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One Loudoun Restaurants: Redefining the Pati-OH! Experience

While we bet the pool, park and Plaza are already on your watch list this summer; on the top of ours is delicious food and sunshine! Let’s face it, food is the cure-all for hanger (among other woes), and Vitamin-D is your best summer accessory. Live your best life this summer by combining the two on the 14 or so patios here at One Loudoun. Luckily, we have the scoop on which ones reign supreme, so find out who made our patio superlatives list for this summer!

 

Most Family-friendly:
Uncle Julio’s

If you’re looking for a patio where you can contain the clan during a meal, Uncle Julio’s has built up quite a family-friendly rep. The entire patio is under coverings to shade the little ones from getting too hot, or worse, sunburned. There are also railings to keep them from running over to The Plaza fountains in the middle of chewin’ on some delicious Kidsadillas.

The Unbeatable View:
Hail + Hog

Why drive into the city for a rooftop view, when you can enjoy one right here at One Loudoun? If we are talking about prime real estate to sit your beautiful self for a scenic evening with some cocktails and lite fare, The Roof at Hail + Hog is most definitely it. Chic couches, fire pits, and a bar will make you feel like you’re at a swanky uptown hotel with a million dollar sunset view.

The Summer Escape:
5ense of Thai St.

If you’ve been streaming your summer anthems playlist on repeat, we can bet that it’s time for a little getaway. 5ense of Thai St. has just launched their Summer Tiki Pop-Up, which makes their patio the perfect place to send your mind on a little vacation! The Thai beach inspired cocktail menu will send your taste buds for a ride (on a wave that is) and the sunshine will feel just a bit sweeter.

PATIOver-achiever:
Matchbox

While you thought having one just one patio was cool, Matchbox has 4 different outdoor spaces to scarf down their famed mini burgers. Our favorite of the four patio sections is where patio meets bar for a cohesive indoor/outdoor space, but the upper level decks make for some pretty good views too!

Best for Date Night:
Eddie Merlot’s

The only thing that could make a gorgeous steak and seafood dinner more spectacular is a seat outside watching the sun set across The Plaza with the one you love. Now THAT’S amore. If you’re treated to a first date here, then dare we say it, that person has excellent taste and is definitely a keeper.

Most Likely To Throw Shade:
Bar Louie

Double sided and ready for those summer evenings, the patio at Bar Louie extends into the entire restaurant when the weather is nice via walls that open up. This means there are a lot of shady spots to pick from if you don’t want the rays. Even better, Bar Louie is open late night, meaning you can patio chill well into the evening.

Best Patio for Watching the Game: World of Beer

Big screens, lounge chairs, and iPads, OH MY! Get a front row seat to the game on the WOB patio. Sip a cold one in the sunshine and peruse every single beer description using one of their menus – which also happens to be an iPad. No need to wait at the bar for a drink, their knowledgeable servers will be able to answer any questions and keep your glass nice and frosty out on the patio.

The Front ROW Seat:
Quick Bite Row (Nandos, Spinfire, Firehouse)

If you’re someone who loves to people watch, grab some grub at our Quick Bite Row. You’ll have a front row seat to Acoustic Wednesdays, our Summer Concert Series, and other several sounds of summer on The Plaza.

Best-kept Secret:
Zoë’s Kitchen

Tucked back in a nice littler corner off the main drag, you’re going to want to eat here when you need to zip in and out quickly. Did we mention that the Mediterranean cuisine at Zoe’s is also a great choice for summertime? Light. Crisp. Fresh. SUMMER. You’ll be planning your next visit faster than you can say tzatziki.

The Ultimate Hearth:
Copperwood Tavern

This cozy patio spot, on the corner of farm and table, is where you want to go for a more relaxed dining experience. The fire pits spread throughout this patio create a super hearth experience that is the definition of lit. Nothing says “perfect meal” like the flicker of a flame in the background of your crab cake dinner.

Best Spot for an Extended Lunch Break: b One Loudoun

Grab your work spouse and head on over to grab a delicious burger at b One Loudoun. Wondering why this famed burger joint earned the best lunch spot title? Just walk by at lunchtime, and you’ll see the 9-5ers and weekend warriors gathering here for a little brain recharge and some fries. You know what they say: “Suns out buns out!”… hamburger buns that is.

Now class, when your always-down-for-dinner friend asks, “Where can we go to sit outside?” you won’t hesitate to answer, “One Loudoun, duh.”

The One Loudoun Salad Guide – Spoiler Alert: #TOTSONASALAD

 

It’s 2017 and we’re here to tell you that salads are the new sushi burrito. That’s right trendsetters, salads are back and in a big way. Thankfully, there’s no need to wait in line around the block to get the most delicious salad in town because One Loudoun has all of the salads. Yes, all of them. From a burger joint to a farm to table eatery, we set out on an epic salad quest and are delighted to report that our findings did not leave us disappointed.

