Middleburg, VA Eats
Any good eats in the Middleburg, Virginia area? Heading there for a weekend getaway. We have a reservation at Goodstone for dinner. Thoughts or recs re Goodstone? Other recs for casual or good markets in that general area or up near Leesburg? Thanks
Hilltoppers at Goodstone is absolutely fantastic. We were there right around New Years last year - best pate I've ever had. Don't order any of the courses in half-sizes (as someone in our group did) unless you really aren't hungry - portions are on the small side to begin with. Also - not sure how full you like to be after a good meal, but I like to feel fed...and even after several small courses I didn't feel like I'd had a complete meal. That said, I'd go back in a heartbeat and just snack a little in advance. :)
Are you going just to middleburg or the surround area? 45 miles south is Culpeper, VA and a restaurant called Foti's. It is awesome! Chef and Owner Frank is wonderful. He used to be the executive sous chef at the Inn at little washington I believe. Anyway, it's on the Washingtonian's top set of restaurants. A must try!
Drive about 10 miles beyond Middleburg to the next town on Rt. 50, Upperville, and stop at the only restaurant in town, Hunter's Head Tavern, for lunch/dinner and/or just bread and drinks! (I swear they make the best bread and butter plate on the planet). Their fish and chips are awesome, as are their bangers, guiness stew, and pot pie, to name a few. If it's a nice day enjoy the patio. It's modeled after a traditional English pub and all of the food is organic, raised on the owner's farm about a mile away. She also owns the Middleburg Butcher ship (in the Old Bank building) which is also worth a stop. Besdies, the drive there is beautiful. And you can admire the gorgeous stone church in town that Mr. Mellon had built for his daughter's wedding (!). Enjoy and please report back! Anxious to hear new reports from the Goodstone.
Second the recommendation of the Hunter's Head. I have not been since the menu change that is mentioned by Blue Ridge Pro but if the pub menu is still intact then you should be fine. I have enjoyed the pate plate, which comes (or used to anyway) with an enormous helping of mesclun greens. And yeah, those bangers! That bread! Also a pretty decent bar. This is nobody's gastropub but the food is definitely solid and at least a little special.
Another suggestion, in Middleburg, is The Coach Stop. This is a rather limited little diner but prices are modest and execution is reliable and you can't beat it for an unceremonious breakfast. You will need a reservation to get a table for breakfast on the weekend, but reservations are pretty easy to get. If you are there for lunch, try the onion rings.
The Goodstone Inn and Estate Restaurant is now run by the amazing Chef William Walden after many chef changes, the Goodstone Inn & Estate seems to have found their Executive Chef, he is an amazing talent as well as a James Beard Winner and not a bit of arrogance you would expect from such an amazing chef.
The goodstone had previous chefs, and while "Chef Christopher Carey" may have looked good on paper, I was NOT impressed with anything he prepared! His arrogance came through on the plate and it didn't taste good at ALL. We stopped visiting when he was there.