911 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Modern, American
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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
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.
First courses $6.75 to $12; main courses $16.50 to $24.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Cuisine: Comfort cooking with a twist. The coq au vin is spiked with cocoa, and Old Bay aïoli livens up a Chesapeake seafood stew. The chef is Shannon Overmiller, hand-picked by proprietor Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, and more and more her stamp is on nearly every bowl and plate that emerges from the open kitchen—even the bread and pickles are made in-house.
Mood: The young and single hover by the bar, where the cocktails of Todd Thrasher and Melissa Horst hold sway; the dining room, with its big mirrors and soft lighting, draws couples of all ages.
Best for: A top-notch meal without all the bells and whistles of fine dining.
Best dishes: Chicken-liver mousse as dense as it is smooth; crumb-crusted whole sardines with caramelized onions and sage; Coco’a Vin, a delectable, cocoa-laced take on the wine-and-chicken stew that tastes like a cross between the French classic and a mole; well-seasoned slabs of meatloaf with mushroom gravy; one of the best coconut cakes in the area, served in tall, thick wedges; a bourbon milk punch that could double as dessert.
Insider tips: Unless you want to do extra penance on the StairMaster, consider sharing some plates, especially dessert; portions are generous. And take advantage of the ongoing specials: The $12 Royal Pick lunch (an entrée and soda or iced tea) and Nana’s Sunday Dinner ($22 per person for entrée, sides, and dessert) are good deals.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday from 1 to 9 for dinner. Moderate to expensive.