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Saturday, August 10, 2019

I highly recommend The Conche in Leesburg, a Chocolate-Themed Boutique Restaurant

Did I say "DECADENT" - what an understatement!  A gourmet restaurant using the art of Conching (stirring and churning chocolate using a Conche) to create a unique full-dining experience in Leesburg . . .
(Photo courtesy of The Conche)

The Conche in Leesburg, VA is delectable, reasonable and much more than chocolate.  If you haven't stopped in yet (yes, you can go casually dressed), you better soon before there will be long waits and standing room only.  It is superb, and they are not a chocolate shop - they intertwine their on-premise house chocolates into their foods and sauces and have an out-of-this-world full menu that I can't get enough of and am still on a mission to tackle.  It seems too good to be true, and the name is in and of itself a representation of what the world renowned Pastry  Chef Santosh Tiptur and his staff have created.  Quality and distinction in service.
Ahi Tuna Poke (photo from The Conche)

Some of my favorite appetizers are the Catalan Shrimp, Sweet and Sour Cauliflower, Ahi Tuna Poke, the Beef Sliders are crazy good and a must when available, and the Avacado Flat Bread is a meal in itself.  As far as entrees, the Braised Short Ribs will make you swoon and I loved the Lobster Taglietelle.  Honestly, there isn't a single entree that won't wow you, they have Vegetarian and Gluten-Free offerings and you can also visit them for Brunch.

Chocolates from The Conche
Desserts are too plentiful to list, but let it be known I ordered beautiful chocolates for my family two holiday seasons in a row and our eyes rolled back in our heads with delight.  You can mix and match and purchase one or as many as you'd like at the front chocolate boutique and also watch the mouth-watering chocolate being made right in their restaurant!  The chocolates are presented in specialty gift boxes/packages and are as special and detailed as is this restaurant.
Join them for Happy Hour - The Conche

Decadent Desserts-The Conche photo
Signature cocktails, flights, spirits and cocos are plentiful and unique, so whatever you are in the mood for, you will find it and quite often times think they too are "beautiful."  

Are you thinking that this restaurant and boutique seems too good to be true?  I did too after first visiting and realizing it is not a dessert or chocolate store . . . which brings me to what I love and appreciate as a foodie and one who enjoys venturing out often . . . it is not priced out of most budgets for a nice dinner or drinks out on the Town (or just Happy Hour) because  you leave happy and more than satisfied without your wallet feeling like it experienced that "big occasion" out it could if they were located in DC and for this incredible food.  Try this restaurant soon - because there is something for everyone at all price points - it is to me considered in line with all of the other nice restaurants in the area.  Once you go, you will be disappointed that in what you have been missing since we were so fortunate to have them open in the Village at Leesburg near Travinia and near Wegmans)!

A great insider's tip . . . they are honoring happy hour with many specials you'd pay at least double for elsewhere when it comes to quantity and quality.  For the rest of the summer, a little birdie told me their specialty cocktails are reduced and their normal happy hour days and pricing that start at 4 pm will run up until closing for the duration of the summer months.

Enjoy and tell them Mary sent you from her favorite places and There's Something About Mary's List!!

Mary Dionisio Roberge

Make a reservation or visit The Conche located at 1605 Village Market Blvd., #J108, Leesburg, VA  20175



AN ESCAPE IN LEESBURG - THE WINE KITCHEN - DID YOU SAY HAPPY HOUR?

Enjoy a refreshing, palette-discriminating menu in a relaxed yet classy atmosphere. For me, the Wine Kitchen has it all and has only gotten better . . . it is still an “anchor” restaurant in the very happening, downtown district of Leesburg, VA that other restaurant owners are and should be trying to mirror.


Having lived and worked alongside many business owners now for almost 20 years in Leesburg, many friends and clients who know I love to cook (and eat!) ask me where to find great food and wine.  The Wine Kitchen, as I've written about in the past when it first opened, remains one of my favorites! Their food and wines are superb, and because "thank goodness" they offer imports from  countries like Italy and Spain (more) where they regulate what goes into their wines.  Natural ingredients are used - not the food coloring and nasty chemicals and preservatives our bodies reject with headaches, and unlike many US wines without regulation.  This is a one of a few important reasons why I frequent the Wine Kitchen over other restaurants and continue to recommend it to family, friends and newcomers to Leesburg, VA.

