Brabo Tasting Room
1600 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Modern, American, Belgian, Breakfast
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 11, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to Midnight, and Sunday 11:30 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible
When your mood and checking account are in the doldrums, this casual sliver of an eatery with its blackboard of daily specials delivers affordable luxury. You can nibble on cheeses and house-made charcuterie or share mussels roasted and served in the pan--you'll probably want extra slices of the crusty baguette to sop up the jus.
A glowing brick oven turns out savory rustic wood-fired tarts, and wines are poured by both the taste (three ounces) and the glass--the place is known for its sometimes odd but spot-on pairings. Regulars know to put their names on the waiting list during peak times, then head to another Robert Wiedmaier endeavor, the Butcher's Block, a market/cafe in the rear of the hotel, for a glass of wine while they wait.
What to get: Salad of Bibb lettuce, beet, and pickled onion; duck-confit-and-roasted-mushroom tart; mussels with green curry; onion soup; cheeses and charcuterie; chicken pot pie, a frequent special; chocolate tart with coffee whipped cream.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.