Restaurant of the Week
We encourage you to visit theses restaurants and enjoy their menu. Tell them you are a Chamber member and want to support their business. Local restaurants have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and need community support for a successful recovery.
La Prima Catering
301-477-3510 / 301-807-1128
La Prima Catering is your source for safely prepared fresh food! Locally owned and operated for more than 34 years, La Prima Catering, www.laprimacatering.com, now offers a variety of options for businesses and families to enjoy delicious meals.
As the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation or postponement of many events, La Prima Catering has pivoted and is now providing Family Bundle and Individually Boxed Meals with reduced minimums. They can also provide no-contact delivery or curbside pick-up.
As a leading caterer in the region, La Prima Catering emphasizes quality and healthy food products using sustainable business practices. Their sustainable practices as well as eco-friendly partnerships keep La Prima Catering focused on the needs of their customers where they frequently exceed expectations.
Executive Chef Kyle creates delicious fare inspired by fresh ingredients and International flavors. Browse the menu at https://www.laprimacatering.com/#jumpto-menu The menu features a number of seasonal and locally-grown items from Groundworks Farm, all at no extra charge to you.
Your holiday meal, Thanksgiving, Christmas, business or family gathering, in person or virtually, can be fully catered by La Prima Catering. A successful event is not just the food! La Prima Catering can provide everything you need, including service personnel, to make your next event or celebration memorable. The menu offers a selection of seasonal appetizers, soups, salads along with turkey and all the fixings. Complete your meal with any of their many homemade dessert options.
The Daily Dish by La Prima Catering, is a new flexible lunch program for your team to enjoy a delicious, affordable and nutritious meal safely without leaving the office or their home if working remotely. Different menu options are available daily, just check out their website or contact Karla at email@example.com to discuss how this innovative program can fit your office’s needs safely.
Family meals are available with packages for five guests starting from $59.99. Choose from the weekly specials like chicken provençal, pulled turkey bbq with rolls, fajitas, grilled skewers and Cajun chicken.
Or stock up your freezer with fresh meals options made from local ingredients, like cheese pinwheel lasagna, chicken chorizo taquitos, egg strata, classic baked ziti and special side dishes. These meals are fully cooked and delivered cold, with re-heating instructions so you can reheat at the convenience of your busy family’s schedule.
La Prima Catering will work with you to design menus accommodating dietary needs including gluten free, nut allergies, vegetarian, plant-based meals and other dietary restrictions.
La Prima Catering continues to offer a superior catered experience for their clients through teamwork, integrity and commitment to quality and excellence. They will always deliver a top quality, fresh, delicious and sustainable catered experience with each order.
La Prima remains flexible, efficient and customer driven, with superior quality at reasonable prices.
Primo Family Restaurant
1636 Belle View Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22307
703-765-6767 For Carry Out
Open Daily 11 am to 8 pm
Primo Family Restaurant is a family-owned and operated business with a proud history of serving the Belle View Community since 1988. The owner, Jim Nicopoulos, is a third generation restaurateur, born and raised in the nation’s capital.
Primo specializes in Authentic Greek, Italian and American Fare, made with the finest, organic, and sustainably grown ingredients – many produced in Virginia.
“We want customers to feel like they’re eating a home cooked meal,” Nicopoulos said, “So our standards are of the upmost importance.” Nicopoulos personally selects the ingredients that go into their meals.
The dining room at Primo’s is currently closed but outside dining is available as well as carry out. They have been preparing meals for 18 years while observing the highest safety measures and during Covid, your safety is their first concern.
Primo Family Restaurant offers a broad selection of healthy, delicious meals. The menu may be viewed at https://primofamilyrestaurant.com. Carryout meals may be ordered by calling 703-765-6767 then just drive up to the front of the restaurant and the friendly staff will hand you the meal. You don’t even need to get out of the car.
New daily specials make the family dining experience even more enjoyable. On Mondays, your second pasta dinner is 50% off; Tuesdays, the second pizza is 70 % off; and on Thursdays, the second gyro is 45% off. These specials are only available with call-in orders.
There are also weekly specials like white bean soup, spinach pie, and moussaka. Ask about the weekly specials when you call -in an order. Primo’s is proud to be recognized as #1 New York Style Pizza in Northern Virginia.
“Our loyal customers are a big part of why we strive to be better every day,” said Nicopoulos. “The lasting connections we make within the community and guests is the reason why Primo is more than just a restaurant, but a close-knit family. Come in and see for yourself!”
Primo’s has proudly supported #FirstResponders #HealthCareWorkers #SchoolTeams #PTAs and many other community organizations for many years.
Mamma’s Kitchen, located at 7601 Fordson Road, is the passion of chef/owner Marianna Johnides where she brings wonderfully flavored Mediterranean cuisine to Alexandria, made from the freshest, most delicious ingredients prepared in simple, accessible ways.
