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The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw at Buford’s Biscuits
The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw at Buford’s Biscuits
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Where to Eat Around Loudoun County

Fried chicken biscuits, Burmese curries, and farm-sourcing tasting menus that reside just outside of D.C.

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The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw at Buford’s Biscuits
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A sprawling section of Northern Virginia full of new developments next to farmland, Loudoun County offers a lot of space to explore for D.C. commuters. Towns like historic Leesburg, Purcellville, Sterling, and Middleburg feature a variety of restaurants and a growing scene for small distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Loudoun County is the richest county in the country by median household income ($142,299 from 2015-2019), which may explain the prevalence high-end tasting menus at places like the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm or the Conservatory at the Goodstone Inn. Large international populations add to the diversity of a restaurant scene with standout options for Thai and Burmese food.

Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. Virginia allows restaurant to host indoor dining without capacity limits as long as tables are spaced 6 feet apart. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Monk's BBQ

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Purcellville’s chill barbecue spot offers a wide selection of slow-cooked meats such as brisket, pork ribs, pastrami, and pulled pork. A multitude of barbecue sauces in various styles allows customers to mix and match. The smoked gouda mac and cheese is a popular side. 

Petite LouLou Crêperie + Café (Multiple locations)

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A casual creperie and café, Petite LouLou serves a range savory and sweet crepes to go with sandwiches, soups, and salads. It’s a good spot for a quick coffee and a croissant, but also for a substantive meal. Order brunch kits and other carryout here. Reservations for private greenhouses are available here. There’s also a Petite LouLou stall in Union Market.

A ham and cheese crepe from the upcoming Petit Loulou.
A ham and cheese crepe from Petit Loulou.
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Cocina On Market

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This Leesburg taqueria sources seasonal ingredients from farms across Virginia and Maryland — and at least one Mexico City market. Customers can find tacos full of pork belly al pastor, fried Chesapeake blue catfish, grasshoppers, and more. Order takeout online here, or call in to buy a family meal ($60 to feed four) full of chips and salsa, a quart of soup, 12 tacos, rice, beans, and churros with spiced chocolate sauce. — Gabe Hiatt

Buford's Biscuits

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This biscuit shop opened in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic and quickly amassed a following. Biscuit sandwiches are the main draw, ranging from the signature — loaded with sweet tea brined chicken, collards, and a whole grain mustard velouté — to the Nashville hot chicken or the “Blue Ridge,” with shaved country ham smothered in fondue. Buford’s also offers a gravy flight that features mushroom, ham, and sausage bases. Order takeout online here.

The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw at Buford’s Biscuits
The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw.
Buford’s Biscuits [official]

Mom's Apple Pie Bakery

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Mom’s Apple Pie Co in Leesburg sells individual slices as well as whole servings of fruit, nut, cream, custard, and chess pies. The namesake apple pie is a favorite, but blackberry crumb and coconut cream are also popular. Seasonal flavors rotate. Order online here.

A selection of pie clices at Mom’s Apple pie Co.
Mom’s Apple Pie Co.

Tuscarora Mill Restaurant

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Tuskie’s, as it’s affectionately referred to by locals, hosts customers in a restored mill from 1899. A popular spot with numerous awards, the restaurant showcases high-end New American fare along with a large selection of Virginia wines. The menu is comprehensive, but customer favorites are the large and sumptuous crab cakes, creamy corn chowder, and the hickory glazed duck breast. Order curbside pickup here.

Tuscarora Mill
Tuscarora Mill
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Sense of Thai St

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At Ashburn’s stylish Thai restaurant, customers can find familiar noodle dishes, curries, Thai salads, fried rice, and dumplings alongside quirky mash-ups like Peking duck quesadillas. Opt for one of the impressive cocktails on the side. Order for curbside pickup or delivery online here.

A Taste of Burma Restaurant

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This small restaurant in Sterling has been around for over a decade and continues to serve distinctive dishes from the Southeast Asian country in its name. Staples such as the tea leaf salad and mohinga (fish stew) appear on a menu that includes Burmese curries — go for goat accented with ginger and garlic — beef cooked in an onion sauce with potato, and a tamarind-forward, tart vegetable curry. 

Mango salad from a Taste of Burma
Mango salad from a Taste of Burma
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AhSo Restaurant

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Stylish AhSo is worth a stop in suburban Brambleton. The menu changes almost every day based on what’s available, but expect modern American with a touch of international flair. Think crispy wild boar ribs with gochujang, ginger garlic pork sausage with sticky rice, and prime rib with crab beignets. Nightly tasting menus are also available. Order online for curbside pickup or delivery.

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern

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Set in the heart of Middleburg at the historic Red Fox Inn, the modern American dining here showcases seasonal ingredients from Virginia’s Piedmont region and a wide selection of local wines. 

Market Salamander

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This gourmet market and café at the Salamander resort is a nice stop to get a freshly prepared sandwich, or to pick up a few cheeses, meats and breads for a picnic. 

Hammerdown Barbecue

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Make the drive out to Hammerdown for tender, fatty brisket. It is extremely popular with customers, so call ahead or pre-order as they sell out fast. 

Chennai Express Restaurant

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This no-frills spot in Chantilly, just outside the county line, focuses on food from the South India. There is no tikka masala or saag here, but there are fantastic dosas; spicy curries heavy on black pepper, tamarind, and curry leaves; and regional style biryanis. Try cubes of idly (fermented rice cakes) that are fried and tossed with a spicy powder and plenty of curry leaves. Chicken liver with spices and black pepper or crab cooked with fennel and coconut are two other smart selections.

