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Morning Rush: Stomping Ground

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Stomping Ground sits in the middle of a busy stretch of Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. The building it set off by itself, next to the farmer’s market site and the kitschy storefronts that line the main drag.

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The "not-so-classic" fried chicken biscuit with benne seed tahini, hot sauce, honey, red onion and za’atar ($9).

The place is cozy - with homey decorations and pictures lining the wooden interior. It’s also busy - the savory chow and drinks (both caffeinated and alcoholic) attract patrons like bees to honey.

The Chow

First stop: the biscuits. Stomping Ground features about a dozen variations that pair the flaky goodness with spicy sausage gravy, cheddar cheese, poached or baked egg, black forest ham, veggies, avocado and other tasty things.

However, the star of the show is the fried chicken biscuit ($9). The classic includes pimento cheese and house pickles, while the “not-to-classic” features benne seed tahini, hot sauce, honey, red onion and za’atar.

Second stop: chilaquiles, or breakfast nachos $10), to us luddites: corn tortilla chips covered in red sauce, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeños, queso, salsa and a poached egg. The egg is the moneymaker, balancing out the spiciness and tartness of the other ingredients.

Stomping Ground also serves lunch and supper, offering salads, salmon ($18), roasted pork shoulder ($18), braised short rib ($17) and a mushroom pot pie ($15).

Breakfast nachos ($10).

Breakfast nachos ($10).

Breakfast and lunch are served Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Communal dinner, e.g., “supper,” is available Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to close.

Caffeine and Booze

Stomping Ground serves coffee from D.C.-based Swing’s Coffee Roasters (there’s a Swing’s roastery about five minutes away on Monroe Street).

Beer ($5-7 per glass) and wine ($11-13) are also available. The bosses occasionally rotate the alcoholic drink options.

Intangibles

The servers’ welcoming smiles and sweet smells live up to Stomping Ground’s ambition of being “your casual neighborhood place.” You order breakfast and lunch at the counter, get a number, and grab a table either inside or on the patio. The place can get crowded in the mornings and weekends - so much so that patrons wait patiently on chairs while people finish their meals before moving to a table. The cooks have become very good at timing the delivery of meals with diners arriving at their tables.

The Deets

  • Address: 2309 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria, Va.
  • Closest Metro: Braddock Road (Yellow/Blue Line) 1.2 miles south.
  • Closest Bus Stop: Use Metrobus 10B at Mount Vernon Avenue and East Oxford Avenue
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Patio: Yes

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