The husband and I love going to Del Ray, a cute ‘up and coming’ neighborhood in Alexandria. One of our favorite restaurants is Evening Star Cafe. They have a quaint dining area and two bars. The downstairs bar can get a bit smoky, but we just discovered the upstairs bar, which is non-smoking and has TVs for watching sports. Besides the food, I also love Evening Star’s lengthy AND reasonably priced wine list. The owners also own Planet Wine, a wine store next door to Evening Store that also has a wonderful selection of wines and they are very knowledgeable and friendly. Sometimes they even sell gluten free brownies from Buzz bakery.
Now to the best part…the food! Every time I have gone to Evening Star, the wait staff has been more than willing to accommodate me. Their menu changes seasonally, but usually a large part of the menu can be modified to fit my gluten free needs. I’m a big fan of the salmon and their sides are delicious. Just make sure that the waiter clearly understands about the potential for contamination as well. It’s a small kitchen so it’s always good to give a friendly reminder.
For lunch I enjoy one of their salads with grilled chicken and one of their vinaigrettes. I have not been to Evening Star for brunch since I’ve been diagnosed, but from my ‘pre-celiac days,’ I can tell you, the brunch is awesome! I’m not sure, however, what their GF options are for brunch.
The staff at Evening Star is very friendly and the chef has even come out to talk to me before to make sure that I feel comfortable. Evening Star doesn’t take reservations so plan on having a drink at the bar if you want to go on a Friday or Saturday night. It’s worth the wait!
Note: The owners of Evening Star also own Rustico, Tallulah, and Buzz Bakery…I’ll be blogging about them soon!
Evening Star Cafe: 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Telephone (703) 549-5051