Cedar Knoll

By the Gastronomes “At Cedar Knoll, we aim to bring you innovative American cuisine, with elevated French influences, to complement the history and majesty of the views that surround you. Our menu features seasonal ingredients, sourced from local operations such as historic Piscataway Farm and Path Valley Farms collective. No matter what space you choose, you’re sure to have […]

The Westlawn Inn

By the Gastronomes The Westlawn Inn With the beautiful weather upon us, we thought that we would take the 45 minute drive to the Chesapeake Bay and the town of North Beach. North Beach is a walking town with a beautiful boardwalk and beach along the Bay. The town has shopping, antique stores and just […]

Junction Bakery & Bistro

By the Gastronomes Junction Bakery & Bistro 1508 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 703-436-0025 Junctionbakery.com Meet Me At the Junction……for Dinner! Junction Bistro and Bakery is now open for dinner. This Mount Vernon Avenue gem in the Del Ray section of our fair city opened in 2016 serving house made breakfast and lunch fare as […]

River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar

By the Gastronomes River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar In October of 2013 Bill Ross and his wife Caroline Bruder Ross opened their dream…River Bend Bistro in the Hollin Hall shopping center. An accomplished chef, Caroline had always wanted her own place. In 2013 they made it happen and today have a very popular and […]

Hard Times Café – The Old Town Original

By the Gastronomes Hard Times Café – The Old Town Original Washington D.C. may have Ben’s Chili Bowl, but Old Town Alexandria has Hard Times Café…so does Fairfax, Fredericksburg (2), Springfield, Rockville and College Park, Maryland. With winter finally here, we decided that a visit to Hard Times Café for some chili and a sandwich […]

Grateful Kitchen Company – Here’s To Your Health!

By the Gastronomes Grateful Kitchen Company – Here’s To Your Health! Well…..I’m going to have to confess that neither of us has frequented many eateries that cater totally to healthy cuisine. This is obvious if you ever see us in person. This year, however, one of us has decided to “try” to take a healthier […]

Tequila & Taco

By the Gastronomes Tequila & Taco If you are looking for a new place to take a break from the rigors of holiday shopping in Old Town, take the short drive to “New Town” and visit Tequila & Taco on John Carlyle Street in the heart of John Carlyle Square. The Square is located between […]

The Executive Diner – A New Twist On An Old Concept

By the Gastronomes   The Executive Diner – A New Twist On An Old Concept   Just like the website says, “This is not your typical diner.” The Executive Diner is a combination of the old school diner of our youth – well, many of us – and the new concept of the interior of […]

Old House Cosmopolitan Grill – A Taste of Germany In Old Town!

By the Gastronomes Old House Cosmopolitan Grill – A Taste of Germany In Old Town! When we started the Old Town Crier in 1988 our first office was in the 100 block of North Henry Street. On the east corner of North Henry and Cameron Street a small restaurant opened called Pasta Peasant that was […]

Augie’s Mussel House

By the Gastronomes Augie’s Mussel House This Dining Out is going to be a little bit different than the norm. Consider it more of a teaser of bigger things to come than a showcase. Augie’s Mussel House recently opened in the old space that we affectionately knew for many years as Le Gaulois at 1106 […]