Neighborhood Eats: Evening Star Cafe
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Evening Star Cafe
Address: 2000 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone: 703-549-5051
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Del Ray, Alexandria
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11, and Sunday 5 to 9:30. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3.
Nearby Metro Stops: Braddock Road
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Duck springrolls; Quail stuffed with goat cheese and shitakes; chicken-and-andouille-sausage gumbo; chicken-and-apple sausage with cheddar mashed potatoes; steamed mussels with ginger and lemongrass; rosemary-braised lamb shank; roast garlic-marinated duc
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $3.75 to $7; entrees, $6.50 to $14. Dinner appetizers, $4 to $12; entrees, $15 to $25. Sunday brunch entrees, $6 to $11. Lounge menu, $5 to $9.

Michael Babin’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group has grown in the last few years, spawning the spiffy pizza place Rustico and the late-night bakery/dessert lounge Buzz, but his empire began here. The menu at the funky, wine-savvy Del Ray dining room, a hit with twentysomethings and grandparents alike, is as eclectic as the vintage decor. Hungry-man plates of braised short ribs and house-cured bacon share space with beautifully fried duck spring rolls and an elegant cut of rare salmon drizzled with puréed fig. Buzz pastry chef Josh Short provides the desserts—highlights are his milk and cookies and meringue-topped chocolate-cream pie.

-March, 2008 

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