Marianna grew up in a family of restaurant owners. “I observed my mother’s own techniques and developed a personal style of creative, original interpretations of some of her traditional Greek and Italian favorites,” she said.
Her motto is: “If it’s good enough for Mamma…then it’s good enough for our customers!” You will definitely not have a chain restaurant experience at Mamma’s Kitchen.
The restaurant is open 11 am to 8 pm, for lunch and dinner, Monday thru Sunday. The dining room is open and has a wood fired brick oven where the signature pizzas are baked. The outdoor patio is open and is a delightful place to enjoy your meals.
Lunch specials are served Monday – Friday 11 am to 3 pm and include beef or chicken gyros, delicious main course salads, pasta, tuna melt, steak and cheese sandwiches, and personal pan pizza.
Due to social distancing requirements, you may not be able to find a table at this popular local restaurant so carry-out is always an option. You may order online and specify a time for pickup at https://direct.chownow.com/order/20805/locations/30112
The Fall menu features these specials: Butternut squash ravioli served in a maple sage cream sauce; Chicken Limoni; Penne Vodka; Salmon Piccata; and Spanakopita. There is also a wide selection of appetizers, salads, entrees, pastas, sandwiches, gyros and the famous Ari’s lentil soup. Kids Meals are available on the menu.
Masks are required in the restaurant but may be removed for eating and drinking
Mamma’s Kitchen also provides off-site catering for businesses or families and would love to be a part of your special event.
The Skrimp Shack
The Skrimp Shack Mount Vernon celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 23, with Lee District Supervisor Rodney Lusk.
Located at 7700 E Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon Plaza, this Skrimp Shack franchise is owned by Kenneth McLeon and his wife Brenda. McLeon is a retired Marine and he is proud to serve the Fort Belvoir / Mount Vernon community.
Tuesdays are “Military Appreciation” day when active duty and retired military receive 10 percent off their order as a way to say, “Thank you for your service.”
The Skrimp Shack is “home to the fattest fish sandwich.” The menu features lunch specials or family combos. Check out the shrimp, different types of fish, and the signature hushpuppies. There are sandwiches, po boys, and fish tacos with sides of fries, fried okra, coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, collard greens, green beans, and sweet potato fries.
You can feed the family with either fish by the pound or shrimp by the count. All entrees come with their homemade sauces. Or add a side of crabmeat to any meal. For dessert you can choose from banana pudding or brownies.
You can order ahead and select the time you will pickup that is most convenient for you. Order on the website at https://theskrimpshack.olo.com/menu/mt-vernon or download the APP and order at @skrimpshackordering
Mount Vernon Plaza has a selection of delightful outdoor seating options where you can enjoy a meal from The Skrimp Shack.
Kenneth and Brenda would love to welcome you to their new restaurant where you can enjoy the delicious food and feel like part of their family.
Cedar Knoll Restaurant
9030 Lucia Lane
Alexandria, VA 22308
Open 6 nights a week for dinner
Tuesday to Thursday 4-8 pm
Friday 4-9 pm
Saturday 11-9 pm
Sunday 11-8 pm
Cedar Knoll Restaurant features sweeping views of the Potomac River, acclaimed American – French cuisine and a fun atmosphere. The menu is modern and innovative while the furnishings are true to the historic Mount Vernon roots.
The restaurant is built around a log cabin dating back to the 1800s and on land that belonged to George Washington. The management of Cedar Knoll Restaurant was acquired in 2015 by Andrew Holden, his brother Chris, and business partner Charlie.
The dining rooms and patio are now open, but reservations are required to allow for appropriate social distancing. For reservations call 703-780-3665, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website https://cedarknollva.com
On-line ordering for carryout is still an option for customers and orders may be placed at https://app.upserve.com/s/cedar-knoll-alexandria and then picked-up at the restaurant.
When ordering online, choose from classics like steak or crab cakes, or try the BBQ. They have wine to-go at 20% off menu price. Put together a mixed 6-pack of craft beer for $15 or order specialty or classic cocktails. Make it a complete meal by ordering appetizers and desserts, too!
In the dining room or on the patio, the menu of French and American cuisine features starters and main course dishes like lobster, shrimp, fish and scallops along with steak, pork chops, and delectable vegetarian entrees. The desserts are just the right combination of unique flavors and satisfying sweets. All food is made from scratch in the restaurant including desserts.
Cedar Knoll offers a full selection of libations which can be enjoyed at the restaurant or ordered “to go.” There are specially selected craft beers, champagnes, and wines. A menu of specialty cocktails pleases every taste.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Cedar Knoll began emphasizing its grocery service for those wanting quality groceries from local sources. “The Joy of Eating” provides a selection of fresh groceries for the home that can be picked up at the restaurant Thursday afternoons or delivered within a five-mile radius from the restaurant for a small fee.
