The Needle: The Wine Kitchen
Comments () | Published September 24, 2009
The Wine Kitchen
Address: 7 S. King St. , Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-777-9463
Neighborhood: Leesburg
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 9; Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10; Sunday 11:30 to 9; closed Monday.
Nearby Metro Stops: King St.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Watercress-potato soup; chicken-and-waffles; croque monsieur.
Price Details: Small plates, $8 to $17.

It’s one thing to be clever; it’s another to be clever and delicious. The “chicken and waffles” at this wine-and-small-plates cafe is both. The poultry is a perfectly fried quail, flanked by two thin waffles atop a marvelous caramel-bacon sauce. This is simple and precisely rendered food, from a gorgeous watercress-potato soup to a sublime croque monsieur. The well-chosen wines, including a few from Virginia, are available in half pours, full glasses, and flights as well as by the bottle. If there’s a drawback, it’s the long waits caused by the small space.

This appeared in the July, 2009 issue of The Washingtonian.  

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