Tuscarora Mill

American, Burgers, Chicken, Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
$$$$ ($15-$24)
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Editorial Review

Tuscarora Mill -- Tuskie's to the locals -- is a destination for those who love meat and beer. Of course, there's more to this restaurant, housed in the skeleton of a 19th-century grain mill, including local red, white and rose wines by the bottle and the glass, but those staples have been the bedrock of its 15 successful years in business.

Tuskie's is a longtime adherent to the locavore movement, with most of its ingredients coming from local providers. The menu is full of creative, meaty takes on traditional favorites. Try the Barn Yard "Au Jus": Two slices of Parmesan ciabatta bread can barely contain chunks of smoky brisket and flavorful slow-roasted pork, all bound together by a blanket of tangy, melted provolone and caramelized onions. A bowl of the meat's juice is provided for dipping. It's as amazing and messy as it sounds.

The bar boasts one of the finest microbrew selections in Loudoun. Locals such as Lost Rhino (made up the road in Ashburn) share space on the 21 taps with Left Hand or Founders, all selling for $5 to $6 a pint. (Higher-octane drafts, such as Epic's 10-percent Hop Syndrome, are on the separate "Very Special Drafts" list and come in eight-ounce glasses.)

Keep an eye out for Tuskie's regular beer dinners and special meals. But fair warning: These events are hugely popular.

-- Fritz Hahn (Dec. 2, 2011)