A Mexican Gem in Vienna

(not wine related)

After moving to Fairfax 2 years ago, Bryan and I have been hunting for great restaurants in the suburbs. Inundated with chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, TGIFridays, etc, it's been quite the task to find a great go-to place to enjoy date night.

Having loved Bazin's on Church in Vienna a few weeks ago with the in-laws, we've been wanting to try their sister restaurant, Alegria, a casual Mexican joint.

A superb Saturday evening, we headed to Alegria on the quaint Church St in Vienna. Much smaller than Bazin's, there is a bar serving up fantastic margaritas, a few tables on the patio and a cozy dining room. While we waited (not even 5 minutes), we ordered margaritas to start off the dining experience.

We took advantage of the great weather and dined al fresco. You can't go to a Mexican restaurant and not order the Queso Fundido, ooey gooey deliciousness with soft tortillas and meaty chorizo. Another great way to start off the dining experience.

Attentive servers kept our table manicured, drinks filled and made sure we were enjoying every minute.

Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines so it was hard to decide on what to order for my entree. However, there were a few items that stood out on this menu; short rib enchiladas, Oaxacan-style Carne Asada and pork confit tacos!

Enchiladas are my go-to choice any day and stuffed with short ribs, are you kidding me?! No question about that. They were rich and flavorful and served with black beans and rice. The portion size was rather large too!

The slow-roasted pork confit tacos were a great addition to my meal. They were served with pickled jalapenos and chunks of pineapple. (Tacos can be purchased individually and they have a great selection to choose from)
Bryan ordered the carne asada. It was tender and full of flavor. Served with rice and crispy plantains. It was another hefty portion!
As we wrapped up our great date night, we were already thinking about when we will be returning! This is quite the gem outside the beltway. It's worth the trip :)


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