Monk's BBQ

Purcellville’s chill barbecue spot offers a wide selection of slow-cooked meats such as brisket, pork ribs, pastrami, and pulled pork. A multitude of barbecue sauces in various styles allows customers to mix and match. The smoked gouda mac and cheese is a popular side. 

Petite LouLou Crêperie + Café (Multiple locations)

A ham and cheese crepe from the upcoming Petit Loulou.
A ham and cheese crepe from Petit Loulou.
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A casual creperie and café, Petite LouLou serves a range savory and sweet crepes to go with sandwiches, soups, and salads. It’s a good spot for a quick coffee and a croissant, but also for a substantive meal. Order brunch kits and other carryout here. Reservations for private greenhouses are available here. There’s also a Petite LouLou stall in Union Market.

A ham and cheese crepe from the upcoming Petit Loulou.
A ham and cheese crepe from Petit Loulou.
Official

Cocina On Market

This Leesburg taqueria sources seasonal ingredients from farms across Virginia and Maryland — and at least one Mexico City market. Customers can find tacos full of pork belly al pastor, fried Chesapeake blue catfish, grasshoppers, and more. Order takeout online here, or call in to buy a family meal ($60 to feed four) full of chips and salsa, a quart of soup, 12 tacos, rice, beans, and churros with spiced chocolate sauce. — Gabe Hiatt

Buford's Biscuits

The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw at Buford’s Biscuits
The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw.
Buford’s Biscuits [official]

This biscuit shop opened in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic and quickly amassed a following. Biscuit sandwiches are the main draw, ranging from the signature — loaded with sweet tea brined chicken, collards, and a whole grain mustard velouté — to the Nashville hot chicken or the “Blue Ridge,” with shaved country ham smothered in fondue. Buford’s also offers a gravy flight that features mushroom, ham, and sausage bases. Order takeout online here.

The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw at Buford’s Biscuits
The Nashville hot chicken biscuit with cabbage slaw.
Buford’s Biscuits [official]

Mom's Apple Pie Bakery

A selection of pie clices at Mom’s Apple pie Co.
Mom’s Apple Pie Co.

Mom’s Apple Pie Co in Leesburg sells individual slices as well as whole servings of fruit, nut, cream, custard, and chess pies. The namesake apple pie is a favorite, but blackberry crumb and coconut cream are also popular. Seasonal flavors rotate. Order online here.

A selection of pie clices at Mom’s Apple pie Co.
Mom’s Apple Pie Co.

Tuscarora Mill Restaurant

Tuscarora Mill
Tuscarora Mill
Photo: Facebook

Tuskie’s, as it’s affectionately referred to by locals, hosts customers in a restored mill from 1899. A popular spot with numerous awards, the restaurant showcases high-end New American fare along with a large selection of Virginia wines. The menu is comprehensive, but customer favorites are the large and sumptuous crab cakes, creamy corn chowder, and the hickory glazed duck breast. Order curbside pickup here.

Tuscarora Mill
Tuscarora Mill
Photo: Facebook

Sense of Thai St

At Ashburn’s stylish Thai restaurant, customers can find familiar noodle dishes, curries, Thai salads, fried rice, and dumplings alongside quirky mash-ups like Peking duck quesadillas. Opt for one of the impressive cocktails on the side. Order for curbside pickup or delivery online here.

A Taste of Burma Restaurant

Mango salad from a Taste of Burma
Mango salad from a Taste of Burma
A Taste of Burma [official]

This small restaurant in Sterling has been around for over a decade and continues to serve distinctive dishes from the Southeast Asian country in its name. Staples such as the tea leaf salad and mohinga (fish stew) appear on a menu that includes Burmese curries — go for goat accented with ginger and garlic — beef cooked in an onion sauce with potato, and a tamarind-forward, tart vegetable curry. 

Mango salad from a Taste of Burma
Mango salad from a Taste of Burma
A Taste of Burma [official]

AhSo Restaurant

Stylish AhSo is worth a stop in suburban Brambleton. The menu changes almost every day based on what’s available, but expect modern American with a touch of international flair. Think crispy wild boar ribs with gochujang, ginger garlic pork sausage with sticky rice, and prime rib with crab beignets. Nightly tasting menus are also available. Order online for curbside pickup or delivery.

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern

Set in the heart of Middleburg at the historic Red Fox Inn, the modern American dining here showcases seasonal ingredients from Virginia’s Piedmont region and a wide selection of local wines. 

Market Salamander

This gourmet market and café at the Salamander resort is a nice stop to get a freshly prepared sandwich, or to pick up a few cheeses, meats and breads for a picnic. 

Hammerdown Barbecue

Make the drive out to Hammerdown for tender, fatty brisket. It is extremely popular with customers, so call ahead or pre-order as they sell out fast. 

Chennai Express Restaurant

This no-frills spot in Chantilly, just outside the county line, focuses on food from the South India. There is no tikka masala or saag here, but there are fantastic dosas; spicy curries heavy on black pepper, tamarind, and curry leaves; and regional style biryanis. Try cubes of idly (fermented rice cakes) that are fried and tossed with a spicy powder and plenty of curry leaves. Chicken liver with spices and black pepper or crab cooked with fennel and coconut are two other smart selections.

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