ALEXANDRIA, VA.

Where Washington - - FOOD -

BASTILLE

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

BILBO BAGGINS

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

BLACKWALL HITCH

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

CHART HOUSE

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

JOE THEISMANN’S

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.

LIVE OAK

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

RESTAU­RANT EVE

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

TRADE­MARK

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.

THE WHARF

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.

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