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Experience One Loudoun: Copperwood Tavern

Finally the time is here that we have all been waiting for: Copperwood Tavern is now open at One Loudoun! Copperwood Tavern is a one of a kind farm-to-table restaurant that is well loved among residents of NoVA (the original and only other location is in Shirlington, VA). Within only a few days of the restaurant opening, we knew we had to try it!

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As we walked up to the restaurant, we couldn’t help but admire the exceptionally large patio area! Since it was a dreary day outside, we didn’t want to test Mother Nature, so we opted for a table inside. 

As soon as we walked in, we realized that Copperwood Tavern couldn’t be a better place to have lunch on a rainy day! The interior of CT is very cozy and looks like the inside of a log cabin – the perfect place to warm up and enjoy a great meal this fall. 

The restaurant is complete with flannel-lined booths and log cabin-esque décor, and wouldn’t be a true tavern without a huge stone fireplace and taxidermy deer head mounted above it. With a nod to the restaurant’s name, “copper” is abundant throughout the restaurant, from the pipes on the wall to the water pitchers, and “wood” makes up the walls, tables, and chairs. 

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Immediately after we sat down, we were presented with the cutest little tin bucket of popcorn. Be warned: after the first bite, you will realize that you may not be able to stop eating it. This stuff is seriously addicting and perfectly coated with butter and a special barbecue seasoning.

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As our server promptly greeted us, she made sure to let us know that every item on the menu at CT is organic and farm-to-table. Later, we would find out that this really makes a difference in the taste and quality of the food. If you check out their website at www.copperwoodtavern.com, they even list the local farms where they get all of their fresh produce, seafood, and meat. 

Lunch recommendations from our server:

·      Apps: Fried Brussel Sprouts, Fried Green Tomatoes

·      Soup/Salad: Sweet Yellow Corn Soup, Farmer’s Salad

·      Sandwiches: Grilled Rosemary Chicken, Slow Roasted Pork Belly Sandwich

·      Entrée: Brown Ale Butter Chicken

·      Dessert: Cast Iron S’mores Dip

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What we ordered:

·      Fried green tomatoes – as someone who has never even had green tomatoes, I wondered if I had been living under a rock because these were amazing. Sliced, fried, salted, and served with a lemon-basil aioli, I could have been content with just these for my meal.

·      BALT sandwich – Of course, BALT stands for bacon, avocado, lettuce, and in this case, more fried green tomato, with smoked tomato-chipotle aioli. This sandwich looked so good, we had to pick it up to show all of the layers. And it was very, very good. 

·       Grilled rosemary chicken sandwich – The menu says, “Rosemary marinated chicken topped with smoked Gouda cheese, bib lettuce, maple mustard, bacon and tomato,” but it should say “the most succulent chicken sandwich you’ve ever had.”

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Copperwood Tavern also serves Brunch on the weekends from 9am-4pm, which is one of the longest running brunches we have heard of – perfect for avid brunchers. On more than one occasion, we’ve been told that the duck hash is the way to go for brunch. If you wander into CT for dinner, you will see that their dinner menu has a large selection of entrée options including locally sourced seafood and meat.

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As you can see in the photo above, Copperwood Tavern also has a huge bar area, with a large lineup of bourbons and local draft beers that lend a hand to the cabin-like feel. Additionally, the actual drink menu is a long list of handcrafted cocktails, bourbon, beer, wine, and moonshine; yes, moonshine. We couldn’t decide on a beer, so our server was kind enough to bring samples of a few! Other cool things that you need to know about CT include their Dog of the Month contest and $1 Oyster Hour from 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday.

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Our recommendation: Go to Copperwood Tavern for a great meal, drink, or both! Make your reservations now at http://www.opentable.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

Experience One Loudoun: World of Beer

Do you like the world? Do you like beer? Then you will be thrilled to know that there is a World of Beer at One Loudoun and it is NOW OPEN! World of Beer is just one of the many great restaurant options at One Loudoun in Asburn, VA with even more opening soon, like Hale + Hog and Copperwood Tavern! After a day of working hard in the office or driving the kids to their extracurriculars you may need a cold one, and World of Beer is the perfect place to go.

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There are a few very important things you should know about World of Beer before you make any assumptions. The first being that they also have food – and not just any food, but a tavern fare that will blow your mind. Secondly, you are encouraged to taste some of the options on tap before you make a decision, because there is a good chance you will be overwhelmed by the selection. The final thing you need to know is that the staff is extremely friendly and can expertly pinpoint what beer and food you will like.

Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about the beer. At any given time, each World of Beer establishment will have 500+ beers to choose from. The day we decided to visit the WOB at One Loudoun, they happened to have exactly 622 beers in stock. (See photo above if you don’t believe us!) One of the coolest things about the beer selection is that a number of taps are changed daily, so you never know what to expect!

