Though I love exploring the little shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants of King Street, Alexandria – I have nights when I prefer the quieter corners of Old Town that I think are just as romantic and quaint. If you want to get away from the crowd and noise of the main streets in Old Town, find the crosswalk between Slaters Lane and Potomac Greens, where Rustico and Buzz Bakery sit right across from each other, face to face. It’s a perfect spot to have dinner, and head right across the street for some baked sweets. If you know your way around, you can find the water that’s about a 10 minute walk away. As if I didn’t have enough reasons to love these Summer nights enough, being able to hit these spots in warmth after the sun goes down definitely makes my top ten.
(1. Breakfast Stout | 2. Rainbow Glass Wall Art | 3. Entrance | 4. Waiting for food! | 5. Scallops, Arugula and Creamy Asparagus Risotto)
Rustico is known for their pizza and bar, especially if your’e into beer. If you’re into stout like I am, they have one of my all time favorites that taste almost like a thick coffee soda that leaves an aftertaste of caramel lingering in your throat, and nostrils as you exhale. I was there to watch a Laker’s game on TV a couple weeks ago, and after tasting the Breakfast Stout – I knew I’d be back!
(1. Menu, Summer Cocktails | 2. Entrance | 3. Illuminated Wall Art in the Lounge Area | 4. The Sweet Greeting | 5. Variety of Desserts | 6. The Bees | 7. Choco PB Bomb & Cookie Dough Ice Cream)
Almost like a marriage meant to be – across the dark and mysterious Restaurant of Rustico, is the sweet and bubbly Buzz Bakery that faces right back at him from her street corner. This bakery specializes in dessert, but it’s also a coffee shop that offers cocktails, open mics and free wireless until midnight. If I ever lived in Alexandria, I’d visit this place a lot more to sit back on their couches, eat up internet and a red velvet cupcake while listening live indie music playing in the background.
And my Case of the Mondays is cured!
827 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314-1219
901 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314-1221