Best Fine Dining Near Quantico.........
It's not what I would call five star but it quite nice (white table cloths, good traditional american food - steaks and such, nice wait staff but it won't cost you two hundred a head, you should still dress nice too) and it has an amazing history. It's right outside the front gate as well. I believe it's owned by a retired Marine and his wife. The name of the restaurant is Globe & Laurel. 18418 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA
Tel: (703) 221-5763
I copy\pasted a breif exert from a travel review:
Leaving Quantico, you'll pass under the gate sign which reads " Semper Fi", the marine slogan from the Latin meaning "always faithful". Being a marine is not a tour of duty but a way of life. Nowhere is that more evident than at The Globe and Laurel Restaurant less than a mile north of the base on U.S. Route 1. The tiny Tudor pub front belies the fame and the food within the doors. Noted mystery writer Patricia Cornwell is a Globe and Laurel regular. The restaurant plays a prominent role in her novel All that Remains. Cornwell writes: "There was something reassuring about The Globe and Laurel that made me feel safe." The restaurant has also been included in "August Patriot" by Leland Stevens and other spy thrillers. It's also been source of a code word FBI sting operations as well as power lunches from military minds.
If you're lucky, owner Major Spooner will be on duty behind the bar. A 30 year veteran of the Corps, Spooner sought to provide a pub atmosphere like the ones he'd enjoyed on travel during his career. It was his intent to offer his patrons the best of the best. FBI agents helped him select house brands. They chose only the elite: Beefeaters Gin, Jack Daniels Black Label, Dewars White Label and so on. He focused on fine food and service at prices even soldiers could afford. Spooner and wife Gloria served as gracious hosts in the small pub which seats 60.
When the FBI Academy opened in l972, several agents, who had become pub regulars asked that three patches be attached to the ceiling over their table and a new tradition was born. Today patches cover the ceiling and marine corps memorabilia donated by patrons and friends make this one of the world's best museums...one where you can drink in the atmosphere... while having a drink.
The Globe and Laurel has seen its share of celebrities over the last quarter century, but the major is gracious to military and civilian alike..including a recent visit by actress Demi Moore. He revels in his new career, in swapping stories with his lunch bunch of retired Marines and in enjoying his family and friends. "There's more to life than just money. You have to do something you enjoy doing. "What's important, said Spooner, "is love of country, Corps, cause and principles."
Spooner is particularly proud of The Medal of Honor, The Silver Star donated by the family of World War I Veteran Captain Bill Radcliffe, who had been a patron for years. He's pleased to show patrons the memorabilia when time permits.
The Globe and Laurel is a splendid stop for lunch or dinner. Be sure and sample the onion soup, the prime rib or one of the Caesar salads. And, the most fun is listening to the conversations at the bar. If you're very fortunate, you'll hear tales that sound like a John Wayne movie script. And, some of them are true.