Restaurant of the Week
Mount Vernon Lee Chamber will highlight local restaurants and we encourage you to visit the restaurant during the coming week 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.
3141 Duke Street, Alexandria
9526 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke
9450 Lorton Market Street, Lorton
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 Pizzaria & Custard Shack
1401 Belle Haven Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
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.
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.