their community at affordable prices. Hearty food at a very reasonable price and entertainment every night is the benchmark that Murphy’s has set.
The newest addition to the Fat City Restaurant Group, City Kitchen is inspired by foods found in cities across America with a toast to their craft brews, wines, and spirits. American food has become a blend of traditional American dishes and those from around the world. Another restaurant in a shopping center…free parking…the décor is a reflection of American industry with iron, concrete, wood, and steel. Pops of leather, bronze and copper colors warm it up along with their fireplace.
Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar
Born in Ireland, raised in Old Town, shipped 4,527 miles and 400 years young and called after Ireland’s greatest patriot, Daniel O’Connell. All of the furnishings in O’Connell’s were imported from Irish churches and castles. Food choices range from traditional Irish to Virginia Bone-In Pork Chop, steaks and seafood. The prices are very reasonable and the food is hearty and the Guinness is cold.
The Pita House is an authentic Lebanese, Middle Eastern Restaurant. They specialize in Kabobs, Baba Ghanoui, Hommos and Falafel. The restaurant also offers a great selection of vegetarian options and delicious Mediterranean desserts. The Pita House is family owned and has been serving authentic Mediterranean dishes since 1992.
Located in the west end of Alexandria, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria’s best-kept secrets. This elegant but unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Tempo’s menu displays a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine, featuring fresh seafood. Owned and operated by local Alexandrians, Tempo has been a favorite destination for many.
Chadwicks is a throw back to the restaurant heydays of the 1960’s and 70’s. With one of the largest bars in Alexandria, Chadwicks has been serving up quality food in a casual environment for over 30 years. The portions are large while the price is reasonable. Upstairs seating has a great view of the Potomac River. The menu offers just about anything you want with my favorite being the Chicken Virginia…a must try.
Geranio Restaurant has progressed through a multi year metamorphosis, focusing on Italian ingredients and methodology. The cooking is a conglomeration of Chef/Owner Troy Clayton’s life-long travels and experience in Europe, Asia and the United States. The menu changes with the seasons and available ingredients. This is elegant dining in an elegant atmosphere.
Cedar Knoll is a historic restaurant with sweeping views of the Potomac River, and has recently reopened with a flair that is provided by the new young owners. The restaurant was built around a log cabin dating back to the early 1800’s, so the history is apparent from the moment you step in. The menu selections are extensive with a nod toward the unique. The view can’t be beat.
The Fish Market
The Internationally famous Fish Market has been an Old Town staple since 1976! They brag about offering the best and freshest seafood in Northern Virginia. We will vouch that it is pretty darn good. This is a great place to treat Dad to an ice cold schooner of beer, oysters on the half shell, and some steamed shrimp!
Bastille is French dining at its best. This award winning brasserie and wine bar located in old Town has continued to offer guests a contemporary spin on French cuisine set within a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere. Bastille’s creations are sparked by the use of seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients.
Featuring the cuisine and culture that has made Tuscany the most popular region in Italy; the same can be said about Landini Brothers, an Old Town destination for regulars, locals, tourists and business travelers. Opened in 1979, Landini’s has been one of Alexandria’s most popular and successful restaurants. Experience the spirit and flavors of Tuscany in a casually elegant environment.