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100 Best Restaurants 2010: Patowmack Farm
No. 37: Patowmack Farm
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 1, 2010
100 Best Restaurants (2010)

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Address: 42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville, VA 20180
Phone: 540-822-9017
Neighborhood: Lovettsville
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner 6 PM to 9 PM. Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch 11 AM to 2 PM.
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Required
Best Dishes Chèvre-and-herb crepe with roasted beets and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar; deconstructed croque madame with soft-cooked farm egg, dry-cured ham, and béchamel on a buttery house-made brioche cube; meaty beef short rib with spaghetti squash and chante

Cuisine: “Farm to table” is given fresh meaning at this country restaurant, where much of what’s served is grown on the surrounding farm. During dinner, chef Christopher Edwards sometimes can be seen outdoors snipping herbs to finish his produce-driven plates.

Mood: The dining room, a glass conservatory perched in the Potomac River Valley, commands a glorious sweep of mountains—and sunsets. By night, candelabras flicker inside and tiny white lights line the rafters.

Best for: A romantic brunch or dinner while it’s still light out—that way you can work up an appetite with a stroll on the farm’s half-mile woodland trail and take in the view.

Best dishes: Chèvre-and-herb crepe with roasted beets and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar; deconstructed croque madame with soft-cooked farm egg, dry-cured ham, and béchamel on a buttery house-made brioche cube; meaty beef short rib with spaghetti squash and chanterelles; seared diver scallops with carrot tagliatelle, black truffle, and Madeira jus; caramel-coffee soufflé with toffee ice cream and crystallized herbs.

Insider tips: Service is solicitous, with servers waxing enthusiastic about every dish. More-informal—and less-expensive—Sunday suppers are sometimes offered.

Service: ••½

Open Thursday and Friday for dinner, Saturday for brunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch. Very expensive.

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