Who would have thought that a truly gourmet restaurant was just around the corner in Winchester, VA? Well, it was. My daughter and I finally found One Block West after wandering a bit. We had walked up and down a back street parallel to the Old Historic Loudoun street and finally found this lovely setting place. As we approached the door, we saw their outside dining area. About a dozen tables, with plastic, but comfortable chairs on a raised wooden deck under a huge springtime budding tree. It was empty. We walked inside for a brief moment and asked if we could sit outside. Sure. The chef was renowned so we went with the night’s menu. We ended up having one of the best meals with the best food that I have experienced. We started with sharing a white wine cheese plate (with their featured sauvignon blanc). It was elegantly served and absolutely delicious. She then opted for the crab cakes, heavy on the fresh crab and light on the cakes and I the warm asparagus wild mushroom salad and the scallop appetizers. We finished all off with a flourless chocolate cake. Again, all served elegantly in this setting that had birds and squirrels and bumble bees fluttering and whisking about. The prices were moderately high, but the value was superb. What a nice dining experience tucked away in this beautiful Virginia mountain town. Hat’s off to One Block West!
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