Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Del Ray
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Open for lunch Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11, and Sunday 5 to 9:30. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Braddock Road
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Duck springrolls; Quail stuffed with goat cheese and shitakes; chicken-and-andouille-sausage gumbo; chicken-and-apple sausage with cheddar mashed potatoes; steamed mussels with ginger and lemongrass; rosemary-braised lamb shank; roast garlic-marinated duc
Lunch appetizers, $3.75 to $7; entrees, $6.50 to $14. Dinner appetizers, $4 to $12; entrees, $15 to $25. Sunday brunch entrees, $6 to $11. Lounge menu, $5 to $9.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene: Outdoor Seating
Fifteen years on, this Del Ray fixture has evolved from a quirky neighborhood standby to a destination for a fun and unpretentious brunch. A recent renovation brought textured wallpaper, dangling lights, and erector-set tracks poised high above diners’ heads, modernizing the setting without compromising its funky character. The same might be said of the appealing roster of brunch staples (two Benedicts, French toast, quiche, and hash) that chef Jim Jeffords, who cooked previously at Sou’Wester, supplements with Southern indulgences—chicken and waffles, biscuits and redeye gravy, house-cured bacon, and stone-ground grits. There’s a trip north, too—a warm, gooey sticky bun that would melt a Philadelphian’s skeptical heart. Saturday 11 to 2:30, Sunday 10 to 2:30.