The Wine Kitchen
Modern American / $$ / 7 S. King St., Leesburg
Mussels take on a German accent with sausage, spaetzle and a strong mustard breaking through the broth. A perfectly messy version of the French croque monsieur is what to order at lunch. Italian gnocchi is transformed from its usual cloud-like state when caramelized in brown butter. There’s a crispiness there, and it tastes more of its potato origins. Served with warm, soft beets, plus a beet sauce, it’s unusual and completely satisfying. With worldly influences but with ingredients sourced locally (and the newly appointed chef Tim Rawley), The Wine Kitchen remains an example of what’s right with dining today. It’s casual and date-friendly, affordable with superior ingredients and has a curated wine list with selections from rare finds to Virginia stars that won’t leave anyone thirsty.