The Northeast Quadrant of Old Town: Our Favorite Places
There is so much to discover and enjoy in Old Town. To make it a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up our favorite spots in each quadrant of Old Town. In this article, we explore the lovely Northeast Quadrant of Old Town, which we love for its proximity to DC and the waterfront! The Northeast Quadrant of Old Town has so much to offer. From dining out to working out, from shopping to pampering, the options are almost endless! Here are our team members favorite spots in the Northeast Quadrant.
Our Favorite Restaurants in the Northeast Quadrant of Old Town
A La Lucia
315 Madison Street
Where can you get a restaurant membership that has 10% off carryout orders, 25% off an bottle of wine daily, 40% off all retail wine purchase, and more? A La Lucia! Their friendly and personal service and fabulous traditional Italian cuisine combine for a memorable dining experience.
Hank’s Pasta Bar
600 Montgomery Street
This “classy lounge” has so many different varieties of pasta! We love the lemon ricotta gnocchi and pappardelle al ragu with braised lamb. Hank’s Pasta Bar even offers a gluten-free pasta option. Try one of its signature seasonal cocktails such as “Bohemian Bandito” and “Under the Cherry Moon.” Be sure to stop by on the third Saturday of the month to see a drag show.
222 N Lee Street
Jack’s Deli is small, with a locals-only vibe for people in the know. There are only four tables, a small bar, and a partial convenience store. They have fresh squeezed OJ and an astounding number of offerings for breakfast! You can usually spot Allison with her husband and son at Jack’s on Saturday mornings.
610 Montgomery Street
Natural all-beef franks, beef, veggie and chicken are all different dogs available at Haute Dogs. Emily loves going to Haute Dogs, both of their locations in Alexandria and Nats Park! Make sure to try their infamous “eskimo dog” for dessert. Think brown sugar cinnamon toasted bun…vanilla ice cream…caramel and chocolate drizzle…YES, PLEASE!
Momo Sushi & Cafe
212 Queen Street
Be forewarned! Momo Sushi & Cafe is very popular – and usually has a line – for good reason. Try its sushi or sashimi sampler platters to have a bit of everything. Be sure to try the “mochi” ice cream for dessert. If you don’t have time to dine in, Momo offers takeout as well.
Myron Mixon’s BBQ
220 North Lee Street
Made with their signature dry rubs and sauces, nationally recognized pitmaster Myron Mixon offers genuine, delicious barbeque at Myron Mixon’s BBQ that Susan and her family love. Definitely try the Bourbon Pecan Pie with its perfect ratio of pie to ice cream!
608 Montgomery Street
TJ Stone’s offers fabulous weekday specials such as burger night and half-priced bottle of wines on Monday, Taco night on Tuesdays, trivia on Wednesdays and wing night Thursdays! Its great staff help create a a great night out with friends or a lovely sit-down dinner with family!
The Perfect Pita
951 North Fairfax Street
Their slogan “You are what you eat, so why not be perfect?” definitely lives up to the hype. Delicious food, convenient location, and local ingredients…what’s not to love? A plus – The Perfect Pita has a great vegan menu. Felicia tried out their hummus sampling and she loves the Black Bean, Jalapeno, and Roasted Red Pepper!
Old Town Deli
109 North Washington Street
Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? Old Town Deli has the best sandwiches and salads. Make sure you try the Old Town Club, a classic made to perfection, or the Sampler Salad, also affectionately known by regulars as the “Stinky Salad.” Enjoy this enormous salad topped with delicious dressing but don’t forget to bring a breath mint for after lunch.
Our Favorite Shops in the Northeast Quadrant of Old Town
612 North St Asaph Street
In the Northeast Quadrant of Old Town, you will find Alexandria City’s only Trader Joe’s. Known for its own line of signature brands/items touted as “food and drinks from around the world and around the corner.” The prices at here are likely the best in Old Town and the wine selection is fabulous. Check Trader Joe’s website for food recipes too!
A | R Workshop
107 North Fairfax Street
Feeling crafty and wanting to spruce up the decor of your house? Bring a friend to A | R Workshop and both of you can create charming works of art, from canvases to pillows to decorative signage.
218 North Lee Street
Described as having “classic clothing and unique gifts for infants and children,” Monday’s Child is the perfect store for new moms to shop for their children. It’s also the perfect place to pick up a first communion or baptism outfit, personalized gifts, and more. Monday’s Child even has a side, stroller- accessible entrance!
105 North Union Street
Situated on the Old Town waterfront and free to the public is the Torpedo Factory. Here you can see beautiful works of art from local artists and watch them work in their onsite studios. After watching artists create their masterpieces, you can even purchase your own original piece.
609 King Street
This fine-jewelry retailer not only sells beautiful new jewelry, but also antique and estate jewelry. King’s Jewelry is also known for its high quality jewelry repair services. With stunning pieces for any occasion, watches, and giftware, King’s Jewelry is the perfect stop for getting a gift for that someone special.
Old Town School for Dogs
529 Oronoco Street
Committed to “educating dogs and their owners” in the DC area since 1975, the family-owned and operated Old Town School for Dogs is a “must” for Northeast Quadrant dog owners and lovers. Offering training, grooming, and a retail shop, this storefront truly caters to your every canine need! Its comprehensive training program is second to none (check out its “Puppy Head Start” program). The retail space offers an enormous assortment of dog (and cat) supplies, from food to beds. OTSFD groomers use start of the art equipment and even blow dry each dog by hand after each grooming!
Our Favorite Places for Wellness & Pampering in the Northeast Quadrant of Old Town
Lulu Sage Salon and Spa
610 Madison Street
Having a hard time finding a hair salon you trust? Check out Lulu Sage Salon! Their stylists take pride in their work and use the latest techniques and technology. With new deals every month and generous loyalty and referral programs, come pamper yourself at this relaxing salon.
Serenity Day Spa
209 Madison Street
Nothing is better than getting a bunch of friends together and having a spa day! There are so many different ways to get pampered at Serenity Day Spa, from massages to facials, hair and nail treatments and more. Check out its many packages and spa parties.
805 North Royal Street
High-intensity training and rewarding workouts is what you will get at Crossfit! Check out their website to see their daily workouts online that they provide. Crossfit Old Town offers a foundations class for beginners, as well as specialized classes for kids and teens.
Fitness on the Run
210 North Lee Street
Allison loves Fitness on the Run – it is a personal training only gym that gives clients individual attention. You can sign up for either individual sessions or small group sessions with their highly skilled trainers or attend specialized workshops. Nutritional services are also available.
351 North Union Street
Founder’s Park waterfront location is perfect for picnics, playing volleyball, and strolling along the trail next to the Potomac River. There is so much green space to enjoy nice weather and family! Founder’s Park is also home to many of Old Town’s iconic events.
The Northeast Quadrant of Old Town has so many unique places. Whether you’re looking for a night out with a significant other or a place to take your kids, the options are endless. Did we miss your favorite stop in the Northeast Quadrant of Old Town? Please let us know in the comments below!
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