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Chop Shop Taco took over an auto garage shop near the Braddock Road Metro.
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Alexandria’s Hottest Places For a Drink or Bite

New places for ramen, edgy cocktails, and tacos

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Chop Shop Taco took over an auto garage shop near the Braddock Road Metro.
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Alexandria is a longtime go-to dining destination for tourists and locals, thanks to its waterfront views along the Potomac River and seafood-centric mainstays.

While the colonial-era Old Town neighborhood houses many staples, Alexandria as a whole has exploded in the past year with an assortment of new options. The Carlyle area near the picturesque George Washington Masonic National Memorial just git a modern spot to slurp bivalves with the arrival of Whiskey & Oyster. And a once-sleepy section of family-friendly Del Ray got new beer (Hops n Shine), seafood (Catch on the Ave), and all-American (Northside 10) options all in the past few months.

Meanwhile, a historically industrial strip near Braddock Road Metro just got a hip new hangout for tacos (Chop Shop Taco) and stylish to-go operation (Pendleton Carryout Co.), and the Eisenhower East area just welcomed a brand new cidery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hops N Shine

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3410 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 566-1509
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This Mount Vernon beer hall has a menu of moonshine cocktails and prides itself on accommodating keto fans, with an entire menu dedicated to loaded grilled cheese sandwiches on special bread. There’s a huge selection of New England-styled IPAs and hefeweizens and “Sour Saturdays” featuring 15 sour varieties.

2. Northside 10

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10 E Glebe Rd
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 888-0032
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This Del Ray newbie serves up classic American burgers and sandwiches, chicken fried steak, and blackened catfish. A covered patio encourages drinking craft brews in the summer rain.

3. Catch on the Ave

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2419 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 566-1283
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This seafood venture, splashed with pops of red and oversized fish murals, brings barbecue octopus, buttermilk biscuits with crab fat butter, and hot catfish and po’boy sandwiches to Del Ray. Shrimp and vegetable dumplings and bang bang shrimp are good starting points. Mimosas and “Blood in the Water” bloody marys are perfect for brunch.

Catche on the Ave. catfish sandwich
A hot catfish sandwich with crawfish-corn remoulade, andouille, and shredded lettuce
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4. CHOP SHOP TACO

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1008 Madison St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-6438
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A former auto body garage in Alexandria got a second life this spring as a grungy-cool destination for elaborate riffs on Mexican food and tequila cocktails. Chef and co-founder Ed McIntosh’s compact food menu reflcets the shop’s size — 47 seats across 1,000 square feet — with four tacos to start, but no burritos or enchiladas.

5. Yunnan by Potomac

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814 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 765-3716
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The same mixian rice noodles that owner and general manager Zongmin Li ate while growing up in China’s Yunnan Province landed in Old Town this year. 

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6. Pendleton Carryout Co.

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807 Pendleton St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-2625
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This stylish carry-out spot debuted last fall, functioning as a tiny restaurant incubator offering to-go options from rising chefs. Rotating selections hail from food truck start-ups and established brands testing out new dishes from pizza to dumplings.

Pendleton was transformed from its former life as a bodega with colorful wallpaper, light wood accents, and neon lights.
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7. The Study at Morrison House, Autograph Collection

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116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8000
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The quaint Old Town hotel’s new restaurant offers an all-day selection of fresh seafood, local produce, and high-quality butcher cuts from chef Peter McCall. The bar draws inspiration from a bygone era, using smoked beef tallow-infused Woodford Reserve and rosemary-infused Aperol in its cocktails.

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8. Mia's Italian Kitchen

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100 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 997-5300
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The modern-meets-rustic Italian establishment arrived last spring with a lengthy menu meant to satisfy a range of cravings across two stories. There are meat and cheese options, hot and cold sandwiches, half a dozen pastas made on site, and 12 Sicilian-style pan pizzas available by the slice. Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) also operates Vola’s Dockside Grill and Virtue Feed & Grain, both safe bets on the waterfront.

Mia’s houses bright pops of color and modern accents on its second floor.
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9. Urbano 116

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116 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 970-5148
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Chef Alam Méndez Florián, who splits his time between Virginia and Mexico City, just rolled out an atypical brunch menu at his new neon-lit Old Town eatery. His favorite hangover helper? Caldo de gallina, or hen soup with peppermint, cilantro, chayote, potatoes, carrots and green beans. “It’s the perfect cure for any ailments,” says Florián.

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10. Whiskey & Oyster

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301 John Carlyle St, Alexandria
VA 22314, United States
(703) 567-1533
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Head to Alexandria’s Carlyle district to find seafood towers and, naturally, whiskey and oysters at this nautical newcomer. The Instagram-ready bar, splashed with mermaid decor, stars a repurposed dry cleaning conveyor rotating more than 120 varieties of whiskey around the 100-seat space. It’s safe to say prolific Alexandria restaurateur “Mango Mike” Anderson knows what he’s doing; he’s opened 20 restaurants, starting with Shooter McGee’s in 1979.

