Virtue Feed and Grain is a place that we discovered last year during Alexandria Restaurant Week. I don’t remember exactly what we ordered (I think maybe I had the skirt steak) but I remember it being pretty solid. The place is a touch pricey, so it took us a while to make it back. I sort of forgot that it was tucked in by the water just off of King St. until P ventured out of the District to there and reminded me about it. I got explicit instruction from him to try the wings, so it went back to the top of the mental list. We stopped by just a couple of weeks ago before our dinner to have a beer. I thought about getting the wings then, but didn’t want to fill up on beer and wings before dinner. But it just so happened that we needed an Alexandria dinner spot the very next weekend. So, a reservation was made and excitement ensued. We toughed out a spring storm and some pretty serious puddles (you know, casual flooding) this night, but we made it into the cozy wood and brick building. We were seated upstairs at a table beside the couches in the center of the room. Our table was a 4-top and had really long, padded, backed benches as seats. It would have been a little awkward for 4 people, but it was a nice set up for the 2 of us. It was super comfy and the lady and I have decided that will be our dining set up when we have a formal dining room. We started the drinks: I had the Wales Banger? I don’t remember the exact name. It was Port City Optimal Wit, some type of liquor, and OJ. IT was nice and light and fresh. She had a Manhattan. We of course had to start with the wings, as recommended by P. They were giant and juicy and a little sweet and really, really good. We made messes of ourselves and our fantastic waiter brought us wet naps. For our main entrees, I finally settled on the Salmon with quinoa risotto and micro greens and she went for the Bison Burger with goat cheese. We each had about 3 different things we wanted, but that’s where we landed.
(Don’t mind me downing that last wing in the background.)
The salmon was pretty good. After eating those really flavorful wings though, the sauce to the side of the salmon lacked a little depth. I added some salt and it helped. My favorite thing in this course was that risotto. It’s something I’ve been meaning to make on my own for a while, and this was perfect. Nice and cheesy and really tasty. I could eat a whole bowl of it. Her burger was also really good. The meat was nice and juicy. The goat cheese was a touch overpowering, but who can complain about cheese?
We were pretty full after our entrees, but the dessert menu appeared and EVERYTHING on it looked way too good to leave without trying any of it. We settled sharing a piece of the Peanut butter and chocolate ice box pie served with macadamia nut gelato. Oh my god. That’s all I have to say. I’d go back for that tonight, if I could. Maybe I will!
- Favorite thing I had: The Korean BBQ wings, the quinoa risotto, the peanut butter pie.
- Favorite thing she had: The wings and the caramelized onions on the bison burger.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The chicken dinner sounded really good. Herbed chicken, polenta, and asparagus.
- What makes this place stand out: The building is so awesome. It’s rustic, lots of reclaimed wood. I love that the windows open up like doors by some of the tables. The benches at our table were really comfortable. The couches by the bar looked like a great place to hang out.
- How was the service?: I don’t think it could have been any more perfect. His timing was impeccable. Friendly, but also laid back. It was over 20% tip, good.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Next month. I’d love if this place became a regular destination. And I was actually pleasantly surprised that we got drinks, an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert and got out of there right at $100 tip included.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Anything in Old Town. It was a little rainy, so we just went home.