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5th Annual Cherry Challenge
Participating Restaurants
(just click on the restaurant to see maps and other information):

Chart House

Dishes of India

Evening Star

Hank's Oyster Bar

King St Blues Old Town


Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub


Trademark Drink & Eat

Union Street Public House

Virtue Feed and Grain

Whole Foods Market

Announcing the Winners
of the 4th Annual Cherry Challenge


The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee is proud to announce the winners of their fourth annual “Cherry Challenge.”

The Cherry Challenge took place during the week of February 5-11th in twenty Alexandria restaurants, and featured cherry-inspired dishes, drinks, and desserts created by the restaurant chefs.  Some of the restaurants have competed in the past, but there were several restaurants new to the competition…in fact, new to Alexandria, including RedRocks, T.J. Stones, Virtue Feed and Grain, and others.

Each person who ordered the dish or menu item was supplied with a ballot so that they could judge the menu item on taste, presentation and creativity.  Scoring was done by rating both the number of ballots submitted, and how each dish rated in the palates of the citizens who ordered the items.  All winning restaurants receive a handsome plaque and were presented in the George Washington Birthday Parade. The winning drink was featured at the Birthnight Banquet and Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

If you would like to participate in the 2013 "Cherry Challenge" please contact the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee via

2012 Participating Restaurants:

Del Ray/North End:

Indigo Landing


St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

TJ Stones

Old Town Alexandria:


Fontaine Caffe & Creperie

Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant

Hank's Oyster Bar

The Jamieson Grille

King St Blues Old Town

The Light Horse Restaurant

The Majestic

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub (last year’s “mains” winner)

Pizzeria Paradiso


Virtue Feed and Grain

Whole Foods Market

South End:

Dishes of India (last year's "dessert" winner)

West End:

Shooter McGee's

Tempo (last year's "starters" winner)


Entre: Murphy’s Irish Pub "Duck a la Cherry" (winner for the third year with this dish!)

SaladTempo Restaurant "Insalata di Ceresa e Mela di Fuji"

DessertDishes of India "Cherry Kulfi"

Cocktail: Food Matters "Sweet Cherry Rye"