These are four of the best Old Town Alexandria brunch spots that specialize in variety … and tastiness!
Let’s be honest: brunch is the best. For me, getting up early on the weekends can be pretty tough. Most days, the only thing stopping me from sleeping in is the fact that brunch is calling my name.
One of the best places in Northern Virginia to go out to eat is Old Town Alexandria. There, you get the best of both worlds: delicious, trendy restaurants with a 17th and 18th century feel.
Go into any Alexandria restaurant on a Saturday or Sunday morning, and chances are, they are serving brunch. But not all brunch spots are created equal. Here are a few of our favorite Old Town Alexandria brunch spots.
Jackson 20 — 480 King St.
Jackson 20 has found the perfect balance of traditional, southern breakfast and delicious contemporary offerings.
Want to go the traditional southern breakfast route? Their biscuits and gravy are to die for. Their BLT also incorporates Jackson 20’s own unique southern flair, adding eggs over-easy and fried green tomatoes.
Their slow-cooked beef brisket hash is also out of this world. It takes crispy Idaho potatoes, adds in a good balance of onions and peppers, and then tops it with mouthwatering beef brisket, along with two eggs over-easy on a side of toast.
In the mood for lunch instead? Their Carolina BBQ Pork Sliders will have you ordering seconds (and extra apple cider cole slaw), and you can never go wrong with their Tavern Burger, which is topped with crisp bacon and a BBQ aioli.
Polish that down with a cool glass of fresh-squeezed juice and you have the makings for one of the best Old Town Alexandria brunch spots.
La Tasca — 607 King St.
Ok, this one might seem like a surprise, especially since brunch doesn’t open until 11 a.m. However, if you can wait a few hours, the Sangria Brunch at La Tasca will not disappoint.
The special brunch is pretty simple. Just $22 gets you three tapas, and glasses of sangria are just $2 each. If sangria isn’t your thing, don’t worry: mimosas and bloody marys are also just $2 during brunch.
You’re not going to find traditional breakfast foods here. Their tapas offerings are split into three different menus for meats, vegetables, and seafood. However, if you like brunch for the “unch,” and want to have a few alcoholic drinks without breaking the bank, this is definitely the spot for you.
While the portions — like most tapas — tend to be smaller than what you’d get at a traditional breakfast spot, don’t let that discourage you. Grab a table with a group of friends, and order a bunch of different menu offerings while sipping on affordable, delicious sangria.
Chadwick’s — 203 Strand St.
Chadwick’s is one of my personal favorites because it is just a stone’s throw from Waterfront Park and has outside dining for brunch when the weather cooperates. Combine the great food with this great ambience and you have a definite contender for one of the best Old Town Alexandria brunch spots.
Their Scottish Scramble is delicious, adding the traditional Scottish smoked salmon to a plate that includes scrambled eggs, home fries, and an English muffin. If you prefer Irish fare, their Bangers & Mash combines delicious Irish sausage with creamy mashed potatoes. If you’re more interested in lunch, their Corned Beef Reuben is delicious, as are their fish tacos and fried shrimp po’boy.
Fontaine Caffe and Creperie — 119 South Royal St.
Sometimes, you’re looking for a low-key brunch. Maybe you don’t want anything too exciting — just a crepe and a good cappuccino. If that’s up your alley, then this is the spot for you.
Their special brunch menu — served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 3 — includes some traditional breakfast offerings like french toast, quiche, and scrambled eggs with cold-smoked salmon (yum). But what sets Fontaine apart is its menu of crepes.
The very concept of brunch itself is a blend of the sweet and savory, giving restaurant goers a choice between syrup covered pancakes and delicious lunch sandwiches. Fontaine takes this principle and applies it to crepes, with both savory and sweet offerings.
Have a sweet tooth? Try one of their crepes that include fresh fruit, cream cheese, Nutella, or even ice cream. But if you’re looking for something with a bit more substance, their savory crepe menu offers everything from salmon to ham to sausage to scrambled eggs. Their brunch cocktail menu is definitely on the pricey side, but their menu is definitely more unique than other breakfast spots in the area!
So, which Old Town Alexandria brunch spots did we miss? Let us know in the comment section below and we’ll include them in Part II of our list!