Jackson 20

Now that I’m running at the crack-of-dawn Saturday mornings, my Friday night bedtime is 10 p.m—nixing any late nights out. However, I’ve always said Friday night is date night. And, so, this summer, my beau continues to plan lovely Friday evenings. (Yes, I said, he plans. Please don’t send me hate mail).

Last Friday, we explored Old Town Alexandria. I was zealous with excitement—Trolleys! Cupcakeries! Wine and cheese shops! Antique shops! Vintage boutiques! (Is there a vintage Chanel bag hiding somewhere in there?)  Old Towne is adorably charming and I’m sure I could spend hours, days, or weeks shopping, dining, and strolling through its cobblestone streets.

For dinner, we decided on equally charming Southern tavern Jackson 20 in the Hotel Monaco. It was a perfect summer evening so we sat outside in the courtyard drinking summer ales as the sun set.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Sadly, I’m a pescetarian, so half the pork-fueled menu was off limits. However, for you carnivores, I’ve heard the ribs are life-changing. We had the Smoked Caesar—which had great flavor, but very heavy on the dressing. The Oyster Po’Boy was delicious—fried oysters, thick squishy Texas toast, great cole slaw, and an amazing chipotle sauce.  The entrée, the Trout Marguery, was a crispy grilled filet of trout on a bed of steamed spinach topped with a lemon oyster sauce. It was yummy, but very heavy on the butter. But, it is southern cuisine so I assume that is intentional.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Jackson 20’s food was solidly good, but not amazing. However, the staff was wonderful and the ambiance lovely. I love the décor in both Hotel Monacos. (The other Hotel Monaco is at Gallery Place and its restaurant, Poste, also has mediocre food). I even snapped a photo in the bathroom because I thought it was too cute.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

I’ll report back on more restaurant options in Alexandria in the near future. But, if you’re looking for an evening of Southern charm, head to Alexandria to explore for yourself.

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