House of Dynasty is one of the oldest and most highly regarded Chinese restaurants in the north Virginia region. The cuisine is, of course, Chinese, though with an emphasis on Taiwanese dishes such as prawns served with walnuts and orange beef that are rarely seen on traditional Chinese menus. There is also a range of classic dishes made with beef, pork, duck and chicken, scallops, shrimp, and vegetarian options. Chef’s specialties include crystal chicken in garlic sauce, two-flavored fish, and fish fillet served Szechuan style.
House of Dynasty, 7550 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA, USA, +1 703 922 5210
Vermilion in the Old Town of Alexandria has been richly praised for the simple, modern American cuisine on offer. The menu provides regional cuisine using locally sourced ingredients that isn’t over-complicated or over-refined. On the menu are entrees such as pan seared salmon, house cut tagliatelle, locally sourced beef sirloin, and ‘Fields of Athenry’ lamb. Amongst the desserts to be found at Vermilion are familiar and heartening classics including lemon meringue pie, poppy-seed ricotta fritters, and mixed berry crumb cake.
Vermilion, 1120 King Street, Alexandria, VA, USA, +1 703 684 9669
Brabo is a collaborative project between Belgian head chef Robert Wiedmaier and chef de cuisine Harper McClure. The cuisine reflects the backgrounds of the two chefs and merges Belgian and Continental classics with a contemporary edginess using the finest seasonal produce. Originally hailing from Antwerp, Wiedmaier named the restaurant after the Brabo statue in his home city. There is a chef’s table at which diners can sample a tasting menu provided by the head chef and sommelier, and an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining. Brabo has built strong links with local farms and artisanal food producers with a menu that includes foie gras, bison carpaccio, Mediterranean sardines, honey roast duck breast, lamb loin, and swordfish, all served with the option of frites with mayonnaise in the traditional Belgian manner.
Brabo, 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA, USA, +1 703 894 3440
The Majestic serves classic American food using the finest quality seasonal produce. Starters on the menu include chicken liver mousse and local clams, whilst the main courses on offer at The Majestic include grilled pork chops, stuffed crab shells, Chesapeake Bay seafood stew, and jerk chicken.
The Majestic, 911 King Street, Alexandria, VA, USA, +1 703 837 9117