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Eat, drink, play: 5 new spots to check out in Alexandria

Looking to hit up the newest businesses in Alexandria? From a Mediterranean eatery to a children's bounce house place, read on for a rundown of the newest spots to open their doors near you. 


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Now open at 3525 Jefferson Davis Highway in Potomac Yard is Cava. The locally based but rapidly expanding chain serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a fast-casual setting. You can get your meal served as a salad, a grain bowl or in a pita. Spread options include eggplant and red pepper, tzatziki, hummus and harissa, while the list of proteins ranges from falafel to grilled meatballs. Finish it off with pickled onions, cabbage slaw, crumbled feta or Kalamata olives.

Pump It Up of Alexandria

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Now open at 2000 Eisenhower Ave. is Pump It Up of Alexandria. It's part of a nationwide franchise of kids' entertainment centers. It features inflatable slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses. You can rent the space for events like birthday parties, visit during an open jump time or drop off your child for supervised play. 

Diya Indian Cuisine

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A new addition to Old Town, Diya Indian Cuisine serves Indian staples like biryani, curries, kormas and vindaloos. There is a clay oven for tandoori specialties. A daily lunch buffet is available, as is a selection of wine. You can find the Indian restaurant at 218 N. Lee St., Floor 2. 

Yelper Adrienne S. wrote, "I came here for the new lunch buffet and it was delicious!  I tried the chana masala, the vegetable pakora, the palak paneer, the tandoori chicken and the butter chicken. The rice was fresh on the buffet as well as the other dishes and they brought fresh naan to the table. All the food was excellent."

Augie's Mussel House & Patio

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Next, head over to 1106 King St. in Old Town and you'll find Belgian restaurant Augie's Mussel House & Patio. There are plenty of Belgian-style ales, as well as American craft brews. Beer pairs well with mussels, which is the dominant menu item. They come in flavors from garlic and bacon to Thai green curry. Enjoy them with some frites on the large patio or on one of the two levels inside.

Pho Huy

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Finally, Pho Huy is a Vietnamese spot that recently opened its doors at 4527 Duke St. at The Shoppes of Foxchase, where Pie 360 was located. Phở meat options include brisket, tripe, meatball and seafood; there is also a vegetarian phở. The menu also features vermicelli entrees, rice dishes and appetizers like spring rolls and calamari. Pair your meal with fresh-squeezed lemonade, coconut juice or matcha milk tea.