It was about an hour drive from Springfield VA. Up I-270 to exit 22 and a few minutes thru the country side west on 190 to the spruced up Comus Inn. The place is beautiful with a gorgeous view of Sugarloaf Mountain. The service and the food were outstanding.
All the other customers were sitting on the porch with the great view of the mountain. We chose to sit in the small dining with only 4 or 5 tables. We were the only people in that room. very romantic.
We began with nice cocktails and began to decipher their unusual menu. Three course meal meant select one from the black list, one from the blue list and dessert. Four courses meant another selection from the black menu. Five courses includes two from the black list, two from the blue list and a dessert.
The wife chose four courses: Maryland lump crab meat with avacodo and mint garlic dressing (a cool and very refreshing dish), vegetable pave (which she pronounced as wonderful), poached lobster with beet essence and roasted almond mashed potatoes (she couldn't eat much of this dish because she was stuffed by then but said it was very good) and finally a fantastic bread pudding.
I made the mistake of ordering five courses. Mistake because of the hugh quantity of wonderful food.
First was the "big easy gumbo". We had heard the chef is from Louisiana so this dish was a must. It was very different from any gumbo I'd ever tried. Thick with greens (spinach I think), spicy and full of great flavors. I lapped up every drop and realized then that I was in big trouble. Next came the two large seared sea scallops with a teriffic parmesan custard (outstanding). Then a special of the night, not on the menu, boullibase. This was an outstanding dish with a wonderfully flavorful stock.
the fourth course was beef tenderloin with foie gras on parmesan pollenta. Another great dish but I couldn't enjoy it since I was so full by then.
The dessert was citrus creme brulee which I asked them to package for me to take home. Another bite and we would need to go to the hospital.
The service was wonderful - friendly but very professional. I expect Comus Inn to become the destination spot for those looking for a truely outstanding special occassion experience.
The bottom line was $230 including tax and tip - NO wine.