Vermilion — Lunch on 26 August 2015

Took Metro over to Old Town, Alexandria, in Virginia this afternoon, for my first visit to Vermilion.

Vermilion

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.

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

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.

Salmon

Salmon

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.”

Poppyseed Fritters

Poppyseed Fritters

Finally, hot poppyseed fritters, a blueberry compote, ‘Whipped Cream Ice Cream’, and vanilla mascarpone.  Great combination of tastes.

Yet another excellent meal!

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