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Appetite: Wooboi Chicken Sizzles Into Old Town Alexandria

The first thing you need to know about Wooboi Chicken: The restaurant takes its spices seriously.

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Appetite: Hangry Panda, Food Trucks Navigate New Avenues

It’s no secret that times are tough across the restaurant industry nationwide.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Restaurant Notes From Around Town in Alexandria

Though the Covid-19 pandemic marches on, there are signs of life across the city’s restaurants as new enterprises launch and old favorites re-emerge.

Appetite: Alexandria: Hank & Mitzi’s Chef Edwards Wins Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

Through multiple courses, battling multiple competitors, Hank & Mitzi’s own Chef Chris Edwards came out on top of the Food Network’s “Chopped” competition last week, facing off against competitors from across the country – and Edwards’ own back yard in Alexandria.

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9 Spots for Outdoor Dining in Alexandria

Over the past six months, restaurants across Alexandria have had to get creative in the face of unprecedented challenges.

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Appetite: 3 Spots for a Warm Meal on an Autumn Day in Alexandria

When the mercury drops on the thermometer, it’s time to seek out a bit of warmth with your meals.

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Appetite: Calling All Cats: Mount Purrnon Offers Cuddles, Rescue on the Menu in Alexandria

Cat lovers of the region, rejoice: Alexandria’s first cat café is on the loose.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News Notes

The shift from summer hasn’t stopped progress: A Del Ray gelato shop nears its dawn, a Chinese restaurant in North Old Town makes a foray outside and a hotel restaurant gets a makeover in name and menu.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News Notes

From more time to pick up great restaurant deals to lifting a glass at a new outdoor watering hole to carb-loading with thick and chewy bagels, the city is bursting with flavors. Here’s a rundown of the latest news.

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Appetite: This Alexandria Restaurant Week Gives New Meaning to “In-House”

While indoor dining has been curtailed in many restaurants due to social distancing requirements, this summer’s festival of local food is moving to another exclusive locale: Your home.

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Appetite: The Chewish Deli Almost Ready to Open in Alexandria

Bagel lovers, rejoice. Soon, a new bagel shop will be opening its doors in Old Town Alexandria, providing a bit more chew to the morning meal.

Appetite: Thai Signature Wants to Leave Its Mark on King Street in Alexandria

Nestled in the heart of King Street, there’s a new Thai flavor coming to town.

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Appetite: Del Ray Boccato to Keep Mount Vernon Avenue Cool in Alexandria

In the dog days of a pandemic summer, a new beacon of cold treats has begun to shine in Del Ray, its light getting brighter day by day prior to its opening in just a few weeks.

Appetite: Say Hello to Hank & Mitzi’s This Month in Alexandria

Soon, the aroma of rich Italian food will once more waft from the corner of Montgomery Street and St. Asaph Street.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News Notes

From more ways to get bagels to new restaurants opening their doors to welcoming back an old favorite, there are certainly signs of life amongst the city’s eateries again.

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Appetite: Dining Out, Phase 3: Two Restaurateurs Discuss the Latest in Alexandria

Now that Alexandria is solidly in Phase 3 of the Virginia Forward reopening plan, restaurants and cafes are wide open – with social distancing in place – both inside and out.

Appetite: Not Ready for Indoor Dining? Eat Al Fresco Here in Alexandria

Here on the precipice of Virginia’s Phase 3 of reopening, most of Alexandria’s restaurants are back to business as usual – within the scope of a major pandemic, that is.

Appetite: On the Menu: Goings-On in Alexandria Restaurants

From permanent restaurant closures to a focus on private parties to wholesalers becoming direct-to-consumer distributors, the pandemic has brought with it quite a few changes to the area’s food-and-drink landscape.

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Appetite: How Are Restaurants Handling Phase 2 in Alexandria?

As Phase 2 of the state’s Forward Virginia plan nears the end of its first week in Alexandria, restaurants are settling into the new rules in different ways.

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Appetite: 4 Ingredients for a Stellar Pandemic Picnic

A Friday-night picnic under the stars may look a little different in this age of social-distancing, but the weather waits for no pandemic, and the nights have turned warm and balmy.

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Appetite: Food Trucks Lift Spirits, Bring Community to Cameron Station

It’s a tale as old as time: Communities finding common ground with food, sharing meals together, looking forward to events that center on a family meal, a special occasion.

Get Ready to Rock the Block for a Good Cause in Alexandria

One night. A dozen restaurants. And unlimited food and drink.