The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 11th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 2, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants. The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between 18 participating neighborhood restaurants.
Del Ray Pizzeria Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli won the Judges' Choice Award. “All the dishes were better and better, making the judging more and more difficult,” said Vikram Sunderam, the James Beard Award-winning chef at Rasika Restaurant in Washington, DC., who served as a judge. “This one stood out-- it was an ingenious dish.”
Pork Barrel BBQ's Smoked White Chicken Chili won the People's Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees.
The complete list of winners:
1st place: Del Ray Pizzeria Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli
2nd place: Stomping Ground's Jerk Pulled Pork with cilantro aioli and red onion on a mini buttermilk biscuit
3rd place: Swings Coffee Roasters' Hopped Cascara Soda
1st place: Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant - Del Ray's Smoked White Chicken Chili
2nd place: Del Ray Pizzeria/DRP Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli
3rd place: Northside10's Risotto Fritters with tomato gravy
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.