Il Porto

April 7, 2007

Il Porto Italian restaurant has been an Old Town standby for over 30 years. In a previous life a couple of hundred years ago, the building served as a warehouse for merchant ship cargo.

A Night at Evening Star

March 13, 2007

Evening Star Cafe in Del Ray looks great at night. Although it’s a popular local hangout, it’s a bit pricey for my pocketbook. Here’s what it looks like during the day.

Cold Times

February 28, 2007

This scene of the Hard Times Cafe was one of my early posts back in May 2006.

Chart House Lighthouse

January 2, 2007


The Chart House restaurant on the marina has a built-in lighthouse. I don’t know whether it’s real or not.

Generous George’s

August 25, 2006


Generous George’s Positive Pizza and Pasta Place on Duke Street has been around since 1977, a remarkable feat in the restaurant business. Recently the building got a facelift with a fresh coat of cotton candy pink paint and new awnings, making it much more inviting. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there. Guess it’s time to return and see whether the inside has gotten a facelift, too. All I remember is the portions were huge, and the lasagna and margaritas were outstanding. No wonder they’ve been in business for so long.


July 26, 2006

A stone’s throw from Al’s Steak House (you can see Al’s sign on the far left) is Mancini’s. I love what they did with the wall. In case you can’t tell from the picture, the little alcove with the sunflowers is painted on.

Al’s Steak House

July 25, 2006
Al's Steak House

I should write an Alexandria restaurant guide because I love eating out, and I love sharing the best and most interesting places on Alexandria Daily Photo. Haven’t eaten here yet, but Al’s Steak House on Mt. Vernon Avenue has been a Del Ray landmark since 1956. Their specialty is Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

I wonder if that telephone gets used any more.

Update: Al died in August 2015, and Al’s Steak House closed shortly thereafter.