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  1. bdoughnut.com Portuguese style malasadas & doughnuts by Brian and Pin Chanthapanya at the Mosaic in Merrifield. I stopped by for the first time and enjoyed a quick treat with crab dip bagel doughnut and chocolate creme malasadas. Very tasty!
  2. According to The Loudoun Times-Mirror, Delirium is opening its first US restaurant in Leesburg. I wonder why Leesburg?
  3. I'm spending this weekend in Virginia (in Hamilton, which is just west of Leesburg) with some friends, and we're hoping to do some wine tasting. Can anyone recommended some places to try? None of us is a serious wine taster, but I'd still rather hit some of the better vineyards rather than the worse ones. I saw that someone recommended Hiddencroft Vineyards in Lovettsville, which seems to be not too far away from where we're staying, so I'll put that on my list. I've also seen people praise RdV Vineyards, but I see that they charge $50 for their tour and tasting, and I doubt my friends will want to pay that much (nor do I, to be honest). Plus, it's a 45-minute drive from where we're staying. Is there anywhere else in closer proximity to Leesburg worth checking out? If anyone has any restaurant recommendations, I'd appreciate those as well. I believe I've read mixed reviews of Tuscarora Mill on this site. I had lunch there maybe 6 years ago and don't remember much about it, and that's about the only place I know in Leesburg or vicinity. Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
  4. Met up with some friends on Friday night to try Smokehouse Live in Leesburg. No better way I can think of to describe this place than suburban Hill Country - same system, same basic theme, very similar menus. The good - The bar area here is bright and very open with friendly service, a limited bar menu and good happy hour prices. Nice selection of bourbons, some cocktails during happy hour for $5 and a tap selection that goes beyond the Shiner limitations of HC downtown. But then... The rest - Hill Country (normally I would say so many comparisons to HC would be unfair, but they don't seem to even be trying to hide the imitation, so...) somehow manages to pull off sticking a room full of bench tables together and have it not seem totally cold and impersonal. Smokehouse Live can't say the same - plywood walls, disjointed floor plan and an oddly cramped 'market' ordering area made me miss some cheap and tacky kitsch and finished hardwood. But hey, you're here for the barbeque, right? The pulled pork was ok - not awesome, but not bad - wished it had more bbq flavor. I will admit - I order lean brisket - and am used to this being a bit more on the dry side than the 'wet' orders, but this was so dry it was crumbling apart. The beef shoulder (crod) is just a hard cut to work with - even after trimming visible tough areas I still had trouble chewing (not sure this is as much the restaurants fault as just a tough cut). Texas Chainsaw sauce was ok, though could have used more heat for being the 'spicy' version; eastern carolina was a little close to being straight vinegar for me. Please, for the love of God, if you only read one sentence in this write up, read this one: A 16oz portion of collard greens will cost you $14.25. Just to make sure we didn't miss anyone there - A 16oz portion of greens will cost you $14.25. Now to be fair, your little order card does list the price for each side in tiny little numbers inside the bubbles. Generally being a person who is not so concerned with price that I thought a side order of collard greens for two people might break me, I didn't really pay attention - after all, its a side of greens and some turkey that was left over from the day before. I would love to see their food cost for this. Or for the $14.25 portion of macaroni and cheese. Or for the $14.25 portion of lima beans and corn. But moving on... It was our server's first day, or at least appeared to be, so I hold her completely blameless but when you are half way through your meal and still do not have someone take your drink order, AND when you have flagged down three different staff members begging for drinks and then a manager, AND when you give you drink order to all three of these staff members never to see said drinks, it gets old. I'll still never understand why, when the new server finally appeared, she made an Arnold Palmer using Mountain Dew, but at this point I was beyond questioning. Bottom line - would totally go back for happy hour at the bar and listen to some music, but the dinner experience was approaching 'one-and-done' levels of not good. P.s. didn't want to start a new topic for a restaurant so far out that wasn't good, but please feel free to move as needed
  5. My four year-old daughter and I made a stop at Windy City Red Hots for a tasty lunch on a wonderful day. As we walked out of the restaurant I noticed a bakery across the street so we headed over for dessert. We entered and I looked around for the usual displays of baked goods one would normally find in a bakery. After asking a waitress for some direction, she said "we're not really a bakery". I got the impression she regularly dealt with this confusion. My sweet little girl did not take this very well, but with promises of apple cider doughnuts at Great Country Farms in nearby Bluemont, I carried her out before she went postal. FYI, Al
  6. Crooked Run Brewing 205 Harrison Street SE Leesburg, VA 20175 571-918-4446 http://www.crookedrunbrewing.com Couldn't find a listing for this one with a search. I think they said they were celebrating their 1st or 2nd anniversary. During a quick visit and picked up a growler of their Summer Night. Had it later that night, enjoyed the nice malty raspberry taste.
