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
We’ve never liked a brown-bag lunch as much as the one at Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong’s Irish-style “chipper.” Whether you’re taking your meal home or to one of the glossy wooden tables, that bag serves as your plate. Inside might be a mess of thick-cut fries—among the many dips, we like the creamy pink Marie Rose and the caper-studded Kitty O’Shea sauces—plus a piece of beautifully fried, golden-battered cod. On the side, there’s good coleslaw, Brit imports including tangy Batchelors baked beans, and Guinness on draft.
Also good: Codwich, a hot fried-cod sandwich with lettuce and tartar sauce; fried grouper; sugar-dusted fried dough balls.