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In the Before Times, it was easy to know what to do in the face of extreme weather: Dine indoors.
Like an old friend that you know you can rely on year after year, Alexandria’s summer Restaurant Week is almost here once more.
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.
New restaurants, new chefs, new sweet treats – it’s a time of change in Alexandria’s restaurant world.
If there’s one feature that was prized above almost all others in the restaurant world this past year, it’s outdoor seating.
Pizza, beer and custard.
Openings, closures and coming-soons – it’s a busy time in the Alexandria restaurant scene.
A tasting tour of Del Ray, a beer garden with all the fixings and – get ready – yoga with cats.
Let’s face it: It’s been a year of cooking at home.
Summertime is about to get a lot sweeter.
Closures and openings – sometimes with one restaurant over the course of several days! – is the theme of the moment in the Alexandria food scene.
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.
With the latest cold snap behind us, it’s time to turn to picnics.
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.
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.
This week marks a year since Alexandria’s Covid-19 lockdown rules went into effect, sparking a year of pivoting, changing and adapting.
Ah, the smell of pastries – there’s really nothing like it.
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.
New eateries, renovated restaurants, decade-old breweries and wine with felines: It’s just another month in Alexandria’s food and drink scene.
Love is in the air – and what better way to show your adoration than with a special restaurant menu for Valentine’s Day?
Just in time for a January cold snap, Old Town North has gotten a little bit warmer.
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.
Sometimes, the time is right even when it doesn’t seem like the time is right at all.
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.
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.
Some years, the thrill in the kitchen is gone.
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.
There’s no getting around the fact that this year has been an incredibly challenging one for restaurants and their owners.
It’s been an oft-repeated refrain this autumn: Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year.
The first thing you need to know about Wooboi Chicken: The restaurant takes its spices seriously.
It’s no secret that times are tough across the restaurant industry nationwide.
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.
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.
Over the past six months, restaurants across Alexandria have had to get creative in the face of unprecedented challenges.
When the mercury drops on the thermometer, it’s time to seek out a bit of warmth with your meals.
Cat lovers of the region, rejoice: Alexandria’s first cat café is on the loose.
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.