The Coach and Horses Tea Room is to the restaurant, as a bed and breakfast is to the hotel. They present over 52 high quality teas from around the globe and dishes that are prepared by hand freshly on a daily basis. The tea room's decor provides an authentic colonial experience, with ornate rugs, patterned china, and hand-stenciled walls. Its colonial-style exterior has barely changed from its original construction in the 1790s. The original log walls and plank flooring have stood the test of time, contributing to the building's placement on the National Registry of Historic Places by the US Department of the Interior.
The posters of Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, and Betty Grable that line Naughty Girls Donut Shop aren't just for show. Each sweet yet slightly naughty pinup serves as a mascot for one of the shop's donut styles. Bettie Grable heads a menu of classic cake donuts, while Marilyn oversees the raised versions and Bettie Page champions the filled variety. Each is made from scratch from local ingredients and comes in a wide variety of inspired flavors, such as lemon-poppyseed, s'mores, and maple-bacon.
But if none of these iconic ladies can help customers decide on one flavor, they can always choose to build their own donut with a dizzying array of toppings. They can also opt for even more substantial treats, such as the shop's donut sandwiches, doubly-sweet donut sundaes, or fried chicken dipped in donut batter. Every meal pairs well with cups of locally roasted coffee, which the ruffle-skirted staff brews into a range of energizing beverages that are sure to cure any food coma.
The staple of any coffee shop is the coffee. But at Dolce's bistro, the caffeinated bean shares the spotlight with freshly made sushi. From nigiri to specialty rolls, each handmade dish is stuffed with a variety of seafood—including Atlantic smoked salon, spicy jumbo lump crab, and tempura whitefish—before being paired with pineapple, avocado, and honey wasabi sauce. The staff keeps busy at a dark wood counter, brewing java and splashing in single, double, and triple shots. They serve noncaffeinated drinks in the form of fruit-based smoothies, and their italian sodas are authentically Italian, like Ferraris, Roberto Benigni, and objects that lean.
Nestled in a frosting-pink house, this cozy bakery whips up creative confections to satisfy the sweetest of teeth. Easily handheld cupcakes are made fresh from scratch daily, trading out artificial ingredients and preservatives for delectable gourmet flavors. Choose from Lola standbys such as coconut, Belgian milk chocolate, and Madagascar vanilla, or sample a seasonal specialty such as gingerbread topped with lemon cream-cheese frosting or orange creamsicle filled with authentic ice-cream truck calliope music. Lola's flavor lab creates new tastes all the time, so call ahead or stop by to organize your own bountiful batch.
In the 20 years since Mom’s Apple Pie first opened, four generations of Avis Renshaw's family have worked behind the counter. But more importantly, thousands of customers have come through the door, looking for another taste of Mom's preservative-free pies. It helps that the family owns its own farm along the Potomac River where they grow 40-acres of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and even pumpkins. The close availability of the fruit ensures that each pie features ingredients plucked at the peak of freshness. Once harvested, the fruits are mixed with only a scant amount of sugar, then folded into Mom's super-flaky from-scratch crust. The bakery specializes in 19 kinds of pie, from classic sour cherry to rich bourbon walnut, which features Virginia Gentleman bourbon from the Bowman Distillery. In addition to slinging slices at shops in Leesburg and Occoquan, Mom's can also ship its pies anywhere in the U.S., which is good news for fans who move out-of-state or anyone who knows a clown that is just asking for it.
Eating smart doesn't have to mean eating boring. That's the view at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, where fresh fruits and vegetables take a starring role in a healthful menu of smoothies, salads, and sandwiches. Blended-to-order beverages range from the lighter Sunny Day, with mango, orange, banana, and kiwi, to the decadent Peanut Butter Cup, combining chocolate and peanut butter with creamy banana. For something heartier, diners can dig into wasabi-dressed roast beef sandwiches on toasted ciabatta, flatbreads filled with honey ham and swiss, or breakfast egg wraps served all day to satisfy slightly late birds.