Saturday dinner in Leesburg
My husband and I are meeting his former boss, who is in Leesburg over the weekend. She is an adventurous vegetarian. Dinner doesn't need to be fancy, but I would prefer if the place were not too loud. Any suggestions? I have never been to Leesburg before.
re: Dennis S
Had a very mediocre meal at Lightfoot this past weekend. And considering the downtown-DC prices, I can't recommend it. They had exactly one vegetarian choice on the menu.
My last meal at Tuscarora Mill was a couple of years ago for lunch, but I remember it being decent (but also expensive).
There's just not much in Leesburg worth talking about, unfortunately. Consider driving in to Reston...
Thai Pan is a great Thai restaurant. I really enjoy the curries there and there are quite a few vegetarian options depending on how strict she is (fish sauce, shrimp paste, etc might be a factor). It looks a little odd from the outside since it's attached to a gas station but it's really quite nice inside. Everyone I've brought there has been pleasantly surprised.
We just had a nice meal at the Wine Kitchen, don't know how veggie friendly it is, but they seemed very nice and accommodating when we were there.
Angeethi has an outpost on Rt. 7 just East of Leesburg. I have not eaten at that location, but their Herndon location offers an extensive menu of Indian dishes with plenty of vegetarian options. 5 Vegetarian apps, 13 entrees, plus all the breads, so your guest will not lack choices.
How casual will you go? A few suggestions:
1. One of our favorite smaller places is very casual, called Mamma Lucci's. It is Italian-Middle Eastern-Greek. Set up in a mini strip mall off Catoctin Circle. Family owned (wife is Italian, hubbie Egyptian, both usually in house).
Boss could easily make a meal of excellent veggie appetizers, or they have a veggie pizza, or veggie calzone.
They are one of our regular casual dinners out places, we have been going for years. Not a place to impress, but you definitely have a nice dinner.
2. La Chosita
Also very casual, a tiny place next to the county government center. Central American. Yummy plantains with crema, fried yucca, other sides that would combine to make a veggie meal. Roasted chicken is delicious.
3. Fireworks Pizza
Wood fired, lots of tasty variations, maybe this is the noisiest place I'd recommend, if you come on a weekend.
4. Tuscarora Mill (called Tuskie's by regulars)
Next door to the Fireworks, not sure of their veggie offerings but a nice real dinner place.
5. Aiyara Thai
A nicer decor spot that has good Thai food. Lots of veggie options here.
6. Palio (Italian)
Nice and tasty Italian bistro. Right around the corner from Lightfoot. (I used to like Lightfoot but it has seemed off lately).