Twenty five years ago, one of my favorite stomping grounds was Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Times have changed. I’ve grown up and moved on in life. But on a recent visit home for Thanksgiving, I had the occasion to have lunch with my friend Karen, who I hadn’t seen in over 13 years. Since everything old is new again, we decided to dine in Old Town Alexandria. On that beautiful Sunday afternoon, standing under the art deco façade, we made our way inside of The Majestic on King Street.
The Majestic is sleek, modern and comfortable—a perfect blend of timeless class and contemporary style . . . and a Virginia landmark.
Between rounds of playing catch-up, Karen and I found the time to peruse the menu (which turned out to be the dinner, not the lunch menu). It was interesting to note that all of The Majestic’s food is made in house—except the butter, which is made locally, compliments of the Amish (and its sweet, creamy butter, too!)—which lends itself wholeheartedly to sustainability and the locavore movement.
The main course included such dishes as Chesapeake Bay Stew, Wild Mushroom Fettuccine with shallots, garlic, fresh herbs and Fontina cheese, and Seared Quail. However, taking our queues from our taste buds, I opted for the Seared Scallops while Karen put her adventurous hat on and tried the Braised Korabuta Pork Cheeks, a part of the pig that she had never tried before.
While the portions weren’t particularly massive, they did allow us to leave room for dessert. My first inclination was to order the seasonal Moist Pumpkin Cake but, instead, I went for the Beignets—served with Bourbon Sauce and Chocolate Sauce for dipping—because, as assured to me by the waitress, “it’s phenomenal.” Well, not such a phenomenon after all. After recently visiting New Orleans and experiencing a true beignet at the perfect source, I should have known better. Not that The Majestic’s beignets were bad, mind you. It’s just that once you’ve had the best . . .
The Majestic Coconut Cake surrounded by coconut crème anglaise that Karen selected was a triple layer of self-indulgence on a plate. It happened to be one of the menu items at The Majestic that Karen had been hearing so much about as of late. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to the hype and, while not a major disappointment, was not all that was hoped for.
So-so dessert is not the be-all and end-all. The Majestic’s cuisine is diner-friendly and a fine example of rustic American fare with a home-cooked flair. Through Chef Shannon Overmiller’s use of fresh, local ingredients, all prepared in-house, a great meal is only a fork away.
The Majestic is open for lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Mon-Thur 5:30pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm and Sun 1:00pm-9:00pm. For dinner, The Majestic is moderately priced with starters ranging $4.95-$11.00, first course $9.25-$14.95, and main course $19.95-$27.00. Lunch prices vary slightly with starters from $4.50-$11.00, first course $8.50-$13.95, and main course $11.00-$21.50. On Sundays they offer a special dinner—it changes monthly—that is served family style.
911 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
ON THE WEB: www.majesticcafe.com