APPETITE in Alexandria

APPETITE in Alexandria

Off the Menu: Restaurant News and Notes for October

From new restaurant openings to location changes to structural shifts, there’s a lot going on in the Alexandria food scene this month. Here are a few bite-sized nuggets of food news circulating around town at the moment.

Andy’s Pizza Opens on King Street

There’s a new pizza joint in town: Local chain Andy’s Pizza has opened an outpost at 107 N. Fayette Street. Dine in with a whole pie or pick up a slice to carry out as you stroll the streets of Old Town. The Alexandria location is Andy’s sixth in the area, and the eatery has developed quite a following throughout the DMV region. From family favorites to new flavors (plant-based Margherita, anyone?), Andy’s has a wealth of options to choose from.

Magnolia’s Becomes Michael’s on King

Magnolia’s, nee Magnolia’s on King, has changed hands (and cuisines) with Michael’s Little Italy to become Michael’s on King. The restaurant at 703 King Street opened its doors Oct. 10 following the closure of Michael’s Little Italy at 305 S. Washington Street at the end of September and offers many of the Italian specialties (and staff!) diners have come to expect from the former Washington Street location – “with the addition of a few of Michael’s specialties,” the restaurant said in a statement. 

Sweet Relief Moves to Online Orders Only

Sweet Relief at 1506 Mount Vernon Avenue is making some changes to its structure – but is still serving all the decadent treats customers have come to expect.

“Sweet Relief will be a multi-use space so stay tuned for events we host. Our location will also be available for bookings,” the company said via social media.

“We will keep a consistent menu which will still include specials. … We will offer scheduled pickups and delivery within a set mile radius. Catering orders for both pickups and delivery is available. ‘Cupcake’ our trailer will still make her appearance and be available for bookings.”

The new online-order business model takes effect Oct. 23.

Award-winning columnist Hope Nelson is author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at