Meet Matt and Tony’s, an all-day Bloody Mary and brunch spot for Del Ray

Todd Miller, the pastry chef credited with making Ted’s Tarts a DC phenomenon, returns for another nostalgic brunch in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.

Matt and Tony’s All Day Kitchen + Bar, which opens Wednesday, March 16, comes from first restaurant owner Matt Sloan, who previously ran indoor operations at Daikaya and Matchbox and helped open nearby Ada’s on the River.

Matt and Tony’s, a family establishment, occupies a 127-seat space left by the ephemeral Charlie’s On the Avenue (1501 Mount Vernon Ave, Del Ray). Before that, it was FireFlies – where President Barack Obama curbed a burger craving in 2014.

A few years ago, Todd Miller, then pastry chef at Ted’s Bulletin, was leading the mass production of his cult riffs on Pop-Tarts. At Matt and Tony, Miller’s latest childhood remix is ​​a Rice Crispy-like bar with peanut butter fudge and chocolate.

Matt and Tony’s opens six days a week (closed Mondays) from 8 a.m., which means morning Bloody Marys could become a new trend in Alexandria. One of two Anytime Bloodys comes with bacon infused vodka, chipotle, lime, meat stick and bacon salt.

A homemade Bloody Mary infuses vodka with celery.
At Matt and Tony’s

The all-day brunch includes cornflake-crusted French toast made with cinnamon egg custard and Scotch eggs stuffed with chicken and chorizo. The daily menu includes gluten-free cornmeal pancakes slathered in taupe maple syrup and a hearty bowl of homemade steel cut oatmeal with quinoa, millet porridge and sweet or savory toppings .

Familiar comfort foods with a twist include mornay cheddar mac and cheese curls and crispy jalapeno, and a turkey meatloaf is drizzled with a barbecue balsamic drizzle.

A drink program filled with spritzes and sangrias includes cocktails like a vodka-based “Wild Goose Chase” with apple and St. Germain and a tamarind and tequila “Phoenix.”

An earthy look put together by designer David Anthony Chenault (Bar Bao, Pamplona) plays on a central seating area surrounded by living trees.

Matt and Tony feature stone-toned brick walls and lots of American oak accents.
Francesca Calisti/Matt and Tony

Wine and water glasses on an outdoor table with a napkin and silverware.

Matt and Tony’s has a 40-seat patio.
Francesca Calisti/Matt and Tony

The “Tony” part of the name pays homage to Sloan’s great-grandfather, an Austrian immigrant turned acclaimed New York baker (he even baked rye bread for the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, says Sloan). Breads and pastries are naturally at the center of the menu, starting with baskets of cheddar and shallot biscuits through to anytime desserts like “Tony’s” pie (Viennese chocolate cake) and bread pudding. spice.

Matt and Tony’s opens with dine-in service until 9 p.m. (and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday), with takeout and delivery to follow.

French toast, egg pan and cocktail on wooden table

All-day French toast joins egg pans and a long list of cocktails at Matt and Tony’s.
At Matt and Tony’s

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