The local newspaper in Loudon, The Loudon Times, by writer Rebekah Pizana, has the "top" restaurants and entrees of 2010 in a recent article. I thought it might interest those of you who live in or travel to Loudon. I provide EXCERPTS below. (addresses are in the article).
Here is the link: http://www.loudountimes.com/index.php...
Ms. Pizana writes:
"Comfort food tops the charts. Thanks to votes from many of my readers, I was able to put together this list of the top five new eateries of 2010 in Loudoun and top five favorite entrees to order from seasoned restaurants. The final choices came directly from the number of votes each restaurant received from readers."
Top five new restaurants of 2010
1.Windy City Red Hots (Leesburg)
Leesburg’s favorite new lunch stop. ........A Vienna Beef hot dog is served in a steamed poppy seed bun and covered with yellow mustard, green relish, onions, tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, spicy sport peppers and a dash of celery salt all for under $3.00.
2.Ford’s Fish Shack (Ashburn)
...... Readers favorites include the lobster roll, crabcake sandwich, Maine chips, and fish and chips. ......
3.Palio Ristorante (Leesburg)
[Opened in January 2010 with] gorgeous renovations to the historic building and imported Italian décor. A favorite ...is their Sunday brunch and the Cavallino bar, with..... tapas and a full bar throughout the day. [There is] a large inventory of wines, with more than 90 percent Italian.
4.Blue Ridge Grill (Brambleton)
Royale with Cheese. Barbecue Baby Back Ribs. Simply Grilled Salmon. .... next to Fox Cinemas ..... The new menu offers reduced prices and a few more bar food favorites.
5.Sal’s New York Bar and Grill (Leesburg)
Prior to landing a restaurant front in downtown Leesburg, Sal’s claim to fame was its New York style thin-crust pizza in Broadlands. Not too thick and not too thin, the airy crust is served thin or Sicilian style....
Reader’s top five favorite entrees
1.Coq au Vin at The Wine Kitchen (Leesburg)
With the motto “Eat, Drink, Simply” locals flock to The Wine Kitchen to enjoy the latest wine flight and a plate of Coq au Vin ($14): the chef prepares this succulent chicken from Upperville’s Ayrshire Farm ......
2.Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork Loin at Hunter’s Head Tavern (Upperville)
This English pub-style restaurant serves pub fare, fine cuisine, and homemade desserts. Hunter’s Head pork is organic local meat harvested from the neighboring Ayrshire Farm, an award-winning farm which raises only Certified Humane Raised and Handled® animals. .......Ayrshire was also a winner at this year’s COCHON 555 competition in Washington, D.C.
3.Copper Ridge Beef Tenderloin at Vintage 50 (Leesburg)
....all-American favorites with a seasonal menu and local ingredients. ......[the] beef tenderloin recipe is served with a potato-turnip gratin, autumn root vegetables and spiced squash puree, the Copper Ridge raised beef entrée is $26. .....[Also mentioned prominently: beef tenderloin, house-made pumpkin ale, Sunday “bottomless brunch."]
4.Wood-fired Firecracker Pizza at Fireworks (Leesburg)
..... Nitrate free pepperoni, red onions, kalamata olives, cheese, organic tomato sauce and crushed red pepper top a wood-fired thin crust pizza. Just $11 for a regular and $17 for a large pizza, enjoy with a glass of Bells Two Hearted IPA on draft ($6).
5.New York Style Buffalo Wings at Main Street Wings & Grill (Purcellville)
.....Main Street cooks them in peanut-oil... and has about 20 different homemade sauce variations...... all-you-can-eat on Wednesdays for $14.95. Also a customer favorite: half-price burgers on Thursdays.
Market Table Bistro (Lovettsville)
Lansdowne Resort’s Jason Lage comes to Lovettsville with this destination-style restaurant...... Partnering with local growers, farmers, vintners and culinary artisans, Market Table puts together a seasonal farm-to-table menu.
I personally want to mention the Catoctin Creek Distillery as a spot to visit in the area, too. http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/ I have a bottle of their Pear Brandy on hold at ABC for me today, in fact!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FELLOW HOUNDS!