If you're visiting Washington, DC and want to have a meal off-the-beaten-path, you'll do well to belly up to any of a number of excellent Old Town Alexandria restaurants. Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is located a short fifteen minute ride from the White House and is reachable by the Washington Metrorail system. You can find something for everyone in this charming city built on the shore of the Potomac.
- For a taste of seafood, the most famous Old Town Alexandria restaurant has to be the Fish Market. As famous for their 32 ounce schooners of beer as their fish chowder, this Old Town restaurant landmark is located at 105 King Street, just a block and a half from the river. With multiple bars having different entertainment styles, one can grab a table, a booth or belly on up to a wood bar. The Fish Market building is one of the oldest structures in Old Town and was actually used as a hospital during the Civil War. Your dining experience is sure to please all at this delicious restaurant.
- Right across the street from the Fish Market is Bullfeathers at 112 King Street. This fun restaurant has an exceptional Bloody Mary bar on Sunday mornings. If you're not careful, you'll find yourself starting out for breakfast, having lunch and a light dinner all from the same stool. Bullfeathers has a reputation as a hot spot in the evenings so call ahead and get reservations if you're planning on visiting on a Friday or Saturday night.
- Another favorite restaurant in Old Town Alexandria is the Chart House. Get a window seat and enjoy the sunset view of the beautiful Potomac. You'll probably see the Georgetown rowing squads practicing their strokes on their skulls up and down the river. Specializing in both steaks and seafood, the surf and turf at the Chart House cannot be beat. The Chart House is located at 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria and is a short waddle from that schooner of beer at the Fish Market.
- If you're just looking for a fast breakfast or lunch sandwich, visit Bruegger's Bagels at 606 King Street (right up the road from the Fish Market). Grab a delicious warm bagel with lox and cream cheese and head up the hill to do a tour of the old graveyard. Bruegger's doesn't serve alcohol and is a very basic place which is just right to grab a snack as you wander this historic city.
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