Virginia’s Cultural Region is home to a number of inventive chefs and kitchen masters who have put down their culinary roots, giving you a wide selection of flavors to choose from. Find your way to the head of the table at favorite local restaurants ranging from casual fare to fine dining.

 Del Ray Café, Alexandria

In Alexandria, you’ll truly eat local, as the majority of restaurants are independently owned. Creative individualism leaves a savory taste throughout the city, and Del Ray Café is a shining example of the local movement. Serving French country cuisine made with locally sourced organic and natural products, the setting is a refurbished 1925 home that feels like an old Virginia farmhouse. It’s a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with weekend brunch especially popular. Must be the crêpes. Or the roasted pork belly with polenta. Or maybe it’s the lump crabmeat eggs Benedict. You’ll have to decide.


Mike’s American Grill, Fairfax County

You just can’t beat the classic steakhouse experience of Mike’s American Grill in Springfield, where the motto is “be nice or get out.” Home of the Drunken Ribeye, the much coveted Black Angus Prime Rib and the “now famous” Ozzie roll, Mike’s serves up hearty fare in a fun warehouse atmosphere filled with vintage baseball memorabilia, local photos and glowing neon.


Whitlow’s on Wilson, Arlington

Voted Virginia’s most popular bar by Buzzfeed, Whitlow’s on Wilson has been an unmistakable Arlington landmark for more than 25 years. Today, the daily deals, craft beer night every Wednesday and seasonal rooftop tiki bar explain its enduring appeal. Funky charm is the vibe Whitlow’s is aiming for, with live music and special events.


Malone’s of Manassas

Located in the Gothic Revival structure that was once Manassas Presbyterian Church, frequent award winner and local favorite Malone’s brings a contemporary twist to fine dining in ManassasIn the heart of Old Town Manassas, the menu reveals Chef Scott Bilstad’s playful approach, from Pork and Beans 2.0 to Truffle Mac N’ Cheese and Dirty Chicken Bites. Find out why his locally grown fresh, seasonal food creations are earning rave reviews.


Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque, Loudoun County

Traditional southern charm is hot stuff in the hands of the Carolina Brothers, whose pit barbeque is worthy of the name. Sauced with subtle spiciness and slow-cooked to exacting standards, the pork and beef barbeque here is born of owner Danny Hurdle’s North Carolina boyhood in the restaurant his daddy won in a poker game. If that’s not enough to qualify this as real BBQ, the taste definitely is. Stop by this Ashburn locals’ favorite and see for yourself.