After an afternoon of wine tasting, we had dinner at Market Table Bistro in the teeny town of Lovettsville, in the middle of no where (but near the excellent Restaurant at Powtomac Farm where we tried to get a table but couldn't). This too is a "farm to table" restaurant, with a list of "farmers, artisans and foragers" at the top of the menu, all but two from Virginia. We had a party of seven, so we ordered several appetizers, and they were excellent: a foie gras pate, scallops, a beef tartare with quail egg called "steak and eggs," mac and cheese, plus deviled eggs. We didn't order, but saw the "tasting of tomatoes," and wish we had: it included four small plates with gaspacho, caprese, and two other tomato dishes. These were all creative and well prepared. The main dishes were a little dissapointing. We had the pork dish, which had too much pork belly. The chicken was a little dry (in my opinion, it needed a good brine), and the accompanying green beans were not just al dente, but hard. The shrimp and grits was good, but not great. The cat fish was good. The vegetarian mushroom dish may have been the hit of the night. They have an excellent wine list and beer selection. Our waitress was attentive at the beginning, but then sort of abandoned us, and never really asked us how our meal was. The ambiance was OK, but nothing special. I thought the room was a little warm. Still, a good destination after sampling Loudoun County wines. Very good, but not great-- but with a little improvement on the fundamentals, it could be great.
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