Virtue Feed & Grain, Old Town Alexandria

(See the June 10, 2011, Review here.)

I stopped into Virtue Feed & Grain yesterday for the first time since the divorce with Eat Good Food Group, and was surprised to see how much the menu has contracted.

I only had a bowl of Seafood Chowder ($7) with coconut milk, which was the soup of the day, and a Diet Coke, so most of my perception was visual, along with menu study.

The Chef de Cuisine is now Santiago Lopez, who was previously Executive Sous Chef at Cafe Tu-Tu-Tango in Orlando. This was one heck of a promotion for Chef Lopez.

My bartender was as nice as could be, and this is still a lovely restaurant, but you can tell it’s just not the same – this has not been in Italic since the Armstrong’s left, and I see no reason to raise or lower my rating based on yesterday. The patio seating in the alley was open yesterday, and in this weather, you couldn’t ask for a more pleasant environs to dine al fresco.

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