For a taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, look no further than Bitton. This cozy cafe brings a bit of Tel Aviv to the DMV area with its mouthwatering Israeli fare and warm, welcoming atmosphere.
At Bitton, you can enjoy brunches, lunches, and dinners inspired by the incredible cuisine of Israel. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular, Bitton’s friendly service and scrumptious food make every visit special.
A Taste of Tel Aviv in Alexandria
Bitton was founded by native Israelis Uri and Dina Bitton, who moved to the U.S. but missed the incredible food of their homeland. After opening the first Bitton cafe in Arlington, they brought their signature Mediterranean flavors to Alexandria in 2016.
Stepping inside Bitton feels like entering a cafe plucked right from Tel Aviv. Photographs of Israel adorn the brick walls, while upbeat Israeli music plays. The friendly staff make you feel right at home.
The Tel Aviv vibes extend to the phenomenal food. Bitton’s menu showcases diverse culinary influences from across the Mediterranean. You’ll find everything from falafel and shakshuka to schnitzel and bourekas. Fresh ingredients and family recipes add authentic flavor.
Start Your Day Right with Brunch
Brunch at Bitton is a can’t-miss experience, blending American favorites with Israeli twists. Indulge in dishes like:
- Shakshuka – Poached eggs in a rich tomato sauce with feta and fresh herbs
- Bourekas – Flaky pastries filled with cheese, potato, or spinach
- Sabich – Fried eggplant, hard boiled egg, and Israeli salad on pita
- French Toast – Cinnamon challah bread dipped in custard and grilled
Pair your meal with a mimosa, bloody mary, Israeli wine, or coffee and beignets. Bitton also offers cheeky brunch cocktails like the “Bad Shakshuka” with vodka and spicy tomato juice.
Lunches with Global Flair
Craving a lighter midday bite? Bitton’s lunch menu has you covered with salads, kebabs, pitas, and more. Some standouts include:
- Tunisian Fish – Pan seared branzino with harissa and couscous
- Chicken Shawarma Pita – Marinated chicken, pickles, and amba sauce
- Sabich Salad – Crispy eggplant, hard boiled egg, and cucumber over greens
- Laffa Wraps – Grilled steak or chicken in a soft laffa flatbread
Don’t skip the sides like sweet potato fries, beet salad with labneh, and potato latkes. Lunch at Bitton is a quick getaway to the Mediterranean.
Indulge at Dinner
When evening rolls around, Bitton draws you in with crave-worthy dinner entrees. The Israeli-style grilled meats are a highlight, like the:
- Mixed Grill – Chicken skewer, lamb kabab, beef kefta, with rice and amba
- Mushroom Sirloin – Chargrilled sirloin steak topped with garlicky mushrooms
- Salmon Tel Aviv – Seared salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, za’atar, and lemon cream
Other favorites include moussaka, chicken tagine, and whole branzino. Complete your meal with savory sides like roasted cauliflower with tahini or potato hamoset.
Save Room for Dessert
After an incredible meal, leave room for Bitton’s heavenly desserts. Their authentic Israeli sweets include:
- Malabi – Rosewater milk pudding with whipped cream and pistachio
- Basbousa – Semolina cake soaked in honey syrup
- Chocolate Babka – Swirled chocolate bread, perfect with coffee
- Halva – Sesame-based confection, served with tahini ice cream
The Nutella-stuffed challah French toast also makes a decadent dessert. Complete your Israeli dining experience on a sweet note.
Bitton’s Cafe Culture
Beyond the phenomenal food, part of what makes Bitton special is its lively cafe ambiance. Friends chat over frothy cappuccinos, while lively Israeli music plays. The modish indoor space features rustic wood tables, exposed brick, and greenery.
When weather permits, locals love the petite outdoor patio on King Street, perfect for people watching. Happy hour draws crowds with deals on drinks and appetizers. Or stop in for weekend brunch under Bitton’s iconic green awning.
For a welcoming spot to gather with friends over fabulous Mediterranean cuisine, look no further than Bitton. It’s a delicious taste of Tel Aviv right in the heart of Alexandria.