  7. Need a place to go in Leesburg that isn't too expensive and won't scare a non-foodie, but is good enough that foodies will like it. I fear Tuskie's and Lightfoot may be too much. Blue Ridge Grill is (barely) acceptable but surely we can do better? Our friend is coming from near Winchester; we're willing to go a little farther that direction for something decent. Any thoughts?
  8. There is a new brick and mortar BBQ shop in Leesburg, and it turns out its pretty darn good. The Q Company. Purely BBQ wise they are solid. Brisket is smoked well and tender. Pork spareribs are delicious as well but a little too tender for my tastes. Clearly smoked well, but they must foil towards the end (or some similar technique) to get it extra tender. Pork is pretty good. Beef ribs were solid as well. Didn't get a chance to get the Smoked Sausage yet. No chicken. All the BBQ is given dry, with sauce on the side. The sides were ok but not that memorable to me at least. I'm not much of a sides person. They have an interesting setup. Though they are set up like a restaurant, with a bar etc, they try to act like a roadside stand. When they are out, they are out. No desserts. No kids menu. I'm fine with it, but when I was there a family walked out over it. Overall I think they are a good addition to route 15 BBQ (it's just off 15), with The Two J's Smokehouse and BBQ Exchange near Charlottesville, The Pit Stop in Gilberts Corner, and Chubby's in Emmitburg Md.
  9. Another great carryout joint, this time near the center or old part of Leesburg. Galletta's is a family owned place that serves killer sandwiches at lunch. They also serve Italian dinners Fridays and Saturdays, but I have not been there for that yet. The bread they use is ciabatta from South Street Under and it ends up working pretty well. They slice the meats for thier sandwiches to order which is good, it keeps the meat fresher this way, but expect to wait a few minutes for your sandwiches. The hours here are rough as well 11-6 except Friday and Sat where they are open till 8. Also closed Sunday and Monday. If I had to choose which had better meat, here or Primos, it's better here. That said they are very different experiences. Favorite sandwich here so far is the di Parma.
  10. I have good news for you doomed to make a run to the Leesburg Outlets. You are no longer relagated to the crap food court in the outlet, there is a really solid choice just across the street near Home Depot. Primo Hoagies just opened last week and I am happy to say, it is legit. First heard about it on Serious Eats and never got a chance to try it when I was in Philly. I've only been once but the the italian bread is crusty, and sesame seeded. The provolone was sharp and the sandwich busting out with meat. The medium size sandwich is pretty big, just to let you know. Seemed like 1.25 ft long (Edit: after getting it again, it's 1 ft). Very good, no frills choice if you happen to have to hit the outlets. Note: The meats are focused on domestic Thumannn's deli meat, but are still really good in the sandwich. Note 2: These sandwiches travel well.
  11. Ever since the Tara Thai in Balston (with the cool fishtank featuring my friend Mr. Puffer) shut down, I have been a little lost on where to go close by for Thai. I should probably read this forum more...then I would know all the hot spots! From a locality standpoint:(i.e. walking Clarendon) My husband and I have been addicted to their $1 sushi happy hour (including 1/2 price wine & beer - WOO HOO!) that goes on until 8pm every Mon-Wed. The servers and the owner are attentive and nice and the sushi is very fresh. The wine and beer list need some help, but the food we have had on our 3rd visit in two weeks--has been good. Larb Gai - A+ Red Curry with Chicken A p.s. - Don't be a wimp and go for Thai Hot! p.p.s. here's Don's Review & their website.
