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Del Ray Cafe, Junction Bakery & Bistro Win Top Awards At Taste Of Del Ray

The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 10th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 3, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray’s top restaurants. The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between 16 participating neighborhood restaurants.

Del Ray Cafe’s winning entry, Chouquettes with Raspberry and Chocolate dipping sauces. Photo by Del Ray Cafe.
Junction Bakery & Bistro’s winning entry, Cubano sandwich. Photo by Junction Bakery & Bistro.

Del Ray Cafe served both dessert and a soup course — chouquettes with raspberry and chocolate dipping sauces, plus cold corn soup and chilled gazpacho — winning the Judges’ Choice Award. Juncton Bakery & Bistro’s Cubano Sandwich won the People’s Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees. This year’s judges were Beth Lawton of Alexandria Living Magazine, Deb Riley of the Alexandria Times, and Mary Wadland of The Zebra.



The complete list of winners:

People’s Choice

1st place: Junction Bakery & Bistro, Cubano sandwich

2nd place: Pork Barrel BBQ, Bread pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce

3rd place: Northside10, Shrimp and smoked Gouda grits with chorizo sausage

Judges’ Choice

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne presents the People’s Choice award to Junction Bakery & Bistro and the Judges’ Choice award to Del Ray Cafe. Lawhorne and his family oversee the vote-counting for the People’s Choice Awards each year.

1st place: Del Ray Cafe, Chouquettes with Raspberry and Chocolate dipping sauces; plus cold corn soup and chilled gazpacho

2nd place: KAiZEN TAVERN, Salmon poke

3rd place: Junction Bakery & Bistro, Cubano sandwich

Honorable mention: Swings Coffee Roasters, Bourbon-barrel aged nitro cold brew

Held every June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Taste of Del Ray showcases the neighborhood’s top restaurants in a spirited competition sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. Proceeds from ticket sales help fund neighborhood events throughout the year.

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