First Thursday (September) On Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA

First Thursday (September)  in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood was just about as good as it gets.

First the weather was cool and crisp.  Second, Mt. Vernon Avenue was packed.  Three, it was the annual First Thursday Taste of Del Ray with local restaurants competing for bragging rights.

A Taste of Del Ray is the creation of Gayle Reuter and benefits ALIVE.  Tickets to  sample food from the 12 participating restaurants could be purchased with a donation of canned goods or for $.25 a ticket.

Folks were 8 and 10 deep at each of the tents but good conversation and music from Dave Dodd’s band kept things lively.

  • First place – Pork Barrell BBQ (opening March 2010 on Mt. Vernon Ave. – expect to hear more from us on this)
  • Second place – Del Merei
  • Third place – Evening Star

And if you wanted to sit down for a full meal, every restaurant we saw with an outdoor eating space was packed.  It was just too good a night to stay home  – for families or some of the smallest members of our community:

Brady, 8 weeks












 Munchkin Hauser

The Doerrer family



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