I don’t know about you, but I love the tradition and ritual of Afternoon Tea. And while admittedly there is nothing like afternoon tea in Paris, if you’re in OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA instead of France, you can, at least for an hour or two on a Saturday afternoon, sit outside at a small bistro table on an historic brick-lined street and indulge in the time-honored tradition that is Afternoon Tea.
One of my new favorite places in OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA is FONTAINE CAFFE AND CREPERIE, located at 119 South Royal Street. Recently for lunch I enjoyed the Norwegian crepe, which was chock full of smoked salmon, carmelized onions and cream fraiche. And even though I was completely sated afterward, I just couldn’t stop with the savory crepe. I forged ahead and ordered the “Just Peachy” dessert crepe. It was simply sublime. Oh, and the crepes are gluten-free buckwheat, too, so they can be enjoyed by all.
On Saturday afternoons, by reservation only, FONTAINE offers a Parisienne Afternoon Tea Service. (It’s popular enough you really need to call ahead if you want to ensure a seat). The tea menu includes your choice of, well, tea or a glass of French sparkling cider, strawberries with fresh whipped cream, finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and jams, pastries and cookies.
And, during Alexandria’s Restaurant Week, which starts tomorrow, August 20, and runs through August 29, FONTAINE is offering Dinner for Two for $35 – that includes Two Savory Crepes and Two Sweet Crepes.
If you’re in the area – perhaps for an OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA house-hunting trip and need to take a break, I can highly recommend this terrific little restaurant, tucked away on a lovely tree-lined street, less than a block from King Street and less than four blocks to the Potomac River. It’s not only good for filling an empty stomach, it’s great for the senses, as well.