When we chose to experience WOB One Loudoun, it was bright and sunny outside, so naturally, we sat on the patio. Guests also have the choice to sit inside, which doesn’t mean much when the weather is nice because the entire restaurant turns into an indoor/outdoor space.

Our server greeted us with a paper menu and an iPad. Yes, an iPad. The reason for the iPad is, as mentioned above, the beer selection changes daily, so it is an easy way for WOB to keep their list updated. The iPad is also interactive, so you can filter your selection by types of beer, search for what you want, or get info on a certain brew.

(Just a few of) the most popular beers on tap: Kona Longboard Lager, Sweetwater Blue

What we tasted: Potter’s Craft Grapefruit Hibiscus, Sweetwater Blue

What we ordered: Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Otter Creek Citra Mantra

(Some of) the most popular food items: German Pretzel, Tavern Taters

What the staff loves: Chimay Burger, German Pretzel

What we ordered: Southern Fried Pickles, Margherita Flatbread

Now, if you stumble into WOB (no pun intended), then you will notice their large chalkboards with all kinds of awesome information. WOB maintains strong relationships with local breweries, so they host events that will feature a few hard-to-find brews from your local favorites.  Other events include Tuesday Trivia, Live Music, and Loyalty Days, where all bottled beers are 25% off!

The tops of the shelves behind the World of Beer bar are lined with their signature growlers that come in a few different designs. According to the WOB staff, these things fly off the shelves! The growlers are so popular because WOB is constantly changing their beers on tap, and a lot of them are hard to find elsewhere. So, if you happen to find your favorite beer on your visit to WOB, we recommend filling up a growler while the brew is still available!

World of Beer One Loudoun is constantly updating their website in order to bring you the latest beers that were “Just Tapped” and other promotions that may be happening. Visit https://worldofbeer.com/Locations/OneLoudoun for more information!

World of Beer Opening Soon at One Loudoun!

We are proud to announce that World of Beer will be opening soon at One Loudoun! Construction on World of Beer began in December and it is projected to open on March 14th, just in time for March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day.

Best known for their large variety of craft beer, World of Beer has something for every kind of beer lover. If you’re new to the beer scene, their knowledgeable staff is there to make suggestions and guide you through the options. Managing partner of the One Loudoun location, Robert M. Dorfman, describes the atmosphere as “unintimidating and comfortable.”

The establishment is not known just for their beer, but their ability to perfectly pair each “elevated comfort food” dish with a brew that will compliment it best. Their “tavern fare” includes classic tavern food like sliders, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, and finger foods.

The franchise chooses their beers based on the location, and offers anything from local breweries to national favorites. “A significant number of local and regional beers will be available–and national and international beers–it will represent pretty much the entire world,” Dorfman said.

This location, well over 5000 square feet, will have indoor and outdoor seating, as well as sliding glass doors to create an open atmosphere in the warmer months. Other features will include 17-20 televisions, a fireplace, an indoor stage for live music, and a dance floor space.

The World of Beer’s website sums it all up by stating “Simply put, we love all things beer- the tastes, pairings and amazing stories, people, and cultures behind them.”

World of Beer is located at 44699 Brimfield Drive, Ashburn. To keep up with all of the events and happenings at One Loudoun, sign up for our Digital Media Engine!

Sources: worldofbeer.compatch.com

Tastes from Around the World—Only at One Loudoun’s Restaurant Row!

One Loudoun’s new Restaurant Row is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, offering a sophisticated selection of delicious cuisine from around the world. On Restaurant Row, you have the unique opportunity to experience culinary delights and culture from all around the globe—from America, Mexico and South Africa, to Italy, India, Thailand and even the Mediterranean. With the eclectic mix of restaurants and dining options here at One Loudoun, the possibilities are seemingly endless!

Whether you’re looking for gourmet, homestyle or pub style, there’s truly no end to the culinary experiences available here at One Loudoun. Don’t believe us? Read on to learn a little more about the diverse collection of restaurants at One Loudoun’s Restaurant Row, offering tastes from around the world:

Europe

Restaurant Row is home to European-inspired restaurants, including Zoes Kitchen and Spinfire, . Zoes Kitchen offers a fresh, mediterranean-style menu with original recipes and fresh ingredients you’re sure to love, while Italian-inspired Spinfire Pizza offers custom, made-to-order pizzas and salads in just 90 seconds!

Asia

Furthermore, One Loudoun’s  Restaurant Row includes a selection of vibrant, authentic restaurants with Asian-inspired dishes—hailing from India, Thailand, Japan and beyond. Sense of Thai and the coming soon Pho Royal, offer fun and tasty, yet authentic cuisine from their country of origin, which effortlessly reflect the culture or “sense” of Thailand and Vietnam respectively, in each and every bite. Alternatively, PIND offers a wide selection of traditional Indian dishes with a modern flair you’re sure to love, while OKANDA Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is home to a delicious offering of fresh sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine, paired with a unique selection of cocktails.

