911 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Modern, American
Daily for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Very expensive
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.
This eclectic American cafe, part of Cathal Armstrong's growing empire, features the same farm-to-table dedication as its higher-end sibling, Restaurant Eve, along with cocktails from Eve barmaster Todd Thrasher. But chef Shannon Overmiller's bold takes on upscale American comfort food are unique. She keeps watch over the kitchen in a red chef's coat and kerchief, adding an air of fun to the tasteful Deco dining room before the big plates of food hit the table. Kid-friendly crayons and coloring paper, a Johnny Cash-infused soundtrack, and an apple-pie soda that would make Willy Wonka jealous further lighten the mood. On weekends, patrons reserve helpings of Nana's Sunday Dinner, family-style feasts with platters that might hold roast beef or fried chicken.
What to get: Fried green tomatoes on a seasoned potato cake; crabcake; chicken-liver mousse with plum jam; duck confit with white beans and kale; roast chicken with root vegetables; meatloaf with mashed potatoes; creamy lima beans; coconut cake; Key-lime pie.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday 1 to 9 for either the regular dinner menu or a family-style dinner. Expensive.