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George's Food & Spirits

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103 E Piccadilly St, Winchester, VA - Map

(540) 678-4700American

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On Sunday, April 12, 2015, my daughter and I had lunch at George’s Food & Spirits, 103 East Piccadilly Street, in downtown Winchester, Virginia. This restaurant is in the lower level of the George Washington Hotel at the corner of Piccadilly and Cameron Streets, and opened on February 13. George’s is open daily for food from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM, and for spirits from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Carryout service will be available in the next month or so, and the phone number is (540) 678-4700. The Web site is at www.georgesfoodandspirits.com and includes links to the place’s menus and history. The outdoor entrance is from Cameron Street, and has half a dozen steps down onto a sunken patio with two rows of outdoor tables. A heated vestibule opens into a divided room with two round tables on your right. To the left are tables along the entrance wall, an imitation fireplace in the left wall, and additional tables. A Fort Loudoun Room on the left in the back with several tables affords private dining behind a pair of doors. The divider has booths on the inner side, and opposite it in the back a small alcove has a settee and a table. The bar area is toward the back against the right wall, in an area a step below the dining space. The L-shaped bar has a dozen chairs and a pair of TV screens behind it on a brick wall. There’s also a high-rise table next to the window. The back wall of the room has a door to the hotel’s elevator hall and stairway from the lobby for interior access to George’s. The restrooms are also located in this hall. The leather-bound lunch and dinner menu has four pages, with the following categories: Starters, Homemade Soups, Flatbreads, Entrée Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Entrées, Pastas, Chef Specials, Sides, and Desserts. All Sandwiches are served with Fries or a Side Salad, and all Burgers are one-half pound. For parties of six or more, a 20% gratuity will be added. There is also a Breakfast Menu which we did not see because of the hour. Our server was a young woman named Shannon. My daughter ordered French Onion Soup made with Vidalia Onions, topped with Crostinis and Gruyere Cheese. She also had a Gouda BLT with Smoked Gouda, Jack Cheese, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Mixed Greens and Fresh Sliced Tomato on toasted Country White, with Fries. Her beverage was iced tea. I chose the Pork Sirloin Sandwich with Shaved Pork Sirloin, Spicy Mustard, Cherry Chutney, and Crispy Onions on a Challah Bun, with the Side Salad. My beverage was hot chocolate. The sandwich was very good, but so loaded with sliced pork that I took half of it home. The salad was so-so, and I wished that I had opted for the fries, which my daughter said were very good. Once upon a time this space was the home of Winchester’s Howard Johnson. When the hotel was refurbished in recent years it became an upscale restaurant called The Dancing Goat, which was not a success and closed in January of this year. It was rebranded as George’s Food & Spirits to achieve a new image as a place with a tavern feel, a more cozy and warm atmosphere, and less expensive appetizers and sandwiches. However, $3.00 for a glass of iced tea seems a bit high. Another visit may be necessary before deciding if George’s is to be on my keeper list.

Perry Crabill