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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!

Experience One Loudoun: b One Loudoun

“Burgers, Beer, Bourbon” is the tagline of b One Loudoun, one of the community’s amazing restaurants that opened its doors just this past January. What began as the simple idea of eating a quality burger while enjoying your favorite beer or bourbon and good company, eventually turned into b Restaurants. After visiting farms high and low to find out the secret to a perfect burger, the first location opened in Connecticut in 2006, coincidentally in the same state where the hamburger originated.

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Walking into b One Loudoun, you immediately get the feel of a restaurant inspired by bourbon itself. The comfortable atmosphere is a mix of modern and rustic, with warm woods, exposed brick, and red and auburn colored décor in addition to some amazing light fixtures.binterior

At b One Loudoun, a first glance of the menu caused a slight panic of “how can I choose?” With the help of recommendations from a few friends and our server’s knowledge of the popular dishes, we were able to finally make some decisions while chowing down on some pickles (made in house).bpickles

For a starter, we ordered the pretzels and house-made sausages served with honey mustard and jalapeno cheese sauce. It took only one bite of the sausage to recognize how fresh and well seasoned it was! The pretzels were perfectly baked as well and the jalapeno cheese dip was a great complement.

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Next it was time to order our main dishes (which we had the hardest time doing). When we say this establishment has nailed the meaning of a quality burger, we mean they use beef that is ground in house 2-3 times daily, hand formed, American and source verified, and always fresh (never frozen). Additionally, other ingredients are sourced from local farms and markets, while the pork and chicken are also fresh and ground in-house.

If you’re not into burgers, we forgive you, but there are also a plethora of non-beef burger options to choose from and the menu is very friendly to those who are gluten-free. Many appetizers are gluten-free and options include a GF burger bun or having your burger served “in the grass” (atop iceberg lettuce).

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Since we wanted to try a few different things, we decided on the Pretzel burger with fancy fries and the Burger Salad. The pretzel burger was cooked to perfection and oh so fresh! The pretzel bun was a fantastic addition and an option to add to any burger, although we have heard their regular buns are amazingly buttery and delicious too. The thing we loved most about this burger (and all of them on the menu) is that it was not overly decorated with toppings, which is ideal for tasting all of those delicious flavors from the fresh beef.

The burger salad is best described as a deconstructed burger: iceberg and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar, red onion, a ring of pickles, and oh yes, French fries (you can also get tater tots). This salad is tossed in their “special sauce” and topped with a cheeseburger and frizzled onions. The salad was so good, we have seriously considered eating our burgers in salad form from now on!

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After our delicious meal, we headed over to check out the bar, which is fully stocked with pretty much any kind of bourbon you could ever want. There are so many on hand, they need the entire wall to house them all and a ladder to reach the top shelf. The horseshoe shaped bar allows for plenty of seating and there are also high-top tables for overflow. As seen below, there are 14 beer taps, and over 60 bottled and canned beers, with many local favorites available!

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Ask anyone who has been to b One Loudoun, and they will tell you that the bourbon and beer lists offer an excellent selection and the burgers are fresh and tasty. So there you have it: burgers, beer, and bourbon served harmoniously together only at b One Loudoun! For more information on all of the restaurants at One Loudoun, visit our website at https://oneloudoun.com/.

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Source: http://www.burgersbeerbourbon.com/