Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Submitted by: Denise Raybon, Alexandria, Virginia
Denise says, "We first heard about Virtue from our neighbor, one of the local artisans who worked on the renovation. Jimmy always takes pride in his work, but was particularly excited about this project. When we were finally able to visit Virtue, not only did the architecture wow us, but we also found yummy food, a festive atmosphere, and a great eco-friendly vibe."
This 21st century American tavern is located near the water in a converted historic structure that once served as a feed house in the late 1800s. Floors, walls, hand-crafted tabletops, and bar shelves are all constructed with period wood and other recycled materials from abandoned structures. That's what you do, folks! Reuse, reuse, reuse! The bi-level open space which includes soaring open windows and exposed brick, seats up to 350 and includes an outdoor lounge.
But lets talk about the food! Virtue's tag line is “Taste No Evil” and with their mission to provide quality food with local and seasonal ingredients, you are guaranteed that you WON'T taste any evil. Key words are “fresh, farm, real food and freezerless”. What a concept! Why haven’t more restaurants caught on?!
Virtue is about "meat, fat and flavor" but there are still offerings for my kind of people -- vegetarians. The menu and eco structure are enough to lure me down to Old Town (let's schedule a date, Denise!), but if that isn't enough for you, you might be interested in their walk up window for purchasing fried chicken (even MY vegetarian mouth is watering at the thought of that!). There are also pull down screen for wii games, plenty of televisions and a private game room. A room entitled The Parlour is lined with leather couches, pool table, video games and dart lanes.
Looks like there is something for everyone.