South Africa

Looking for a sensational flame-grilled dish? Why not stop by the South African-Portuguese restaurant Nando’s Peri-Peri for some of their legendary flame-grilled, Peruvian-style chicken? It’s sure to satisfy your tastebuds!

The Americas

One Loudoun is also home to a number of signature, American restaurants—  Modern diners like Family Meal are intertwined with brilliant American bistros such as Matchbox Restaurant and local legends like Bar Louie. Gourmet gastropubs like B Loudoun, featuring Beer, Burgers and Bourbon, along with famed farm to table restaurants like Copperwood Tavern, are both coming soon to One Loudoun. In addition to Restaurant Row’s extensive offering of American-inspired restaurants, bars and taverns, One Loudoun is also home to Texas legend Uncle Julio’s, a Tex-Max restaurant, offering delicious border-style Mexican dishes made from scratch with nothing but the freshest ingredients. This unique gathering is complemented by casual dining spots, including sensational sub shops like Firehouse Subs, and goodness on the go, Elevation Burger.

Last but certainly not least—if you’re looking to sample the best beers from around the world, check out one of Restaurant Row’s world-renowned trademark taverns coming soon to Loudoun’s New Downtown—World of Beer. This local legend is home to over 500 beers from around the world, in addition to the 50+ craft beers offered on tap.

We think you’ll agree—One Loudoun’s Restaurant Row is truly beyond compare! Whether you’re looking for a new week-day watering hole, happy hour hotspot, family-friendly pizza bistro or just a quick bite to eat—Restaurant Row has the perfect place for you.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to One Loudoun to experience sensational cuisine from around the world at Restaurant Row. Tour Restaurant Row and experience the culture & cuisine of the world today, tomorrow and beyond—offered exclusively in Loudoun’s New Downtown!

Coming Soon! A NEIGHBORHOOD CRAFT BEER CULTURE

When you walk into World of Beer…it’s important to us that you to feel at home. It’s about the complete experience. Find great conversation, drink the best craft beers, over 50 on tap and 525 plus craft beers from all over the world, fine wines and craft spirits, including great local representation, hear good music, enjoy great tavern fare for lunch, dinner and all day long and cheer on your favorite sports team. It’s where nothing but good things happen. This place is your neighborhood, and we’re happy to bring so many great people together, day after day. So kick back, get comfortable and enjoy your favorite brew. Everyone’s welcome…and you never know who you might meet!

Visit www.worldofbeer.com for more information.

What Can Retail Learn From Restaurants

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It seems odd to think that the retail industry benefits from the restaurant scene.  But, both industries have a lot more in common than what meets the eye. They depend on each other greatly for their success and business by working together to keep consumers engaged and interested.  One Loudoun is a hotspot for both types of merchants, and our location will provide the best possible environment for stores and restaurant to grow.

In fact, there are even a few restaurant practices that could be applied to the retail industry.  Here’s what retailers can learn from their close counterparts:

Employee Training

This might seem like a tactic that’s exclusive to restaurants, but it can benefit shops and boutiques as well.  Restaurant employees are trained to memorize menus, take orders, and politely deal with disruptive customers. Why should retail be any different? Sure, employees might not be taking food orders, but their focus should be the same: Make the customer comfortable and happy.  Training employees how to greet, interact, and close sales with customers will improve overall profit and build a strong reputation.  Training staff to be more efficient also helps storeowners to operate their business smoothly, which can only benefit the store, employees, and shoppers even more.

Focus on Customer Experience

Ultimately, training employees will help to redirect the focus back to the customers.  Many restaurants have completely revamped their image by making customer service their number one priority. Refocusing on the experience of the consumer, rather than just turning a profit, will improve revenue in the long term.  When the customer is happy, they will most likely want to come back to re-live their first enjoyable experience.  And, if they’re happy, they will be buying more and spreading the word about your store with their peers.

Both ‘employee training’ and ‘focusing on customer experience’ funnel into maintaining good hospitality.  This will always help to bring in returning customers. Shoppers are willing to pay a higher price if it means a better shopping experience.

By combining restaurants and shops, as well as homes, One Loudoun will provide the best possible shopping and dining experience for customers.  Visitors will be engaged and entertained, providing a good overall experience. There’s no doubt that everyone will quickly fall in love with the One Loudoun shopping and dining scene and become returning visitors!

Source:  QSR Web- http://www.qsrweb.com/article/217961/What-the-restaurant-industry-can-learn-from-retail-experts