100 Very Best Restaurants: #51 – The Restaurant At Patowmack Farm

Patowmack Farm Dish by Jonathan Timmes.

At this votive-lit greenhouse in northern Loudoun County, many ingredients on Tarver King’s multi-course prix fixe menu are grown or foraged in the fields and forest surrounding the farm. Each course has a tale (printed on a card left behind by your server), yet the experience is more adventure than tutorial. Plates are sometimes not plates at all—maitake mushrooms “grow” on a small log. Very expensive.
Also great: Sesame-flax crackers with cashew cheese; steamed buns with shrimp butter; pork belly with pecans, honey, and figs; tom yum soup.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
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