In the 1770s, Alexandria, Va. was known as a bustling seaport exporting products such as flour and hemp with foreign vessels docking there often. At the century's end, the city was one of the ten busiest seaports in America.
Even though centuries have passed, this city, located just outside Washington, D.C., still has a love affair with the water. Today, many residents and visitors get their connection to the water thanks to seafood. Whether you love a good jumbo lump crab cake, oysters, shrimp, lobster or flounder, this city has many different venues for you to drown in succulent seafood.
For well established favorites among locals, head to The Wharf featuring classic Chesapeake dishes whose building dates back to the 1790s and survived a Civil War-era fire. Those looking for a taste of New Orleans can head over to RT's for Cajun and creole fare.
A newer restaurant that gets lots of buzz is Blackwall Hitch which has two patios with views of the Potomac River and a menu that will make you wonder which delightful dish you want to try first.
No matter what restaurant hooks you, Alexandria has a number of outstanding seafood restaurants featuring fresh catches and unique dishes.