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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 10:42:15 (permalink)
I lived in Virginia for 36 wonderful years. 
 
Thanks for bring back some fine culinary memories.  That pulled pork above almost had me sticking a fork into my display!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 13:03:25 (permalink)
Great stuff...the bark on the pork looked great, but the crab stuffed flounder is what foodie dreams are made of...thanks for taking the time to share with us.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 08:59:19 (permalink)
Ed,
 
The Peanut soup had a very pronounced nutty flavor. From my experience with peanut soup some have a more oniony flavor (Southern Kitchen) and some are sweeter, the soup at the Kings Arm Tavern was definitely sweeter.
 
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I loved visiting Virginia so much, that I'm headed back next weekend. Got a great deal on Southwest Airlines "ding" fare
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 09:55:13 (permalink)
Dale - I'm glad you got to enjoy the peanut soup. The taverns in Williamsburg are always a highlight when we are up that way. (And always a dessert at the Trellis).
 
"Flounder" came up at dinner with Buddy Roadhouse on Friday. We couldn't recall ever having it in the Midwest. Is flounder common on east coast menus?
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 10:41:50 (permalink)
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Flounder used to be quite common for east coast fish fries. HoJo's used it for their AYCE Wed Nite Fish Fry dinner back in the 60's when I was working at one of their stores in Mass. Since then other species have taken the lead in 'mass-production'.  
    Stuffed Flounder is still a standard menu item at most good seafood resturants, but you don't see fried filets as much any more.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 13:38:18 (permalink)
WOW!  Really.. WOW!!!
 
Dale, your choices of dishes at every place would have been mine as well... but I didn't see what else was offered.   I really can't say I'd sway away from your orders.  Your pictures are as good as ever!
 
I was swooning over the pulled and chopped pork until I saw the crab topped flounder.  Oh My that looks good.  I'd also have to have those sweet potato sticks. Didn't want to leave them out as they look amazing.

Peanut Soup is something I've always wanted to try.  Definitely can't find it on the West Coast.
 
Jealousy, Envy... it's all in action!
 
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 09:59:05 (permalink)
Wow!  Great report!  Definitely a few familiar places there.  I've been to kings BBQ a few times,  but I've never had the sweet potato sticks. They loook great.  I'll have to try them next time I'm down that way.  I spent 4 years in Willamsburg as a perpetually broke college student in the mid-80s, so had only been to Kings Arms Tavern a couple times while there. ... And of course, the peanut soup was the thing to get.  Delicious! 
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 11:47:02 (permalink)
Indeed, when visiting the taverns of Colonial Williamsburg make sure you wallet is fat.
 
In the '70's I went to Christina Campbell's and was surprised that the bill for two with just beer was > $100.  In those pre-ATM days I was further surprised that they then did not take plastic.  No problem, a few weeks later they just sent a bill to my home in Staunton, VA.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 16:49:28 (permalink)
Jim, 
 
Al is correct, I can find flounder just about any place in the North East. I guess it's commonplace down south too. I remember many of the diner menus on Long Island would offer stuffed flounder and roadfood reviewed Champlins offers a fine rendition
 
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Unfortunately peanut soup is becoming a rarity. When I did my research prior to this trip, I didn't realize that so few restaurants serve it. Unfortunately like Jewish Deli and other items  I think we'll have to add peanut soup to that list of regional specialties that are disappearing
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 17:29:20 (permalink)
I Two weeks ago , I had the peanut soup at the Hotel Roanoke in the Regency Room. It was excellent.  This was in Roanoke, Va.
 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:09:36 (permalink)
Continuing on to Smithfield to finish lunch.
 
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I stopped at highlight #2 (my second favorite roadfood stop on the trip)  a wonderfully charming cafe called
 
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The Smithfield Bakery and Cafe  
 
Having perused the menu before arriving, I already knew what I wanted.  Imagine to my dismay when I was told that the CBLT was not on the Sunday brunch menu. However the waitress checked and I was told they could prepare one.After I ordered, I noticed the soup special was Brunswick Strew.
 
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How could I pass that up. I tracked down the waitress and ordered a cup. It was a respectable stew loaded with shreds of pork. However the piece de resistance was this amazing CBLT. Basically a BLT layered with country ham, crabcake, swiss cheese  and topped with  green tomato remoulade on choice of bakery fresh bread, in my case, seven grain..
 
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This combination was just oh so good yet oh so bad.  The meal came with choice of side. I got a salad (no photos of the salad). I was quite the happy guy after lunch...
Afterwards I walked around main street  passing some old friends and interesting landmarks.
 
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 I walked into the famous Smithfield Ham Shop. A shop with an incredible hodge podge of local Virginia Specialties including hams, peanuts, soups and spices. I asked if they had any peanut soup, unfortunately thats the one thing they did not have.
 
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I ended up at the Isle of Wright Museum.
 
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Although the museum had some interesting confederate and civil war artifacts,
 
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it primarily focused on ham and ham production.
 
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You can even sniff your way through the museum
 
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and there was even a reproduction of a general store.
 
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I wonder what buffetbuster would think of this pie?
 
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This was quite an interesting and unique museum and you can imagine what my friends and workers were wondering when they asked where I went in Virginia and I told them I went to the "Ham" museum..I had one more  historical stop to make before returning to Richmond...
 
more to come...
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/05 20:18:17
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:18:15 (permalink)
I'm waiting ... .
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:19:15 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I'm waiting ... .

