7 Crazy Delicious Restaurants in Alexandria, VA

For those of you looking for delish eats in Alexandria, VA, you’re welcome in advance.  We’re beyond pumped to tell you about 7 must try restaurants in the area.   Featuring everything from spicy chicken sandwiches to some of the best sushi in the DMV, you’re in for an absolute treat.  So without further ado, let’s kick things off with Wooboi.

1. Wooboi Chicken

If you’ve been following us for a while, you already know that we heart Wooboi.  Their chicken sandwiches are crazy delicious so you should be excited that they now have a brick and mortar in Alexandria.

If you’re brave enough to try their code blue, get it with their original “sando” – just make sure you have milk on ya because that sh*t is spicy AF.  Want to err on the safe side?  Start with mild because even their mild’s hot.

wooboi chicken sandwiches

Their menu’s small but mighty.  Our favorite’s their “sando,” but we also like their tenders basket.  The former’s topped with ciderslaw, butter pickles, and comeback sauce, and the latter comes with 4 pieces + white bread and pickles.  No meal’s complete without sides so get an order of their waffle fries or go all out and get their loaded version – Choi fries FTW.

wooboi tenders

Location: 531 Montgomery Street – click here to order.

2.  Chop Shop Taco

Located in the heart of Parker-Gray, Alexandria, Chop Shop Taco is a must-visit for so many reasons.  Summer’s right around the corner so you definitely want to park your ass on their patio and enjoy some bomb eats while throwing back a refreshing cocktail or two.

cocktails chop shop taco

For food, get an array of tacos – we recommend their crispy flounder, fried shrimp, roasted mushroom and pork – along with their street corn, frito pie and quesadilla-birria.  Obviously, guac’s a must – get an order for your table and enjoy while sipping on margaritas.  And don’t leave without snapping a pic with their famous “chop it up” mural.  Gotta do it for the ‘gram!

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chop shop street corn chop shop taco

Location:  1008 Madison Street, open for dine-in, pickup and delivery Tuesday-Thursday from 12-9PM, and Friday and Saturday from 11AM-10PM.

3.  The Handover

Honestly, some of the best sushi in the DMV area.  Really though.  We dined on their outdoor patio due to COVID, but we hear their counter’s where it’s at.  With 14 spots available, you get to experience said deliciousness right at the moment of its creation.  Now that we’re fully vaxxed, we’ll be heading back ASAP.

handover sushi

They’re known for their hand rolls – hence the name “The Handover” – but their entire menu’s fire.  We recommend splurging on a platter (choose from sashimi, sushi or maki), but their bowls are legit, too.

salmon poke bowl

Their salmon poke was fantastic, and if by chance they’re still offering their ninja deco roll, you need to indulge.  Made with spicy tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko, sweet and spicy sauce and crunchy potato crisps, it’s one of the best rolls you’ll ever have.  Full stop.

the handover sushi

Located on 728 King Street, and hours are Sunday from 11:30-9PM, Tuesday-Thursday 11:30-9M, and Friday-Saturday from 11:30-10PM.

4.  Smoking Kow BBQ

Craving solid BBQ?  Yeah, we know that’s a dumb question because who doesn’t want to enjoy delicious melt-in-your-mouth meats on the regular.  Every day’s a good day for BBQ, and Smoking Kow does it so well.  They’re currently closed for dine in, but they’re offering some delicious deals for pickup and delivery.

There’s so much to love here.  Their Mac ‘N Meat’s an awesome choice (your choice of protein served on top of their garlic, jalapeño mac ‘n cheese), but we also recommend their platters or sandwiches.  Their chopped brisket’s delicious (always get moist over lean, you’re welcome), but their pulled pork, smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage and burnt ends are on point as well.

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Sides are a must!  Get an order of their cornbread, cheesy jalapeño grits, Texas caviar and mac ‘n cheese for the table.  They also offer big platters for 4 or 8 if you prefer so get whatever tickles your fancy.  They’ll most likely open for dine-in soon (if they haven’t already) – if you decide to indulge there, their parking lot’s TINY so consider yourself warned.

Located on 3250 Duke Street, hours are as follows:  Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday from 11-8PM and Friday and Saturday from 11-8:30PM!

5.  Junction Bakery & Bistro

Everything about Junction is a home run, from their polished aesthetic to their delicious food.  You may get fast-casual vibes from this place, but their eats are anything but.  Expect an elevated meal that will leave you happy and full.

Their pastries are fantastic – make sure you try their chocolate croissant and seasonal cruffin – and their noms are always imaginative.  Our go-tos are their chicken pot pie and french onion soup, but we’re assuming those dishes are no longer available, at least for the summer.

junction pastries

Other than their Cubano, we haven’t had much from their current menu, but history tells us it’ll all be delicious.  So whether you’re looking for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or want to enjoy a scrumptious dinner out, make sure to give them a shot!  PS.  they just reopened their second location in Cap Hill so that’s an option as well.

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junction french onion soup

Located on 1508 Mount Vernon Avenue, hours are 7AM-8PM daily.

6.  Rustico

Like any NRG establishment, the beer offerings here are strong.  And let’s be real, what’s better than pizza and brews?  We like to keep things simple with their Margheritaville, but they have lots of other delicious combos to choose from.

rustico pizza

In addition to an epic selection of ‘za, they offer burgers, subs and pastas.  We especially love their gnocchi and short rib ragu!  Just remember to save room for dessert because their donuts are pretty damn delicious.  Choose from lemon sugar, powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar.

rustico donuts

Located on 827 Slaters Lane, and hours are as follows: Monday-Friday 11:30AM-12AM, Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-12AM.

7.  Evening Star Cafe

Speaking of NRG, Evening Star Cafe is yet another gem you all need to experience.  Located in Del Ray, they’ve been up and running for the last 24 (!!!!) years.  They have a seasonal menu featuring produce they source from local vendors and offer over 1,500 regional and international wines in addition to craft cocktails and beer.

evening star cafe

Prefer to dine al fresco?  Head to their patio (otherwise known as The Front Porch) to enjoy bites and sip on fun adult dranks like bourbon slushies and frosé.

evening star cocktails

Located on 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue, and hours are as follows:  Wednesday-Friday 4-10PM, Saturday from 10-10PM, and Sunday from 10-9PM.

Who’s excited to venture out to Alexandria and try all these restaurants?  Let us know what your go-to places are by leaving a comment below, and click here to see more from our Virginia tab.  We update our Nomtastic Foods blog every Monday and Thursday so make sure you check back soon.  Until next time!


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