100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Trummer’s on Main


Scott Suchman

About Trummer's on Main


7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

Dinner in the French-door-lined dining room at this restaurant in postcard-perfect Clifton is worth the trip—but there are highs and lows.

Topped with fresh herbs, a smoked-salmon-and-citrus salad was a stunning start to a recent meal. So it was a surprise when it was followed by flavor-starved “butter-roasted chicken” with an oily heap of peppers. (Choose instead the silky mahi mahi with mussels and chorizo froth.)

For a more casual experience, the stone-pillared downstairs bar has its own rollicking appeal. Co-owner Stefan Trummer’s cocktails rival some of Washington’s best—we love the Titanic, with vodka and sorbet, and the bourbon-based Main Street.

Don’t miss: Scallops with oxtail, piquillo purée, and Serrano ham; shrimp and grits; frozen banana mousse with molasses ice cream, Oreo crumble, and olive-oil powder; Old
Fashioned dessert (whiskey ice cream, orange shortbread, and bitters rock candy).

Open: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Bar open Tuesday through Friday for dinner, Saturday for lunch and dinner.


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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.