 

 

The Steak + Greens salad at matchbox

One of life’s greatest questions: appetizer or entrée size? If you love food as much as us, the answer is always entrée. It was like the chef at matchbox read our minds when he recommended we order the steak + greens entrée salad. A plate full of pepper-crusted steak, blue cheese, fresh greens, and red wine vinaigrette? Sign us up immediately. We haven’t even mentioned the best part of the salad, because it deserves its own introduction. Homemade tater tots. No, you didn’t read that wrong. TOTS ON A SALAD. Needless to say this salad was devoured at a record pace and we will be heading back to matchbox in the very near future for an encore.

 

The Pear and Blue Cheese Salad at Bar Louie

If you’re thinking that Bar Louie taps out at just wings and flatbreads, you couldn’t be more wrong. Their pear and blue cheese salad delivers a one-two punch with the perfect blend of sweetness from the pear and dried cranberries and the savory flavor of the grilled chicken. The awesome staff at Bar Louie agreed that this was one of their favorites, and our taste buds happen to think they’re right. Not to mention, this salad would look great on Instagram. #saladgoals.

 

The Burger Salad at b One Loudoun

Relax, carnivores. We are not telling you to forsake your precious burgers. The genius people at b One Loudoun thought that as if serving you a zillion burger choices wasn’t enough, they decided to make one into a salad. What do you get when you throw a delicious burger on top of a giant bed of lettuce, surrounded by a ring of pickles and topped with fried onions and, again, TOTS? The most delicious deconstructed burger ever. Shame on us for ever thinking that burgers are one size fits all, because this salad just blew our minds.

 

Farm-to-Table Salads at Copperwood Tavern 

At Copperwood Tavern, we felt like we were tasting the rainbow, as they gave us FOUR beautiful salads to try. The colors of the fresh vegetables were so vibrant, we couldn’t wait to dig in, even though we were already quite full of veggies. Not only are their farm-to-table salads pretty, but they also taste amazing. The Farmer’s Salad had a little bit of everything, from poached pears to pomegranate seeds to a bomb pomegranate balsamic dressing. Speaking of bomb, the dressings on all of the salads really stood out, and come to find out, they’re all homemade. We see you, overachievers. For those veg heads out there, try their Baby Kale Romaine Caesar salad or the Red Quinoa salad. If you really want to pile on the goodies, add chicken, steak, or shrimp to any salad.

Farmers Salad, Red Quinoa Salad, Baby Kale Romaine Caesar Salad, Tavern Salad

Like your parents who say they don’t *really* have a favorite, we would also be lying if we said we didn’t have our favorites on that day. Who knew a salad tour would get so competitive? We’ll definitely be back soon for more salads, but for now we can’t really move. Everywhere else be warned, because One Loudoun’s salad game is strong and delicious.

Don’t be fooled, these are not the only delicious salads you will find at One Loudoun, with many other fan favorites featured at Sense of Thai, World of Beer, Spinfire and more! Visit oneloudoun.com for more information on all of the restaurants in One Loudoun, and make sure to visit the restaurant websites for more information about menus and offerings.

About the team:

Together, Brittany, Jayme, and Andria make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. Each month, they set out to experience something new located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like discovering great salads!

Plan Your New Year’s Eve at One Loudoun!

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and while we are all excited to start fresh in 2017, there is still one more celebration left – your New Year’s Eve! Maybe you want to go out with some friends for a few cocktails, or maybe you’d rather entertain guests at home. No matter what your ideal New Year’s Eve celebration looks like, let us guide you with some suggestions that are sure to make your New Year’s Eve totally carefree!

If you’re throwing a party at home:

Some of you may be brave this year and host a New Year’s Eve shindig at your home, and hats off to you! For a successful celebration, remember to prepare accordingly, including food, decorations, and any refreshments. If you’re stumped on what food to put out, pay a visit to The Fresh Market right here at One Loudoun! With premade platters and even an online ordering service, providing yummy treats for all of your guests could not be easier. Taking the decorations up a notch this year? Be sure to stop by Great Gatherings for all of your festive tableware, décor and accessories. After all, what is New Year’s Eve without a bit of glitz and shine?

If you want to amp up your look:

At One Loudoun, adding sparkle to your New Year’s Eve look has never been easier! Pamper yourself with an amazing blowout or up-do at Flow Blow Dry Bar, some festive holiday makeup by the professionals at Evolve Salon and Spa, or opt for a relaxing massage to get rid of your holiday stresses! Our three brand new women’s boutiques also have amazing holiday inspired pieces to add that little something extra to your New Year’s Eve style! Stop by Scout and Molly’s Boutique for some edgy New Year’s Eve looks, or Boho Blanco and Boho Nation for a more casual, yet sparkly, ensemble.

