AS THE TEMPS RISE AND THE DAYS GET LONGER, HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE PATIO DINING SPOTS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA.
PARALLEL WINE BISTRO
43135 Broadlands Center Plaza, Suite 121, Broadlands
With a menu offering more than 80 wines, 100 craft beers and 170 bourbons and whiskies, Parallel Wine Bistro, located in the heart of Broadlands, is the perfect setting for date night, girls’ night out or a bridal shower brunch.
Parallel Bistro’s rustic charm will make you feel immediately at home with its reclaimed wood bar tops, mason jar light fixtures and whiskey bottle vases filled with fresh flowers. The patio has ample space for intimate or family dining.
Parallel Bistro’s menu features bacon lollipops, chicken and waffle minis, lobster mac and cheese and several health conscience entrees like Portobello mushrooms caps and locally-sourced salads.
Weekly drink specials include a $3 “Crazy Hour” M-F from 3pm- 4pm followed by a traditional $5 Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm. Nightly events include Craft Beer Monday’s, Half-Priced Wine Bottle Tuesday’s, Whiskey Wednesday’s and live acoustic music from local and regional talent each Thursday–Saturday starting at 8pm.
Brunch – Parallel Ultimate Bloody Mary made with Tito’s Vodka and served with a wagyu beef slider, grilled shrimp, celery, blue cheese stuffed olives and lime on the side.
Lunch/Dinner – Grilled romaine wedge with blackened chicken. For specials and contests text “Parallel” to 51660.
MAGNOLIAS AT THE MILL
198 North 21st Street, Purcellville
Magnolias at the Mill is a lovely dining spot in Western Loudoun offering a touch of history. The building was once a stagecoach stop on the Washington to Capon Spring stage run. Later the mill was home to Contee Adams Seed which provided local farmers with seed for corn, wheat, other grains and orchard grass. Magnolia’s at the Mill was renovated in the early 2000’s to serve as a sister restaurant to Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg.
Magnolia’s offers a quaint patio dining experience for those out visiting wine country, families looking for a relaxed atmosphere for a weekend lunch or couples dining with their pup in tow. If you bring in a bottle of Virginia wine purchased earlier that day, Magnolia’s will waive your corkage fee in a nod of support to area wineries.
Lunch – Tomato Smoked Gouda Soup and Harvest Chop Grilled Salmon Salad.
Dinner – Seared Virginia Scallops with Sweet Potato Gratin, Pancetta, Tuscan Kale, Roasted Mushrooms and Virginia Maple Bordelaise.
Follow Magnolia’s on Facebook to stay apprised of their specials, craft beer nights, themed dinners and changing menu items.
THE VINEYARDS & WINERY AT LOST CREEK
3285 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg
Tucked away off of a dirt road north of Leesburg close to the Potomac River you will find Lost Creek Winery, a charming year-round dining venue. Recently awarded the Best in Class award for their Lost Creek 2015 Reserve Chardonnay from the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, this 50-acre winery produces more than 2,500 cases annually.
Guests rave about Lost Creek’s willingness to host customized experiences which have included group tastings, a sommelier series, food and wine pairings and an annual Crab Feast. Private event space is also available.
Tasting menu includes two Artisan Cheese Boards as well as hot menu items such as Roasted Veggie Panini, Soup du Jour and Short Rib Cannelloni.
Follow Winery at Lost Creek on Twitter @winesatlostcreek
46116 Lake Center Plaza, Sterling Bungalow
Lakehouse is a spot for all occasions. Whether you want to have a glass of wine on the patio with friends or enjoy brunch with your kids (who eat free on Saturday), the patio is one of the largest in northern Virginia.
Bungalow Lakehouse is also one of the only venues in northern Virginia that offers a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. The clubby atmosphere offers pool tables, large screen TV’s and even a cigar bar with patio access. Come to watch a game, a UFC fight, to sing karaoke or for an afternoon of relaxing with your friends.
Brunch – Challah French Toast, Build Your Own Bloody Mary
Dinner – Habanero BBQ Wings
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