The Wine Kitchen's willingness to educate us, while adding a bit of "social" to our dining experience, adds a very special touch while serving your wine with one of their own personal/descriptive Wine Cards.  Have some fun in deciphering if your own experience or palette matches the poetic journey they describe on this little card, and keep it even as a keep-sake for that special occasion or night.

The Wine Kitchen has paired their wines with local farms in a relaxed yet hip style, while the demeanor of its available Executive Chef, Tim Rowley, is a prized possession as he listens to his guests.  Not only does the Chef incorporate current trends, the Wine Kitchen is now offering a full array of impressive cocktails with an impressive Happy Hour you shouldn't miss!  The staff, some of my favorites being Agnes and Morgan, are "excellent" and I am brought back because they not only know their wines, food and specialty cheeses to a very impressive degree, but their decorum is as if they were hand-picked for this restaurant.  A new server addition, Dan Root, couldn't be more pleasant as is the General Manager, Charles Schlech, who I've watched continue to enhance the Wine Kitchen as a popular, Leesburg hot spot.  Where I also recommended it to the greater DC/VA/MD area!

Upcoming events to pop by the Wine Kitchen for:

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019  Taste of Leesburg 2019
  • Monday, August 19, 2019 7-9 pm "Wine Blending Class $75 Inclusive
  • Tuesdays are "Flight Nights" with all Flights $9
  • Wednesdays enjoy $15 off any bottle of wine in-house
  • Thursdays (get ready!) are "Mindful & Date Night - turn in your cell for 10% off and a 3-course dinner and wine option, if you prefer, for two at $68!
  • Happy Hour Tuesday-Fridays from 3 - 6 pm


Enjoy the Wine Kitchen or you are missing a treat.

Mary Dionisio Roberge (2019)

Friday, August 2, 2019

AN IMPORTANT "NY-STYLE DELI" PUCCIO'S - STOP WHILE VISITING LEESURG  

We moved here, live here and love to play in Leesburg - for many, now our own children are making up its work force!  Relocated to Loudoun Street in a stand-alone building with parking in the rear and on the street, do not miss the experience Puccios offers because of its top-notch sandwiches and its owner and beloved "Efi."

PUCCIO's - The greatest New York-Style Delis in Leesburg!

Whether you are on the run, taking a lunch break or you want to sit quietly eat and catch up with a local or two, Puccio's Deli in downtown Leesburg is a trreat.  The new location of a few years now is warm and friendly and you are often greeted by its owner, Efi.  She not only cares about her customers, but her deli is a favorite to so many that work, live and frequent Leesburg - and has been for many years now.  Why?  She serves authentic, deli-style sandwiches with kindness and kit-gloves.  And . . . if she can make it and you've requested it, consider it done!  She makes her own Tuna and Chicken Salads fresh, daily.

The Deli selections are plentiful and will remind you of an Italian NY Deli (I flock to them being an Italian and cherishing the similar sandwiches my Dad made for me as a child).  She also offers freshly-made breakfast sandwiches, omelets, deli-style sandwiches, fresh and original salads, yummy desserts . . . just a few of her many offerings.  When you enter, it is her greeting and the kind atmosphere that makes you feel like you are at home and brings her customers back over and over again.  In her newest space, there is not only an enclosed "indoor/outdoor" area to protect you from the elements but it allows you to enjoy passers-by while chatting - plus, she has few outdoor tables if you want the sun on your face and if you can snag one of those sought-after tables!

So let's talk about...food!

The meats and vegetables are fresher than one could imagine, cut and delivered each day - my daughter who works there says that "fresh" is an understatement!  Eggs come from local farmers and her produce as well, whenever she can get it.  The sandwich selections are posted on a large New York style board on the wall offering everything from her home-made Tuna Salad (one of my favorites, yum!) to belly-buster submarines on fresh breads that are by far one of its biggest appeals. 