  12. Four of us had dinner at The Green Tree on King Street in Leesburg Saturday night. We were intrigued by the restaurant's description as serving authentic recipes from the 18th century. According to the blurb in the Entertainment book, the original owner researched colonial recipes in the Library of Congress, and adapted them to more modern practices. Since one of our group is a docent at Mount Vernon who happens to be an expert on the cuisine during the time that George Washington lived there, we figured it would be an interesting exercise. Our visit on Saturday found a place that was somewhat better than some of the more dire reviews that appeared online. The dining room was once lit only by candles, for example, but since that was written some electric lamps have been added, and that means that those of us of a certain age can still read the menus. We arrived at 7:00PM to find only one other table occupied. By the time we left, a couple more tables had filled. This place is not overly busy, and I have to wonder if it's trying to rebound from declining fortunes and rising costs. The menu includes an appetizer course, a soup course, entrees and dessert. Not on the menu, but served before the entree is a salad course. The entrees range from some long term items such as the cheese pie (kind of like a quiche) to mushroom canapes to a crab and cream casserole, which is what I had. The appetizers can run large, so for some like the cheese pie, you might want to share. We avoided the soup course considering the weather, although I'm told that the cabbage soup is a favorite. The entrees are supposed to be items that were served in the late 18th century, and our period expert says that they appear to be very similar to items that appear in contemporary diaries from the time. A couple of the items claim to have been taken directly from records of meals hosted by Thomas Jefferson, including his favorite liver dish. I was a little surprised to find an Indian curry on the menu, but I haven't had curry for a long time so I tried it. There was also a crab-stuffed flounder, a lamb kabob, a perch poached in dill cream, and some specials that didn't seem at all colonial. A couple of things make me think that this restaurant is trying to overcome bad times. The curry I had, for example, was described as having a collection of side condiments, as it typical of an Indian curry, but the condiments were presented already on the curry, and the sides were eliminated. Other things that make me wonder are the butter that's served, which is the same California Dairy packet that you get at Costco. There's nothing wrong with the butter other than its presentation, but it doesn't really fit the image of fine dining. Service was quite good, although the staff was pretty thin. The head waiter is a retired gentleman who is clearly a colonial food scholar who can quote from Jefferson's diaries during his time in France and at Monticello, He's assisted by a runner, and things are delivered promptly, the orders are correct, and the result is well paced if leisurely. We finished with the bread pudding, which was quite good. The restaurant makes its own desserts for the most part, and apparently is known for its pies, but I really like bread pudding, so I went with that and wasn't disappointed. The wine list is short, but reasonably priced. The house white is a California pinot grigio. We ended up spending about $40 per person. I thought it was a little steep, but I was outvoted by the rest of the table. Maybe I'm a cheapskate. A couple of other thoughts. This restaurant is part of a group that lines that side of King Street in Leesburg, and includes The Leesburg Colonial Inn, Bella Luna and the Georgetown Cafe. The Green Tree seemed to be the busiest of the bunch on the night we were there. Also, the chef is clearly producing specials for more than one restaurant. As much as I love escargot, for example, I don't think it qualifies as an 18th century American dish. I also have my doubts about the crab-stuffed flounder, which I'm told was quite good, but our captive docent didn't think she'd ever seen in any of her studies. Overall, I think The Green Tree is worth a visit, although I'd think of it as more of an exercise in culinary anthropology than as the latest in fine dining. I halfway expected to see Deb Duchon show up around a corner at some point. The restaurant doesn't have a Web site of its own (I'm told they're working on it) but the group can be found at http://www.theleesburgcolonialinn.com. Wayne Rash
