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Trademark Leaves Its Mark

Posted November 21, 2012 by Kelly Greene in Food

Trademark is gorgeous.  Located in The Westin Alexandria, it doesn’t look like a hotel restaurant and the food is far from it.  Yet it’s a place that makes you want to stay and come back many times.

Start with the Thanksgiving Cocktail ($10)–tasty and full of character.  Jim Beam bourbon, butternut squash purée soda, cranberry port reduction, a fried sage leaf and one perfect ice cube.

Try the warm, soft pretzel bites ($8) that are, well…amazeballs!  The fried pickles ($3) were a surprise.  No discs here; Trademark fries whole spears in a very light, fluffy tempura. And the tangy aioli is on point. Creamy, spicy, and very flavorful.  Wash them all down with Port City Monumental.  I’m not a beer drinker but the aioli gave me a reason to be. This IPA was perfect with the flavors here.

Oh, did I mention the  B A C O N  C A N D Y ?! Thick-cut bacon (pictured) is sizzling perfection, with heat and sweet that makes you want more. It’s cute too, wrapped up just like candy.

The TradeMac + Cheese ($12) comes in two creamy, cheesy options. The Eastern Shore is full of crab, lobster, and mascarpone, while the Cuban is packed with ham, bacon, Swiss and topped with a trademark fried pickle.

The showstopper is the Chesapeake pot pie–the loveliest, flakiest crust atop a crock of crab, rockfish, shrimp, roasted corn, peas, potatoes, and a pinch of the ‘Bay. A glass of Viognier from White Hall in not-too-far-flung Crozet, Virginia soothed the palate.  Perfect for sipping when you invert the scalding-hot pie to cool, to the shock of your incredulous dining companions…who quickly follow suit.

Trademark Drink + Eat
2080 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

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About the Author

Kelly Greene

As a child, Kelly was founder and president for life of the "Clean Plate Club." Later, in college, she ate pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner for six days straight.Third-generation Washingtonian Kelly has caught, cleaned and cooked her own seafood. She's seen centers--convention, capital, shopping--rise and fall. And she can probably tell you what restaurant "used to be here," but she's never met the President.Now, this refined (finicky?) fed finds the ways and means to fine dine with a good wine.