French Upscale Parisian bistro and wine bar with chef/owners Christophe and Michelle Poteaux’s locally inspired cuisine: moules frites, hanger steak, lamb shoulder couscous. Prix fixe lunch (three courses, $29) and dinner (three-five courses, $39-$59; wine extra) available. Artisanal cocktails, prized desserts. Famed sommelier Mark Slater. L ( Tues.- Fri.), D ( Tues.-Sun.), Br (Sat.-Sun.). 606 N. Fayette St. 703.519.3776 Metro: Braddock Rd
American “Global restaurant” with upstairs dining, Green Dragon pub downstairs with microbrews, martinis, “Hobbit” drink specials, TVs. Michael Armellino’s pizzas, beef filet with Stilton, pork loin with chutney. L (Mon.Fri.), D (daily), Br (Sat.-Sun. with “Frodo’s French toast”). 208 Queen St., 703.683.0300
Seafood Waterfront dining room with three bars, named for an 1800s sailor’s knot. Seafood classics, plus flatbreads, salads, burgers, steaks. Chocolate truffles, Smith Island cake. Gluten free, late night. Live music most nights. L (Mon.- Fri.), D (daily), Br (Sat.-Sun.). 5 Cameron St., 703.739.6090
Seafood On Old Town waterfront, restaurant with fresh seafood and capital views. Crab soup, snapper Hemingway, prime rib, “hot chocolate” lava cake. Beer, wine, whiskeys. L (Mon.Sat.), D (daily), Br (Sun.). 1 Cameron St., 703.684.5080
American Redskins QB’s longtime (c.1975) neighborhood grill, sports bar with its own menu, star athlete portraits, TVs. Cozy booths for beer-battered fish and chips, pastas, pan-seared scallops, filet mignon, crab cakes. Steps from Metro. L& D (daily). 1800 Diagonal Road, 703.739.0777 Metro: King St.
Southern Chef Justus Frank (Fiola) bringing Charleston by way of Alexandria. Upscale comfort classics (head on) shrimp and grits, smoked pork ribs, braised collard greens tortellini. Strawberry shortcake, housemade ice cream. D (daily), Br (Sat.-Sun.). 1603 Commonwealth Ave., 571.312.0402
MAGNOLIA’S ON KING
Southern On main drag, townhouse with Charleston
touches. Ground-floor dining and upstairs lounge with fireplace. Modernized Southern cuisine: stuffed dates, pulled BBQ duck, glazed and grilled Virginia pork chop, roasted poussin with jerk spices. House-made desserts, craft cocktails. D (daily), Br (Sat.Sun.). 703 King St., 703.838.9090
MOUNT VERNON INN
Southern Candlelit dining with George and Martha’s throwback favorites hoecakes, peanut chestnut soup, plus bacon cheddar burger, duck with apricot sauce, fried chicken, steaks. Fireplace. Live music some nights. L (Mon.Fri.), D ( Tues.-Sat.), Br (Sat.-Sun.). Eight miles south of Alexandria at parkway terminus. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va., 703.780.0011
American Upscale bistro, smart sommelier Todd Thrasher and Cathal Armstrong’s prize-winning fare. Foie gras terrine, Basque stew, antelope with ramp cream, artisanal cheeses. Tasting menu: five courses ($105), seven courses ($140); wine extra. L (Mon.- Fri.), D (Mon.-Sat.). Bar and lounge late. 110 S. Pitt St., 703.706.0450
American In the Westin, gastropub named for nearby patent office (see famous inventor photos). Matthew Miller’s British spins on Bass Ale fish and chips, beer- can chicken, mac and cheese, with Joe Jender in the kitchen. Inventive cocktails. B & L (Mon.- Fri.), D (daily), Br (Sat.Sun.). 2080 Jamieson Ave., Alexandria. Va., 703.253.8640
WAREHOUSE BAR & GRILL
American Mahogany bar, caricatures of celebrities/ local gentry, steaks, jambalaya pasta, all-lump crab cakes, some Cajun accents by chef Sert Ruamthong. L (Mon.- Fri.), D (daily), Br (Sat.-Sun.). 214 King St., 703.683.6868 Metro: King St.
Seafood Since 1971 in a 200year- old warehouse near the river: lobster, steaks, mahi mahi, baked crab, shellfish tower, “cowboy” ribeye, po’ boys, pastas, Key lime chess pie. Kids’ menu. Bar. L (Mon.Sat.), D (daily), Br (Sun.). 119 King St., 703.836.2836 Metro: King St.