728 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Seafood, English/Irish/Scottish
Monday through Wednesday 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Thursday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Friday 11:30 AM to midnight; and Saturday noon to midnight; Sunday noon to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Codwich; fried cod or grouper; coleslaw; Kitty O'Shea and Marie Rose sauces for dipping.
$2.50 to $8.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
Why go: If an Irish chip shop came out of a Restoration Hardware catalog, it might look like this. The dark-wood fixtures are buffed to a high gloss, but Dublin-born chef/owner Cathal Armstrong—also behind nearby Restaurant Eve—keeps it real. His menu of fried fare is served one way: in a paper bag, to be eaten at communal tables.
What to get: The Codwich—crisply battered cod served hot, slathered with tartar sauce, and stuffed into a crusty roll; fried cod or slightly milder and sweeter fried grouper; mayo-soaked coleslaw; Kitty O’Shea and Marie Rose sauces for dipping.
Best for: Meals on the run; a pint of Smithwick’s and a snack; late-night eats (it’s open till midnight on weekends).
Insider tip: PX, the terrific Deco-era speakeasy from the same team, is just around the corner; to reserve one of the 32 seats, click here.
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