Groceries include a variety of fresh meats, vegetables and fruits. Local honey, eggs and fresh milk is also available. Some pre-made salads and restaurant sauces are available with fresh focaccia bread and Cedar Knoll desserts. They even offer sanitation supplies and toilet paper. Order groceries by phone or email and find the weekly list posted on the website.
As social gatherings resume, Cedar Knoll Restaurant has room for larger events such as weddings, business retreats or family gatherings. For events, guests may reserve the entire restaurant for larger groups as well as each room and the patio individually as options for smaller groups.
Roy Rogers Restaurant
7013-F Manchester Lakes Boulevard
Franconia, VA 22310
8860 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
Order online at https://royrogersrestaurants.olo.com/
Open Everyday 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
Burgers, fried chicken, and roast beef are all available at Roy Rogers Restaurants where real food with the best ingredients is served in a comfortable, enjoyable setting. That’s the Roy Rogers tradition.
The local Roy Rogers Restaurants are located in Manchester Lakes shopping center, Belle View shopping center, and on Richmond Highway at the corner of Jeff Todd Way. The Belle View location is still closed and being re-built after the devasting shopping center fire in October 2019.
The dining rooms are open for customers with appropriate social distancing and their delicious menu is also available by ordering online for curbside pickup or carryout. Online orders may be placed by visiting https://royrogersrestaurants.olo.com/ and typing in your address to find the closest Roy Rogers restaurant.
Franconia resident Jason Hunt and his family own and operate the local Roy Rogers Restaurants. They welcome regular customers as well as those trying the menu for the first time.
“Many of our customers return over and over to the restaurant,” says Hunt, “because they know they will receive great food each time they order.”
“We ensure CDC guidelines on cleanliness are strictly followed in each restaurant,” Hunt said. “Our customers expect and receive friendly service and quality food.”
There is a breakfast menu served from 6:30 am to 10:30 am with breakfast sandwiches, beef biscuit and gravy platters, pancake platters and those famous biscuits and breakfast fries. The lunch and dinner menu begins at 10:30 am and goes until closing at 10:0 pm and includes a variety of burgers, roast beef sandwiches, and fried chicken or chicken sandwiches.
Roy Rogers also has a full menu of side items with fresh garden salads, fruit cups, fries from real potatoes, cole slaw and baked beans. Brownies are made in the stores and the ice cream is hand dipped.
Dishes of India
1510-A Belleview Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22307
Dishes of India provides delicious Indian food for lunch or dinner. It is located in Belle View Shopping Center and is currently open for carry-out only.
The menu features chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetable dishes with biryani-rice based dishes also available. Instead of the famous lunch buffet, Dishes of India is now offering special “small bowl” lunches with a variety of meat, vegetable, and rice options.
The full menu may be seen by visiting the website at https://www.dishesofindia.com/ Customers may visit the restaurant and order curbside or order online at https://www.toasttab.com/tandoor-india-inc-1510a-belleview-blvd/v3
This family-owned and operated restraint opened June 17, 1997. Chef-owner Ramanand Bhatt begin cooking when 16 years old in New Delhi, India at a roadside café. From the beginning of his career his desire was to open his own restaurant. At age 25 he traveled to Spain, where he worked at a prestigious Indian restaurant for five years. Returning to India, he worked for Air India flight kitchens as an assistant chef for 15 years. In 1981 he came to the United States, continuing to fine-tune his skills, plan and save and eventually opening his own restaurant in 1997.
His son, Naresh manages the restaurant and the work of two other chefs who specialize in Tandori and curry cooking. The other son, Gopal takes cares of the front end. Dishes of India is focused on traditional authentic Indian cuisine using only the freshest ingredients and the best spices.
The family believes the secret to the delicious meals created at Dishes of India may be the extraordinary gift of happiness from God they feel which is transferred to the cooking. Many restaurant customers are dedicated patrons returning often for consistently great meals.
In 2003 Dishes of India was destroyed by Hurricane Isabell and the flooding in Belle View. It took a year to renovate the restaurant and reopen. There were so many hurdles to re-open the restaurant but with the help of many community organizations and loyal customers it was possible to restore Dishes of India and open for business again.
Glory Days Grill
3141 Duke St Alexandria, VA 22314
9526 Old Keene Mill Rd Burke, VA 22015
9459 Lorton Market St Lorton, VA 22079
Hours of Operation: 11am – 10pm Sun – Thurs, 11am – 11pm Fri – Sat
Glory Days Grill is a sports themed family-friendly American grill and bar that combines an award-winning menu of freshly prepared appetizers, entrees and sandwiches with entertainment that appeals to all ages.
