The midway at Weekend in the Park.
Food is so much better when you eat it outside with the ones you love. And you don't get much more "American" than at a local festival like this. Giant turkey legs, pizza, grilled sausage & onions, barbecue, fries (not the place to be if you are on a diet!).
Favorite Dish: Funnel cake! It's fried, it's doughy, it's covered with powdered sugar . . . it's heaven.
On Valentines Day 2009, LHenne1 and I sort of stumbled upon Winchester's historic downtown without hotel or dinner reservations... Oops. Our hotel fiasco is described in another tip; luckily we were more fortunate on our restaurant pick despite seeing several downtown places with "reservations only" signs in the windows. As we wandered down Loudoun Street's "walkplatz," Brewbakers was the first restaurant without such as sign. We stopped in and were told the wait would be 20 minutes. We sat at the bar and ordered two drinks--a Magic Hat #9 beer and a "Dirty Shirly" mixed drink, and we hardly had time for a sip before we were seated at one of the high-top tables in the bar area.
We started our dinner with a half pound of the wonderful steamed shrimp with Old Bay seasoning served with with a side of tequila lime cocktail sauce and warm butter for about $10. We also had tasty salads with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli and onions along with soft, warm rolls and honey butter. For dinner LHenne1 had the pan seared pork loins wrapped in bacon ($16) and I had the very flavorful "chicken everything rigatoni" with chicken, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and crushed red peppers cooked in olive oil and white wine then served with rigatoni and Parmesan cheese ($16). The food was slightly over salted, but otherwise excellent. My pasta was so good, I challenged LHeene1 to fix this meal next time she cooks for us!
Overall, this is a large, popular restaurant in the center of town with very good food, good service, and a large crowd. My favorite feature was the bricked up fireplace in the men's room... classy!
On a recent Sunday we wandered around town for about 30 minutes, finding almost nothing open before finally settling on the tiny diner called the Piccadilly Grill. It is located just off the Pedestrian Mall in central Winchester. We entered the front door and were greeted by a thin veil of smoke and the awkwardness of seeing just 10 or 12 stools, all packed with locals--each one who turned to stare at us out-of-towners as we walked in. Luckily two ladies were just finishing up, so they told us we could have their stools. The start to a great breakfast!
We sat down and ordered two coffees while scanning the menu. In the meantime one of the locals to our right friendly mentioned the great omelets and other good food this little place served. I ordered the ham and cheese omelet (maybe $5) while LHenne1 got one of the breakfast specials (about $6). While we waited we enjoyed the banter of the regulars who have obviously known each other for the better part of the last four or five decades as they discussed everything from Valentines Day to their old buddy who was in the VA hospital.
Our meals arrived after about 10 or 15 minutes. I was pleased with the fresh omelet and the tasty ham and cheese and lightly toasted bread downing in real butter. LHenne1's eggs, ham, and potatoes were also excellent, and they were enough to satisfy her until dinner!
This is a great locals restaurant, with friendly customers, and great food at bargain prices. As one Winchester native told us, this is the best place in town for breakfast. I believe it.
Patsy's Pastry Pizzas has a unique atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are eating in someone's dining room. It is comfortable and inviting.
The food is always great, consisting of the best salads in town, fantastic homemade soups, and an unbelievable variety of specialty pizzas.
The service is friendly. I recommend this restaurant to everyone who appreciates quality food that really is something different.
Favorite Dish: The Clam Chowder is the best I've ever had because it is homemade and doesn't taste like it came out of a can, but all of the soups are fantastic.
There are few really good restaurants in town besides your basic chains. A great place for sandwiches is "The Launching Pad." Great food, great prices. For Japanese food, you can't beat Sansui. Brewbakers is a restuarant/bar located in old town. It is a cute little place that has really good food. After 9 its your basic bar that serves food until midnight. In the summer you can sit outside on the patio- Make sure you go early (arive by 9) on the weekends if you want a table.
Favorite Dish: Swamp Cheese!
Creekside Station is a very nice shopping area in the Kernstown area of Winchester. It is right across from the Newell Rubbermaid Plant.
T J Canns American Grill is a very nice part of this complex. We were 3 adults and one child for lunch. We got there early so it was not crowded but it did fill up by the time we left.
The inside is quite modern but roomy and comfortable with an outside area to dine in nice weather.
Favorite Dish: We had sandwiches which included fries. We found the service was prompt and friendly. Our server was good about arranging our granddaughter's lunch to her interest.
I would recommend a stop here to shop and enjoy lunch in nice surroundings.
Very cute little place in town. Very nice atmosphere and good service. The food is unbelievable and all homemade. I've never had something I didn't like here and the staff is very friendly!
Favorite Dish: steak and cheese pizza and clam chowder
Patsy's is an excellent place to grab lunch (they are not open for dinner). They have a lunch special that includes a homemade soup or salad, a slice of lunch pizza and a slice of dessert pizza for under $8.00
The service is okay, the staff tends to get a little frazzled when the restaurant is full but the food is definately worth it.
Favorite Dish: My favorites are the potato soup (creamy and delicious), the strawberry-walnut salad (the strawberries are even good in the winter) and chocolate gob dessert pizza is my absolute favorite! Have never had a bad meal there.
Each time we go to Winchester we try to eat at a different place. We had lunch at Castiglia's Italian Eatery after it was recommended to us. It is easy to find and there is plenty of parking in the area.
Favorite Dish: Since this was our first time, we don't have a favorite, yet! I had the Calzone and my husband had the Stromboli. Both were served with a red sauce for dipping. There was plenty to eat and actually we could have split the meal. We also ordered a side garden salad.
I would definitely recommend eating there - especially if you crave - or love Italian food!
We've eaten at a couple of these places and the service has always been good and the food excellent.
We have also called ahead and ordered take-out for picnics. They also have catering services.
Favorite Dish: I love their potato salad. It is still a little warm when it is served.
Cork Street Tavern is in the heart of Old Town. Cork Street is the oldest street in Winchester and still retains its original name. The original building sustained heavy shelling from 3 major campaigns in the Civil War. During this time the city changed hands 70 times.
Favorite Dish: We had lunch at The Cork Street Tavern. They have a good sandwich menu and are known in the area for their ribs.
We enjoyed a Reuben Sandwich.
The ambiance is rustic and casual.
The service was good.
They have a good dessert selection. When we ate there they offered a low carb cheesecake that was de-lish!
The ambience is really quite all right. Not like being in China, but at least not like a lousy cafeteria. The help is attentive without being annoying, and the buffet is honestly good. Sushi is ok, soup is nice, and there is a great variety. I can't go there too often or I'll swell up to 250lbs.
Favorite Dish: Honey chicken from the buffet. It's sweet and crispy. The chicken is nice, not sketchy. Can't abide sketchy chicken.