Orange flowers called Tangerine Beauty fills a garden wall at the bottom of Union Street in Old Town Alexandria. Step down that path towards the water and you’ll find yourself at HUMMINGBIRD, an energetic bar and kitchen inspired by the American spirit of cherished traditions: Clambakes and crab boils, fish fries and oyster roasts.
Chef Cathal Armstrong of Eat Good Food Group’s (Restaurant Eve, Society Fair, Eamonn’s, PX, Kaliwa) newest eatery is located on the Alexandria waterfront within the Hotel Indigo.
HUMMINGBIRD’s menu follows the rhythm of the seasons under Chef Jorge Chicas and celebrates the Seafood Pride of favorite coastal waters from Chesapeake Blue Crabs to Dublin Bay Prawns. The ‘Blackboard Fish’ changes daily served with your choice of dipping sauces that arrive table-side in antique caddies.
“Some items skew fancy and others more relaxed, we’re applying great ingredients into familiar foods.” says Armstrong. An afternoon lunch on the outdoor patio watching the boats, a bottle of American rosé, finished with slice of Hummingbird Cake - that’s what it's about.
The youngest hotel guests are greeted at HUMMINGBIRD with mini milk and cookies and for the adults, a menu of classic cocktails á la Todd Thrasher to include Seasonal Slushies, an ice blended cocktail with fruit infusions.
The restaurant has a rustic-coastal feel with an airy mood of blue, white and ash wood. American design for modern times, the sun-drenched the room looks out onto the Potomac River through windows flanked by billowy linens and large glass doors.
For a more private affair, guests can book the 14 seat ‘Nectar Room’. Surrounded by candlelit lanterns the room opens onto the breezy outdoor patio for lounging while enjoying a private seafood bbq.
After dining be sure to treat yourself to the gift of key-lime popcorn kernels from the host staff. ‘Thanks for Popping By’ as the tag complete with popping instructions reads. It’s the little things.™ Hummingbird.
“HUMMINGBIRD is inspired by the weaving of Americana culinary spirit, a river location and a commitment to roots. We hope to bring the neighborhood delicious memories in relaxed comfort.” Co-owner and concept-designer EatGoodFood Group - Meshelle Armstrong