The new Hail and Hog Restaurant, located right in the center of One Loudoun, is providing a whole new venue for local residents to bring in the coming football season. Situated just two miles away from the Redskins training facility, Hail and Hog is the first dedicated Redskins restaurant in the area.
This is not a unique endeavor for the owners, however. Great Grille Group, also known as G3 Restaurants, owns several other football-themed eateries, notably one each dedicated to the Colts and Texans, as well as the group’s original venture, Eddie George’s Grille 27. The restaurant is more than just a place to hang out and watch the game. Open 365 days a year, Hail and Hog is a place that can stand alone on its quality food and upscale but fun atmosphere.
The most noticeable way that Hail and Hog balances its sports bar and family restaurant vibe is by dividing the facility into two floors. The first floor of the restaurant features a centrally located bar, an open kitchen, and a dining area tastefully decorated in maroon and gold, with Redskins memorabilia scattered throughout. The downstairs layout is intended to provide a more family-friendly, traditional restaurant environment, with TVs for game-watching but a dedication to a more upscale, intimate feel. The upstairs space is a sports fan’s dream, featuring wall-to-wall TVs, elevated seating, and a bar open to both the inside and the outside, where a patio overlooking One Loudoun plaza provides the perfect al fresco atmosphere to drink a beer and watch the Skins.
The patio is also front row seating for many of the concerts held at the plaza during the warm summer and fall months. Another unique feature of the layout is the large garage door-style windows that can be lifted to open the restaurant to the plaza on nice days. Hail and Hog’s flexible layout creates a space capable of hosting any kind of an event, also boasting free internet and AV equipment. There are even special packages for those interested in holding a fantasy draft, with customizable dining options as well as a variety of banquet menu selections.
The menu at Hail and Hog has something for everyone. Those in search of upscale but traditional bar food will enjoy appetizers like Lobster Poutine—lobster, cheese curds, and creamy Béchamel over hand-cut fries—and Chesapeake Bay Pretzel—fresh baked pretzels, topped with blue crab, four cheeses, Chesapeake Bay spice, and served with a béchamel dipping sauce. The dynamic menu features more typical entrees, however, such as Coffee Cured Filet Mignon or Faroe Island Salmon, for those who want more substantial portions.
One point of pride is the gluten-free menu, which not only provides those in search of gluten-free food an extensive list of potential offerings, but also uses a completely “separate” kitchen. Gluten-free items are cooked on completely separate pans and in different areas to prevent cross-contamination.
For those looking for a good libation, the bar has an extensive list of specialty drinks, many with charming Redskins-themed names like the “Hail” Mary. Drinks like the signature Caipirinha and Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita demonstrate creative twists on traditional cocktails that are sure to satisfy. The restaurant also intends to have a variety of game day food and drink specials when football season starts to encourage a fun atmosphere for fans.
Hail and Hog enjoys a unique and direct partnership with the Redskins, which allows access to guest appearances from the players and cheerleaders. There is even a studio onsite designed specifically for Redskins staff to be able to broadcast television and radio programs. Members of the Redskins front office, as well as Coach Gruden, have been known to patronize the restaurant, facilitated by the proximity of the practice facilities. There will be a pep rally held at One Loudoun to kick off the beginning of the football season and get the whole family excited for the new Redskins team.
Anyone looking for a unique new place to add to their dining repertoire should consider Hail and Hog. The high quality, locally sourced food sets it apart from a typical sports bar, while still giving any football fan a place to feel at home – all in a modern yet comfortable-feeling restaurant atmosphere.
Hail & Hog Kitchen and Tap
20376 Exchange Street
Ashburn, VA 20147