50 Best Restaurants 2018: Tuscarora Mill

A modern American restaurant in Leesburg

Tuscarora Mill
Courtesy of Tuscarora Mill

The word “cake” in crab cake is used in the loosest sense of the term at this beloved white-tablecloth spot featuring the rustic touches of a turn-of-the-century grain mill. In fact, these crab cakes are more like sauteed mounds of lightly seasoned lump crab with little-to-no binder—allowing the star ingredient to shine. Friendly servers in black vests deposit such traditional American favorites upon flower-studded tables, but there are also a few modern surprises on the menu, including Korean-inspired pork belly tacos and the hot Hawaiian trend of cool fish, poke.

At meal’s end, ask about the daily small finish, a $5 special that might consist of two rocky road truffles atop chocolate sauce and garnished with strawberries and whipped cream. Or indulge in the butterscotch bread pudding, a timeless staple.


Tuscarora Mill
Modern American | $$$
203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg

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