2011 is shaping up to be a very good year for Irish Gastro Pubs in and around Alexandria. Rehab work continues for “Virtue,” Cathal Armstrong’s much-anticipated fifth restaurant in Old Town Alexandria (a little birdie told us end of May), while on the other side of the river, Harrington’s Pub and Kitchen at National Harbor is making progress on their new spot at the corner of Mariner Ave and Fleet Street.
At Shirlington Village, the Guinness is flowing at “Samuel Beckett’s” which opened up earlier this month. We took it in on Sunday. With a red exterior, you can’t miss it. Inside is stunning, an impressive bold statement that says, take the date or out-of-towners here.
We arrived at 11:30 with the front serving area already busy. Our greeter spoke with an Irish accent and told us he came over from Dublin. We were put in the back room, which many times make one feel like a second class citizen. Not here. In fact, we loved it as cozy and not noisy, with plenty of wall stuff to look at, including Mr. Beckett himself.
When we dine at a new place we also ask ourselves, would we come back?
Yes and yes. This new place has set the bar high (ha, ha) for the other two newcomers. They’ll need more than the luck of the Irish to match Samuel Beckett’s.