Guidebook for Alexandria

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Guidebook for Alexandria

Nearby Restaurants

Buffalo steaks. Friendly bar for solo travelers. Short driving distance.
Ted's Montana Grill
2451 Eisenhower Ave
Buffalo steaks. Friendly bar for solo travelers. Short driving distance.
An omakase Japanese restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Small, so reservations suggested. The chef is one of the best in America doing a modern interpretation of Japanese food with fresh ingredients.
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Nasime Japanese Restaurant
1209 King St
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An omakase Japanese restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Small, so reservations suggested. The chef is one of the best in America doing a modern interpretation of Japanese food with fresh ingredients.
Authentic Nepali/Indian restaurant about a seven-minute drive up Franconia in the Rose Hill Shopping Center (which also has a Safeway, Little Caesar's pizza take-out shop and a barber.
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Namaste
6138 Rose Hill Drive
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Authentic Nepali/Indian restaurant about a seven-minute drive up Franconia in the Rose Hill Shopping Center (which also has a Safeway, Little Caesar's pizza take-out shop and a barber.
This is the closest restaurant to our place -- about a two minute drive. The food is decent if not a bit over-priced for what it is and service can be a bit slow but it's a friendly spot.
Tanger Kabob House Cafe
5735 Telegraph Road
This is the closest restaurant to our place -- about a two minute drive. The food is decent if not a bit over-priced for what it is and service can be a bit slow but it's a friendly spot.
This is a casual, affordable and tasty spot serving pho and a few other Vietnamese specialities. Nothing fancy and a short drive from our place. We've been there several times and have never regretted it.
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Viet House Restaurant Ltd
6226 Richmond Hwy
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This is a casual, affordable and tasty spot serving pho and a few other Vietnamese specialities. Nothing fancy and a short drive from our place. We've been there several times and have never regretted it.
A great dinner spot for solo travelers (as there is counter seating) and it's also family friendly with dining rooms on two levels. This is a come-as-your-are very laid back eatery, best known for its varieties of chili. Several craft beers usually on tap and more in the bottle.
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Hard Times Cafe
1404 King St
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A great dinner spot for solo travelers (as there is counter seating) and it's also family friendly with dining rooms on two levels. This is a come-as-your-are very laid back eatery, best known for its varieties of chili. Several craft beers usually on tap and more in the bottle.
One of the better burger joints in our area (although we say nothing beats Shake Shack in Pentagon City). If you've not been there it's definitely worth a visit -- burgers, hot dogs and fries are very good.
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Five Guys
1300 2nd St NE
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One of the better burger joints in our area (although we say nothing beats Shake Shack in Pentagon City). If you've not been there it's definitely worth a visit -- burgers, hot dogs and fries are very good.
You can easily start an argument about which BBQ joint is best in the area. There are a few to choose from and they all are decent. We give a slight edge to Myron Mixon's for its location, ambience, food quality and prices but we're happy to visit others anytime (including
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Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque
220 N Lee St
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You can easily start an argument about which BBQ joint is best in the area. There are a few to choose from and they all are decent. We give a slight edge to Myron Mixon's for its location, ambience, food quality and prices but we're happy to visit others anytime (including
Another decent spot for BBQ in the area. This is more of a chain, corporate type outlet but the food is tasty and there's a bar at which to sit for solo travelers.
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que
6630 Richmond Hwy
Another decent spot for BBQ in the area. This is more of a chain, corporate type outlet but the food is tasty and there's a bar at which to sit for solo travelers.
If you're looking for something a bit exotic and very delicious this is a real winner. Hands down one of THE best places we've eaten in the metro area. It's not super close to our home, but the drive should only be 15 to 20 minutes.
Afghan Bistro
Alban Road
If you're looking for something a bit exotic and very delicious this is a real winner. Hands down one of THE best places we've eaten in the metro area. It's not super close to our home, but the drive should only be 15 to 20 minutes.

