Our last stops were actually outside of Richmond, although my final stop in this excerpt of the trip report was actually about 25 miles outside of the city. Sunday February 9
Although there were other coffee houses I wanted to check out, I had to return to Lamplighter Roasting because all the other coffee houses didn't open until 9AM.
I was on the road towards Williamsburg. Buffetbuster
had a plane to catch later that afternoon in Norfolk, so we took separate cars and met at our first stop of the day.
Pierces Pitt Bar-B-Que
My we both arrived about 10 minutes before the place opened at 10AM and we were the first cars in the parking lot. My last visit was back in 2003 and I enjoyed my experience. Will it be as good now as it was then?
We were impressed with the size of those smokers
The place opened just in time.
I ordered a large pork sandwich
And it was just as good as I remembered. Just the right combination of smoke and sauce. Although you can add additional bbq sauce if you wish. Now, if I just had that coleslaw from Allman's
on top of THIS
We also shared a side of sweet potato sticks
With a slightly crunchy exterior and
a creamy sweet potato interior....
These were my favorite sides when I previously visited, If I recall, I thought there other sides were nothing special....
Since this was the last bbq stop on the trip, I declare Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que
to be the best BBQ of the trip!
While we were at Pierce's, Williamsburger called me as she and her husband, Terry will be meeting us at our next stop....
Part of the fun of getting to our next stop was a short 15 minute car ferry ride across the James River
. The ferry was a short drive from Pierce's. As I followed Buffetbuster to the ferry entrance, the guard approached Buffetbuster and ended up searching his car for illegal contraband. You never know when Buffetbuster might be trying to sneak some pie onto the vessel...
Here we are leaving the dock Williamsburger
and her husband, Terry, met us on the boat
I managed to grab a photo of them along with Buffetbuster
It was just over a 5 minute drive to our next stop and also Buffetbuster's final stop since he had a plane to catch..
The Surrey House Restaurant
in Surry (yes different spelling)
Previously written about in several of the Stern's Roadfood books,
we were wondering if it was still good..
As we entered, we approached a pig that was happy to greet us
As we sat down, the place filled up quickly..
Fresh rolls came to the table.
I started out with some creamy peanut soup..
I enjoyed the soup, it does taste like "peanut butter bisque". Buffetbuster and I talked a few days later about the soup. He prefers the peanut soup at Southern Kitchen
in New Market, I haven't been there in 10 years but remember it being very good.
The meal comes with a salad, sorry but I did not get any photos of the salad....
Finally our meals arrived...
I ordered the Country Ham. Rugged and salty was the best way to describe this, it was good, but it was missing something, then again, come think about the Country Ham at McClean's
was also missing something....what could it be?????I know- RED EYE GRAVY!!
I'm surprised at my self for not asking if they had any. Country Ham without red eye gravy is like peanut butter without jelly! The meal comes with two sides. I chose Corn pudding which was the special of the day. I was disappointed with my corn pudding, for some reason, I was expecting a firmer consistency, but it reminded me of creamed corn. On the other hand the stewed tomatos were absolutely outstanding, the best I've ever had- Firm, rich and encased in a breading that lost it's consistency and melded into the tomatoes...
I also ended up taking a photo of someone else's meal. It could have been Terry's but I'm not 100% sure
Finally I already knew what I was going to order for dessert..
Peanut Raisin Pie.
I didn't know exactly what to expect prior to ordering, but it reminded me of pecan pie it was very sweet...Although I'm not a huge fan of pecan pie, the peanut pie wasn't bad, but I don't know if I would go out of my way to order it again...
Unfortunately Buffetbuster had to excuse himself right after lunch so that he can make his return flight home. Williamsburger, Terry and I spent a little more time at the restaurant before we said our goodbyes.
I had a few hours left in the afternoon to some exploring. Part of our lunch conversation was whether or not I was going to do Jamestown, Yorktown or a Plantation tour. After taking the ferry back to the other side of the James, I didn't think I would have enough time to thoroughtly explore Jamestown...so I headed back towards Richmond and took a tour of the Shirley Planation in
The Shirley Plantation is the oldest active plantation in Virginia and apparently the oldest family business in the US dating back to the 1600's!
The house tour was by appointment, so as I was waiting for the next tour I explored the grounds...
There was a sign noting that this tree is several hundred years old
This the James River
This is the plantation garden....
The plantation house tour itself was guided and very informative, apparently there are family members of the original owners that still live on the top floors of the house. Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed..
After I left the plantation, I ended up taking the scenic route (Route 5) back to Richmond...
My final meal stop of the day was at
in Goochland County about 30 miles west of Richmond A "family style" restaurant in an old renovated house built back in the 1920's or 30's....
I thought that the name of the restaurant said it all.....I thought the meal (which is served family style) was very ordinary, In fact it reminded me alot of another ordinary restaurant I went to a few months earlier- Mrs. Wilkes
The meal began with Biscuits and Cornbread
some decent mashed potatos (which also came with a side gravy)
Some surprisingly good black eyed peas..
Stewed Tomatos which paled in comparison to the stewed tomatos I had at lunch..
An automatic course of fried chicken...
and a second course from a selection of your choosing...
In my case it was North Carolina Q. In fact that waitress specifically had to let me know that it was North Carolina style as if she were trying to warn me of something...
And for dessert I had the Apple Cobbler A' La Mode
Which actually wasn't all that bad...
The whole meal was $25 which included automatic tax and gratuity- apparently this was the mother's day special..
Again, this wasn't a terrible meal, there was just nothing memorable about it other than the nice old fashioned converted house atmosphere....
Afterwards I headed back to my hotel for the evening...
I'll complete the final installment before the end of the week...