The Wine Kitchen

7 S. King St.
Leesburg, VA 20175


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 Street-Old Town

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.

The Needle: The Wine Kitchen

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.