You see most of the items named after NY cities or points of interest there like the Broadway (Prosciutto with fresh mozzarella cheese topped with lettuce, mayo, tomatoes, onions, hot or roasted peppers, Italian dressing & seasonings, served on a toasted sub roll).  The Deniro is one of the favorite and a rib-eye steak and cheese sub and too much to list!  Two favorites are the New Yorker with hot Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Thousand Island Dressing and Coleslaw - while her other popular sandwich is her Reuben where she serves it with the traditional Corned Beef and instead a spicy mustard.

The SoHO, my daughter's favorite and now mine own, is a roasted turkey with "fresh" Mozzarella Cheese, lettuce, tomato onion, peppers, mayonnaise, Italian dressing, seasonings all served on a toasted sub roll.  It's crazy good!  Her Gyro has lamb and beef, topped with cucumber dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, served on pita bread. The list goes on, including many deli meats for subs and sandwiches: Pastrami, Corned Beef, Salami, Mortadella, Meatball, more.  Nine other side salads include a big favorite of mine, Mozzarella and Tomato. Wraps, fruits, plated salads and finally desserts complete the menu – try the NY Style Cheesecake, her yummy delectable cupcakes or a Cannoli - everything is so fresh!

Visit their new location and web site at www.puccios-deli.com. They are open Monday - Saturday 8am - 4pm, closed Sundays.

Do not miss out on the best sandwiches in Town . . . you will keep going back for more as I have now for years!

Don't forget to tell them MARY SENT YOU!  Mary Dionisio Roberge

Saturday, April 7, 2018

By popular demand and now in MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA . . . KING STREET OYSTER BAR is a hit!


WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED - A CULINARY "OYSTER" EXPERIENCE - JUST LIKE A FINE WINE.  



The King St Oyster Bar (KSOB) is one of the newest palette-pleasing spots in downtown Middleburg not to miss!  It sits prominently on the main downtown drag in a beautifully-renovated bank building.  With a welcoming upbeat atmosphere, it offers a medley of fresh food, raw seafood and current spirits.  Rick Allison, the owner, has dabbled in the past with seafood fare, but he has hit his mark with this second very successful Oyster Bar (and restaurant) in downtown Middleburg, Virginia.

The "Oyster Bar" food is VERY GOOD and it has a tasteful "unique" style with several dishes boasting a Spanish flare.  See the history below on their link.  The owner has an obvious knack for seafood with an unexpected twist.  Rick has brought in a culinary team that, while adding excitement to his offerings, is staying in touch with what works price-wise too.  EXCELLENT FOOD  and unique, current cocktails.

I expect an "Oyster Bar" to taste and feel like Boston or Maine because of a childhood vibe on my mind . . . instead, you are given a nautical experience with the oyster-shucking on display for your  entertainment in a vibrant, warm atmosphere that has the locals and tourists already "shucking" in!

DO YOU KNOW YOUR OYSTER?

Given the name "Oyster" Bar, I had inquired as to the various types of Oysters being offered because I had not dabbled much with fish/seafood varietals or differences-  even though both of my parents are from Boston (Dad is a "Southie" and lived a block from the water).  We grew up with all types of seafood and fish and thoroughly enjoyed all foods with the Italian side and my Dad (and his Dad) loving to cook.  I was completely impressed learning that some oysters are not just saltier than others, or take on a different size or shell size and shape similar to how vegetables, fishes and meats take from their own environments, but they truly vary.  One can become quite the enthusiast after looking into their differences from waterway to waterway and region to region.  For example, West coast oysters, the owner shared, are smaller and sweeter . . . while East coast oysters are larger and a bit saltier and brinier, encased in shells with more shades of brown, green and white.  

Suggesting a special East coast large oyster with a unique blend of garlic, cheeses and a flavorful combination of spices, the delicacy wowed me once again and was $5 a pop at happy hour.  Don't ask me the name as the oyster which was described and delivered to us, but it will wow your palette and this was not your average "oyster" by any means!