Adult Beverages, Nightlife and Caffeine

Belgian beers in Old Town.
Brabo Tasting Room
1602 King St
Belgian beers in Old Town.
Classic Irish pub offering traditional food & drink & nightly live music.
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Murphy's Grand Irish Pub
713 King St
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Classic Irish pub offering traditional food & drink & nightly live music.
This is also a restaurant, known for its oysters and mussels, although we prefer it as place for a nice drink at the bar for its ambience and history.
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Columbia Firehouse
109 S St Asaph St
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This is also a restaurant, known for its oysters and mussels, although we prefer it as place for a nice drink at the bar for its ambience and history.
Our local craft brewery and they have a decent lineup. There's usually something go on here. See the calendar: https://www.portcitybrewing.com/the-brewery/events/
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Port City Brewing Company
3950 Wheeler Ave
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Our local craft brewery and they have a decent lineup. There's usually something go on here. See the calendar: https://www.portcitybrewing.com/the-brewery/events/
Husband-and-wife, family-friendly local coffee shop that has been a hit for the past decade. Excellent pastries and some other food. Mainly a spot for organic, free trade coffee and teas. All baking done on the premises. It can get crowded on weekends. On Sundays, there's live music from 11 am to 1 pm.
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Grounded Coffee Shop
6919 Telegraph Rd
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Husband-and-wife, family-friendly local coffee shop that has been a hit for the past decade. Excellent pastries and some other food. Mainly a spot for organic, free trade coffee and teas. All baking done on the premises. It can get crowded on weekends. On Sundays, there's live music from 11 am to 1 pm.

Arts & Culture

Dozens of local art galleries inside and on the waterfront. An Alexandria must-visit.
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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N Union St
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Dozens of local art galleries inside and on the waterfront. An Alexandria must-visit.
A Greek Revival building built in the mid-19th century and was home to a bank. During the Civil War, Federal troops commandeered the building, which they used as Commissary Headquarters for the Union Army. After the Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas, the building served as a triage facility for wounded Union soldiers.
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Athenaeum
201 Prince St
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A Greek Revival building built in the mid-19th century and was home to a bank. During the Civil War, Federal troops commandeered the building, which they used as Commissary Headquarters for the Union Army. After the Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas, the building served as a triage facility for wounded Union soldiers.

Parks & Nature

Sizable park with trails & a nature center -- animals & environmental classes.
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Dora Kelly Nature Park
5750 Sanger Ave
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Sizable park with trails & a nature center -- animals & environmental classes.

Essentials

There's ample basement parking just off Duke Street. There's a craft brew bar inside and the fresh cookies are a real treat. Not as cheap as Safeway (in Rose Hill and Old Town) but quality of food is better.
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Whole Foods Market
1700 Duke St
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There's ample basement parking just off Duke Street. There's a craft brew bar inside and the fresh cookies are a real treat. Not as cheap as Safeway (in Rose Hill and Old Town) but quality of food is better.

Sightseeing

An area landmark since 1932. It offers daytime tours every day except holidays but you'll have to decide whether that's worth $15. There is an observation deck on the ninth floor and there are special events once in a while. https://gwmemorial.org/pages/events
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George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Dr
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An area landmark since 1932. It offers daytime tours every day except holidays but you'll have to decide whether that's worth $15. There is an observation deck on the ninth floor and there are special events once in a while. https://gwmemorial.org/pages/events
Our favorite historic sightseeing spot nearby (less than a 20-minute drive, ~6.6 miles) and a must-see for even the most casual history buff. The fine dining room on the premises is excellent.
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George Washington's Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy
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Our favorite historic sightseeing spot nearby (less than a 20-minute drive, ~6.6 miles) and a must-see for even the most casual history buff. The fine dining room on the premises is excellent.
A historic mansion in Old Town Alexandria built by aScottish merchant John Carlyle in the mid-18th century.
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Carlyle House
121 N Fairfax St
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A historic mansion in Old Town Alexandria built by aScottish merchant John Carlyle in the mid-18th century.