The Old Town Waterfront Just Got Prettier (& Tastier)

Last night, I checked out a newly opened restaurant on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, Blackwall Hitch. 

As an Alexandria resident and lover of the waterfront, I was so happy when I saw construction on this big, unique-looking black building.

  Blackwall Hitch is a nautical term that all sailors know. It is the name of a hitch knot that anchors the rope to the hook that holds the boat to the pier. Early settlers in the 1700’s left the Port of Blackwall on London’s River Thames and landed in Alexandria, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland. In fact, Captain John Smith  (1580-1631) set sail aboard the Susan Constant from the Port of Blackwall in 1606 to establish the first English colony in the Americas, at Jamestown in Virginia. The Blackwall Hitch knot honors that famous English port.

 

Blackwall Hitch is a nautical term that all sailors know. It is the name of a hitch knot that anchors the rope to the hook that holds the boat to the pier. Early settlers in the 1700’s left the Port of Blackwall on London’s River Thames and landed in Alexandria, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland. In fact, Captain John Smith  (1580-1631) set sail aboard the Susan Constant from the Port of Blackwall in 1606 to establish the first English colony in the Americas, at Jamestown in Virginia. The Blackwall Hitch knot honors that famous English port.

That building became Blackwall Hitch, a restaurant serving “new American Cuisine of land and sea favorites in an urban, chic environment.”

The views are great from just about anywhere you sit in the restaurant, and the food and drinks were just as great. I loved the scallop dish and the soft-shell crab with quinoa tabbouleh I was served, however, what really stood out to me was the salad. Sometimes restaurants neglect this part. But it was SO GOOD – a mix of greens, peppers, salami, and most importantly little balls of fresh mozzarella. I would love to go there and have that as a light lunch sometime.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Chef Michael Wagner. He was a really cool, down to earth guy and you can tell that he is very passionate about his food.

And of course… the WINE! I enjoyed a nice, light Pinot Grigio. Partly because I like to pair that with the salad and seafoods that were served, but mostly because it was just so hot and humid outside.  I also enjoyed a watermelon / basil drink concoction which was a very smart thing to serve on such a hot day. It was nice and refreshing, and technically can count as a serving of fruit, right?

Thanks, Blackwall Hitch, for making the Old Town waterfront prettier & tastier.

We will definitely be looking at hosting some wine events here soon. 

Some of the food & drinks I enjoyed. That salad & the soft-shell crab, yumm.
Blackwall Hitch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato