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The Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle St. (Main St.) Send to Phone
540-675-3800 | Menu
The ultimate Washington outsider that's an all-American.
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Dinner Wed.-Mon.

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Dining room at 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. A six-course menu, a set ten-course tasting menu (with optional paired wines), and a vegetarian tasting menu (with optional paired wines) are offered each night. Appetizers might include the whimsical "A Tin of Sin," osetra caviar with peekytoe crab and cucumber rillette, or chilled Wagyu beef tongue and pickled root vegetables. One might then savor such mains as curry-dusted veal sweetbreads paired with apples, Virginia country ham and pappardelle, or Antarctic sea bass filets, lemon vodka sauce and pork dumplings. It’s hard to choose from among the desserts, perhaps a miniature ricotta cheesecake, port-poached figs and balsamic ice cream, or a butter pecan ice cream sandwich accented with chocolate and hot caramel sauce. The wine list is probably thicker than the local phone book and filled with treasures. Service is impeccable. Be prepared to pay the price, a big one, for such a memorable experience.

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