In doing a little oyster research out of a newfound curiosity, I've learned that Eastern Oysters are great for martinis because they are a bit saltier and larger, with a smoother/flatter shell which lays well on a serving plate.  West coast oysters are smaller and sweeter with more jagged shells appearing in shades of black, white, pink, green and purple.  Their taste is sweeter with notes of cucumber, cut grass, watermelon and other flavors have been noted.  Sound familiar?  Maybe like wine notes?  Exactly!  Also, the West coast oyster is less salty, so it lends itself well to Asian-style dishes and they are less briny (vinegary) than the East coast oyster.  


Moving right along to the other important stuff . . . some of my favorite appetizers at both locations are the Blue Crab and Corn Chowder, the Columbian Ceviche (a staple each time I visit with just the right amount of tortillas to go with), and the Asian Tuna several friends order regularly.  I dabbled with the crab cake sandwich (ordering no bread to savor the actual crab cake ingredients).  It was delicious!  Growing up in Maryland, and having a family house on the water, I love to pick crabs with family and friends.  Typically, I won't usually order a crab "cake" and only enjoy the pure crab meat with  BUTTER, but I am so glad I did.   Enjoy lobster rolls, blue cheese chips (the bomb!) and a well-rounded menu for those not into seafood.

A great way to sample many of the menu items is to visit during Happy Hour (3:00 - 6:30 pm) where both $5 specials and 1/2 price oysters, along with drink specials are offered.  Two of my initial favorites stemmed from happy hour and are the Columbian Ceviche and the Crab Sliders - both had just the right amount of seafood in each dish.  Some other   favorites are the Calamari and the Mussels, but really everything is worth sampling.  Lunch starting at 11 am and dinner are both served 7 days a week, and the menu includes everything from Filet Minot to decadent desserts, some entree-style salads, a great Burger, Lobster Mac & Cheese and many great seafood dishes in between.

My daughter, a foodie well beyond her  years, enjoys the Basil-Encrusted Chicken (Pasta) she just loves with pesto!  She is one of my own biggest food critics and so complimentary - but as she continues to order this Pasta dish again and again at the Oyster Bar, I urge her by saying "You have to try new things - this restaurant is your Oyster"!

I have now been somewhat educated on oysters and decide to try this great restaurant  . . . I did, all because of a little breath of fresh air arrived at its new location King Street Oyster Bar in historic, downtown, Middleburg, VA.  

You can't go wrong by making a reservation, and tell them There's Something About Mary's List sent you!  


Read more of Mary's blog which also appears on Mary's web site

Oyster photo credit to EastCoastMagazine.com and some great oyster information by Maris Callahan, she picking the brain of Chicago's Pearl Tavern owner, Matt Balikov.  Thank you!

Friday, March 24, 2017

A happening surprise - The "King Street" Oyster Bar in Leesburg, Virginia

WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED - A CULINARY "OYSTER" EXPERIENCE - JUST LIKE A FINE WINE.  

You may wait or even be asked to move down and change your seat when first settling in . . . but don't be annoyed, the more the merrier is the Oyster Bar theme and vibe.  This happening, street-facing, window-exposing restaurant is one you won't want to miss!

The Oyster Bar is one of the newest palette-pleasing spots in downtown, Historic Leesburg.  With an atmosphere that is lively and even loud at times, it exudes a faux water-front mindset or style in both decor and atmosphere.  It has come into its own and the food is definitely worthy of its descriptive name!  Rick Allison, the owner, has dabbled in the past with seafood fare, but he has hit his mark with this very successful and sought-after restaurant (and bar) on King Street in downtown Leesburg, Virginia.

When first visiting the Oyster Bar with friends and co-workers (we working down the street), I tried several of the appetizers and slowly made my way through menu item . . . having a particular mind-set and how I would expect an "Oyster Bar" to taste and feel; I had a Boston or Maine vibe preconceived in my mind.  After the weeks went on, and I experimented with several plates, I came to realize that this food was not only good . . . it was VERY GOOD!  It ventured far from what I was used to in its tastefully "unique" style.  Some dishes adorned a Spanish flare, demonstrating to me that the owner has an obvious knack for seafood with the unexpected twist.  Rick has brought in a culinary team that while adding excitement to his offerings, he is staying in touch with what works price-wise and pulls in people regularly that go "out" to eat and spend their money to get what they want and will only pay for  . . . EXCELLENT FOOD!

