The 2008 Zagat guide for the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas features 8 new listings for Alexandria restaurants for an overall total of 47.
Nina and Tim Zagat, fanatic New York “foodies” started the first guide in 1979 as a hobby involving 200 friends and friends of friends. Today more than 300,000 individuals contribute to the surveys for 15 U.S. cities and 6 cities around the globe. Zagat is considered the world’s leading provider of consumer survey-based information on where to eat, drink, stay and play worldwide.
As The New York Times said, the Zagat Survey is “a necessity second only to a valid credit card!”
So, what are Alexandrian’s raving about? In alphabetical order:
1201 North Royal Street, 703.519.3776
Charming rusticity transports diners to provincial France at this wine bar and bistro. The menu reflects the recent Parisian revolution in Gallic fare as the chef-owners reinvigorate the classics with Mediterranean flavors. Outdoor patio. Conveniently located next to a wonderful store, Abaca Imports, which is located next to Metro Stage. Shop, have dinner, go to the theater and never leave the block.
901 Slaters Lane, 703.600.2899
Industrial-chic, WiFi-equipped coffeehouse, dessert lounge and bakery is an unofficial community center for nearby and newly minted neighborhood, Potomac Greens. A recently added wine bar serves wine and cocktails. I can vouch for the cupcakes!
Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong (owners of other local fav’s Restaurant Eve and the Majestic) bring Dublin to town via this small, spare recreation of Irish fast food. Fish ‘n’ chips, battered burgers, Irish beer. Tip – when the blue light outside an unmarked door on Columbus Street is “on”, patrons can buzz for entry to the upstairs PX, a speakeasy-themed lounge. Easily the best fish ‘n’ chips anywhere; very casual.
600 Franklin Street, 703.778.2233
A white tablecloth setting for distinctive New American cuisine featuring influences from France and chef-owner Moruo Quattara’s native Ivory Coast. Quattara was a recent contestant on Iron Chef America.
4906 Brenman Park Drive, 703.461.3663
Cafe, wine bar and gourmet market in Cameron Station with a 15-seat room serving communal diners with locally sourced ingredients. Co-owners, Christy and Tom Przystawik were formerly with Cafe Atlantico in the District.
A long time Old Town favorite, the Majestic features classic mixed drinks and a down-home American menu that is committed to seasonally and locally sourced ingredients. It was also recently ranked at #47 on the Washingtonian‘s 100 BEST RESTAURANTS list.
Majestic owners Meshelle and Cathal Armstrong were also named RESTAURATURS of the YEAR by Washingtonian Magazine and their flagship Restaurant Eve came in at #4 on the 100 BEST RESTAURANT list.
Up next? Look for a European-style butcher, bread bakery, gourmet shop and wine lounge in Del Ray in 2009!
220 North Lee Street, 703.535.3340
Located near Old Town’s waterfront, this rustic American restaurant serves midpriced comfort classics – some from a log-burning oven – with craft brews and interesting international wines.
Affordable Greek food with wines from the homeland and Italy. Alexandrian’s take their historical landmarks very seriously and the BBQ sign on top is a protected landmark so don’t be confused when you drive up. Ummmmmm, moussaka and ribs, not a bad combination.
Well, that’s it, the newest Alexandria entries in the 2008 ZAGAT guide for Washington, DC and Baltimore.