  13. After seeing some of our friends in a show in Leesburg on Friday night, we decide to return the next day to stroll around in the sun. Opting not to grab dinner at American Flatbread on the way home (since I was making pizza the following night), we wandered around town for a place to eat. Everything was either too expensive or just "meh." Honestly, I'd hoped for much more. What sealed the deal was that, as we were browsing the menu for the Cajun Experience, the chef came out to talk to us and he pronounced "etouffee" the way I imagined Paul Prudhomme would have pronounced etouffee. We were in. The meal averaged out to "okay": this was definitely a "book end" meal (i.e. apps and dessert were the highlight): At the beginning, the boudin balls: bits of sausage, onions, rice, and cajon spices deep fried with a spicy dipping sauce. Addicting. At the end, beignets with cafe au lait: the beignets were heaped with powdered sugar and were the perfect match for the cafe au lait. Addictive. The cafe au lait, however, was a little cold - not sure if that's traditional or not. And then the books in the middle: Had the crawfish etouffee and the seafood gumbo. Both were served with a scoop of decent potato salad and some toasted bread. The crawfish were cooked great, but the gumbo was a little lacking in actual bits of seafood. All in all, neither dish had the "wow" factor I was hoping for. Service was a little odd. No spoon for the gumbo. Had the apps within five minutes of ordering and the entrees five minutes after that, but the beignets didn't come out for another fifteen to twenty minutes. The chef, however, who initially brought us in continued stopping by to chat - so definitely an A for friendly. The decor is a work in progress. Mostly white walls. Where are the mardi gras masks and the beads (definitely need more beads)? Final question: how can you have a New Orleansian restaurant but not serve Abita beer??? Final thought: $40 after tax and tip for an app, two entrees, dessert, and coffee was about what I would have expected to pay for what I got: an okay meal with a few great standouts.
  14. Hi everyone I went here today for the first time with a friend of mine. I had never even heard of it! It is on Catoctin Circle and they brew their beer on site. In fact, you can only get their own beer there. They also have a decent sized wine list and I had a Cab from Washington - "14 Hands". The wine was love at first sip. Very smooth and I went to Wegmans afterwards in search of it (not successful, they do not carry it but the "sommelier" mentioned perhaps Total Wine may. (what would you call the wine clerks there? "Clerk" doesn't sound quite right because I'm betting they are quite educated in wines...) My meal was a lobster/brie grilled cheese sandwich (with pesto spread inside, I believe it was) and a side of roasted tomato soup (also waffle fries). My total bill incl tax and tip was 26 bucks. My friend had their curry chicken salad (grapes, cashews, and a few other items tucked inside) and roasted tomato soup and iced tea. Her bill was perhaps 5 less than mine with tax/ tip. I tasted her chicken salad and it was so good that I wished I had gotten that instead. The lobster grilled brie sandwich was interesting but not stupendous (I think it could have done without the pesto perhaps?). I would definitely go back here, no question.
  15. Has anyone had an opportunity to visit Fireworks Wood Fired Pizza in Leesburg, Virginia? http://www.fireworkspizza.com/HOME2.htm My family and I have eaten at the restaurant once, and ordered take out twice. On our first visit, the first pie we ordered was the: quattro carni. The second (take out) was the: smokey blue, and the third (take out) was the: fire cracker. Our favorite pie thus far has been the: smokey blue, but felt that the service each time has been poor. During our first visit, the wait staff neglected to remember one-half of the order for my family. As a result causing the food delivery to be staggered. Each time we have called to place take out orders, the phone manners from the wait staff/bartender taking the order has been less than stellar.
  16. I was just there for lunch today for the first time in about three years - excellent tomato soup and very good cobb salad, spinach salad and lobster pasta were had by all. With my less-adventurous mother in town for the holidays, we had considered Lightfoot for dinner earlier in the week, but I thought the dinner menu seemed a little expensive and leaning more towards the "meat/sauce/starch/vegetable" format. But there were few items on the munch menu that didn't intrigue me and the costs were much more in line with what I would expect from a place like this in a town like Leesburg.
  17. I know you are probably in the District, but Mom's Apple Pie Company in Herndon makes great pies. It is all they do. I don't know if they sell at any of the farmer's markets but you may want to call them. They are seriously good. Moms Apple Pie Co.
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