Alexandria Restaurants Named Best Cheap Eats in DC Area

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Washingtonian Cheap Eats (Image via @Haute_Dogs on Twitter)

We were alerted yesterday to the news of Cameron Station’s London Curry House being named a Best Cheap Eat in Large Groups. Now, there are three more restaurants to tell you about that have been named Best Cheap Eats in the Washington, D.C. area in 2016.

As we told you, Washingtonian combed the Washington D.C. area for the best places to eat for less than $25 per person as part of its May issue. In addition to the London Curry House, one restaurant in Old Town was named a Best Cheap Eat as was one in Old Town North and Del Ray.

Eamonn’s, located at 728 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia was named to Washingtonian’s Best for Carryout list.

Here’s what the editors had to say about Eamonn’s:

This pubby Old Town spot is modeled after an Irish fish-and-chips shop – Guinness on tap, mushy peas, and all. But most important, the cooks here know their way around the fryer. Our top order is the Codwich – which tastes like a Filet-O-Fish that’s been treated to a cheffy upgrade, thanks to beautifully battered (and sustainably sourced) cod, rich house-made tartar, and crisp coleslaw. Plump, sweet fried prawns make for a nice starter, especially paired with pink Marie Rose sauce. Tables are few, but whether you eat in or take out, your food will be served one way—in a paper bag.

Also good: Fried cod and chips; fried basa (a mild white fish); coleslaw.

Haute Dogs & Fries (one of my favorite places), located at 610 Montgomery Street in the Old Town North neighborhood, made Washingtonian’s Best for Carryout List as well.

Here’s what the editors had to say about Haute Dog & Fries:

If you have any doubts about just how special a hot dog can be, get yourself to this narrow Old Town shop and order a bánh mì dog. It takes the accessories that make the Vietnamese sub such a kaleidescope of flavor and texture (sliced jalapeños, matchsticks of carrot and cucumber, a zigzag of thick mayo) and transports them to a perfect canvas—a griddled all-beef frank on a toasty, liberally buttered bun. That and a wiener-style rethink of Peking duck are among the more creative offerings. But the straightforward renditions of regional specialties—say, a classic Chicago dog or a ground-beef-topped Coney Island dog—are just as tasty.

Also good: Fenway dog, with ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions; OBX dog, with chili, slaw, and yellow mustard; Bombshell dog, with sautéed onions, mango-pineapple relish, and jalapeños; baked beans.

In Del Ray, Cheesetique (another of my personal favorites), made Washingtonian’s Best for Drinks and Vegetarians as well as the Date-night Worthy list. Cheesetique is located at 2411 Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Here’s what Washingtonian’s editors had to say about Cheesetique:

Leave it to cheese obsessive Jill Erber to transform a gooey crock of French onion soup into something even gooier—a sourdough grilled cheese spilling with Gruyère and deeply caramelized onions. At her twin wine bars, each fronted by a gourmet shop, she raids her sprawling cheese cases for pretty much every dish on the menu. Rich, funky Taleggio gives a cheesesteak a luxe upgrade, while goat Gouda and Asiago go into a superb breadcrumb-topped mac. Or opt for the stuff in its purest form—the staffers behind the Carrara-marble bar will help you put together just the right cheese board.

Also good: Spinach-and-artichoke dip; burrata with marinated tomatoes; Italian Stallion grilled cheese, with salami and provolone; “grown-up” grilled cheese with tomato soup.

(Image via @Haute_Dogs on Twitter)

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