Pa­trick O’Con­nell ‘No. 1’

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The head­line in yes­ter­day’s [Oct. 11] Washington Post speaks for it­self: “Tom Si­et­sema’s Top 10 Restau­rants: Inn at Lit­tle Washington is No. 1.”

The stel­lar re­view is part of the lead­ing news­pa­per’s 2017 Fall Din­ing Guide Top 10 restau­rants.

“Stop me if you’ve heard this be­fore,” the in­flu­en­tial restau­rant critic writes, “but there’s a place 90 min­utes or so from ‘The Swamp’ that started out as a gas sta­tion and mor­phed into a din­ing at­trac­tion whose chef has been hailed as the pope of Amer­i­can cui­sine. Yes­ter­day’s food news? Hardly.

“If any­thing, the sump­tu­ous Inn at Lit­tle Washington by chef/au­thor/ en­ter­tainer Pa­trick O’Con­nell ex­cels at ex­ceed­ing guests’ ex­pec­ta­tions from year to year,” Si­et­sema con­tin­ues, and “stay­ing overnight re­veals the Inn to be just as adept at lodg­ing as at feed­ing guests.”

And then this tremen­dous crown­ing:

“Did I men­tion the Inn is poised to turn 40 next year? Do you know of any other din­ing des­ti­na­tion in the world that old, that de­li­cious, that fun and that life-af­firm­ing? I didn’t think so. A round of ap­plause, then, for the great­est show­man of them all. You’re No. 1, Mr. O’Con­nell.”

COUR­TESY PHO­TOS

AT THE THEATRE

Bill Har­ris re­turns to the Lit­tle Washington Theatre with a tribute to Cole Porter.

AT CASTLETON Ge­or­gian con­cert pi­anist Mariam Bat­sashvili ap­pears this Sun­day at Castleton.

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