Moving right along to the important stuff . . . some of my favorite appetizers are the Blue Crab and Corn Chowder, the Columbian Ceviche (yummy with just the right amount of tortillas to go with and a rarity!), and the Asian Tuna  that several friends order regularly.  Recently, I dabbled with the crab cake (ordering no bread to savor the actual crab cake ingredients).  Growing up in Maryland, I loved to pick crabs with family and friends we caught ourselves, this was a curiosity and typically I won't usually order a crab "cake" enjoying just the pure crab with ALWAYS BUTTER.  It was not the largest crab cake I've ever had (without the bread keep in mind), but the friendly server was kind enough to include and add a side of delightful green beans which quantity-wise then  passed my taste test and it was delicious.  


A great way to sample many of the menu items is to visit during Happy Hour (3:00 - 6:30 pm) where both $5 specials and 1/2 price oysters, along with drink specials are offered.  Two of my initial favorites stemmed from happy hour and are the Columbian Ceviche and the Crab Sliders - both had just the right amount of seafood in each dish.  Some other's  favorites are the Calamari and the Mussels, but really everything is worth sampling.  Lunch starting at 11 am and dinner are served 7 days a week, and the menu includes everything from Filet Minot to decadent desserts with some entree-style salads, a great Burger, Lobster Mac & Cheese and many seafood dishes in between.


My daughter, a foodie well beyond her food years, enjoyed a Basil-Encrusted Chicken (Pasta) that she just loved with pesto!  I have to share that she is one of my own biggest food critics and compliments when I cook "Italian" -  she continues to order this great Pasta dish again and again.  Because she loves food so much, she tries never to be disappointed.  She's already realizing that when you try more out, you learn more about what flavors work best together and it opens up your palette.  As she's grown more of a love for food, she tries to make a dish herself at home and change it up or experiment . . . to enjoy the process and and to have some culinary fun.  

SO . . . DO YOU KNOW YOUR OYSTER?

Given the name "Oyster" Bar, I recently inquired as to the various types of Oysters being offered because I had not dabbled much with fish/seafood varietals or differences-  even though both of my parents are from Boston (dad is a "Southie" and lived a block from the water).  We grew up with all types of seafood and fish and thoroughly enjoyed all foods with the Italian side and my dad (and his dad) loving to cook.  I was completely impressed learning that some oysters are not just saltier than others or take on a different size or shell size and shape (similar to how vegetables, fishes and meats take from their environments), but they truly vary to a point where one can become quite the enthusiast after looking into their differences from waterway to waterway and region to region.  For example, West coast oysters, the owner shared, are smaller and sweeter . . . while East coast oysters are larger and a bit saltier and brinier, encased in shells with more shades of brown, green and white.  

Suggesting a special East coast large oyster with a unique blend of garlic, cheeses and a flavorful combination of spices, the delicacy wowed me once again and was $5 a pop at happy hour.  Don't ask me the name as the oyster which was described and delivered to us, but it will wow your palette and this was not your average "oyster" by any means!

In doing a little oyster research out of a newfound curiosity, I've learned that Eastern Oysters are great for martinis because they are a bit saltier and larger, with a smoother/flatter shell which lays well on a serving plate.  West coast oysters are smaller and sweeter with more jagged shells appearing in shades of black, white, pink, green and purple.  Their taste is sweeter with notes of cucumber, cut grass, watermelon and other flavors have been noted.  Sound familiar?  Maybe like wine notes?  Exactly!  Also, the West coast oyster is less salty, so it lends itself well to Asian-style dishes and they are less briny (vinegary) than the East coast oyster.  

Tah Dah!  I have now been somewhat educated on oysters and want to venture more, all because of a little breath of fresh air in a new restaurant called  King Street Oyster Bar" in the downtown, Historic District of Leesburg, VA.  

