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Appetite: Off the Menu: 4 Alexandria Restaurants With Weather-Resistant Outdoor Dining

In the Before Times, it was easy to know what to do in the face of extreme weather: Dine indoors.

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Appetite: Dine In, Out or at Home During This Summer Alexandria Restaurant Week

Like an old friend that you know you can rely on year after year, Alexandria’s summer Restaurant Week is almost here once more.

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Appetite: 4 Dates to Circle in August

International cuisine, a cat café’s first birthday, a beer dinner and Alexandria’s summertime celebration of restaurants – the month ahead is shaping up to be a busy one. Here are some of your best bets.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

New restaurants, new chefs, new sweet treats – it’s a time of change in Alexandria’s restaurant world.

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Appetite: Chadwicks to Offer New Outdoor Seating With Patio, Balcony in Alexandria

If there’s one feature that was prized above almost all others in the restaurant world this past year, it’s outdoor seating.

Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

Openings, closures and coming-soons – it’s a busy time in the Alexandria restaurant scene.

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Appetite: Dates to Circle in June

A tasting tour of Del Ray, a beer garden with all the fixings and – get ready – yoga with cats.

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Appetite: 4 Alexandria Restaurants to Supply Your Memorial Day Cookout

Let’s face it: It’s been a year of cooking at home.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

Closures and openings – sometimes with one restaurant over the course of several days! – is the theme of the moment in the Alexandria food scene.

Appetite: Get Some Fresh Air: 3 Spots for Al Fresco Dining in Alexandria

Outdoor dining has been a necessity for restaurant-goers over the past year, but now that the weather is warming up (hello, surprise 85-degree April days!), it’s becoming a luxury, as well.

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Appetite: 4 Alexandria Eateries to Pack a Picnic

With the latest cold snap behind us, it’s time to turn to picnics.

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Appetite: Restaurants, Breweries Bloom with New Growth This Springtime in Alexandria

As the weather warms up and the dogwoods begin to blossom, it seems a perfect time to celebrate spring – and all the outdoor dining it entails.

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Appetite: ESP Tea and Coffee Brings New Faces and Focus to King Street in Alexandria

About two months ago, King Street saw the rebirth of a familiar coffee shop with a renewed name, all set to rise from the ashes.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Restaurant News and Notes

This week marks a year since Alexandria’s Covid-19 lockdown rules went into effect, sparking a year of pivoting, changing and adapting.

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Appetite: Plant-Based Cottage Bakery Coming to Del Ray

Ah, the smell of pastries – there’s really nothing like it.

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Appetite: 4 Black-Owned Alexandria Eateries to Add to Your Feast

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: There are many, many more Black-owned restaurants, cafes and eateries in and around Alexandria than this humble column can contain.

Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

New eateries, renovated restaurants, decade-old breweries and wine with felines: It’s just another month in Alexandria’s food and drink scene.

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Appetite: Three Alexandria Restaurants You’ll Love This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air – and what better way to show your adoration than with a special restaurant menu for Valentine’s Day?

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Appetite: St. Elmo’s Comes to Old Town Alexandria (with Cocktails)

Just in time for a January cold snap, Old Town North has gotten a little bit warmer.

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Appetite: Get Ready for Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week – To Go

After last summer’s Alexandria Restaurant Week, you know the drill by now: Instead of simply offering dine-in deals, restaurants are offering up takeout or curbside options as well.

Appetite: Stomping Ground Owner to Launch New Eatery with Mae’s Market and Café in Alexandria

Sometimes, the time is right even when it doesn’t seem like the time is right at all.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

Permanent restaurant closures, temporary shutdowns for renovations AND a winter showcase of local restaurants (and their takeout fare): It’s been a busy week since the new year began.

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Appetite: Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers to Support Alexandria Restaurants

Let’s face it: Sometimes, you find yourself at Christmas Eve Eve and still have yet to procure a gift or two for some loved ones on your list.

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Appetite: 4 Alexandria Restaurants Ready With Your Christmas Meal

Some years, the thrill in the kitchen is gone.

Appetite: Support Restaurants By Ordering Delivery in Alexandria

To give restaurants an extra boost while still staying home, order from establishments that offer their own delivery service.

When it comes to restaurant food delivery, there are two schools of thought: Spend all your dining-out money at the restaurant itself, or spread the wealth by ordering through a delivery service like GrubHub or UberEats.

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Appetite: Despite Challenging Year, Gratitude Abounds for Alexandria Restaurant Owners

There’s no getting around the fact that this year has been an incredibly challenging one for restaurants and their owners.

