hail and hog

One Loudoun Voted “Favorite Place to Meet With Friends”

The 2016 Loudoun Now Favorites of Loudoun County awards confirmed what most One Loudoun visitors are already well aware of; One Loudoun rocks! Readers of Loudoun Now submit nominees for a wide range of categories and then vote on those nominees to determine the winners. One Loudoun, its businesses, and its employees, raked in the awards, with 5 award winners and 7 runner-ups. One Loudoun as a community was the winner for the Favorite Place to Meet with Friends, no surprise giving the wide variety of cuisine, shopping, and activities. This award really speaks to how loved One Loudoun has become, as there were over 40 nominees for this category! One Loudoun was also a runner up for Favorite Date Spot.

The other One Loudoun winners were Atlantic Coast Mortgage for Favorite Mortgage Company, Uncle Julio’s for Favorite Mexican Restaurant, Kristi Hardy of Atlantic Coast Mortgage for Favorite Mortgage Broker, and Chad Parsons of Advanced Corrective Chiropractic for Favorite Chiropractor. There were also three other winners with strong One Loudoun ties: Jason Masi, a regular performer at Acoustic Wednesday who will next be preforming on August 10th, won Favorite Band/Musician, Barnes and Noble, which will soon be opening a location at One Loudoun, won for Favorite Bookstore, and Allen Cochran of Cochran’s Stone Masonry, the builders of the Barn at One Loudoun, was the winner for Favorite Stone Mason.

Our One Loudoun runners up were very impressive as well and easily could have taken home the top prize. In addition to the One Loudoun’s runner up finish in the Favorite Date Spot category, the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market was Runner up for Favorite Farmer’s Market, Alamo Drafthouse was runner up for favorite movie theater, Virginia Tire and Auto was runner up for Favorite Auto Repair Shop, Sport Clips at One Loudoun was runner up for Favorite Barber Shop, State Farm was runner up for Favorite Insurance Company, and Aaron Malofsky of Hail and Hog Kitchen and Tap was runner up for Favorite Bartender. Stop by One Loudoun and check out all these awesome honorees! For a full list of One Loudoun businesses visit our tenant directory.

 

Experience One Loudoun: Hail & Hog

Football and food lovers unite! Hail & Hog Kitchen and Tap, a Washington Redskins themed restaurant and bar, is now open at One Loudoun!

When you think of a “sports” themed restaurant, you may think of a rowdy sports bar, which upon even first glance Hail & Hog proved they are not. The exterior is elegantly designed, with bright gold walls and burgundy signs that both exude class and make clear which team this restaurant supports.

 

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The restaurant provides a fine-dining experience while also tastefully displaying sports memorabilia and artwork focused on Redskins football past and present. Directly inside the doors is a large wrap around bar that boasts a majority of the 20+ big screen TVs in the restaurant’s first level. Behind the bar is a large dining area with big booths and spacious individual tables.

We decided to visit Hail & Hog for the first time on a weekday afternoon for lunch. The restaurant was not overly crowded, but was very lively for the middle of the week. We sat inside because the wind was whipping that day, but you do have the option to sit outside on both levels!

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The menu has many options that are ideal for both a lunch and a dinner, including “First Bites”, Greens, Burgers & Sandwiches, and “Plates”. While browsing the menu, you will notice cleverly named dishes such as “Redskin Potatoes” and the “Hail Caesar Salad”, which gave us a good laugh.

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Since we had never been to Hail & Hog before, we asked our waitress for recommendations, which she was happy to give! Here are the popular favorites (so far):

  • First Bites: Spinach & Artichoke Dip, East Coast Calamari, Chesapeake Bay Pretzels
  • Greens: Cedar Salmon Salad, Tenderloin Steak Salad
  • Sandwiches: Burger 32”, BBQ Pulled Pork, French Beef Sirloin Dip

When it came time to order we chose the Chesapeake Bay Pretzels to start, which proved to be an excellent idea. The dish consisted of soft pretzel sticks topped with Blue Crab, cheese, and spices served with béchamel sauce and a grilled lemon half. Take it from a seasoned crab consumer: this was a very tasty treat!

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For our main dishes, we went with the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese and the Burger ’32.

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Dare we say it, but this may be the best grilled cheese we have ever tasted! The dual layers of fontina and cheddar cheese blended well and were complemented perfectly by thick, crispy pieces of bacon. The sun-dried tomato aioli adds wonderful flavor to the sandwich. The grilled cheese is paired with fries that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, definitely a winning combination in my book!

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This burger was impressive from first glance, towering higher than most, but there is much more to this burger than its remarkable appearance; what really makes the burger shine is the amazing quality of ingredients (see above: thick bacon, perfectly toasted bun, juicy burger patty, etc.). The blend of short rib and ground chuck was cooked flawlessly and topped with cheddar, bacon, and housemade pickles. Needless to say this burger is a dish we will be ordering again!

Although The Roof at Hail & Hog is only open during certain hours (Sun-Thurs: 4pm-12am & Fri-Sat: 4pm-1am), our server recommended we go upstairs and take a look. To say we were not disappointed would be an understatement!

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The “Roof” of Hail & Hog function as a high-end sports bar and is sure to attract large crowds on weekends, especially during football season, but what really grabbed our attention was the large patio! During warm months, the bar opens up to both the inside and outside for a blended indoor/outdoor feel. With great views of The Plaza at One Loudoun, it is sure to be the new hot spot in downtown Loudoun County!

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If you’re wondering about even more nods to the football team that inspired it all, take a walk down the timeline hallway on the second floor of the restaurant — we could definitely get lost in there for a bit. Other Redskin’s memorabilia seen throughout the building include framed contracts, helmets, and even life-sized murals of famed players.

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Major takeaways:

  • The staff are very friendly and willing to go above and beyond
  • The food is amazing and catered to the local scene

Next time you are out for lunch, want to catch the game, or just want an awesome dining experience, stop by Hail & Hog at One Loudoun! For more information about everything here at One Loudoun, visit our website here!