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.
On Gay Street, just across from both theatres, 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.