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Appetite: 4 Alexandria Restaurant Options for a Socially Distant Thanksgiving

It’s been an oft-repeated refrain this autumn: Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year.

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Appetite: Wooboi Chicken Sizzles Into Old Town Alexandria

The first thing you need to know about Wooboi Chicken: The restaurant takes its spices seriously.

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Appetite: Hangry Panda, Food Trucks Navigate New Avenues

It’s no secret that times are tough across the restaurant industry nationwide.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Restaurant Notes From Around Town in Alexandria

Though the Covid-19 pandemic marches on, there are signs of life across the city’s restaurants as new enterprises launch and old favorites re-emerge.

Appetite: Alexandria: Hank & Mitzi’s Chef Edwards Wins Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Through multiple courses, battling multiple competitors, Hank & Mitzi’s own Chef Chris Edwards came out on top of the Food Network’s “Chopped” competition last week, facing off against competitors from across the country – and Edwards’ own back yard in Alexandria.

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9 Spots for Outdoor Dining in Alexandria

Over the past six months, restaurants across Alexandria have had to get creative in the face of unprecedented challenges.

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Appetite: 3 Spots for a Warm Meal on an Autumn Day in Alexandria

When the mercury drops on the thermometer, it’s time to seek out a bit of warmth with your meals.

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Appetite: Calling All Cats: Mount Purrnon Offers Cuddles, Rescue on the Menu in Alexandria

Cat lovers of the region, rejoice: Alexandria’s first cat café is on the loose.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News Notes

The shift from summer hasn’t stopped progress: A Del Ray gelato shop nears its dawn, a Chinese restaurant in North Old Town makes a foray outside and a hotel restaurant gets a makeover in name and menu.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News Notes

From more time to pick up great restaurant deals to lifting a glass at a new outdoor watering hole to carb-loading with thick and chewy bagels, the city is bursting with flavors. Here’s a rundown of the latest news.

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Appetite: This Alexandria Restaurant Week Gives New Meaning to “In-House”

While indoor dining has been curtailed in many restaurants due to social distancing requirements, this summer’s festival of local food is moving to another exclusive locale: Your home.

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Appetite: The Chewish Deli Almost Ready to Open in Alexandria

Bagel lovers, rejoice. Soon, a new bagel shop will be opening its doors in Old Town Alexandria, providing a bit more chew to the morning meal.

Appetite: Thai Signature Wants to Leave Its Mark on King Street in Alexandria

Nestled in the heart of King Street, there’s a new Thai flavor coming to town.

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Appetite: Del Ray Boccato to Keep Mount Vernon Avenue Cool in Alexandria

In the dog days of a pandemic summer, a new beacon of cold treats has begun to shine in Del Ray, its light getting brighter day by day prior to its opening in just a few weeks.

Appetite: Say Hello to Hank & Mitzi’s This Month in Alexandria

Soon, the aroma of rich Italian food will once more waft from the corner of Montgomery Street and St. Asaph Street.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News Notes

From more ways to get bagels to new restaurants opening their doors to welcoming back an old favorite, there are certainly signs of life amongst the city’s eateries again.

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Appetite: Dining Out, Phase 3: Two Restaurateurs Discuss the Latest in Alexandria

Now that Alexandria is solidly in Phase 3 of the Virginia Forward reopening plan, restaurants and cafes are wide open – with social distancing in place – both inside and out.

Appetite: Not Ready for Indoor Dining? Eat Al Fresco Here in Alexandria

Here on the precipice of Virginia’s Phase 3 of reopening, most of Alexandria’s restaurants are back to business as usual – within the scope of a major pandemic, that is.

Appetite: On the Menu: Goings-On in Alexandria Restaurants

From permanent restaurant closures to a focus on private parties to wholesalers becoming direct-to-consumer distributors, the pandemic has brought with it quite a few changes to the area’s food-and-drink landscape.

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Appetite: How Are Restaurants Handling Phase 2 in Alexandria?

As Phase 2 of the state’s Forward Virginia plan nears the end of its first week in Alexandria, restaurants are settling into the new rules in different ways.

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Appetite: 4 Ingredients for a Stellar Pandemic Picnic

A Friday-night picnic under the stars may look a little different in this age of social-distancing, but the weather waits for no pandemic, and the nights have turned warm and balmy.

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Appetite: Food Trucks Lift Spirits, Bring Community to Cameron Station

It’s a tale as old as time: Communities finding common ground with food, sharing meals together, looking forward to events that center on a family meal, a special occasion.

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