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“A Unique, fun place with some different spins on Southern cooking”
Review of King Street Blues

King Street Blues
Ranked #88 of 763 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $0 - $12
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Lake Mary, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“A Unique, fun place with some different spins on Southern cooking”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Old Town Alexandria is really pretty successful in creating a very nice district for dining and shopping. However, as often happens, much of it is overrun by mundane cookie-cutter type places. King Street Blues offers a relief from this with a restaurant that is totally unique. The atmosphere is fun without being overpowering.
Our server was delightful and was really enthusiastic about the food. She was attentive without being overbearing and really knew the menu well.
The food was variations of southern style food, but had some unique spins on traditional southern favorites. The hushpuppies were very well done, but slightly bland. The BBQ beef on the other hand was perfect. The only disappointment in our meal were the ribs, they were too tough, without the finger-licking flavor you expect from a great rack of ribs.
Overall it was a fun experience, great food, for a reasonable price.

  • Visited April 2013
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Fairfax County, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food, friendly staff”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Looking for an affordable restaurant that is also a bar and we found this little place two blocks from our hotel. We both ordered burgers that were served just as we ordered. Delicious! The Baja and the BBQ. Our only comment is they do a lot of combined trips with school tour busses. They have it down to a science, but unfortunately it means no seats in the dining room, so we had to take the only two seats left at the bar.
That did give us a chance to meet Amy their very friendly bartender.

All in all good food, beer and atmosphere if you don't mind sitting at the bar.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Denise L
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Atlanta
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great family place”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Perfect place for a family meal. My kids loved the decor and it was loud enough to cover the squeals of my kids as the fought at the table with their cousins. The food was reasonable quality. The young waitress was very friendly and attentive.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank GaPeppy
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Reston, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Paper Mache' Overload!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

The draw for this unique Old Town restaurant is definitely the decor; each level of this three story establishment features larger than life paper mache' characters and kitschy Americana memorabilia which are a feast for the visual senses. They offer a 'bbq-centric, comfort food' type of menu (ribs, chicken fried steak, burgers, etc.) and cater to families and large groups (a pre St. Patricks Day Bar Crawl group of 45 occupied the entire third floor during our visit.) The food is 'okay' although the appetizer Smoked Chipotle Chicken Wings are worth the visit alone (in hindsight two orders of wings and some fries would have been the way to go). I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of flavor in the Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich; I was expecting 'chargrilled' flavor to equal that of the wings, but this was obviously done on a flat grill and highlighted the blandness that is a plain old season lacking chicken breast. My partner had the ribs; he said they were flavorful but nothing really memorable. The service was the highlight of the evening- we were told it would be a 15-20 minute wait, but we were seated after about three minutes. Our server was very attentive and prompt considering the servers have to retrive food from the first floor for the second and third floor service.I'm sure a physical fitness test has to be part of the interview with as much stair climbining as they do!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank WBNVA
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Alden, New York, United States
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great food, reasonable prices”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We go to King Street every time we're in Alexandria. It has a great relaxed atmosphere and great food. The service is excellent and the food keeps you coming back. It is very laid back and kid friendly too.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Tracey U
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