50 Best Restaurants: Field & Main steps into No. 6 with modern American fare

This standout is nestled in Virginia’s wine country and serves up eight-course, family-style meals.

Is pork belly on a stick the new corn dog? Yes, says Field & Main. (Photo by Rey Lopez)

By Stefanie Gans and Rina Rapuano

Field & Main
Marshall | Modern American | $$$

The best part and the worst part about Field & Main is there’s only one.

The problem is Marshall and Paris and The Plains, towns ripe for welcoming diners after a day of tasting and touring Fauquier’s wine country, should have more options that match the good work coming from the land of vines. So it’s Field & Main’s win that it has a captive audience, and it’s just such a lovely time there.

This post originally appeared in our November 2019 issue’s 50 Best Restaurants cover story. For more food reviews, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Neal and Star Wavra, cheerleaders for the local food and drink scene, built a restaurant that is both neighborly and friendly, but also knows how to work a live fire and throw down an eight-course, family-style feast complete with whole fish roasted over the embers, beef tenderloin, pork belly, corn on the cob, tomato-and-peach salad and crispy potatoes—and do get a side order of bread and housemade lardo.

Photo by Rey Lopez

And, wow, the real marshmallow with a chocolate chip cookie is insane. Ask good questions about beer and maybe someone will bring up a large-format bottle of Pen Druid (an avant garde brewery in Sperryville) from the cellar that’s not even on the beer list. Because here, you’re family. // Field & Main: 8369 W. Main St., Marshall

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