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Appetite: Lift a Glass at Virginia Wine Festival

Appetite in Alexandria

Appetite: 3 Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest

3 Ways to Enjoy Oktoberfest

Four Menus to Try for Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week

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Appetite: Try a Taco at These Top Spots

Try a Taco at These Top Spots

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Appetite: Four Beers to Enjoy All Summer Long

Look for the fifth annual release of Port City Brewing’s Derecho at the end of the month.

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Crooked Beat Brings Its Record Collection to Old Town Alexandria

Record Store Day is this Saturday.

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Japanese Hibachi Experiences Blend Entertainment with Dinner.

This week’s cold snap may have shaken most of the cherry blossoms loose, but the month-long celebration of the United States’ friendship with Japan continues apace.

Portner's Brewhouse Reopening This Week

Portner Brewhouse Reopens

Grab a Seat at the Table

For Mount Vernon three-course beer pairing.

Beer in Mount Vernon

Meggrolls Moves from Food Truck to King Street Home

Meggrolls Food Truck

Take Advantage of these Restaurant Week Deals

Restaurant Week in Alexandria

EatsPlace Café Aims to Join Works of Art

The DC-based restaurant “pop-uppery” has set up shop at the Torpedo Factory.

EatsPlace Cafe in the Torpedo Factory.

Nicecream to Add Some Factory Flair to King Street in Alexandria

Amid the blocks of bustling King Street, a new factory is preparing to open. But it doesn’t need an industrial permit to hawk its wares.

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Northside 10 Settles Into Alexandria Neighborhood

It’s true: Being the kid brother of an older, wiser sibling is difficult at times.

Hosting a President for Lunch

Fireflies’ owner looks back on the day President Obama paid her restaurant a visit.

On one summer day in 2014, President Obama found his way to Fireflies in Del Ray for lunch.

Dairy Godmother Says Goodbye to Del Ray

Dairy Godmother frozen custard shop in Del Ray is closing their doors.

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Bagels, Pickles Take Center Stage at Del Ray Pop-Up

Two farmer’s market favorites find a temporary indoor home.

Friday, Jan. 20, may be listed as Inauguration Day on the calendar, but within the heart of Del Ray there’s another inauguration on the horizon that will hit closer to home: The grand opening of Salt | Bagel, a pop-up blending two Alexandria favorites in one spot.

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Bagels, Pickles Take Center Stage at Del Ray Pop-Up

Two farmer’s market favorites find a temporary indoor home.

The grand opening of Salt | Bagel, a pop-up blending two Alexandria favorites in one spot.

Del Ray: A Pie for All Seasons

Need a pie for the holidays? Del Ray’s Happy Tart has you covered.

The holidays conjure many mental images — a large turkey on the table, for instance, or your grandmother’s beloved sweet-potato casserole.

Appetite: Three Beverages for a Wintertime Brunch

Amid the Thanksgiving prep work and holiday shopping sprees, sometimes it’s best to stop for brunch and order a beverage to treat yourself. Here are three great spots to visit.

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The Italian Place Brings Taste of Europe to Old Town

New shop has been labor of love for owner Adriana Penachio-Sifakis.

When it comes to international cuisine, Old Town is no slouch.

Alexandria Appetite: Food and Drink Events Abound

Some snippets from the Alexandria restaurant scene over the coming month.

Autumn is in full swing, and with the season comes a passel of activities in the food and beverage scene across the city (and beyond). Here are some items to put on your docket in the coming weeks.

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Alexandria Appetite: Mystery and History Mix in Port City-Gadsby’s Event

Port City Brewing, Gadsby’s Tavern, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church commemorate 200 years since Female Stranger’s death.

Long before Alexandria’s current heyday, when the Port City was in the middle of becoming a port city, a mystery woman came to Gadsby’s Tavern with her gentleman caller, became ill, and died, her final resting place the St. Paul’s Cemetery. “To the memory of a Female Stranger,” the gravestone reads in part, launching two centuries’ worth of lore and theory about her identity, her companion, and her presence in Alexandria in the first place.

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Alexandria Appetite: BurgerFi Sets Up Shop in Old Town

With its opening last week, local co-owners celebrate a homecoming.

Peer down the 100 block of North Pitt Street and it’s easy to spot a new neighbor. The erstwhile Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own, shuttered for several years, now has new life in the form of the city’s first BurgerFi. Open since Sept. 26, the locally owned franchise has begun to generate quite a bit of foot traffic — and prelaunch interest, too, with would-be customers peeking in the front door in anticipation. But you haven’t missed a grand opening event, franchise co-owner David Landry says.

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Alexandria Appetite: It’s a Family Affair at Thanida Thai

Newcomer in space formerly owned by Thailand Royal Street has brought a taste of Thailand to North Old Town.

Walk past the location of the most recent restaurant addition at 835 N. Royal St., and it’s easy to miss the facelift from years past. What was long the venerable Thailand Royal Street, and then the erstwhile Casa Felipe, has once again taken up the Thai mantle — only under new leadership, with a new name, and with big plans for the future.