Just look at this old house. Don't you want to eat in this old house? Have you ever watched an episode of This Old House, and been like "this is fine, but I'd rather be eating in some other, even more adorable old house"? If you answered "yes" to any of these -- even the first one, which isn't a question -- head out to Del Ray Cafe immediately
Just now softly opened, the farmhouse Cafe makes up for what it lacks in not-actually-being-oldness with its extreme quaintness: the country bistro has a wraparound porch, three dinning rooms full of recycled wood (their green sensibility even extends to barrels for collecting rain water), and sliding barn doors, just in case you're worried about people seeing your private parties. The kitchen Frenchifies local, natural & organic foods, with entrees including roasted maple duck w/ honey rosemary sauce, Warrenton rabbit loin wrapped in smoked bacon & truffle pasta, and Maryland fluke on a bed of baby leeks, which anyone who lets an infant sleep on their bed can tell you is a big problem. Brunch, meanwhile, runs from smoked salmon eggs benedict, to croque monsieur w/ rotisserie ham & bechamel sauce, to crepes served w/ orange marmalade & "slightly warm fruit" -- slightly yum
And should you find yourself there for lunch, grab one of the few tables out on the porch and dive into 2lbs of PEI mussels meunière with French fries -- take 'em all down, and you'll become a house yourself.