The More Things Change…
- Pastry chef and co-owner Kate Jansen has always had a local following, and now fans can pick up packaged cookies, cupcakes and tarts as well as preordered cakes.
- The restaurant’s flatbreads are a signature item, and for good reason.
- The barbecue chicken flatbread—a huge rectangle of crispy crust topped with house-made barbecue sauce, chicken, cheeses and pickled red onion -- is an elegant version of a bar staple.
Good to Know
- Reservations are recommended for the main dining room, but a more casual bistro called Nosh, a Willowesque spot [they call it “Nosh, a Willowesque Bistro,” so that’s not my wording; changing it isn’t wrong, just thought you would want to know], is a good option for walk-ins.
- The menu offers finger foods, small plates and entrees.
- Happy hour runs from 5 to 7pm on weekdays, when wines and premium bottled beers run $5 each.
- A parking garage on North Taylor Street allows Willow guests to park there and costs $2.50 with validation, and the restaurant is less than two blocks from the Ballston Metro.
- The restaurant offers two semi-private rooms that accommodate 10 people in each and one private room that seats up to 50, as well as more than a dozen patio seats in warm weather.
·Barbecue chicken flatbread
·Lamb shank and sausage
·Flounder with squash ravioli
·Cake of the day, such as the lemon-raspberry cake
·The beer list is every bit as enticing as the wine, with no less than 30 varieties that include Belgian, German and French brews, as well as local microbrews and even a gluten-free beer.
·Ask the sommelier what he’s drinking, and he’ll steer you toward little-known Spanish wines – a white called Macabeo and a red Monastrell blend, both available by the glass.
·Even the cocktails get in on the “local” act: That toddy uses local rye whiskey from Loudoun County’s Catoctin Creek Distilling Co.
A reservation will now earn you: 200 Reward pts.
For every reservation that you make and honor (you actually show up at the restaurant and have a meal) on CityEats.com, you will earn 200 CityEats Rewards points. If you then write a review of your dining experience, you will earn an additional 200 points. Once you have collected 2,500 points, you can redeem them for either a $25 gift certificate or a charitable donation in the amount of $25.