The Wine Kitchen is a comfortable, unpretentious small restaurant in an old building in the center of Leesburg in northern Virginia. Menus feature local ingredients, and in fact while we were having lunch a local farmer was making a delivery. The flights of wine are well selected, though I found the descriptive write-ups for the wines a bit too cute. Choices included Italian, Spanish, and local wines, and you can buy a bottle of one you like for $10 off the regular (restaurant) price. We bought a bottle of the local Chardonnay which illustrated just how far northern Virginia wines have come in recent years.
Roasted beets and arugula salad was a terrific starter, though garnished with hazelnuts (one of us has an allergy). Roasted rabbit ragout with truffle oil and fresh tagliatelle was excellent and reasonably priced at $17, and another tasty bargain was the "German" mussels, served with spaetzle and smoked sausage in a white wine sauce at $11. The highlight might have been the dessert -- ginger-grapefruit curd with rosemary cookies -- a perfect balance of flavor and lightness.
The Wine Kitchen surprised us with the high quality and imaginative menus at a very reasonable price point. The owner/chef came out twice to see how we were doing, and clearly is very much on top of things. It's also nice to see an old downtown area like this making a comeback, and supporting local farmers. We will go back.
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