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The Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle St. (Main St.) Send to Phone
540-675-3800 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The ultimate Washington outsider that's an all-American.
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The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

The Inn at Little Washington Restaurant Review

: Sixty-seven miles away from Washington, DC, self-taught chef Patrick O'Connell is not only far away from the influence of Washington beltway restaurants, he's also far outside the stiff mold of great classical rules and techniques. Few chefs have a stronger culinary personality and style in this country; O'Connell is emboldened, his imagination fertile. But his brainy instincts know when to curb exuberance. O'Connell's contemporary American cuisine is a hit on every level. Guests choose between six-course menus of signature dishes, seasonal inspirations or vegetarian offerings, with optional wine pairings. Appetizers might include the whimsical "A Tin of Sin," osetra caviar with peekytoe crab and cucumber rillette, or foie gras mousse with Sauternes gelée and a blood orange-rhubarb preserve. One might then savor such mains as pan-seared duck breast with basmati rice, or veal loin wrapped in prosciutto, paired with ham and Fontina ravioli. It's hard to choose from among the desserts, so consider the custards trio: lemon, butterscotch and chocolate; or a Granny Smith apple tart served warm with buttermilk ice cream. The wine list is probably thicker than the local phone book and filled with treasures. 1899 Château D'Issan and 1893 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande are among the rarities. Service is impeccable. Be prepared to pay the price, a big one, for such a memorable experience.

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