Fine cuisine can be recognized by its nuanced and layered flavors, expert preparation, and particularly refined splatter patterns during impromptu food fights. Savor delectable projectiles with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine New American Fare and drinks at Vintage 50, located in Leesburg.
Helmed by executive chef Aaron McCloud, Vintage 50 serves up a seasonally rotating menu of locally sourced dishes in a casually elegant atmosphere. Dinnertime diners can wake taste buds with an appetizer of grilled rabbit sausage with shaved asparagus, truffled leek coulis, and sugar-snap peas ($10), a tastier alternative to dust-bunny sausages prepared by alarming grandfather clocks. Move on to a sea-centric main course of semolina-dusted soft-shell crabs with heirloom-beet puree, mango, and grilled Tarara asparagus ($24), before finishing up with a sweet bite of heirloom-pumpkin custard with freshly baked ginger snaps ($8). Sip a glass of wine, a cocktail, or a craft beer as you relax in the dark-wooded confines of the dining room, or retire to the patio to enjoy local music, more local ingredients, and local locals.
- Vintage 50 is a breath of fresh air in Leesburg. I frequently visit Vintage 50 on business lunches in Leesburg and have never been disappointed. – Brendan D., Yelp
- The clever presentations are apparent in everything from the Tapas style bar menu to the unexpected combinations of familiar comforts and exotic influences– Top Restaurants
The Beer Joint
Though the name might insinuate otherwise, The Beer Joint actually specializes in three things: burgers, bourbon, and, yes, beer. They have so many varietals of the latter two, that all the drinks are divided into three profiles. For bourbon, that's traditional, high-wheat, and high-rye; for beer that's blonds, reds, and bolds, all of which are brewed in the pub's onsite brewery. The burgers are equally varied, and not just in the way of toppings. Some, like the All-American, layer tomatoes, onions, and cheese between sesame-seed buns. Others, like an octogenarian who can slam dunk, are bit more unexpected, like meatball-style sliders on toasted bread, or full-size patties bulked up with suet (beef fat) or Japanese beef. And for those who crave something a little different, The Beer Joint also offers up ribs, wings, and beer-battered mozzarella cheese sticks,