 
I'll finish Sunday, later on this evening....
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:25:42 (permalink)
Leaving for Pittsburgh in the morning, but I'll be here later tonight. By the way, we're going to PNC Park Wednesday. Perhaps you've heard of the place.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:39:16 (permalink)
The CBLT just pushed me over the edge......what an AWESOME combination!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:04:21 (permalink)
I would also enjoy the CBLT...perhaps even two!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:07:57 (permalink)
lleechef and I would split one. I need to save room for my pastrami at Primanti's tomorrow.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:15:05 (permalink)
wanderingjew



Is there nothing that ham can't make better?
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:17:50 (permalink)
Ham mold is not really appealing to me!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:23:13 (permalink)
The CBLT!!!  I didn't think it could get any better than the stuffed flounder......but now I want to go to Smithfield!
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:27:34 (permalink)
Just outside of Smithfield, I found myself at Fort Boykin
 
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Apparently the fort was instrumental  back in  colonial days, during the revolutionary war and even during the War of 1812. The confederates also used the fort during the civil war too
 
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There are some interesting artifacts including this old well which was built before 1860
 
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this gazebo
 
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and I have no idea what this is- looks like remnants of a barn of some type
 
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Fort Boykin is on a bluff that overlooks the James River
 
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There is an accessway to the beach front too
 
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It was now time to return to Richmond. I checked into my hotel, the Double Tree downtown and was getting hungry as it was now time for dinner. Unfortunately, this was also the time of day that I would see a break in the clouds and some sun, although even that was short lived.
 
I drove to suburban Midlothian to
 
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Q Barbeque
 
This place has received accolades and awards all over the interet and I wanted to see if the place stood up to their reputation...
 
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Unfortunately there wasn't much originality to the interior of the place. You place your order at the counter and then are given a number and then the server arrives with your meal
 
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I went with the pulled pork and ribs combo. The bbq comes unsauced but there are three sauces to chose from. The pulled pork was nicely smoked, the ribs were tender, not falling off the bone tender which is never a good thing with just a  hint of smoke. For my sides, the slaw wasn't anything memorable but the corn pudding....wait a minute.... was that really corn pudding? It tasted more like spoon bread to me. In fact it had to be spoon bread. Is there a difference between corn pudding and spoon bread? I thought there was.... Anyway, it was the best I had yet. I give Q BBQ a thumbs up. Better than Kings.. but still not mind blowing.... So where is the best Q in Richmond??
 
At this point I returned to my hotel and the rain returned too. I guess there won't be a downtown stroll this evening... 
 
More to come tomorrow.
 
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/06 19:32:36
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:56:19 (permalink)
Totally love the smoking pig logo.
 
Are limeades still popular in Virginia?  Back in 1961 when I spent a month or more in Richmond and Hopewell limeades were popular everywhere as was air conditioning.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 09:32:40 (permalink)
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Are limeades still popular in Virginia? 

 
 
Mar52 - 
 
Lime-ades are still popular in pockets of the state.  A particularly good one is served at the Hogshead Cafe in the west end of Richmond.  http://www.thehogsheadcafe.com/

 
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post edited by Glenn1234 - 2014/05/06 09:36:41
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 10:40:35 (permalink)
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I'm glad that Glen1234 answered your question. I know that Signman used to tout Bill's BBQ too for limeades but I'm not sure if they're still in business.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 15:19:00 (permalink)
Thanks, Glen and Dale. 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 15:37:56 (permalink)
Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 17:00:29 (permalink)
Great descriptions and great photos
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 18:37:26 (permalink)
Oh yes--country ham and crab is a wonderful combination!  I first had it on the Eastern Shore--Fenwick Island, DE.  Delicious!
 
Those sweet potato sticks sure looked fabulous.
 
And lightness in a biscuit--sweet potato or otherwise--is a good thing! Those looked excellent. 
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 19:45:23 (permalink)
Country ham, crab, and butter lightly sautéed together. Very much a Delmarva thing to do and great favorite among my friends
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Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 19:55:04 (permalink)
Monday March 31a
 
I finally woke up to a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky. Dry with temps expected to reach the lower 70's.
 
Breakfast in Richmond means
 
 
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Mclean's Restaurant
 
home of the biggest breakfast in town
 
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since my last visit in 2010 they moved a mile towards downtown into new digs. 
 
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the new place is certainly more spacious but has almost a warehouse hipsterish feel compared to the folksy feel of the old place
 
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Well the good thing is they still have the hot waitresses that buffetbuster mentioned in my "Double Damage in the Old Dominion" trip report
 
and the even better thing is the food is just as good as I remembered
 
I went with some salty country ham and buttery grits
 
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and some dense leaden warm biscuits (the kind that I love)and eye twitching red eye gravy to go along with it
 
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Afterwards I headed into the Fan District neighborhood to return to Lamplighter Coffee. I first visited back in 2010 shortly after they opened and wasn't overly impressed- wow- what an improvement!  They have also since opened a second location which also serves as their roasterie.
 
After coffee I headed east towards plantation country and on to
 
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The Berkely Plantation which served as home to our 9th president, William Henry Harrison's  father and grandfather. In fact his father was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
 
Unfortunately no photos were allowed in the interior
 
However the outside had a lovely garden and gazebo
 
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and also the family plot
 
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and overlooks the James River
 
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Some interesting bits of trivia are that the first thanksgiving was held on this site
 
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and "Taps" was written here
 
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There was obviously alot of history that the Berkely Plantation had to offer...
 
After my morning on the plantation my plan was to head south for lunch....
 
more to come...
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