Dining Washington Style
George Washington, legend has it, danced in the ballroom of what is now part of The Inn at Little Washington, only back then he couldn't have known that the town he laid out in 1749 would one day be anchored by one of the world's most famous restaurants and inns.
Here, gracing the corner of Middle and Main streets, its colorful flags rippling in the breeze, is the first restaurant and lodging establishment in the U.S. to achieve the Five Star, Five Diamond status for both its dining room and its lodging. Over the last three decades, the Inn at Little Washington has won one accolade after another including Best Hotel Restaurant in the world by Travel & Leisure. The inn also was selected to be a member of Relais & Chateaux, a distinguished group of 500 hotels and gourmet restaurants from around the world. Its chef and owner, Patrick O'Connell has been named Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation as well as countless others.
If it is homestyle cooking you crave, try The Country Cafe across the street from The Inn on Main Street. Located in an ivy-covered red brick building with a big picture window to watch the foot traffic, The Cafe is a favorite among locals. Don't be surprised to see the person who dined next to you at The Inn the night before having lunch or dinner at The Cafe.
A couple of blocks south on Main Street is a delightful culinary destination, The Foster Harris House Bed & Breakfast, which is now serving exquisite five-course dinners on weekends to its overnight guests as well as the public in an intimate 10-seat dining room. It also is introducing summer cooking classes in its kitchen for eight persons on Sunday evenings.
Walk over to Gay Street where Stonyman Gourmet Farmer's mercantile store offers a charming environment for breakfast and lunch featuring farm-to-table seasonal foods, baked confections, and its speciality: premium farmstead cheese produced by the family farm business. Weather permitting, guests can sit in the beautiful garden area.
A couple of doors away is Tula's Off Main, a delightful bistro serving breakfast, lunch and now, on weekends, dinners. Located at the corner of Gay and Jett streets, Tula's menu features tasty selections with a Cajun bent. Relax over a latte, beer or wine as you look at the picturesque village through Tula's big glass windows.
The Country Cafe
389A. Main Street
P.O. Box 417
Washington, Virginia 22747 540.675.1066
Down-home cooking at affordable prices. A local's favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials, fresh-made sandwiches and subs, hearty soups, mama's homemade desserts, and good 'ole southern hospitality await you in this cozy, family-owned restaurant.
The Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main Street
Washington, Virginia 22747
540.675.3800 | www.theinnatlittlewashington.com
Washington, D.C.'s top rated restaurant in all categories in the Zagat Restaurant Survey. A member of Relais & Chateaux. Awarded Mobile Travel Guide's Five Star and AAA's Five Diamond awards. The dining rooms are a wondrous cocoon of luxury. The chef's creations arrive course after course more dazzling than the last. Award winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar includes the finest offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Virginia.
Stonyman Gourmet Farmer
337 Gay Street
PO Box 85
Washington, VA 22747
540.675.2005 | 540.860.9090
Hours: Fri-Tues 10 am-5 pm.
Refreshments, lunches and light meals served in our Mercantile or in our garden. Fine selection of Southern Appalachian farmsetad cheeses. Small-batch home cooking, fresh-baked confections, all with prime farm ingredients for memorable meals and a delicious selection of ready-to-go fare. Casual charm. Enchanting gardens. Ideal for special events.
Tula's off Main
311 Gay Street
PO Box 82
Washington, VA 22747
540.675.2223 | www.tulasoffmain.com
Hours: Su/M/T/TH 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wed.- Closed; Fri/Sat. 8 a.m. -7 p.m.
Tula's off Main is a quaint cafe built on the old adage that "there are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet." Come relax and enjoy soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of desserts in our cozy, friendly atmosphere.
Foster Harris House
189 Main Street
PO Box 333
Washington, VA 22747
Friday and Saturday evenings by reservation.
The Foster Harris House invites you to enjoy seasonal culinary delights and experience a five-course dinner in an intimate, 10-seat dining room. The prix fixe menu changes weekly and highlights local ingredients. Chef owned and operated, Foster Harris House serves dinner to the public on Fridays and Saturdays by reservation. Call or make a reservation on Open Table.