Alexandria, VA

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and local restaurant operator Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) is taking care of kitchen duty with a “Turkey To Go” program.

All orders can be placed online before Thursday, November 21, with pickup scheduled on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) at Mia’s Italian Kitchen (100 King Street).

For $99, ARP will provide a 20 pound, whole roasted turkey, served with red wine gravy and cranberry-orange preserves.

Sides such as cornbread stuffing and brown butter mashed potatoes can be purchased for $15, along with a pumpkin pie for $25. Bundle deals include a turkey, two sides, and a pie for $144, or a turkey, four sides, and a pie for $170.

Five of ARP’s Alexandria eateries are offering prix-fixe speciality menus on Thanksgiving.

For instance, at Vola’s Dockside Grill (101 N. Union Street), a three-course menu starts at $15 for kids, and $29 for adults, featuring dishes such as crab chowder and slow-cooked turkey.

Additional participating ARP restaurants include:

Photo via Sarah Lou/Flickr

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Korean chicken restaurant Choong Man Chicken is coming to the northwest corner of Alexandria.

Paperwork filed for the new restaurant says it will be moving into Suite 4668 at Shoppes at Summit Centre (4700 King Street), though suite is currently home to nail salon that said they have no plans to close, while the nearby Suite 4686 is currently vacant.

The restaurant currently operates four other locations — in Annandale, Centreville, Gainesville and Fairfax. According to staff at another location, the restaurant is very tentatively scheduled to open in roughly two months.

Choong Man Chicken’s menu focuses, unsurprisingly, on chicken. Flavors range from simple fried chicken to curry and spicy garlic varieties, while options vary from wings and chicken tenders at $11 to whole chickens for $21.

The restaurant is also applying for an ABC permit to serve soju — an alcoholic drink from Korea — and beer.

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After a year in operation, Pendleton Carryout Co. continues to grow with the introduction of breakfast options, app-based delivery services, and more.

On Friday, the food incubator at 807 Pendleton Street in the Braddock neighborhood debuted its brunch menu, serving scratch-made biscuits from Freed’s Biscuit Company. Only available on weekends until noon, customers can order biscuit breakfast sandwiches stuffed with everything from bacon, egg, and cheese to plant-based Beyond Meat patties.

“We figured as the weather gets colder, customers are going to want something a little more warming, a little more hearty,” said co-founder Ed McIntosh. “And who doesn’t love brunch?”

In addition to the biscuits, Herndon-based 100 Bowls of Soup is also new to the eatery. Select soups include curry lentil, Thai sweet potato, and carrot coriander.

“On Friday, we had about three dozen containers of 100 Bowls in our carryout fridge,” McIntosh said. “Now, [on Sunday morning], we’re down to about eight.”

Pendleton Carryout Co. opened last October as the area’s first “restaurant incubator,” featuring a mishmash of cuisines from area chefs, all crafted from the same kitchen and available for takeout. (Limited seating is available at a single countertop).

Established rotating brands include Laoban Dumplings, Killa Cakes, and Sliced Pizza and Burgers.

McIntosh said its residential location gets plenty of foot traffic from both its low-key neighbors and people walking from the Braddock Road Metro into Old Town.

And if customers don’t want to make the trek in person, Pendleton Carryout Co. recently joined app-based delivery services like GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.

“It’s been an incredible year,” McIntosh said. “I don’t see us slowing down anytime soon.”

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The new Taqueria Senora Lola is now open at 3901 Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria.

Owner Oswaldo Salinas said the restaurant — adjacent to Salinas’ other eateryLilian’s Restaurant, opened two weeks ago and had a grand opening event this past Saturday.

“We had kids come by and had ice cream,” Salinas said. “People have really enjoyed it so far.”

There is no shortage of Latin cuisine in Arlandria, but Salinas said he wanted to open something that was taqueria specific.

The restaurant offers a variety of tacos at $3.50 apiece and sandwiches for $8.95. There are also salad bowls, burritos, enchiladas and more Mexican cuisine staples for around $10.

For those visiting for the first time, Salinas recommended trying the restaurant’s tortas with Oaxaca cheese.

The restaurant is currently applying for an ABC permit, and Salinas said he hopes to add margaritas and piña coladas to go with tacos.

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Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery is coming to a house in Del Ray.

The national chain is opening a new location at 1506 Mount Vernon Avenue, immediately next door to Junction Bakery and Bistro. Prior to being a cupcakery, the location was Cloud 9 Therapeutic Skin Care, which has since moved up the street to 2101 Mount Vernon Avenue.

As the name suggests, Smallcakes focuses on cupcakes and ice cream.

Staff at another location said the bakery is expected to open sometime over the next few days or the middle of next week at the latest.

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A year after Augie’s Mussel House opened for a few months as a pop-up at 1106 King Street, the restaurant is back with a permanent opening planned for Monday, Oct. 7.

“We’re ready,” said Rocky Martin, general manager for the restaurant. “When you come in, try the mussels with all of the different sauces.”

Beyond mussels, Augie’s also features a Belgian beer garden with an outdoor patio, complete with TVs that will show sporting events. The interior decorations pay homage to St. Augustine, patron saint of brewers, with a large mural and quotes reportedly from Augustine throughout the building.

The selections of mussels range from the classic with garlic, butter, white wine and tomatoes to a house-style that incorporates bacon and beer. Prices average around $16.

The restaurant also has a brunch menu for weekends and an extensive beer menu — from Belgian and Austrian Radlers to Port City, less than three miles away.

The restaurant opened in August 2018 and closed a few months later for renovations.

Augie’s is part of the Common Plate Hospitality group, which also owns Alexandria restaurants Mason Social, Urbano 116 and Catch on the Ave.

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From plain bagels with cream cheese to sesame tahini with pomegranate molasses and za’atar, the new Bagel Uprising in Del Ray has something for every bagel lover.

The new location at 2307A Mount Vernon Avenue is now open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, though the website notes the restaurant could close early on weekends if it sells out of bagels.

The bagel shop started its life as a stand at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market in September 2015, then briefly as a vendor inside Snackbar in Alexandria. Now, owner Chad Breckinridge is teaming up with Nicole Jones, owner and chef of renowned Southern eatery Stomping Ground next door, to operate the standalone shop.

Despite the array of ingredients on the menu to add to the bagels — from avocado spread to pickled radish to Scottish-style gravlax — the website notes that the bagels themselves stick with the classics: everything, sesame, poppy, salt and plain. The bagels are $1.75 alone, $10 for a half dozen, or $20 for a baker’s dozen. Cream cheese toppings range from $1.50 to $2 with most fish additions costing $4.

In addition to the option of building one’s own sandwich, the store also offers a half dozen special sandwiches for $7-$10.

It was all hands on deck for the opening last Wednesday (Sept. 25), with Jones saying the store was still looking for more hires. Andy and Emily Brown, the cousins operating Andy’s Pizza in Tysons Galleria next to another Stomping Ground location, were also working at the shop helping to set up equipment.

Bagel Uprising replaces the former Happy Tart bakery, which closed suddenly in January, leaving a dearth of baked goods in Del Ray. Happy Tart’s location in Falls Church remains open.

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