Good Food: Old Town’s Majestic Showcases Classics with a Twist

The Majestic’s entrance with original neon signs. (Photo: Kelli Goel)
The Majestic’s entrance with original neon signs. (Photo: Kelli Goel)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The original neon signs above the door at 911 King Street beckon you to visit The Majestic to see what’s inside.  Established in 1932, this iconic restaurant has been a part of Old Town Alexandria for more than 80 years.

Corporate Executive Chef Brandon Whitehouse oversees the dining experience which is perfect for a romantic date night, family dinner or happy hour with friends at the bar or on The Majestic’s expanded outdoor patio.  The contemporary bistro-style menu showcases seasonal selections and an extensive wine and cocktail menu.

Cocktails and some happy hour fare. (Photo: Kelli Goel)
Cocktails and some happy hour fare. (Photo: Kelli Goel)

Unique Libations

Jazz music keeps the atmosphere festive during weekday happy hours.  Along with the drink and food specials, guests can enjoy special Whiskey libations.  The Majestic partnered with a local VA distiller, Catoctin Creek, and carries many limited varieties such as Horse Soldier, Dalmore 25 and Blackened by Metallica.  Blackened is aged while Metallica music is played to it.  The playlist that corresponds to this aging process can be found online at blackenedwhiskey.com.

Modern Cuisine

General Manager Corey Branham describes The Majestic’s food as a “twist on Modern-American cuisine”. Branham says, “We do a lot to honor the memory and keep that little upscale diner/café kind of feel to it.  We offer classics that are a little twisted, like the Salt and Vinegar Popcorn on our happy hour menu.”

Happy hour starts at 4:00 p.m. (Photo: Kelli Goel)
Happy hour starts at 4:00 p.m. (Photo: Kelli Goel)

A favorite dinner item is the Majestic Burger, which is house-ground prime chuck, bacon jam, garlic aioli, pimiento cheese, pickled onions, bibb lettuce, house fries on a toasted brioche bun.  Some favorite brunch items are the Monkey Bread; house-made brioche-challah bread, cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche and walnuts, and the Heirloom Tomato Panzanella; stracciatella, strawberries, red onions, grilled sourdough, parsley and strawberry vinaigrette.

The Majestic is located at 911 King Street.  They are open Monday through Thursday 4:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.  Fridays 4:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Happy Hour during the week from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You may call 703-837-9117 or visit their website at https://www.themajesticva.com.   

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