Metro Stop: EisenhowerTucked neatly between the Beltway and Duke Street, in southwest Alexandria, is the neighborhood of Carlyle & Eisenhower. Often overlooked for its northern sisters, Old Town & Del Ray, this neighborhood is slowly starting to surge thanks to its comfortable mixture of offices, apartments, restaurants, and living amenities. Not to mention its perfect location next to many major thoroughfares, the Eisenhower metro stop, and many local attractions. Carlyle & Eisenhower has long been home to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (and its totally overlooked but marvelous National Inventors Hall of Fame) and will soon welcome the National Science Foundation. We see this neighborhood of Alexandria burgeoning into a destination in its own right in the next couple of years, meaning now is the perfect time to explore and find your favorite local haunts. Read on for some of our favorite places in Carlyle & Eisenhower.
Table Talk Restaurant
Start your day like a local with breakfast at Table Talk Restaurant, a classic diner-style spot that will make you feel like a regular after one meal. The staff is so friendly they’ll remember your name and order by your second visit. This is the kind of hidden, local spot you will love taking your out-of-town guests.
African American Heritage Park
This 7.6 acre park located on Holland Lane was designed to co-exist with the African American cemetery that had been on those grounds since the 19th century. The focal point of the park is a bronze sculpture titled “Truths that Rise from the Roots Remembered,” as well as several smaller sculptures dotted throughout the park amongst its winding lanes. Learn more about the park on page 15 of the self-guided tour “A Remarkable and Courageous Journey.”
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Located inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, this free museum is really, insanely cool. Renovated in 2016, this is the place to visit if you have children who dream of being inventors, or if you fancy yourself one! Be inspired by the galleries and exhibitions that illustrate each of the more than 500 inductees and their contributions to the world of inventions. You will also love the quirky inventions!
Alexandria is a biker’s haven! With miles and miles of trails and bike lanes, you can travel the entire city without a car. If you don’t have your own bike, there are many Capital Bikeshare stands dispersed throughout Alexandria, including one on Eisenhower Avenue.
The Carlyle Club
Swing to live music at the Carlyle Club, an Art Deco supper club featuring old-fashioned entertainment. This unique 1930’s style Art-Deco supper club, offering weekly music shows in a swanky setting that makes you feel like you’re in The Great Gatsby, is the perfect place when you’re looking for new ideas for date night.
Pasara Thai Restaurant
Pasara Thai is the kind of restaurant you will find yourself going to again and again, as it’s the perfect spot for both quiet dinners and boistrous celebrations. Authentic, flavorful Thai food that packs a punch is their specialty, so be on the lookout for delicious soups and curries. Our favorite is the Ka Prao.
The Carlyle Community is active, with events planned throughout every season. Check their calendar here. Dwel @ Parc Meridian places you in the thick of things, adjacent to the Eisenhower metro stop and across the street from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the future site of the National Science Foundation, in a swanky setting inspired by nature. Interested in relocating to Alexandria? Simply contact the Team @ Dwel.