Home » Dine With Us »Lifestyle » Currently Reading:

Hunt Country Gourmet: Tuscarora Mill

December 1, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Dine With Us, Lifestyle No Comments
Hunt Country Gourmet

Nostalgia Rides Again! Tuskie’s is as good as ever!

By George Humphries

Visiting Tuscarora Mill restaurant for us is a trip down a very pleasant memory lane: an enjoyable recherche du temps perdu. Vagrant memory holds a visit on opening night – maybe wishful recall, but surely a visit in the restaurant in the first week after it opened in 1985, a year or so after we moved to Loudoun County. It soon became our favorite restaurant of that era and we visited it often in our forays into reviewing local eateries.

Tuskie’s was the start of a now prosperous chain consisting of five eateries of various sizes, styles, and locations. Calling Tuskie’s a restaurant is a little deceiving, since the Leesburg complex also comprises a spacious bar and café area almost separate from the main dining room, plus a lower-level South Street Under café and bakery. All of these operate in the historic old mill that anchors the cluster of shops and eating establishments at Leesburg’s Market Station. Over the years, owner Kevin Malone and his crew also have expanded their horizons to create Magnolia’s at the Mill in Purcellville and two Fire Works Pizza establishments – one in the old train station at Market Station and a second in Arlington.

The entrance to the restaurant proper is off Harrison Street. The front door opens on the enormously popular café and bar that in the evening presents a veritable obstacle course to the dining room. Fortunately, there is a passageway to the right and around the enthusiastic crowd in the bar/café. Once circumnavigating the hilarity of the nearly always crowded bar, one comes to the host station at the entrance to the restaurant itself. There, serenity rules, though the boisterous scene remains partially visible if blessedly not audible.

The restaurant consists of a main room under relics of the old mill machinery in the cavernous ceiling. Adding to this space are tables in narrow closed porch-like spaces along two walls ideally suitable for discreet tete-a-tetes. At the rear is a large additional dining space beyond the wall of the old mill – airier and less cloistered than the main room of the mill – where we have attended a wedding reception and other events.

Aside from the architectural interest, the menu, food, and service have been excellent at our every visit over these past 25+ years, thanks to Malone’s inspired and steady leadership and longtime chef Patrick Dinh.

The current menu contains so many items that it’s a wonder that the kitchen can contain them all. The bar/café has a separate menu with “Small Things” suitable for accompanying a drink, or “Bigger Things” that can serve as a casual meal. South Street Down Under has a wonderful selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches prepared on fresh-baked bread.

“Dinner First Courses” in the main dining room feature fresh oysters prepared several ways, beef fondue, spring rolls, Maine lobster, mussels, the always excellent house salad, and a Caesar which we highly recommend.

The Entrée menu is varied and extensive, with something for everyone. Grilled duck breast, pork chop saltimbocca, Mexican chicken, trout, salmon, and three cuts of steak. The rack of lamb had four ribs, lightly seasoned, tender, and cooked rare to my order. My wife pronounced the salmon to be delicious, and our guests said the steaks were tender and excellent. All of these include appropriate accompaniments, but there are special sides that can be added. Mouth-watering desserts prepared by sous chef Sue Porter and a trio of artisan cheeses round out an impressive menu.

Malone pioneered in building a fine restaurant using local purveyors wherever possible. While other establishments have followed suit over the years, Tuskie’s record of finding fresh local ingredients and supporting the local economy is unexcelled. He extended this practice to build a formidable wine collection that features Loudoun County wines alongside the best from other states and countries. Ask for a copy of the Tuskie’s Wine Trail map, which features all of the wineries and tasting rooms in the County along with some of the best from northern Fauquier and western Prince William counties.The atmosphere and service add to the food itself to make a visit to Tuscarora Mill a memorable experience. We have more than 25 years of good memories to prove.

George Humphries is a retired Navy aviator who began cooking at the age of 10 and has managed several large restaurants. He has lived in Loudoun Country since 1984.

Comment on this article


By commenting, you agree to abide by our Terms of Service.


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

noerpel_new

(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

moore-sobelnewmug

By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

Smith0035

Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

drmikenewpic

By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

Lunde new

By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

wage

I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

noerpel_new

“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

grads_woodgrove

Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

(Be the first to comment)

Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

buckland

Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

(Be the first to comment)

Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

adamspromoted

Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

(Be the first to comment)

Calendar

March 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
March 13, 2017 March 14, 2017 March 15, 2017 March 16, 2017 March 17, 2017 March 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
Current Print Issue:
Sign up for our email newsletter:

Recent Comments

  • David on Protecting Free Speech: Constitutionally protected speech is exactly what it sounds like, protected. We all have the legal right to utter nonsensical and...
  • Martha on Protecting Free Speech: Free speech is not a cherished right at the not-quite accredited Patrick Henry College, a religious school that Del. LaRock...
  • Martha Polkey on First Look at Envision Loudoun Results: It remains to be seen whether the direction citizens have provided to the Envision process is actually incorporated into the...
  • David on Protecting Free Speech: Mr. LaRock, I assume that the only reason you weren’t at every School Board meeting in 2005 passionately defending the...
  • LongTimePville on Purcellville Emergency Meeting Postponed to March 10: I bet Kelli Grim flip flops on her conflicts of interest and transparency campaign she ran on and does not...

Steady and NoBull

Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

Library

Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard. Printer-friendly Related

(Be the first to comment)

Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

Mr and Mrs Andrews 24x35 59 2016 whelan

The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings. Printer-friendly Related

(Be the first to comment)

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

Illustration of STEM education word typography design in orange theme with icon ornament elements

Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

(Be the first to comment)

Around Virginia

McAuliffe Vetoes LaRock’s Public Assistance Eligibility Legislation  

davelarock

On March 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s (R-33) House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for …

(Be the first to comment)

Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

image004

More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

(Be the first to comment)

Protecting Free Speech

Dave_larock

By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

(3 comments)

Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

vikings

The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

(Be the first to comment)

WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

WLVBC300

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

(Be the first to comment)

Archives

  • +2017
  • +2016
  • +2015
  • +2014
  • +2013
  • +2012
  • +2011
  • +2010
  • +2009