100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Garrison

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Photo by Scott Suchman.

Imagine arriving at the impossibly elegant yet cozy country house of a friend who’s both an incredible host and an incredible cook. That’s how settling in at Garrison feels. The candlelight and wood accents immediately soothe, the welcome is gracious, and the attentiveness feels indulgent rather than fussy. And the food! Chef/owner Rob Weland spoils guests with hyper-seasonal, soul-warming fare that combines local ingredients in marvelous ways (e.g., seared cauliflower and Virginia peanuts). Many dishes have a defining twist—gougères dusted with poppy seeds, zucchini tossed in carbonara. The minute you leave, you look forward to the next visit. Luckily, no invitation is needed. Expensive.

Also great: Parker House rolls; Virginia-bison tartare; burrata; eggplant terrine; pastrami-braised bison short rib.

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