Re:Weekend in Virginia
Mon, 02/28/11 2:05 PM
Our original plan was to eat light at Ruby & Ketchy's, since we still had two more food stops to go. As you can see, that didn't work out too well. After Roadfood and Hollyeats, my favorite website for finding local restaurants is choppedonion. This site is especially strong in Virginia and North Carolina and is where I read about Snow White Grill in Winchester, VA. Apparently, this used to be a small chain in the area, starting in Frederick, MD and eventually including Hagerstown, MD, Martinsville, WV and Winchester. This one, opened in 1949, is actually the only one left. We had to keep an eye on the time, since they close at 5:00pm on weeknights, but we made it with plenty of time to spare. Snow White Grill is located on a pedestrian mall in the downtown area. The restaurant is neatly wedged between taller buildings. They do have a take-out window and some tables and chairs outside, but since it had been raining and was fairly cold out, there was hardly anyone else in the area. The specialty of the house is the mini-hamburger, a.k.a. the slider, which cost only $1.45 each. The woman who took our order was a little cranky, since we had interrupted her smoke break when we walked in. She seemed annoyed we only ordered five, but we did bump it up to six once she told us just how small they were. She put the patties on the small grill and then topped them with onions. After a short amount of time, she covered them with wax paper, which I assume was done to keep the moisture in. That lasted only a few minutes until the wax paper was replaced by the top half of the buns. Soon, we had a basket full of sliders in front of us. Even for sliders, these are really small, as this photo of holding one demonstrates. We are talking three bites max here. The buns seemed to be pleasantly steamed and what is not to like about fried meat and onions? I do wish the cheese had been a little more melted. These sliders were fine, but not in the same class as places like Crabill's, Powers Hamburgers or Cozy Inn. A real disappointment was the cole slaw. Both of us took one bite and pushed it away. But, they more than made up for it with the thin, but very flavorful black raspberry shake. That silver beaker held 2 1/2 glasses worth of dairy goodness! The inside of Snow White Grill is worth the stop alone. There are only 11 seats, all at the counter. There used to be 12, but a guy who came out the back to chat with us, told us they removed one to make room for the register. They have a board in the back where they keep track of the one-sitting records. Considering how old this place is, I was shocked to see such small totals. But, I was told that they were always being asked what the record was, although they had never kept track. So, they just started to in the last month or so. Another thing I liked about this place was this interesting sign. Finally, the best thing about Snow White Grill is the connection to Patsy Cline, who grew up in Winchester. In fact, they have a photo of Patsy, sitting at the counter (seated, 2nd from the right), enjoying her sliders. I was even told the story that after she won a local talent contest, the owner of Snow White Grill paid for her bus ticket to Nashville, which is very cool if it is true. Oh, and more cool thing about this place. If you can't get here during the day, they reopen on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:00PM and then close again at 2:30AM. The man we talked to here said that they do great business that late. Something tells me that the day time crowd and night time crowd are quite different! Snow White Grill 159 N. Loudoun Street Winchester, VA 540-662-5955
Much more to come.....
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