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  1. According to Washington Business Journal (which I can't actually read 😡) the folks from Virtue Feed and Grain are taking over the Carluccio space: "Here's Who's Taking Over the Former Carluccio's Space in Old Town Alexandria" by Rebecca Cooper on bizjournals.com It will be interesting to see what concept they go with; especially with Virtue being diagonally across the street.
  2. Tried out Hummingbird last night. It's a beautiful setting; especially on their patio overlooking the Potomac. The staff was attentive and gave good recommendations. We had a group that was slow gathering and the staff didn't rush us, and they helped us to enjoy extended visit. The bar service was generous and well-prepared. We had a dozen oysters which were good, except for the server who delivered them knew zero about the varieties. The crab fritters were terrific and had a nice spicy dipping sauce. We ended up going with the restaurant week meal $35 for 3 courses. I enjoyed the Caesa
  3. The chicken piccata is the daily special....almost every day. It's a huge portion of pounded flat, lightly fried chicken. Get it with the house salad and give it a big squeeze of fresh lemon. I also like to doctor it up a bit with their WONDERFUL roasted red pepper spread too. Simple but satisfying. My daughter raves about the cevapcici. The location is a bit odd in that the space actually used to be part of the Gold's Gym. But today it is its own separate storefront and has a very loyal following.
  4. DRP Belle Haven has been wildly successful since it opened in the spring. The bar is a great spot to grab an beer and burger after work....if you can get a stool. The buffalo chicken pizza, burgers, wings and steak salad are all hits with our family. Not a big fan of the nachos (which are oddly composed) or the duck, which was downright mushy when I tried the Ruben sandwich. This past summer they opened the terrific patio on one side (with cornhole to entertain the kids while waiting for your food) and a seasonal frozen custard stand on the other side. This outpost has rapidly become a mu
  5. Mamma's kitchen is a regular for our family. It's not fancy, but the quality is reliable and the service quite good. I love their Greek salad with gyro meat; as well as the gyro. I also enjoy their three dip appetizer too. The owner, Marianna, grew up in the Greek restaurant family business and runs a tight ship. They have a very steady lunch and dinner business...but I've seldom had a wait. The exception to that rule seems to be when they are sponsoring a fundraiser for a local school. And despite their awkward location, just off Rt. 1, there is an absolutely lovely patio for outdoor d
  6. I love some oysters on the half shell....but this article has me reconsidering. Yuck.
  7. The slow service continues to be standard....and somewhat baffling. I LOVE their quiche. It's light, fluffy and flavorful. It comes with a simple but well-dressed side salad and is a terrific breakfast or lunch item. Clearly, it's been baked in advance. Why, then, does it take more than 20 minutes for it to be ready for me to carry out (or eat-in!) Yes, there are a few other customers in the cafe...but time management is definitely an issue. That said, the baked, pastry goods are consistently delicious and beautifully prepared. That is easily the strength of the establishment....and w
  8. This new venture opened recently in the Belle View Shopping Center, just a bit south of the beltway, off the GW Parkway. it has taken literally YEARS for their doors to open, but I'm glad they finally have done it. they seem to be first and fore-most a bakery of BEAUTIFUL European-style breads and pastries. However, in recent days they are adding to their cafe menu. there doesn't seem to be a regular standing menu for the cafe food. Each day's menu is posted on a chalk board outside and posted on their Facebook page (where they post captivating photos of dishes while they are being prepped in
  9. This is my go-to for Cupcakes in Alexandria. light and flavorful cake and creamy icing. they have some interesting combinations...but nothing too complicated either. the service is always friendly and helpful.
  10. we have eaten at zento or carried-out three times this month. They are on my husband's way home from work and are the perfect spot to meet-up or have him grab carry-out. the sushi is very fresh and well prepared. We LOVE the shrimp goyza! Really light and delicious. We've tried the Mexican tuna roll, avocado and tuna roll, spicy tuna roll and some daily special rolls. The daily special rolls are a couple of pieces larger than the regular rolls and worth the additional price. It's a nice addition to North Old town where it's pretty easy to find free parking within a block!
  11. Just spent three nights in Vegas as a plus one for my husband's work trip. There was plenty of mediocrity and a couple of highlights. For some reason I was with folks who were interested in going to "old vegas" style restaurants. But "old vegas" was just tired vegas. We went to Piero's italian restaurant and I was so bored by the menu that I had a difficult time choosing even one dish that interested me. I ended up with the linguine with seafood...which was fine. My husband got the HUGE prime rib. Also fine. They just seemed to care more about serving us HUGE portions rather than mildl
  12. Decided to give The Dandelion Pub's brunch a try largely based on location and the inability to get a reservation at Starr sister restaurant Parc. Dandelion is housed in what seems to be an old Philadelphia home and was delightfully cozy on a chilly fall morning with a fire burning in the fireplace. It was actually a little difficult to identify the restaurant from the street because there wasn't a prominent sign. I was glad I'd kept the street address in my phone. Two of us went with traditional breakfast fare enjoying the 2 inch high, fluffy Brioche french toast and Eggs Benedict. I was
  13. Had a terrific dinner last night at Tinto. I went with one person who is eating Paleo, a somewhat picky 13 year old and an adventurous college freshman. Tinto beautifully met everyone's needs and had us wishing we could return again today. We had an early 5:00 reservation due to a theatre commitment later in the evening. We were surprised that we weren't the only people in the cozy dining room! By the time we left about 6:30 the place was bustling and full of patrons. There was a good deal of debate about which was everyone's favorite shared dish: Spiced meatballs, Duck Confit or Chicke
  14. While attending a Fringe Festival production in the neighborhood we decided to give Xochitl a try for dinner. We were seated right on time and the wait staff was very responsive. They do an interesting take on the table-side guacamole where you get to customize your ingredients. We stuck with pretty basic ingredients, except for shaved black truffle which really didn't add all that much additional richness. We share the ceviche and thought it was very light and citrusy. I had the Shrimp Nogada which was incredibly rich, cheesy and stuffed in a poblano pepper. My daughter had the Pollo Fr
  15. Tony Luke's has actually opened an outpost in Temple University's brand new Morgan Hall dormitory. Reports from my daughter who lives in the dorm are that the lines have been CRAZY long since the moment they opened!
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