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Add a Meal at French & Southern to Your Summer Bucket List

Despite its location inside of the Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria, French & Southern is actually owned by locals—and customers say, it shows. The owners cultivate a comfortable, welcoming vibe that you’ll notice as soon as you step inside. It’s the perfect setting in which to share a meal or a few cocktails with a loved one.

The chef carefully balances influences from France and the American South to create a list of innovative dishes. Start your dinner with a few small bites like the fried oysters with creme fraiche and hot pepper jelly or the salt-roasted beets with whipped chevre and pistachio butter. Add an artisan cocktail to the mix, perhaps a classic Sazerac or the signature champagne cocktail. Then devour a main dish like the crispy duck quarter with charred cauliflower puree or the shrimp and pimento grits served with garlic confit.