The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 12th Annual Taste of Del Ray from June 4-6, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants. The modified event featured a spirited competition between 13 participating neighborhood restaurants.
Evening Star Cafe won the Judges' Choice Award with their local coffee custard, while Stomping Ground's cheddar blue corn grits with a pork ragu won the People's Choice Award, as voted by registered attendees. This year's judges were Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and Chadwicks owner Trae Lamond.
The complete list of winners:
1st Place: Stomping Ground, Cheddar Blue Corn Grits with a Pork Ragu
2nd Place: Spice Kraft, Raj Kachori Chaat (Indian Street Food)
3rd Place: Junction Bakery & Bistro, Chiquito Cubanos
1st Place: Evening Star Cafe, Local Coffee Custard
2nd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ, White Chicken Chili
3rd Place: Live Oak Restaurant/Elo’s Italian Pop-Up, Meatballs made with veal, pork, & beef, with creamy polenta, Pomodoro sauce, and Pecorino
Honorable Mention: Swings Coffee Roasters, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nitro Draft Latte
Honorable Mention: Del Ray Pizzeria, Baked Avocado with Fried Egg & Cheddar
"We were blown away by the culinary creativity of our restaurants," said Taste of Del Ray chair Karen Johnson. "But, more than anything, we were so overwhelmed by the support of the community, even though we couldn't hold our traditional in-person event. This was a difficult year for restaurants, and the neighborhood really came out to celebrate the talented chefs in Del Ray."
Held every June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Taste of Del Ray showcases the neighborhood's top restaurants in a spirited competition sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. Proceeds from ticket sales help fund neighborhood events throughout the year.