Took Metro over to Old Town, Alexandria, in Virginia this afternoon, for my first visit to Vermilion.
I haven’t spent a lot of time in Old Town during the last few years, and the short walk from the King Street Metro station reminded my of what a charming place it is. In a way, it’s similar to Georgetown, but w/o the crowds of partying undergrads and suburban teens. The shops in Old Town tend to be local rather than parts of national chains. I even found one of those almost extinct institutions that I loved so much: A used book shop.
On to Vermilion.
This was a great way to start the meal. I ordered an appetizer of classic shrimp and grits, w/a tomato sauce and microgreens. I’ll be back to try this as a main.
Beautiful and unexpected. The salmon sat atop a generous portion of confit fennel—that just means the fennel was cooked slowly, at a low temperature—with bits of shaved chorizo. The menu identified the sauce as “Sauce Nero,” which is sometimes called “Black Ink Sauce.”
Finally, hot poppyseed fritters, a blueberry compote, ‘Whipped Cream Ice Cream’, and vanilla mascarpone. Great combination of tastes.
Yet another excellent meal!