Crustacean Cuisine In the Harbor – Crab Cake Café and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls

By the Gastronomes Crustacean Cuisine In the Harbor – Crab Cake Café and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls We can’t think of anything better on a summer day than a good crab cake sandwich or a fresh lobster roll and there are two locations on the waterfront in National Harbor that specialize in both. Crab Cake […]

The Harbour Grille – New Kid On the River!

By the Gastronomes The Harbour Grille – New Kid On the River! This month we did our Road Trip to beautiful Occoquan, Virginia so we decided to visit our friend Troy Clayton and see how his new restaurant was coming along. The Harbour Grille is only a short distance from Occoquan on the Occoquan River […]

Al Fresco Dining

“Al Fresco Dining” With nice weather finally here, we thought it a good time to check out some of our favorite outdoor dining venues in and around Old Town Alexandria. The phrase “al fresco” is borrowed from Italian for “in the cool air”. Warm days and cool evenings make for a unique experience when it […]

La Trattoria Old Town – Le Dolce Vita on Washington Street

By the Gastronomes La Trattoria Old Town – Le Dolce Vita on Washington Street This month we decided to give the new La Trattoria Old Town a try. As most of you know, the restaurant is not new, but the ownership, management and style is certainly new. Let me start off by sharing one of […]

Bastille Brasserie & Bar

By the Gastronomes   Bastille Brasserie & Bar With the romantic month of February in full swing, we decided to check out Bastille Brasserie & Bar. The restaurant was formerly located at the north end of Old Town on Royal Street but when the new Asher Condos opened on Fayette Street, Chefs Christophe and Michelle […]

Teppanyaki Anyone??

By The Gastronomes Teppanyaki Anyone??   Let’s start out with the basics. What exactly is teppanyaki? According to the gurus I consulted via Google, it is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, […]

Landini Brothers – Setting the Standard in Old Town!

By the Gastronomes   Landini Brothers – Setting the Standard in Old Town! The above moniker for one of Old Town’s most iconic restaurants has graced the pages of the Old Town Crier more than once over the past 29 plus years. Landini Brothers Restaurant opened their doors in 1979 and has been a favorite […]

Mackie’s Bar & Grill- Not Just Another Steakhouse

By the Gastronomes Mackie’s Bar & Grill – Not Just Another Steakhouse With the cool weather approaching we thought it a good time to make a return to Mackie’s Bar & Grill on their 3rd anniversary. We are very familiar with this uptown eatery and enjoy lunch there quite often. We believe the key to […]

Hank’s Pasta Bar

By G & T Hank’s Pasta Bar Rustic Chic Italian In Old Town Alexandria With the temps beginning to cool and the introduction of their new fall menu, we decided to go to Hank’s Pasta Bar in Old Town for this months restaurant showcase. Having opened in February of 2016, Hank’s has made an impact […]

Ramparts Tavern & Grill

By Lani Gering Ramparts Tavern & Grill Football Fare – Something for Everyone! We have to start this column out with a bit of a true confession….it has been a “while” since either one of us has been in Ramparts to drink or dine. In fact it has been well over a year – I […]