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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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  1. Two other questions about LBurg:

    - I always thought Tuscarora Mill was the only place in that corner block (I always saw it from the Mighty Midget side). When we were walking around, we came upon it from the creek side and saw there were at least a couple of other restaurants there. Any of them good?

    - I seem to recall mention of a place with Paris or something Paris related being in Leesburg and getting a lot of favorable reviews here. Is that place still around, and if so, what's the name and location?

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    1. re: Dennis S

      Glad that you enjoyed your meal at Lightfoot...the food is usually good and the setting is fantastic.
      As for your other points (BTW, I've lived in Leesburg for almost 20 years - originally from NY):
      DO NOT waste your money (or your health!) on Green Tree. I honestly can't figure out how it stays in business. I don't know ANYONE who lives in this area that ever eats there (at least not more than once). I'm assuming that unsuspecting tourists keep it going.

      The other restaurants in Market Station (where Tuskies is located) are:
      - Fireworks Pizza. Same owners as Tuskies. Really good wood-fired pizzas. We love it.
      - Nido's. Italian place that's been around for a long time. We've eaten there a few times. It's passable - not my favorite, but it's OK.
      - Jasmine. Chinese place that opened about a year ago (maybe two?). The food is pretty good and they have outdoor seating in nice weather.
      - South St. Under. Also owned by Tuskies, it is their casual breakfast/lunch (no dinner) bakery. I eat here frequently...great sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods. And the best ciabatta!

      One other offbeat place that's not in Market Station, but diagonally across the street is Royal Thai (or Thai Royal...can't remember!). It is housed in - I'm not kidding - a gas station (Liberty Gas on Loudoun St.). Once you get inside it's actually quite nice (though the restroom is shared with the gas station convenience store - after the first time I was there and used it, I decided to make sure that I use the facilities at home! :-) The food is great. My sister, who has traveled frequently and extensively in Thailand, said that the food was authentic and very good. If you go, don't miss the mango and sticky rice for dessert....yummmy!

      1. re: marleymom

        I saw the thai place in the gas station - I was really curious about that - thanks so much for all the info!

        1. re: marleymom

          nido's is awesome, at least for what it is. Simple and good red sauce/pasta place. If you go expecting anything else, it will just be ok but for the baked ziti and a glass of cheap chianti it is perfect.

          Of course hamburg doner is next door in the mighty midget kitchen as well. Beer + street food = good.

          Neither place are fine dining, but then again isn't the humble but good food what chowhound is about?

          BTW, how are the pies at that place right up the street?

        2. re: Dennis S

          Oh...also...the place in Paris that you're thinking of is probably the Ashby Inn. It's about 45 minutes from Leesburg. I haven't been there in several years and I do know that they have changed owners since then. We liked it back when...has anybody been recently?

          1. re: marleymom

            Or it could be the Eiffel Tower Cafe, one block off of King Street in Leesburg. I've always heard good things about it but have never been.

            1. re: Meg

              That's it. It used to regularly get good reviews here.

              1. re: Dennis S

                it's very good... especially in the "nice weather" months where you can dine on the patio.

                1. re: tapas gal

                  I am embarrassed to admit that I was one of the unsuspecting tourists who years ago who ate at Green Tree years ago on an outing to Leesburg with my husband sans children. STAY AWAY, FAR AWAY!!!!
                  --Martha