Dining rooms are open with occupied booths and tables spaced for social distancing. The patios are popular with diners and “to-go” orders may be placed online at https://glorydaysgrill.olo.com/ where customers can see daily specials or seasonal menus, like the special Oktoberfest menu items.
Each restaurant has an abundance of televisions to watch the big game, news, cartoons or just about anything that’s worth watching, along with the latest interactive games. Glory Days Grill offers a full bar, “to-go” services, catering and banquet/party facilities.
The name “Glory Days Grill” originated from the concept of the “glory days” or “good ol’ days” of sports and famous moments in sports history. This is reflected both in the sports-themed memorabilia in the restaurants, as well as the large scale photography of “glory moments” on the walls.
When Glory Days Grill was conceived, the founders were soccer moms and football dads like many parents today, and they relished watching their own children play local sports, win trophies, and break records.
The first Glory Days Grill was launched in Burke, Virginia and the owners and management team are still local. They have grown the business to 39 locations in six states.
It is this love of sports, friends and family that is celebrated every day at Glory Days restaurants. Every day is a “glory day” for guests by enjoying not only great food and good sports but also for those everyday celebrations – a winning game, a birthday dinner, or a great report card.
Belle Haven Pizzeria & Custard Shack
1401 Belle Haven Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday – Thursday 11:30AM to 9PM
Friday and Saturday 11:30AM to 10PM
Belle Haven Pizzeria & Custard Shack is a locally owned restaurant dedicated using to the freshest, local ingredients and providing outstanding service. The Haven features a chef-created menu with food sure to please all ages and tastes.
While pizza is a mainstay of the restaurant, there is also a selection of sandwiches and burgers including lamb and vegetarian options. The kids may eat pizza and adults can enjoy a steak, salmon, the catch of the day or homemade pasta.
The Haven’s 1,000 square foot garden provides more than 60 percent of the salad mixes and the savory, smoked meats are smoked in house. The delicious sauces used on the menu are all made from scratch. The cheeses are preservative free, and the staff is happy to accommodate any allergies or dietary preferences, such as gluten-free or vegetarian options.
Why do local customers return to The Haven? For starters, the food is delicious, then they appreciate the friendly service. With the large TVs it’s a great place to watch your favorite game with friends.
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the outdoor patio has been a favorite place to eat. The patio provides distanced seating for 50 with the garden as a natural backdrop. When the weather gets cold heaters and temporary dividers keep the patio cozy.
At the Custard Shack you can find a variety of homemade frozen custards, sorbets and milkshakes along with some pet friendly frozen treats. The creamy vanilla and rich chocolate frozen custard is made in the shop daily. The flavor of the day can be found on the website, https://www.custardshack.com/
The Haven dining room is open for customers with tables spaced for distance. Customers may order online at http://www.bellehavenpizzeria.com/ or call 703-765-5300 to place an order over the phone. Then, just drive to the restaurant, call them and they will bring the food to your car.
When you or your family are looking for a spot to sit and enjoy some amazing burgers, handmade pizzas, freshly picked salads, the best wings you can find, and customer service that will bring you back time and time again, 1401 Belle Haven Road is where you want to be.
River Bend Bistro
7966 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA 22308
For a comfortable restaurant experience with simple, good food and quality wine, visit River Bend Bistro and enjoy the menu of local chef and owner Caroline Ross.
The menu features an array of local comfort foods, enticing entrées, refreshing salads, and specials that are sure to impress. For libations, you will find a full bar, beer selections, and an international wine list with wines by the taste, full glass, or bottle. You can even purchase bottles of wonderful wine to go!
Chef Caroline worked and made a name for herself in local restaurants for more than nine years. Then she was awarded a scholarship in 1990 from Les Dames d’Escoffier, a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality, to attend the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, France.
She has since worked in many respected American, French and Italian restaurants over the past thirty years. The River Bend Bistro menus showcase her unique American comfort food with Mediterranean influences.
Opened in 2013, River Bend Bistro is owned and operated by Caroline and Bill Ross, both having deep roots in the Mount Vernon area. Caroline went to Fort Hunt High School and worked for many local restaurants before opening River Bend Bistro in the Hollin Hall Shopping Center, 7966 Fort Hunt Road, where there is plenty of parking.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, reservations are only accepted for groups of four or less. Call 703-347-7545 or visit www.riverbendbistro.com to make reservations online. Eat in the charming dining room, enjoy outdoor seating, or order carry-out with curbside delivery.
The restaurant receives the highest rating on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Facebook and other rating platforms. Chef Caroline has also been a consistent winner in the George Washington Birthday Celebration Cherry Challenge.