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Notes on Leesburg

Dennis S | | Jun 28, 2008 07:11 PM

Just got back from an evening in L-Burg (to those who helped me from last night - we ended up here, obviously).

Went to Lightfoot - the first time in 3.5 years - since just before our oldest daughter was born. Ended up with the same waitress, Cecillia, who I'd recommend asking for - she knows her stuff - from food to beverage.

For the food, I thought it still held up to memories, though fell short just barely. The biggest disappointment was that I remembered we got a sampling of breads from the bakery last time. Cecillia told us that the chef (blocking on her name right now) changed that about two years ago and alternates nightly between about three types of bread - each night only showcasing one. So, if that's the biggest disappointment...

They were fairly busy but handled it well. I had the filet mignon - cooked slightly more rare than I'd have liked (ordered med-rare), but still good. The asparagus was great, and the spinach as a side even better. If anything with my dish, the presentation was nice, but not workable (an 8 oz filet balancing on fluffy mashers?).

For apps we had fried green tomatoes though The Plank really interested me (ended up not getting it - would love to hear from anyone who has). We also had the french onion soup with wild mushrooms - fairly complex mix of darker tastes - a hit for both my wife and I.

Wife got the main salmon entree - it had caviar, but for once I stayed on my side of the table with my beef and let her have her fish.

Really big question - we saw a place up the street named The Green Tree, which advertises "18th century food" or something like that. They had good business all night it seemed and an interesting menu (even if a third of it seemed to be liver soaked in milk). I'd be interested to hear about this place, too. I don't recall ever seeing it mentioned here and it looked like it might be worthwhile to some extent.

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