The Cottage Restaurant

Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café | Tea Room
One of the best

Even though it is in no way fancy, The Cottage Restaurant is the polite place to dine in Alexandria. Located on a corner in a small strip mall, it has a tea room feel. The interior is the size of a ballroom, with plenty of space in between tables.

The menu is mostly soups, salads and uncomplicated sandwiches. One of the best things about The Cottage is that they make it easy to order smaller portions. For instance, soups come in three sizes: a bowl, medium or a demi, which is not much more than just a few spoonfuls. And desserts can be ordered in half portions.

Not being able to decide between two of the soups, I chose to try them both. The chicken and sausage gumbo was moderately spiced, with large chunks of both meats. Even better was the luxurious cream of shrimp soup. Trying to figure out what was in it, I asked the waitress if it contained sherry. She replied that the recipe was a closely guarded secret and even though she has been there for years, she had no idea what was in it. Crumbly cornbread comes on the side of all soups.

For an entrée, I was steered towards the hot chicken sandwich, which the menu calls, “a real lunch treat”. This is a 4oz. boneless chicken breast, grilled and seasoned, on wheat toast, with tomato, provolone and mayo. Ladies who lunch would approve! For dessert, a thin slice of ultra-rich peanut butter pie with chopped up peanuts throughout, a thin graham cracker crust and topped with a dollop of homemade cream. To drink, go for the refreshing almond tea, which reminded me of an Arnold Palmer.

The Cottage is open for lunch only. Service is casual and motherly. When the elderly gentleman at the table next to me complained about his mobility issues, the waitress told him he should call ahead, honk when he got there and they would run the food out to him.

What to Eat
The Cottage Restaurant, Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
With pie this rich, I don't think I could have eaten more than a half size.
The Cottage Restaurant, Gumbo
It's can you not try the gumbo?
The Cottage Restaurant, Cream of Shrimp Soup
Cream of Shrimp Soup
While you have plenty of good entrees and desserts to choose from, every meal at The Cottage should start with the cream of shrimp soup.
The Cottage Restaurant, Hot Chicken Sandwich
Hot Chicken Sandwich
The menu calls this hot chicken 'A Real Lunch Treat!'.
The Cottage Restaurant, Almond Tea
Almond Tea
The Arnold Palmer-like almond tea.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11am - 2pm
Tuesday11am - 2pm
Wednesday11am - 2pm
Thursday11am - 2pm
Friday11am - 2pm
Saturday11am - 2pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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