Price range: Dinners from $5.25 to $11.95; luncheon from $1.65 to $3.95.
Credit cards: American Express, Carte Blanche, Master Charge, BankAmericard and local checks with identification.
Hours: Weekdays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Closed Sundays.
Special facilities: Booster chairs. Accessible to the handicapped.
The morning snow had turned to slush. Even the snowman, created with care, had melted, and with it the children's spirits. It seemed a good evening to go out to dinner.
I had lunch at the Voyager a couple of months ago and thought the children might enjoy it. I was right. The boys were impressed with the nautical motif - miniature ships, red hanging lanterns and a room divider of lines running through wooden blocks. But my daughter and her fried enjoyed the "grown-up" atmosphere.
The Voyager, specializing in seafood and beef, is near the intersection of Braddock Road, King Street and Quaker Lane in Alexandria. The cocktail lounge consists of a bar and small dance floor and on Saturday night there is entertainment - a disc jockey who plays, in addition to a wide variety of records, a saxaphone.
Our waitress, who was personable and efficient, brought me a delicious apricot sour along with the warm rolls and butter while we studied the menu. There is no children's menu, so the four children decided to split two adult orders.
The boys had chopped beefsteak Saxony, at $5.25, served with melted cheese and a broiled stuffed tomato. They enjoyed the beefsteak, but my 5-year-old son balked at the tomato. After some coaxing from the waitress, he tried it and was pleasantly surprised. My 7-year-old son asked me if he had to eat the tomato. I, of course, said no, because I wanted to eat it - it was very good. The girls split an order of Shrimp Scampi, $5.75, served with rice, which was excellent. I had broiled flounder stuffed with crabmeat, $5.75, and found it fair.
With the dinners came crisp, tossed salads, topped with one of the best bleu cheese dressings I have ever tasted. We also had steak fries, huge homemade French fries that were not at all greasy and so good that the children liked them better than those at their favorite fast-food restaurant.
Other entrees include jumbo stuffed shrimp, $6.75; calves' liver steak, $5.25; chicken cordon bleu, $4.75; prime rib, $7.50, and lobster tail, $11.95. Manager Janet Doyle said fresh oysters are served in season, occasionally sword-fish, and usually some kind of fresh fish.
Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; late night supper, which is a very moderately priced breakfast, sandwich salad and dessert menu, from 10 p.m. to midnight, and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Luncheon dishes include eggs Benedict, crab imperial, London broil and stuffed mushrooms.
Saturday entertainment begins at 9:30 p.m.
We skipped dessert, and our entire bill including tax and tip came to $25.