Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Del Ray, Alexandria
Cuisines: Modern, Breakfast, American
Open for lunch Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11, and Sunday 5 to 9:30. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Braddock Road
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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
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.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene: Outdoor Seating
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.