Southside 815
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
Southside 815
Address: 815 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.836.6222
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Cuisines: Southern, American
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 10:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 11, Sunday 11 to 10:30. The bar closes daily at 1:30 AM
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Many patrons with an eye on dinner never get past the bar here. It's one of the liveliest around, with lots of people, plenty of television sets, and 18 draft beers. The food of the American South, particularly Louisiana, is the theme, and the kitchen pulls it off with gusto. To get you in the mood, the dining room has the aura of a Bourbon Street bordello.

A bread basket of plain and sweet-potato biscuits and cornbread greets diners. Start a meal with fried green tomatoes with rémoulade sauce, minced crab-and-corn fritters rolled in a batter, or deep-fried chicken strips with rémoulade sauce. Good main courses are blackened catfish, chicken-fried steak, Charleston chicken with shrimp, kielbasa, corn, and shallots sautéed in sherry butter, and Low Country Shortcake--roast chicken, oysters, and mashed potatoes layered with cornbread and coated with gravy.

Some of the clientele gravitates to the Sunday brunch, where the likes of pecan pancakes, Down Under French toast, and Southern Benedict--poached eggs over cornbread flooded with tasso-ham-studded hollandaise--inaugurate the day of rest.

Southside 815, 815 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-836-6222.
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