Dine at Presidential Hotspots for Alexandria Restaurant Week January 7, 2013
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Alexandria Restaurant Week: Inaugural Edition
January 18 - 27, 2013

Dine at Presidential Hotspots


CALENDAR LISTING: January 18 - 27, 2013. Alexandria Restaurant Week: Inaugural Edition. Alexandria celebrates the inauguration with a special edition of Restaurant Week. Kicking off inaugural weekend and lasting for 10 days, Alexandria's presidential hotspots and more than 50 eateries are offering $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two. See why presidents from Barack Obama to George Washington have made Alexandria their dining destination. Find menus and more presidential connections at www.visitalexandriava.com/.

Restaurant Week link: http://www.visitalexandriava.com/restaurants/restaurant-week/

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(Alexandria, VA) -- Alexandria celebrates the inauguration with a special edition of Restaurant Week. Kicking off inaugural weekend and lasting for 10 days, January 18 to 27, 2013, Alexandria's presidential hotspots and more than 50 eateries are offering $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two. With fine dining plus acclaimed neighborhood favorites, patrons can see why President Obama and the First Family have frequented Alexandria eateries. Diners can treat their ears and their taste buds at piano bar shows by the White House pianist that performed for every president from Nixon through Clinton, and go back in time and dine at George Washington's favorite tavern, which has hosted all of the country's first five presidents.

Alexandria's presidential culinary connections include:

Barack Obama and the First Family
Several of the Obama's Alexandria eateries are participating in Restaurant Week.
• Del Ray Pizzeria - Featuring presidential pies enjoyed by Barack Obama.
• The Majestic - Chef Shannon Overmiller presents selections from the First Family's menu for Michelle's mother's birthday, including a classic Caesar salad, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes, and the Majestic's signature meatloaf.
• Union Street Public House - Sample trout and gumbo at this eatery visited by Michelle and Malia Obama.

White House Pianist for Nixon through Clinton
• The Grille at Morrison House - Piano bar features Bob Smith, the White House pianist who performed for every president from Nixon through Clinton. Performances Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Throughout the week, Chef Brian McPherson presents fresh seasonal selections including a pumpkin soup with duck confit and an olive oil poached Scottish salmon.

Ronald Reagan and Laura Bush
• Ireland's Own (formerly Pat Troy's Ireland's Own) - Surprise visit by Ronald Reagan on St. Patrick's Day 1988. The restaurant features photos of Reagan, the original table where he dined, and a bust of the president.
• Jackson 20 - Laura Bush dined here during her husband's presidency. This tavern was named for President Andrew Jackson and his visage on the $20 bill.

George Washington and Early Presidents
• Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant - Favorite of George Washington and hosted all of the first five U.S. presidents. Restaurant Week menu includes an apple wood-smoked pork chop, seared chicken with nutmeg and sage cream, and a honey cake with cinnamon glaze.
• Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant - Adjacent to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

Restaurant Week also features hot eateries beloved by foodie magazines, like Virtue Feed & Grain, named a Top 50 Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit, and Cheesetique, honored on Food & Wine's ‘Best Mac N Cheese' list.

Alexandria is the place to dine - and stay - for inauguration. The city's hotel collection offers quick access to DC without the hassle of traffic. Take a water taxi across the historic Potomac River or a short Metro ride from the King St-Old Town station to the National Mall. Hotel booking is easy at www.visitalexandriava.com/Hotels

View menus, book your table, and discover presidential connections at www.visitalexandriava.com/.

DIRECT LINKS:
Restaurant Week: http://www.visitalexandriava.com/restaurants/restaurant-week/
Hotel Booking: http://www.visitalexandriava.com/hotels/

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ABOUT ALEXANDRIA RESTAURANT WEEK
Alexandria is known for its independently owned and chef-driven restaurants. This bi-annual event was launched during inauguration in January 2009 and has been popular with patrons and restaurateurs ever since. The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association coordinates and markets the event, which is free for participating restaurants. In addition to serving as an economic driver for Alexandria restaurants, Alexandria Restaurant Week showcases the city's brand as a premier culinary destination. www.visitalexandriava.com/