2015 Best of Alexandria Winners

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The results are finally here. This year there are some long-time favorites and some new winners. See the list below to learn whom your neighbors turn to for everything in their day-to-day needs.

 

 

Best Coffee Shop

3YEAR WINNER

 

Misha’s Coffeehouse and Roaster
102 S. Patrick St. / 703.548.4089 / www.mishascoffee.com

 

Other Favorites: Killer E.S.P. (1012 King St.), St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub (2300 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best Brunch

Jackson 20
480 King St. / 703.842.2790 / www.jackson20.com

Other Favorites: Del Ray Café (205 E. Howell Ave.), Chadwicks (203 The Strand)

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Best Happy Hour

Virtue Feed & Grain
106 S. Union St. / 571.970.3669 / www.virtuefeedgrain.com

Other Favorites: Hank’s Oyster Bar (1026 King St.), Del Ray Pizzeria (2218 Mount Vernon Ave.)

Honorable Mention to Newcomer Blackwall Hitch (5 Cameron St.)

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Best Fine Dining

3YEAR WINNER
Restaurant Eve
110 S. Pitt St. / 703.706.0450 / www.restauranteve.com

 

Other Favorites: Vermillion (1120 King St.), Landini Brothers Restaurant (115 King St.)

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Best Cocktail List

3YEAR WINNER
PX
King St., find the blue light / www.barpx.com

 

Other Favorites: Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St.), Jackson 20 (480 King St.)

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Best Fast Casual Restaurant

District Taco
701 S. Washington St. / 517.386.1400 / www.districttaco.com

Other Favorites: Nando’s Peri-Peri (702 King St.), Holy Cow (2312 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best Burger

2 YEAR WINNER
Holy Cow
2312 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.666.8616 / www.holycowdelray.com

 

Other Favorites: Five Guys (various locations), BGR (106 N. Washington St.)

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Best BBQ

2 YEAR WINNER
Pork Barrel BBQ
2312 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.822.5699 / www.bbqdelray.com

 

Other Favorites: Rocklands Barbeque (25 S. Quaker Lane), Sweet Fire Donna’s (510 John Carlyle St.)

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Best Pizza

RedRocks
904 King St. / 703.717.9873 / www.redrocksdc.com

Other Favorites: Del Ray Pizzeria (2218 Mount Vernon Ave.), Faccia Luna (823 S. Washington St.)

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Best Steak

Hunting Creek
1106 King St. / 703.836.5126 / www.huntingcreeksteak.com

Other Favorites: Flat Iron Steak & Saloon (808 King St.), Landini Brothers Restaurant (115 King St.)

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Best Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt Shop

3YEAR WINNER
The Dairy Godmother
2310 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.683.7767 / www.thedairygodmother.com

 

Other Favorites: Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream (109 King St.), Ben & Jerry’s (103 S. Union St.)

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Best Late Night Eats

Chadwicks
203 The Strand / 703.836.4442 / www.chadwicksrestaurants.com

Other Favorites: Columbia Firehouse (109 S. St. Asaph St.), Southside 815 (815 S. Washington St.)

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Best Wine List

2 YEAR WINNER     Grape & Bean
118 S. Royal St. / 703.664.0214
2 E. Walnut St. / 703.888.0709
www.grapeandbean.com

 

Other Favorites: Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St.), Cheesetique (2411 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best Patio Dining

Blackwall Hitch
5 Cameron St. / 571.982.3577 / www.theblackwallhitch.com

Other Favorites: Taverna Cretekou (818 King St.), Hunting Creek (1106 King St.)

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Best Kid Friendly Establishment

2 YEAR WINNER
Los Tios Grill
2615 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.299.9290 / www.lostiosgrill.com

 

Other Favorites: Austin Grill and Tequila Bar (801 King St.), Chadwicks (203 The Strand)

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Best Restaurant

3YEAR WINNER
Restaurant Eve
110 S. Pitt St. / 703.706.0450 / www.restauranteve.com

 

Other Favorites: Landini Brothers Restaurant (115 King St.), Vermillion (1120 King St.)

