Last week my blog friend Debra showed me a new place over in Topping at the marina at the end of Locklies Creek Road.
(Well, the eatery may not be new, but it sure was new to me. I really don't get out much.)
It's called Merroir. And it describes itself as a tasting room even though much of the tasting goes on outdoors in an open-air area that could best be described as not at all a room.
That may well be my favorite part of this place, its lack of confining walls and boundaries.
|This poor guy had no idea I was taking his picture.|
He sure as heck has no idea his image is on the internet today either.
If it's all the same, rather than say Merroir or that tasting room on the Rappahannock River,
I'll just forever refer to it as That Wonderful Place
at the end of the road going down to the marina in Topping.
The best part of all, besides the food and wine--which are both excellent--is the ambiance.
Although there is some seating inside, most of the tables are outdoors.
No walls. No ceiling. No floor.
Just fresh air. Sky. Mother Earth.
And views to die for.
I was instantly reminded of a summer vacation I took years ago to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of my favorite places on Earth. After a very long day of hiking in the mountains without food, I enjoyed the best dinner of the trip at Dornans Chuckwagon, which was basically a simple cowboy buffet set up under a tepee, with picnic tables dotted all over several acres of lush, green grass. No walls, no fences, only the stunning mountains off in the distance and the endless sky above provided the definition of space. It is one of my all-time favorite memories.
Anyway, this is not about the Tetons.
(I know you knew that; I just had to remind myself.)
The Wonderful Place at the end of Locklies Creek Road is a great place to stare off into the distance as your blood pressure drops. And drops. And drops some more.
Debra ordered roasted oysters, shrimp & grits, which she enjoyed. I had a tomato/mozzarella/basil salad (delicious) and scallops & grits (outstanding).
I might be
Click here for an article on Merroir, my new favorite place to
Who wants to join me for a trip to
the Grand Tetons Topping?