Old Town North

Grateful Kitchen Embodies Gratitude for Body and Soul

Grateful Kitchen opened in 2019 to serve healthy, tasty food, and create a sense of community and family. Read more here!

Grateful Kitchen has been in operation for barely two years and has already garnered a loyal following. (Photo Grace Billups Arnold)

By Margaret Townsend

Alexandria, VA – Grateful Kitchen opened in 2019 to serve healthy, tasty food, and create a sense of community and family at the corner of North Henry and Madison Streets.

Chef Stephen Hardy and his dedicated staff have weathered the past year of quarantine with the support of their neighborhood and aid from programs to keep local small businesses afloat during these challenging times.

Owner and Chef Stephen Hardy outside Grateful Kitchen, 727 N. Henry St. (Photo Grace Billups Arnold)

“A key to our menu is working with local farmers who respect the earth,” says Stephen. “We also make a point of supporting other local businesses, just as they have supported us.”

Ordering fresh seafood from Mas Seafood Market at 809 Pendleton Street and mushrooms from a vendor at the Saturday Farmers Market at Old Town’s Market Square, Stephen aims to serve healthy but tasty food. Over 60 percent of Stephen’s customers come back for more, and it is no surprise why.

“It makes me feel good, the food, the people, and the place,” says one customer. “I love coming back here and bringing new people who haven’t been.”

Grateful Kitchen just introduced a selection of all-natural wines from importer Natty Wines. (Photo Grace Billups Arnold)

Now Grateful Kitchen also has a new star: Natty Wines, an all-natural wine importer who works only with vineyards worldwide that are dedicated to producing organic wines.

Grateful Kitchen will hold a wine tasting during the second week of September and will be a featured restaurant at the Taste of Old Town North.

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