If you’re going out for New Years Eve:

Loudoun County’s premier destination for nightlife is right here in One Loudoun! In addition to many popular bar and restaurant choices to ring in the New Year, some of them are even hosting New Year’s Eve parties! Check out a list of special events happening here at One Loudoun, and remember to reserve your spot before time runs out!

  • Copperwood Tavern is offering a $55 prix fixe three-course dinner with options including maple leaf duck breast, Surf and Turf, filet mignon, and more! Ticket price also includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Make reservations here.
  • Matchbox One Loudoun is offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for their New Year’s Eve celebration! Visit their website for more information: http://bit.ly/2hgkODz
  • Bar Louie is hosting a New Year’s Eve party and VIP tickets are $50. The tickets include party favors, a breakfast buffet, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and more! Visit the event on our website for more information: http://www.oneloudoun.com
  • World of Beer One Loudoun is hosting their own New Year’s Eve bash with music from DJ John Coulter and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight! More info here: https://www.facebook.com
  • Sense of Thai St. also has their own version of a New Year’s Eve celebration with DJ Snow spinning Classic Motown, Funk, Disco, R&B, and Hip Hop from 10pm-2am and a dance party to go along with it. There is no cover or dress code! Visit http://www.senseofthai.com

If you’re keeping it low key:

Sometimes a low key New Year’s Eve is just what you need after the crazy holiday season that you and your family have already experienced! For a more relaxed evening with your family, take the kids to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where you can immerse yourself in one of the latest movies to hit the theater. For a tasty treat afterwards, there is never a bad time for frozen custard or a shake at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. Just be sure to warm up before going back outside!

For more things to do at One Loudoun, explore our website at oneloudoun.com!

Experience One Loudoun: Matchbox Edition

On an early spring day, the weather was great and the downtown was hopping, so we took a stroll around The Plaza. The Plaza at One Loudoun is at the center of the downtown area with spots to sit and enjoy the nice weather. It is also where the community holds many events like Acoustic Wednesdays, Downtown Fest, and Farmers Markets.

Each street in Downtown One Loudoun is lined with amazing dining options for any sort of palate. Naturally, it is difficult to choose somewhere to eat with all of the amazing options right in front of you. On this specific day, we chose to eat at Matchbox — a place we knew would not disappoint. The look and feel of Matchbox definitely mimics that of it’s name; warm, but boxy. The atmosphere creates a contemporary feel with warm woods, metal, and red accents. 

As we walked up, the outdoor patio was crowded, but the hostess kindly showed us that the outside bar area was seat yourself, so we got a seat right away. When it’s nice outside, the inside bar opens up to the patio area for a refreshing indoor/outdoor feel. The server immediately came over, introduced himself, and asked if we had any questions, prompting us on what the restaurant is known for. He talked about the pizzas, which we had already heard great things about, and that they are known for their draft wine.

We started out with a few drinks, including a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA beer on tap, a jalapeño cucumber margarita on the rocks (highly recommended by our server, and for good reason), and the seasonal sangria. Although we did not get the draft wine that Matchbox is known for, guests can order it by the glass, half bottle, or full bottle.

For appetizers, we tried a few different options, including the spicy tuna tartare tacos, hot artichoke + smashed garlic dip, and the crab + avo. The spicy tuna tartare tacos were decidedly the group favorite, as the creamy goodness of the tuna and avocado, mixed with the crunch of the wonton shell was out of this world. The crab + avo(cado), was a refreshing twist on chips and guac as it is served with sea salt flatbread instead of chips. The hot artichoke + smashed garlic dip was a nice change from the other apps, with more hearty flavors such as roasted red peppers and mozzarella.

When it came time for our entrees, we tried our best to get different items, but for some reason, everyone wanted pizza! We met in the middle by getting a few different types of pizza, the crab cake sammich (yes that’s spelled right), and the steak + greens salad.  

Baked in brick ovens, Matchbox has perfected the crispy, yet thin, deliciousness that is their classic and artisanal pizza selection. If you like spicy, we recommend the fire + smoke pizza, and if you’re more of a simpleton pizza lover, we suggest getting either the white pizza or the holy grail margherita (we did half and half as recommended by our server).

As for the other items we had ordered, the steak + greens salad was another recommendation from our server, who was right on the money. The pepper-crusted filet was outstanding, and one more thing: homemade tater tots. The crab cake sammich was a great choice, up there with some of the best crab cakes, as decided by our Annapolitan of the group. The pairing of the crab cake, avocado-chili aioli, and pancetta, was a great twist on a classic Maryland favorite.

Next time you’re deciding where to eat at One Loudoun, consider going to Matchbox for a bite, or slice, of absolute food heaven. For more info on the options at Matchbox One Loudoun, you can check out the menu here and be sure to follow along with our Facebook page for updates on other great restaurants coming soon to One Loudoun!

Sources: matchboxrestaurants.com