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Eddie Merlot’s to Open in February at One Loudoun

Eddie Merlot’s is COMING SOON to One Loudoun! This unique restaurant will bring a contemporary yet elegant dining experience to One Loudoun, while serving up their prime aged beef and seafood and extensive wine list.

Eddie Merlot’s is set to open at One Loudoun in February of 2017, but in the mean time, learn more on this amazing restaurant here: Ashburn Patch: Eddie Merlot’s One Loudoun Location Set to Open in February

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(Photo Source: Eddie Merlot’s and Patch.com)

Experience One Loudoun: PIND

If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try in One Loudoun, look no further than PIND – the best Indian restaurant around! When PIND opened in the Spring of 2015, we could not have been more excited to introduce our fellow Loudouners to the flavors of traditional Indian cuisine. This local hot spot is a favorite among the residents of One Loudoun, so we sent a few first-timers to experience PIND with fresh eyes (and taste buds); here is their experience!

 

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When you walk into PIND, you are overcome with the unmistakably sweet aromas of the spices and flavors found in Indian food. Near the entrance to the restaurant is fully stocked bar area that leads into the dining room with tables and booths. The restaurant’s décor is tasteful and simple, with large colorful canvases lining the walls and eclectic glass chandeliers hanging from the highest point of the ceiling.

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At first glance, the lunch menu was overwhelming (to say the least). If you are not familiar with typical Indian dishes, you may not recognize anything, but the descriptions definitely help. It also came in handy that our server was very knowledgeable about each item and was happy to help when he noticed we were having trouble deciding.

The lunch menu is divided into appetizers, entrees, specialties, and beverages, which all have a large variety to choose from. The menu incorporates chicken, seafood, lamb, and an array of vegetarian dishes, including paneer, which is a fresh cheese that often takes the place of meat in traditional Indian dishes.

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We asked what the most popular appetizer was, and our server told us that the Lasooni Gobhi is definitely the best choice. This dish consisted of crispy cauliflower florets tossed in a tomato/garlic glaze, and was absolutely delicious! The cauliflower, while glazed on the outside, managed to stay crispy on the inside for a nice crunch.

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Even more difficult than ordering our appetizer was ordering our entrees, because there are so many great options! Again, putting our trust in the hands of our very helpful server, we asked him what we should try as it was our first time visiting PIND. After asking about our likes and dislikes, he suggested the Butter Chicken and the Seafood Goan Curry dishes. We took a leap and ordered his recommendations, and boy, are we glad we did!

One thing you wouldn’t know about ordering these lunch entrees at PIND is that you get a lot more food than just the main dish! To start, you get to choose between a soup and salad, but we both opted for the salad since it sounded very refreshing.

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Out came our salads, and you can imagine our surprise and delight when there were no leafy greens. Contrary to the salads that we are used to, this salad was mostly cucumber, with some tomato, red onion, herbs, and an amazing spicy lemon dressing!

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When our main dishes came out (keep in mind, we ordered two), there were five dishes brought to our table! Yes, five dishes! The Butter Chicken, Shrimp Goan Curry, and the Chef’s side dish of the day (potatoes) all came in bowls and were smothered in an array of brightly colored sauces. The other two dishes, Naan and basmati rice, also come with any lunch entrée on this menu.

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If you have not had Naan before, it is a delicious buttery oven baked flat bread that compliments Indian food amazingly! The basmati rice is also very necessary to build your plate with the ingredients of your choice. In our opinion, the more you mix everything together, the better it tastes!

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The butter chicken was served in a mahkni sauce, which is a sweeter butter and tomato based cream sauce, while the huge shrimp were served in a savory, yet sweet, spiced coconut sauce. Sampling a bit of everything on our plates was the way to go and we piled everything on!

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After we ate as much of the delicious food as we could, we were brought two small bowls of coconut pudding. They were not too sweet and had actual shreds of coconut inside – a perfect cherry on top of a fantastic meal. We also noticed the silverware we used were from Fortessa, another business joining the One Loudoun family very soon!

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Overall, PIND was an amazing restaurant to dine at! The service was fast and friendly, and the food was to die for! This restaurant is perfect for a group of people to share, since all of the items come separate and you can build your plate as you want. Needless to say, us first-timers will definitely be back to this hidden gem at One Loudoun!

 

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