The Wine Kitchen
7 S. King St.
Leesburg, VA 20175
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
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
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Watercress-potato soup; chicken-and-waffles; croque monsieur.
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.