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11. Lost Boy Cider

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317 Hooffs Run Dr
Alexandria, VA 22314

Sit and stay at Eisenhower East’s brand new soaring taproom with a gorgeous bar made from a maple tree that fell near Winchester. The formerly vacant warehouse space is stocked with a production facility to make its gluten-free cider.

Lost Cider’s new taproom and production facility.
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1. Hops N Shine

3410 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

This Mount Vernon beer hall has a menu of moonshine cocktails and prides itself on accommodating keto fans, with an entire menu dedicated to loaded grilled cheese sandwiches on special bread. There’s a huge selection of New England-styled IPAs and hefeweizens and “Sour Saturdays” featuring 15 sour varieties.

3410 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305

2. Northside 10

10 E Glebe Rd, Alexandria, VA 22305

This Del Ray newbie serves up classic American burgers and sandwiches, chicken fried steak, and blackened catfish. A covered patio encourages drinking craft brews in the summer rain.

10 E Glebe Rd
Alexandria, VA 22305

3. Catch on the Ave

2419 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
Catche on the Ave. catfish sandwich
A hot catfish sandwich with crawfish-corn remoulade, andouille, and shredded lettuce
Catch on the Ave. [official]

This seafood venture, splashed with pops of red and oversized fish murals, brings barbecue octopus, buttermilk biscuits with crab fat butter, and hot catfish and po’boy sandwiches to Del Ray. Shrimp and vegetable dumplings and bang bang shrimp are good starting points. Mimosas and “Blood in the Water” bloody marys are perfect for brunch.

2419 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

4. CHOP SHOP TACO

1008 Madison St, Alexandria, VA 22314

A former auto body garage in Alexandria got a second life this spring as a grungy-cool destination for elaborate riffs on Mexican food and tequila cocktails. Chef and co-founder Ed McIntosh’s compact food menu reflcets the shop’s size — 47 seats across 1,000 square feet — with four tacos to start, but no burritos or enchiladas.

1008 Madison St
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Yunnan by Potomac

814 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The same mixian rice noodles that owner and general manager Zongmin Li ate while growing up in China’s Yunnan Province landed in Old Town this year. 

814 N Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Pendleton Carryout Co.

807 Pendleton St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Pendleton was transformed from its former life as a bodega with colorful wallpaper, light wood accents, and neon lights.
Pendleton/official photo

This stylish carry-out spot debuted last fall, functioning as a tiny restaurant incubator offering to-go options from rising chefs. Rotating selections hail from food truck start-ups and established brands testing out new dishes from pizza to dumplings.

807 Pendleton St
Alexandria, VA 22314

7. The Study at Morrison House, Autograph Collection

116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Inside The Study
The Study/official photo

The quaint Old Town hotel’s new restaurant offers an all-day selection of fresh seafood, local produce, and high-quality butcher cuts from chef Peter McCall. The bar draws inspiration from a bygone era, using smoked beef tallow-infused Woodford Reserve and rosemary-infused Aperol in its cocktails.

116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

8. Mia's Italian Kitchen

100 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Mia’s houses bright pops of color and modern accents on its second floor.
Mia’s/official photo

The modern-meets-rustic Italian establishment arrived last spring with a lengthy menu meant to satisfy a range of cravings across two stories. There are meat and cheese options, hot and cold sandwiches, half a dozen pastas made on site, and 12 Sicilian-style pan pizzas available by the slice. Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) also operates Vola’s Dockside Grill and Virtue Feed & Grain, both safe bets on the waterfront.

100 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

9. Urbano 116

116 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Urbano 116 [official]

Chef Alam Méndez Florián, who splits his time between Virginia and Mexico City, just rolled out an atypical brunch menu at his new neon-lit Old Town eatery. His favorite hangover helper? Caldo de gallina, or hen soup with peppermint, cilantro, chayote, potatoes, carrots and green beans. “It’s the perfect cure for any ailments,” says Florián.

116 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

10. Whiskey & Oyster

301 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314, United States
Whiskey & Oyster
Whiskey & Oyster/official photo

Head to Alexandria’s Carlyle district to find seafood towers and, naturally, whiskey and oysters at this nautical newcomer. The Instagram-ready bar, splashed with mermaid decor, stars a repurposed dry cleaning conveyor rotating more than 120 varieties of whiskey around the 100-seat space. It’s safe to say prolific Alexandria restaurateur “Mango Mike” Anderson knows what he’s doing; he’s opened 20 restaurants, starting with Shooter McGee’s in 1979.

301 John Carlyle St, Alexandria
VA 22314, United States

11. Lost Boy Cider

317 Hooffs Run Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314
Lost Cider’s new taproom and production facility.
Lost Cider/Facebook

Sit and stay at Eisenhower East’s brand new soaring taproom with a gorgeous bar made from a maple tree that fell near Winchester. The formerly vacant warehouse space is stocked with a production facility to make its gluten-free cider.

317 Hooffs Run Dr
Alexandria, VA 22314

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