VA Wine Country Dinner
I am trying to plan a trip somewhere close to nova for my fathers big bday celebration. I have 8 people in the party and was wondering if anyone had any recomendations on vinyards and resturants in the same area having moderate prices and somewhat of a casual atmosphere. Thanks.
It depends on how casual you want to go, but a couple of wineries have pretty good gas grills free of charge for customers. Chrysalis is one, but there are others. Buy some local meat (at say Home Farm in Middleburg) and produce, taste a couple of wines, choose the best wine for your meal, and grill it up.
How about The Rail Stop in The Plains? Perhaps a bit precious rather than casual??
The prices are sort of on the high end of moderate - but the food is good. Robert Duvall frequents here.
If you are interested, you should call way ahead, as it is a small place.
You might also consider this and/or any of the places above for lunch instead of dinner - which would be cheaper.
i don't think the rail stop is there anymore, it's changed hands several times since Duvall owned it, and at last stop whatever was there was really medicore. If you're in the Plains try Girasole, an outstanding restaurant right next to the train tracks, with reasonasable prices, a gorgeous but casual atmosphere, and fresh creative italian.
re: Bob W
Very nice lunch at Thornton River Grille in Sperryville. Mrs. W got a grilled portobello sandwich (came with outstanding fries) and I got a ribeye steak salad. Both excellent.
Since this was a rare "no kids" meal we decided to splurge and have dessert. I was a bit disappointed that there were no fruit-based desserts at this time of year, but the chocolate-coconut break pudding w/ creme anglaise and fresh whipped cream was simply amazing. Mrs. W, who is not a bread pudding lover, ate almost half of it. Fortunately her creme brulee was excellent and gigantic too.
The restaurant is small, casual, and very friendly. Definitely a good wine country option.
Moderate and casual out in the Virginia countryside near vineyards:
Mosby's Tavern, Middleburg
Hunter's Head, Upperville
Griffin Tavern, Flint Hill
Thorton River Grill, Sperryville
Each of these places are within 10-15 minutes of at least 2 vineyards, but I can't think of any places closer.
You can locate the wineries nearby by going to www.virginiawines.org