Restaurant Report: The People’s Drug

By now, we’re sure you’ve been to Sweetgreen (if you haven’t, what have you been doing?!). Maybe you’ve noticed some changes happening next door. Enter The People’s Drug, Old Town’s newest sandwich shop centered on the 1930s lunch counter, a concept that the owners believed was long overdue for a local resurgence.

People’s Drug Store was one of the pioneering and most well-known general stores in the country. One of the chain’s original locations, founded in 1905 in the next building over (where Five Guys is currently located), popularized the lunch counter with soda fountains and root beer floats.

The People’s Drug, located at 103 N. Alfred Street, is re-imagining that lunch counter vibe in the space formerly occupied by Bittersweet Catering. It beckons with awnings and a neon sign reading, simply, “DRUGS.” Inside is an intimate sandwich shop and cocktail bar with a long counter, barstools, and small tables lining the opposite wall.

On the food menu, you’ll find snacks, bowls, craft sandwiches, and sides. The sandwiches range from a Cuban to two burgers to a vegetarian Charred Zucchini option. The bowls include a pork belly Cobb, classic spaghetti and meatballs, and a wholesome and filling Red Quinoa with asparagus and split peas. Ingredients are sourced locally as seasons permit and — get ready for more buzzwords — brunch is coming soon.

Happy hour is offered every day from 3-7pm, with classic cocktails like Palomas and Moscow Mules containing thoughtfully cultivated liquor from small-batch distilleries, along with some lesser-known, liquor-forward gems, and wide-ranging beer and wine lists. The People’s Drug makes their own juices and syrups and takes great pride in making this lunch counter more grown-up than the soda-counter days of yore.

The People’s Drug is open every day from 11am to midnight and might just become your new go-to.


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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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