recently opened restaurant report: mackie’s bar & grille

My love of Alexandria is not a secret. A lot of things happening in our town excite me, but nothing excites me more than the opening of a new store or restaurant.  I often drag my loving fiancé there on opening night so I can marvel at the menu, décor, and the goodies.  Christen, the manager of The Shoe Hive and fellow Alexandria Stylebook writer, and I are constantly going back and forth of new story ideas to keep you readers engaged and informed, and one thing we both immediately jumped on is restaurants.

Let me not call this or future posts “restaurant reviews.” Instead, think more “restaurant report.” Let me also state: I am not a food critic. Or a chef. Not too long ago I burnt off my eye lashes when I opened our gas range. But ladies and gentlemen, I do love food and I do love to eat out, so here goes, the first installment of Recently Opened Restaurant Reports in my favorite town.

Until about a year ago, what Old Town lacked was a great steakhouse.  Who doesn’t crave red meat paired with a smooth red wine on occasion?  This exact craving led me to Mackie’s Bar & Grille not once, but twice last week.

Walking by the restaurant can be deceiving.  It looks like a nice bar with a lounge window seat, but beyond is a door that opens into a quaint, maybe 10-table restaurant that specializes in 30-day, dry-aged steak. Don’t let the word “dry” throw you off though. Cooked medium-rare, it is perfectly moist and melts in your mouth like butter. Our waiter each night was incredibly helpful at pairing a reasonably priced red wine with our meal.

On the night we dined with my family, my college-aged brother Parker and his girlfriend Maddie came along. Maddie *is* a foodie, so I was particularly interested in her thoughts. We started with the Pork Belly and Mackie’s Shrimp: devoured within seconds.  Another standout at dinner was Parker’s meal, Mackie’s Dry-Aged Burger. Topped with aged white cheddar and served on the most amazing bun, it was so incredible it required zero sauces. For dessert we all shared the Key Lime Pot au Crème, a house-made, very fun spin on the traditional key lime pie that I definitely recommend. 
Bottom Line: Impressed even the most particular diners and we cannot wait to go back.
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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

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  1. […] anyone else intrigued by Britt’s post on Mackie’s Bar & Grill last month?  It sounds like Mackie’s might be the new go-to steakhouse in Old Town.  Lucky for […]

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