If there is a word that combines stubborn and stupid, I lived it yesterday afternoon. Coming back from our trip to Waterford, I could have gone back the same way we came – 15-66-7100 - which worked out fine in avoiding the Beltway. But with visions of no stoplights, and a different route back, I decided to ignore my wife’s advice about the Beltway and take 7-28-Beltway (“It’s 2 pm honey, it won’t be bad…”)
The first is King Street café. I tell you, there’s a book out there waiting to be written about all the wonderful cafes in the region. This one would have to make it. Outdoors seating that include two rocking chairs on a side porch, great coffee (Guatemalan again!) and service, and a relaxing room with couches and friendly locals.
That’s where we met Paul Haefner, a Sports Psychology Consultant who specializes in the equestrian occupations. Super nice guy who echoed my comments about Waterford being a well-kept secret.
The second establishment is "Doner Bistro" on Harrison Ave. Our previous lunch spots were the white tablecloth cluster found in the center of town. Leesburg’s alternate spot is a short walk away at the Market Station. Across the street lies Doner Bistro. The funky German atmosphere is a welcome breathe of fresh air.
The service was slow, but a smooth Pilsner and, “The Doner,” a Turkish-German gyro with all kinds of goodness inside, soothed the hungry beast. Accenting the mood is umlauts on tap and the owner’s accent. He’s originally from Hamburg (my Mom's mother grew up there).
Anyway, we loved Leesburg this go round. Until the HOT lanes are done, just don’t use the Beltway to get there!