50 Best Restaurants 2017: Tuscarora Mill

A modern American restaurant in Leesburg

tuscarora mill
Photo by Stefanie Gans

Bright red lobster sits on creamy polenta turned the shade and sweetness of a pumpkin spice latte with help from sweet potato. A waffle-cut chip curls over the lobster like a wave about to crash. It’s highfalutin lobster and humble sweet potato, a mix of class and comfort that defines Tuscarora Mill.

The Leesburg restaurant tracks the trends, turning quinoa into a tabbouleh with diced squash and peppers, served with pink arctic char with taut skin and tender flesh. A minute after the runner brought the plate, another one came by with a side plate of young greens. “They forgot to add this on top.” The garnish wasn’t listed on the menu, so it didn’t feel like the plate was incomplete. It didn’t have to be sent out—it was a garnish, after all. But it was, with apologies and care. That’s the kind of restaurant Tuscarora Mill is.

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

(50 Best Restaurants 2017November 2017)