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Best Live Performance Venue

3YEAR WINNER
The Birchmere
     3701 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.549.7500 / www.birchmere.com

 

Other Favorites: Basin Street Lounge at Two Nineteen Restaurant (219 King St.), MetroStage (1201 N. Royal St.)

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Best Place to Watch Sports

T.J. Stone’s Grill House & Tap Room
608 Montgomery St. / 703.548.1004 / www.tjstones.com

Other Favorites: Del Ray Pizzeria (2218 Mount Vernon Ave.), Ramparts Tavern & Grill (1700 Fern St.)

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Best Hair Salon

3YEAR WINNER
Aquilano Salon
712 N. Washington St. / 703.683.0755 / www.aquilanosalon.com

 

Other Favorites: Lulu Sage Salon and Spa (610 Madison St.), The London Bob Hair Design (415 S. Washington St.)

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Best Spa

3YEAR WINNER
Sugar House Day Spa & Salon
111 N. Alfred St. / 703.549.9940 / www.sugarhousedayspa.com

 

Other Favorites: Lulu Sage Salon and Spa (610 Madison St.), Serenity Day Spa (209 Madison St.)

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Best Exercise/Fitness Studio

3YEAR WINNER
FitOne Studio
814 N. St. Asaph St. / 703.548.2223 / www.fitonestudio.com

 

Other Favorites: Pure Barre (429 John Carlyle St.), Fitness on the Run (210 N. Lee St.)

Honorable Mention to Newcomer Sand & Steel Fitness (109 S. Alfred St.)

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Best Pet Boarding

A Dog’s Day Out
403-B Swann Ave / 703.739.2336 / www.adogsdayout.com

Other Favorites: Your Dog’s Best Friends (2000 Jefferson Davis Hwy.), Whole Dogz (4748 Eisenhower Ave.)

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Best Pet Store

Olde Towne School for Dogs
529 Oronoco St. / 703.836.7643 / www.otsfd.com

Other Favorites: The Dog Park (705 King St.), Nature’s Nibbles (2601 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best Vet

Del Ray Animal Hospital
524 E. Mount Ida Ave. / 703.739.0000 / www.delrayanimalhospital.com

Other Favorites: Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre (1221 Belle Haven Road), VCA Old Town Animal Hospital (425 N. Henry St.)

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Best Pet Groomer

3YEAR WINNER
Olde Towne School for Dogs
529 Oronoco St. / 703.836.7643 / www.otsfd.com

 

Other Favorites: Hairy Situations (1561 Potomac Greens Drive), Barkley Square (211 N. Union St.)

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Best Pet Sitter/Walker

Barkley Square
211 N. Union St. / 703.329.1043 / www.barkleysquare.com

Other Favorites: Doggywalker.com (202 E. Custis Ave.), Bow Wow Meow (113 E. Windsor Ave.)

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Best Consignment Boutique

3YEAR WINNER
Mint Condition
103. S. St Asaph St. / 703.836.6468 / www.shopmintcondition.com

 

Other Favorites: Bellies & Babies (1913 Mount Vernon Ave.), 529 Kids Consign (122 S. Royal St.)

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Best Antique Shop

2 YEAR WINNER
Evolution Home
6239 Shields Ave. / 703.519.1911 / www.evolution-home.com

 

Other Favorites: Maggie Jane’s (913 King St.), Reunions (1709 Centre Plaza)

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Best Art Studio/Gallery

3YEAR WINNER
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St. / 703.838.4565 / www.torpedofactory.org

 

Other Favorites: Principle Gallery (208 King St.), The Art League (105 N. Union St.)

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Best Bakery/Candy Shop

2 YEAR WINNER
Lavender Moon Cupcakery
116 S. Royal St. / 703.683.0588 / www.facebook.com/lavendermooncupcakery

 

Other Favorites: Sugar Cube (1218 King St.), Sugar Shack Donuts (804 N. Henry St.)

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Best Jewelry Store

Mystique Jewelers of Old Town
211 The Strand / 703.836.1401 / www.mystiquejewelers.com

Other Favorites: King’s Jewelry (609 King St.), Coco Blanca (210 S. Union St.)

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Best Shoe Store

3YEAR WINNER
The Shoe Hive
175 S. Fairfax St. / 703.548.7105 / www.store.theshoehive.com

 

Other Favorites: Comfort One Shoes (201 King St.), Bishop Boutique (815-B King St.)