Visit and make a reservation even better, but tell them There's Something About Mary's List sent you!  


Read more of Mary's blog which also appears on Mary's web site

Oyster photo credit to EastCoastMagazine.com and some great oyster information by Maris Callahan, she picking the brain of Chicago's Pearl Tavern owner, Matt Balikov.  Thank you!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

LIVE EARLIER TODAY on Good Morning Washington . . . THE WINE KITCHEN IN LEESBURG - Eat, drink and be educated!

"Good Morning Washington" on local Channel 9 (WUSA) visited the WINE KITCHEN in Leesburg, VA today!  


The Wine Kitchen Leesburg
The Wine Kitchen, whose motto is "Eat, Drink, Simply" has gotten it right.  They are filled to capacity every night for dinner . . . their staff has grown and is always extremely educated and friendly.  With a more recent Happy Hour Menu , they offer samples of delectable morsels in a much more light-hearted fashion while still presenting their always inviting DC-style atmosphere.  The Wine Kitchen's great vibe brings me in to one of my all-time favorite American Bistros time-after-time.  

The Executive Chef, Tim Rowley, is a prized possession at the Wine Kitchen and his style and relaxed demeanor add to the enjoyment of the dining experience.  He listens to his patrons if they have something to share and is available.  The local meats, produce and cheeses that he incorporates into his diverse menu, equally mirror this very "real" yet relaxed and palette-discriminating food style.  It is food you can feel good about eating, simply. 


WK Leesburg About Us
NOTE: The Wine Kitchen currently donates a portion of all our weekday lunch proceeds to Loudoun Free Clinic to help in their mission to support health care services for Loudoun County residents who would otherwise do without.

As originally posted, I try to visit every new restaurant in the area, and the Wine Kitchen is no exception.  Not only is their food and wine selection superb, but they have a willingness to educate us and add a bit of "social" to our dining experience.  I think you will just love The Wine Kitchen that has paired with local farms and others to impress your palette. 



The décor in Leesburg reminds me of a DC restaurant.  Their style though is quite unique in that they not only serve you food and wine, but you are adorned with a "descriptive wine card" paired with each glass of wine that you order.  I love this concept because it's both educational and social. 


Whether you are ordering food or wine by the glass (prices vary and are very competitive) or you are partaking in one of their "Flights," they add a unique touch by serving you one of their Wine Cards.  It adds to your dining experience as you try to decipher from your own glass of wine whatever flavors they have poetically described on this little card.  I think you will enjoy this fun, learning experience and walk away with one of those little wine cards as a special souvenir from a very special restaurant.  It's a great concept.


There are too many dishes on the menu that I love to name, but suffice it to say "everything is top-notch."  The gourmet infusion into their farm-style dishes, as well as European introductions, appeal to the most meticulous taste buds and will possibly cause you to pause.  Some of my favorite dishes (they change often) have been the scallops (however they are being offered), the Butternut Squash Soup, and the Burrata is to die for you must try.  Others I've enjoyed have been:



The Rosemary Gnocchi - sweet potato, kale, walnuts, blue cheese and pomegranate reduction
The Hanger Steak  (A FAVORITE ) celeriac walnut risotto, sautéed spinach and shallot gastrique
The Braised Short Ribs - celeriac and black garlic puree, smoked mushrooms, sweet pan soy sauce 

Each day they have a selection of wonderful cheeses they present on their blackboard and under "Cheese and Charcuterie" offering three artisanal cheeses for $13 or a Charcuterie Plate for $12.  This is one of my favorite menu items, being Italian and enjoying worldly cheeses and platters of this type.   If you want to get a glimpse before dining, they have more than one location but the  Dinner Menu noting happy hour morsels in Leesburg is wonderful.

When it comes to their wines, it goes without saying that their name says it all!  The fact that they offer numerous non-domestic wines too from all around the world, I very much appreciate.  For several years now, I have given up on US wines (unless they are produced by a local, small vineyard) because they did not agree with my head, and I learned this stems from possibly the pesticides used or added preservatives for a long-term shelf life.  I have no worry at the Wine Kitchen, regardless, and with plenty of wine varietals to choose from and the obvious success of this restaurant today, others should mirror the concept. 

