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RT's - A warm,historic, and authentic Cajun Jewel

Posted on May 05,2017
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RT's Restaurant

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - I have always gauged restaurants by their food, atmosphere, and service and it is hard to find those few gems that excel at all 3 aspects. Such gems are worth making the effort to find and drive to, for they become a signature place that we frequent and enjoy for the rest of our lives.

I met Ralph Davis 12 years ago when he owned several signature restaurants in Old Town, Alexandria and Del Ray including, the Wharf, The Warehouse Bar and Grill, and RT’s.  Ralph has been in the restaurant business for decades and is one of the few original Alexandria restaurant owners still standing.  He recently(Feb.2015) sold the Warehouse and the Wharf and decided to focus on RT’s with his son Mathew who has been managing the restaurant for years.  

For those of you who have not been to RT’s, it is a true gem located in Arlandriaa couple of blocks form Del Ray.  Ralph opened the restaurant in the mid 80’s when the area was still undiscovered and not “happening” but was rewarded with the devotion of countless patrons, from Hill lawmakers to the young and increasingly affluent neighbors from the Del Ray area.  Such devotion and customer loyalty stemmed from a cozy local feel coupled with an authentic Creole and Cajun food, unmatched in this area.  

Famous politicians, artists, and celebrities have frequented the restaurant for years.  The long list includes icons such as the Clintons, Former VP Al Gore, Senator Sonny Callahan and singer Kris Kristofferson.  Many political and business deals were forged in the backroom of RT’s after a satisfying spicy Cajun dinner.

Since Ralph sold his other restaurants, he has been working with his son Matthew to renovate the place, adding little touches everywhere from decorations to menu changes.  He is back to what he loves doing best, meddling in the kitchen and greeting his guests.  

I know there are more and more food chains moving to our area and stripping the uniqueness of Del Ray and Old Town, but there are few ones left to cherish and enjoy. RT’s is on top of that list thanks to business leaders such as Ralph Davis.  

Please don’t go there and order the fried Calamari, try their New Orleans authentic Cajun food instead.  It is a great experience to go there and absorb the history of the place while sipping on a drink from their extensive wine list or on one of their specialty cocktails.

RT’s is open for Mother’s Day starting at 2 P.M.

RT’s Restaurant is located at 3804 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22305.





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