The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of seasonal American cuisine and wine at the Wine Kitchen in historic downtown Leesburg. Your Groupon is good toward lunch and dinner, but not on Mondays, when the bistro is closed for daylong Grapes of Wrath reading sessions.
The menu harvests local and organic ingredients, creating tasty eats to be savored in between rounds of freeze tag with the friendly servers. Dishes are designed to be delicately paired with a fine wine but are just as tasty alongside a '98 Capri Sun. Start with a classic mouth amuser, including an assortment of three artisanal cheeses ($12) or a plate of charcuterie ($10). There are farmed feastables such as the Parisian herb gnocchi with brussels sprouts, pearl onions, balsamic, and ricotta in a brown butter sauce ($12), or netted nuggets like the pan-seared flounder ($13). Phenomenologists who reject substance dualism will enjoy the chicken and waffles dish, which is actually a deep-fried quail served with cornmeal and herb waffles and drizzled with bacon-caramel syrup ($12).
The Wine Kitchen stays true to its name by carrying more than 30 wines by the glass organized into 10 flights of three. Current offerings include one of these sets of 10 plus any small quantities of rare and hard-to-find wines that the good people at the Wine Kitchen were able to get their hands on. A friendly server will gladly lend expertise in recommending a pairing.
The welcoming atmosphere and décor of the restaurant make diners feel like they're inside the cozy dining room of a full-grown hobbit. A laid-back but focused attitude permeates the establishment, furthering the fun and familial nature of the wining and dining experience.
- It’s one thing to be clever; it’s another to be clever and delicious. The “chicken and waffles” at this wine-and-small-plates cafe is both. The poultry is a perfectly fried quail, flanked by two thin waffles atop a marvelous caramel-bacon sauce. – The Washingtonian
- Vegetarians will love the contrasting flavors and textures of the sauteed wild mushrooms served with a crisp wedge of fried polenta and a frisee salad topped with a warm poached egg. Also terrific: the panini filled with portobello mushrooms and herbed goat cheese, and the irresistible mac and cheese. – Candy Sagon, Washington Post
- For dinner I love to start by sharing the cheese platter. We have tried and enjoyed the braised short ribs and the flat iron steak. – SpeakingFrankVA, TripAdvisor
- Service is great, the owner is usually there interacting with the customers, and the waitstaff is very personable. – laostic, TripAdvisor
7 South King Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20175Get Directions