What also makes the Wine Kitchen so unique, is the offering of a smaller size portion of plated food (smaller plates).  They are certainly hearty enough, and I find them to be the  ideal portion.   The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg was one of the first to offer what I deem "gourmet" food in a lighter quantity and at a reasonable price.  The best part of this concept for me, I do not go home stuffed and feeling like I spent a fortune on dinner and a glass of wine.  Nor do I feel guilty not able to finish and having to bring home food I did not need to pay for in the first place.

The small plate concept is smart amidst a Town filled with busy, working locals, tourists on a budget venturing out, and simply people that like to go out to eat without spending a fortune . . . the Wine Kitchen has gotten it right, in my opinion, and they are filled to capacity every night for dinner because they have.

Because I originally wasn't keen on a few aesthetics of the restaurant (when they first opened up), I didn't feel compelled to return over and over if I was venturing out on a busy weekend night.  If you arrive early for your reserved table or you do not have a reservation for even one of their bar stools, you have to find a comfortable place to wait and it's not easy.  Their bar is not your typical restaurant bar, so it's too awkward to stand behind it because of those having dinner.  This leaves you in an open area amidst on-looking tables of diners and no comfortable place to lean and wait . . . this has been my only criticism of this beautiful restaurant to date.



The Wine Kitchen is a hot spot in Leesburg and you need to wait it out - your table, the food and the wine are all well worth it and your  experience will hopefully be FABULOUS.

Enjoy yourself - Mary!

The Wine Kitchen - Leesburg
7 South King Street
Leesburg, VA  20175
(703) 777-9463
The Wine Kitchen



Mary Dionisio Roberge - you can also find my blog on my Realtor web site with McEnearney Associates in Leesburg VA





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fabulous - my local perspective on Chimole

So sad to have seen this local hot spot go . . . hopefully your restaurant will show up somewhere very soon, Yovanna!!  We miss you . . .


FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER OR FREQUENTED CHIMOLE, IT IS NOW THE HOME OF "Tarbenders" that I'll be sharing my review of soon!


CHIMOLE  Tapas Bar & Restaurant - Unique, delicious Honduran Food, ART and DANCING!



If you have not been to the newest, happening restaurant and bar on King Street in the Historic District of Leesburg, you are missing out!  Filled with such "energy," the live music and style of this special restaurant causes one to pause and ask "AM I IN LEESBURG?"  We are lucky to have it. 
The food is excellent, and after going through some growing pains very early on due to the "instant" attraction of locals to this very festive restaurant, you won't be disappointed and should try it again if you have not been recently.  The food is homemade by the owner who buys the best ingredients, and I can attest to this having bumped into her grocery shopping!  Yovanna has a warm and welcoming personality that adds just that extra touch to make you want to come back time after time. 
CHIMOLEShe has music often . . . but on Friday nights (yes they're back!) it's one of my favorites (Toto Rivera & Alex) who bring energy to the evening with American/Latin live music.  The dancing begins after 8:30 pm or so with live music and ends with even those who claim to have "two left feet" dancing in the aisles.  Enjoy dinner and music or pop by after dinner elsewhere and unwind.
One of my favorite attractions of this cozy restaurant and bar is the international artwork adorning the adjoining gallery walls, also a part of Chimole.  Take a stroll with a glass of Jovanna's wonderful wine offerings and fall in love with a piece or two and bring it home.  I did!  To get a glimpse of the atmosphere, Take a peek and tell Yovanna that Mary sent you!   
The uniqueness of this restaurant and wine bar does not stop at your musical and visual senses, the wine selections are meaningful and well-priced.  One of my favorites is a Tempranillo blend, and I am very particular about my wines.  She offers organics as well.
Do not miss out on this classy, warm restaurant that now has an outdoor area for the warmer months and a fire going for those daring souls who enjoy the outdoors all year round.  The back patio will grow and have a bit more work done in time, but I for one will be frequenting it. 

Enjoy yourself -  Mary Dionisio Roberge

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