By Stefanie Gans and Rina Rapuano
Field & Main
Marshall | Modern American | $$$
The best part and the worst part about Field & Main is there’s only one.
The problem is Marshall and Paris and The Plains, towns ripe for welcoming diners after a day of tasting and touring Fauquier’s wine country, should have more options that match the good work coming from the land of vines. So it’s Field & Main’s win that it has a captive audience, and it’s just such a lovely time there.
Neal and Star Wavra, cheerleaders for the local food and drink scene, built a restaurant that is both neighborly and friendly, but also knows how to work a live fire and throw down an eight-course, family-style feast complete with whole fish roasted over the embers, beef tenderloin, pork belly, corn on the cob, tomato-and-peach salad and crispy potatoes—and do get a side order of bread and housemade lardo.
And, wow, the real marshmallow with a chocolate chip cookie is insane. Ask good questions about beer and maybe someone will bring up a large-format bottle of Pen Druid (an avant garde brewery in Sperryville) from the cellar that’s not even on the beer list. Because here, you’re family. // Field & Main: 8369 W. Main St., Marshall