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Stomping Ground, Evening Star Cafe Win Top Awards At Taste Of Del Ray

The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 12th Annual Taste of Del Ray from June 4-6 and crowned its winners! Read more here!

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Chadwicks owner Trae Lamond judging The Taste of Del Ray entry at Evening Star Cafe. (Photo by Mandy Bowers)

Alexandria, VA – The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 12th Annual Taste of Del Ray from June 4-6, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray’s top restaurants. The modified event featured a spirited competition between 13 participating neighborhood restaurants.

Evening Star Cafe won the Judges’ Choice Award with their local coffee custard, while Stomping Ground’s cheddar blue corn grits with a pork ragu won the People’s Choice Award, determined by registered attendees. This year’s judges were Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Chadwicks owner Trae Lamond.

The complete list of winners:

People’s Choice

1st Place: Stomping Ground, Cheddar Blue Corn Grits with a Pork Ragu

2nd Place: Spice Kraft, Raj Kachori Chaat

3rd Place: Junction Bakery & Bistro, Chiquito Cubanos

Judges’ Choice

1st Place: Evening Star Cafe, Local Coffee Custard

2nd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ, White Chicken Chili

3rd Place: Live Oak Restaurant/Elo’s Italian Pop-Up, Meatballs made with veal, pork, & beef, with creamy polenta, Pomodoro sauce, and Pecorino

Honorable Mention: Swings Coffee Roasters, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nitro Draft Latte

Honorable Mention: Del Ray Pizzeria, Baked Avocado with Fried Egg & Cheddar

“We were blown away by the culinary creativity of our restaurants,” said Taste of Del Ray chair Karen Johnson. “But, more than anything, we were so overwhelmed by the support of the community, even though we couldn’t hold our traditional in-person event. This was a difficult year for restaurants, and the neighborhood really came out to celebrate the talented chefs in Del Ray.”

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. For more information on the Del Ray Business Association, visit

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