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.
How often do you see a Caesar salad and think, “Not that again”? But Cathal Armstrong’s swank diner redeems the cliché with a tableside preparation in which chopped garlic, an egg, grated Parmigiano, and shimmering boquerones are transformed in a wooden bowl into the Caesar of your dreams.
This is the Majestic’s MO: to take familiar American cookery and treat it to a fresh turn. More often than not, the effect is gratifying, and sometimes—as with a whole fried bass with black-bean sauce—it’s thrilling.
As at all Armstrong restaurants, the booze menu is overseen by cocktail master Todd Thrasher. Forgoing his potions is like going to a 3-D movie and skipping the glasses. Don’t miss: Oysters Rockefeller; chicken-liver mousse; meatloaf; coconut cake; churros with chocolate sauce. Open: Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner. Expensive.