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Best Children’s Store

Bellies & Babies
1913 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.518.8908 / www.belliesbabies.com

Other Favorites: Pink and Brown Boutique (1212 King St.), 529 Kids Consign (122 S. Royal St.)

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Best Home Store

Coco Blanca
210 S. Union St. / 703.535.8002 / www.cocoblanca.com

Other Favorites: Decorium Home (116 King St.), Red Barn Mercantile (1117 King St.)

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Best Clothing Boutique

Coco Blanca
210 S. Union St. / 703.535.8002 / www.cocoblanca.com

Other Favorites: Kiskadee (2205 Mount Vernon Ave.), Mint Condition (103 S. St. Asaph St.)

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Best Florist

2 YEAR WINNER
The Enchanted Florist
139 S. Fairfax St. / 703.836.777 / www.enchantedfloristoldtown.com

 

Other Favorites: Helen Olivia (128 N. Pitt St.), Conklyn’s (4406 Wheeler Ave.)

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Best Car Dealership

Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria
3410 King St. / 888.680.7314/ www.lindsaylexusofalexandria.com

Other Favorites: Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota (3750 Jefferson Davis Hwy.), Alexandria Hyundai (1707 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best New Business

Potomac Physical Medicine
113 N. Henry St. / 571.234.9319 / www.potomacphysicalmedicine.com

Other Favorites: Stomping Ground (2309 Mount Vernon Ave.), Sugar Shack (804 N. Henry St.)

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Best Nonprofit

3YEAR WINNER
Alexandria Police Youth Camp
3600 Wheeler Ave. / 571.221.4828 / www.alexpyc.org

 

Other Favorites: King Street Cats (25 Dove St.), The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (3330 King St.)

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Best Bank/Credit Union

3YEAR WINNER
Burke & Herbert Bank
Multiple Locations / 703.684.1655 / www.burkeandherbertbank.com

 

Other Favorites: Wells Fargo (Multiple locations), Signature Federal Credit Union (12 Herbert St.)

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Best Real Estate Agent

Karen Hall, @home Real Estate Lounge & Design Center
111 S. Alfred St. / 703.791.1167 / www.athomedcmetro.com

Other Favorites: Shaun Murphy, RE/MAX Allegiance (5100 Leesburg Pike), Christine Sennott, @home Real Estate Lounge & Design Center (111 S. Alfred St.)

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Best Old Town Business

@home Real Estate Lounge & Design Center
111 S. Alfred St. / 703.791.1167 / www.athomedcmetro.com

Other Favorites: Coco Blanca (210 S. Union St.), Bellacara (1000 King St.)

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Best Carlyle / Eisenhower Business

Pure Barre Alexandria
429 John Carlyle St. / 703.303.8146 / www.purebarre.com/va-alexandria

Other Favorites: Sweet Fire Donna’s (510 John Carlyle St.), Whole Foods (1700 Duke St.)

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Best Del Ray Business

2 YEAR WINNER
Cheesetique
2411 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.706.5300 / www.cheesetique.com

 

Other Favorites: Bellies & Babies (1913 Mount Vernon Ave.), The Dairy Godmother (2310 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best Arlandria Business

Mom’s Organic Market
3831 Mount Vernon Ave. / 703.535.5980 / www.momsorganicmarket.com

Other Favorites: RT’s Restaurant (3804 Mount Vernon Ave.), The Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.)

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Best West End Business

Port City Brewing Company
3950 Wheeler Ave. / 703.797.2739 / www.portcitybrewing.com

Other Favorites: Mediterranean Bakery Inc. (352 S. Pickett St.), UnWined (3690-J King St.)

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. While we realize Evolution Home is outside the City of Alexandria, for the purposes of Best of, we allowed any business with an Alexandria address (City or Fairfax County) to be included. Sorry for any confusion. Thanks!

  2. I was disappointed to see that you did not have a category for Best Beauty Boutique (not hair salons). There are a few in town and to leave out that category and force them to compete with all other businesses is short sighted, when clearly most of your voters are going to be women. If this town can support more than a couple then it should be considered for a separate category.

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