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The Needle: July 2011
Reviewed By Ann Limpert
Comments () | Published July 1, 2011
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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: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30; Sunday 1 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: King St.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
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.
Price Details: First courses $6.75 to $12; main courses $16.50 to $24.

Sunday nights at this Old Town standby can be frustrating if you haven’t put in an order for Nana’s Sunday Dinner, a family-style feast of, say, delicious-looking fried chicken with mac and cheese and strawberry shortcake—none of it is offered on the à la carte menu. But you still can eat well. A Caesar salad made tableside is one of the best we’ve had. Our table fought over a gorgeous curl of butter-poached lobster with lobster ravioli. The Chesapeake seafood stew’s broth could have used more punch, but it was packed with fresh shrimp, clams, and mussels. And an over-the-top brownie sundae complete with rainbow sprinkles shone.

This article appears in the July 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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