Saturday, March 22, 2014

Magnolia's at the Mill

Magnolia's at the Mill is a premier American restaurant located in the heart of Purcellville, Virginia.  After a day of exploring a few wineries in Leesburg and Purcellville, we stopped to fill our bellies with some grub to help soak up all the wine.

Photo via Magnolia's website
The website describes the history of the mill that was built in 1905:  "Most recently it has served in the production of pasture seed for the Contee Adam Seed Company, operated by three generations of the Adams. In the middle of the last century, Loudoun County Dairy Business was booming and the Adams filled the need for seed. During the second World War, much of the Virginia Orchard Grass produced here was shipped to Europe as packing for artillery shells and armaments. The mill was also operated by Wilkens Rodgers Mills as a flour mill in the 1940s."  Magnolias at the Mill opened in February of 2004 with the goal of resuming the position of the old mill as a vital part of the western Loudoun Community.

Since we arrived at an odd hour, only the lunch menu was available.  This was fine for us and we chose a few items to share.  First up, we ate Crispy Buttermilk Oysters with andouille sausage and tomato gravy, drizzled with creole cream.  The oysters were creamy and meaty at the same time.  I really enjoyed the chunky tomato gravy, which added lots of flavor to this starter.  Next, we shared Flash Fried Calamari, prepared simply with a side of red pepper aioli.  The calamari was pretty basic, but satisfying.  Lastly, we shared a brick oven pizza called Tre Carni, topped with sausage, bacon, pepperoni, marinated tomatoes, and mozzarella.  I was surprised by how good the combination of meats were on this pizza.  We had no problem eating all the food, and continued back on the road with happy bellies.

Total Rating: 3.58
Food: 3.5, Price: 4, Service: 3.5, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 3

What I ate:
Crispy Buttermilk Oysters
Andouille Sausage & Tomato Gravy, Creole Cream

Flash Fried Calamari
Red Pepper Aioli

Tre Carni Pizza
Sausage, Bacon, Pepperoni, Marinated Tomatoes, Mozzarella

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