ALEXAN­DRIA, VA.

Where Washington - - FOOD -

CHART HOUSE Seafood

On Old Town wa­ter­front with fresh seafood and cap­i­tal views. Crab soup, spiced ahi, snap­per Hemingway, prime rib, “hot choco­late” lava cake. Beer, wine, whiskeys. Happy hour week­days. L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su). 1 Cameron St. 703.684.5080

COLUMBIA FIRE­HOUSE Amer­i­can

In­side the for­mer 19th- cen­tury Columbia Steam En­gine Fire Com­pany, a two-tiered brasserie/bar with glass atrium. Raw bar, small plates and “sup­per” (com­fort food, burg­ers, steaks and chops). L ( Tu- F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 109 S. Saint As­aph St., 703.683.1776

EVENING STAR CAFE South­ern

Wine-savvy “quirky neighborhood gem” with 1950s vibe and chef Keith Cabot. Butternut squash soup, seared At­lantic Salmon, duck con­fit, grilled flat iron. Craft beers and cock­tails. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 2000 Mt. Ver­non Ave., 703.549.5051

FISH MAR­KET Amer­i­can

Housed in a two- cen­tury- old ship ware­house serv­ing seafood fa­vorites in­clud­ing At­lantic salmon, snow crab legs, oys­ters and whole Maine lob­ster, plus pasta, jam­bal­aya, burg­ers, ta­cos. Fes­tive An­chor Bar with 16 high- def­i­ni­tion TVs for sports, happy hour spe­cials. L, D (M- F), Br (Sa-Su). 105 King St., 703.836.5676

HANK’S PASTA BAR Ital­ian

Part of Jamie Leeds’ ever- ex­pand­ing Hank’s em­pire, this one fo­cus­ing on hand­made pas­tas—15 va­ri­eties, plus risotto, an­tipasti, cros­tini, whole-roasted fish, lamb chops. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. L (M-Th), D (daily), Br (F-Su). 600 Mont­gomery St., 571.312.4117

JACK­SON 20 Amer­i­can

A “colo­nial” set­ting for com­fort food: Mac-ncheese, but­ter­milk fried chicken, black­ened cat­fish. Wal­nut bar with Vir­ginia wines, whiskeys, bour­bons. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 480 King St., Alexan­dria, Va., 703.549.6080

MOUNT VER­NON INN South­ern

Can­dlelit din­ing with Ge­orge and Martha fa­vorites like hoe­cakes, peanut and ch­est­nut soup, plus ched­dar burger, duck with apri­cot sauce, crab cakes, fried chicken, steaks. Chil­dren’s menu. Fire­place. Live mu­sic some nights. L (M- F), D ( Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 3200 Mount Ver­non Me­mo­rial Park­way, 703.799.6800

NASIME Ja­panese

Cozy mod­ern din­ing room on bustling main drag in Old Town, pam­per­ing with high- end tast­ing menu high­light­ing from-scratch Ja­panese dishes at an af­ford­able price. D (daily). 1209 King St., 703.457.0146

RT’S RESTAU­RANT Ca­jun/Cre­ole

Neighborhood spot with char­ac­ter and sounds from zy­deco to blues. Known for Jack Daniels shrimp, al­li­ga­tor stew, gum­bos, poboys, seafood, she- crab soup and craw­fish étouf­fée. Cock­tails, beers. L (M-Sa), D (daily). 3804 Mount Ver­non Ave., 703.684.6010

SONOMA CEL­LAR Amer­i­can

Out of an 1810 home, hus­band-and-wife team Rick and El­iz­a­beth Myl­len­beck pour­ing bot­tles from wine coun­try in the Golden State. Wel­com­ing up­stairs din­ing room for small plates and rus­tic fare (brie and fig jam cros­tini, steamed mus­sels). D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 207 King St., 703.566.9867

TRADE­MARK Amer­i­can

In the Westin, so­phis­ti­cated gas­tropub named for nearby patent of­fice (see fa­mous in­ven­tor pho­tos). Bri­tish spins on Bass Ale fish and chips, beer can chicken and mac and cheese. In­ven­tive cock­tails. Happy hour punch spe­cials, bar late. B, D (daily), Br (Su). 2080 Jamieson Ave., Alexan­dria., Va., 703.253.8640

VIRTUE FEED & GRAIN Ir­ish

In a two-level, 1800s for­mer feed house near the wa­ter­front, up­scale tav­ern fare (duck meat­loaf, jerk chicken, crab dip, steak frites, lob­ster pot pie). Spe­cialty beers. L, D (daily), Br (Su). Bar till late. 106 S. Union St. (at King St.) 571.970.3669

VOLA’S DOCK­SIDE GRILL AND HI-TIDE LOUNGE Seafood

Named for the city’s feisty first woman city man­ager with a hand in the wa­ter­front’s devel­op­ment, a ca­sual and friendly spot for seafood com­fort foods. Fish and chips, crab cakes, fried chicken with wa­ter views. HiTide Lounge for bar bites, frozen cock­tails, beer, wine. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 101 N. Union St., 703.935.8890

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