100 Best Restaurants 2008: The Majestic
No. 42: The Majestic
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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The Majestic
Address: 911 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-837-9117
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Chicken-liver mousse; crumb-crusted whole sardines with caramelized onions and sage; Coco’a Vin; slabs of meatloaf with mushroom gravy; coconut cake, served in tall, thick wedges; bourbon milk punch.

Cuisine: Nostalgia-inducing comfort food from owner Cathal Armstrong—the chef at nearby Restaurant Eve—and chef Shannon Overmiller with a make-everything-from-scratch ethos and commitment to local produce. Todd Thrasher is the chemist behind such cocktails as Satan’s Soul Patch—gin, vermouth, orange juice, and Grand Marnier—here as at Armstrong’s other outposts.

Mood: The room has been warmed up from the days when Susan McCreight Lindeborg was chef/owner, with retro light fixtures, honeyed woods, and booths adding a bit of hominess to the sleek lines.

Best for: Cocktails and comfort on a wintry day.

Best dishes: Parsnip soup crunchy with candied apple; crispy fried calamari with lemon and chives; meatloaf with mushroom gravy; seafood stew that nods to the Chesapeake with an Old Bay aïoli; calf liver with bacon and onions; whipped potatoes rich with cream and butter; rapini sautéed in olive oil with chili flakes; house-made pastas; coconut cake spiked with rum; bittersweet-chocolate egg cream; chocolate cream pie that makes you wonder why no one makes it anymore.

Insider tips: Sunday-night dinner is usually mouth-watering—roast chicken, roast beef, barbecue pork—and a great deal at $68 for the meal, which feeds up to four, including sides and dessert, usually a whole pie.

Service: •••

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