Trademark Leaves Its Mark
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