In first-ever online poll at RappNews.com over the past week — a highly unscientific, hardly conclusive experiment — 55 respondents might have confirmed something everybody around here already suspected:
Rappahannock County’s most well-known restaurants are not meant for everyday use.
Thus the Inn at Little Washington — counted for most of its 30 years among the best restaurants in the U.S. and tended in a consistently hands-on way by one of the world’s best-known chefs — tied for dead-last in our poll, which asked: Which Rappahannock County restaurant do you frequent most often?
And similarly the Blue Rock Inn — whose inn, restaurant and pub were completely renovated last year and we hear have successfully been drawing diners from near and far, thanks in part to consulting chef Gerard Pangaud’s influence — tied with the Inn at Little Washington. Both had zero votes, in other words.
Even Lombardy’s, the family-run Amissville restaurant that burned down last year, came in ahead of them, with a single write-in vote — obviously cast in remembrance.
On the positive side, Washington’s homegrown Country Cafe topped the list with 12 votes, followed closely by Sperryville’s Thornton River Grille (which started opening for breakfast this winter) with 10 votes apiece.
A Sperryville-based tie followed between Rudy’s Pizza and Burgers N’ Things with eight votes each (one of the Burgers N’ Things votes was entered as a write-in before we finished adding restaurants to the list of choices), and seven votes apiece for Flint HIll neighbors Griffin Tavern and 24 Crows. High on the Hog BBQ in Sperryville got two votes.