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My wife and I have adopted the Sunday habit of driving to Leesburg for excellent salads and exemplery soup at Kevin Malone's rustic Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg. The front of this is a tavern that we've enjoyed for a number of years, especially on a cold winter's night. Recently, we learned that he had opened a new restaurant in Purcellville, about 15 miles further out into Loudoun County. Today, with the temperature hovering around 80 we put the top down and drove out to explore. To say that Magnolia is a converted grain silo from the 19th century is an injustice. To say that it sits at the absolute end of the Old Dominion Railroad trail does not capture the ambience of sitting on the patio overlooking the trail. This is a five story high mill that has seen at least several million dollars worth of investment. The result is an absolutely breathtaking wooden cathedral with ceilings approaching a fifth or six floor, planked flooring and brick and stone in every direction. Why Sietsema hasn't been out here yet is absolutely beyond me: it opened two years ago. Our expectation was for the same food that we have found in Leesburg at Tuscarora. Our disappointment was not finding it. This is a very abbreviated "review" since we only scratched the surface of this remarkable restaurant's menu. My hope is that Kevin Malone, the owner, might read it and change a few things before Sietsema or Kliman decide to take a Sunday drive to Purcellville. My wife and I each ordered a soup, one the soup of the day which essentially was chicken broth with a few veggies. The other was a very good version of Rao's Vodka Sauce for pasta. Neither was on par with the excellent half dozen soups we've had over the years at Tuscarora Mill. We each had the salad of the day. What is important about my comment is the size of the "dinner" salad: anemically small. In Leesburg dinner salads are not nearly as large as, say, Houston's or Sweetwater. But they are better, perhaps, much better. And a bit larger. At least twelve bites if not more. This was considerably smaller than what we have found in Leesburg. After eight or nine bites we were finished. I've never measured a salad before by the number of bites but the size of this inspired that consideration-there were so few! When I later received the check I could not believe that these salads could cost as much as they did: approximately a dollar a bite! Even the best flavored lettuce does not warrant this. Entrees being served around the room and on the patio looked delicious: we thought that, maybe, we had ordered wrong which would justify a return. After all, we fell in love with the ambience and the incredible effect that the remodelling of the building had on diners: gorgeous, atmospheric, the fantasy realization of anyone driving through the Virginia countryside looking for a good restaurant with a great deal of "personality" to have dinner at. This was it. But at least a few courses need work. We'll be back soon for the main courses and dessert. Definitely worth the trip, if only for a glass of wine...
Not really purple, but it does sound interesting doesn't it? We are a country farmhouse style restaurant in Loudoun county, Virginia (Purcellville to be exact - 20132) and have our first bartender turnover due to promotion. If you're into local fare, reasonably sized plates, fantastic wines and beers and like to share your personality, this should be your next best move. Uniform is fairly casual - no neckties here, staff is amazing and the food is ridiculously good. We're looking for someone who wants to work part time to full time and earn a good paycheck. No mavericks here so if you're looking to be Top Gun in your next job this is not for you - this is truly a team environment and if that's your thing, you're going to love working with us. Please send me a resume along with any questions you have to: Michael Mercer at Michael@thewinekitchen.com Thank you and enjoy the Fall everyone. It's beautiful out here in Purcellville.
If you are in or near Purcellville, Va I do recommend stopping in at Market Burger (Market burger is affiliated with Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville, Va). All the ground meat is locally sourced as is most of the menu. The burger itself is griddle cooked. You can get a double or a single, burger and the patties are a little thicker than Five Guys. Easily the best burger in Loudoun, I think its comparable to BTS in Foggy Bottom. I appreciate the patty is loose and not too heavily packed. The fries... the fries are absolutely great. They are hand cut, thin and crispy. They are right up my ally as to what I like in fries. They go great with the different mayos so ask for the mayos (herb, curry, etc) on the side. Only negative is it is pretty pricey but honestly with all the local sourcing I can understand why. Wife and I with 2 burgers a few topping upcharges, fries and drinks cost $28.