Many of these spots pay homage to traditional Southern fare with new takes on the classics, and others take advantage of our proximity to the bounties of the Chesapeake, focusing on fresh, local seafood. However, the restaurant scene in Arlington, Alexandria, and other surrounding suburban areas is also pretty remarkable -- Northern Virginia has a delicious and diverse food scene.
Warfare with the Virginia Indian nations had been a factor in the 17th century; after 1700 there was continued conflict with natives east of the Alleghenies, especially in the French and Indian War (1754-1763), when the tribes were allied with the French.In 1920, Virginia's General Assembly voted to incorporate what had been Alexandria County as Arlington County to minimize confusion.Map of Alexandria County (1878), including what is now Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.Pair with a glass of the sparkling for optimal enjoyment. The husband-and-wife duo behind Trummer's are heavy hitters in the dining scene, which is why it’s no surprise that their dishes and cocktails reflect a high level of passion and commitment -- including bringing on board executive chef Clayton Miller, who once cooked at The French Laundry.Located less than an hour away from the city, Trummer’s on Main is a gorgeous farmhouse with exposed hardwood beams and large windows, which allows plenty of sunlight to filter in. Framed like a colonial-era tavern, Jackson 20 focuses on American cuisine with a Southern twist -- so order down-home brunch standards like biscuits and gravy, or the Southernized version of a BLT, which adds over easy eggs and fried green tomatoes.