Hot!Hamming it up in Virginia

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wanderingjew
Sirloin
2014/04/30 21:00:08
**************UPDATED MAY 27****************
 
 
Better late than never....Before DC and before Cincinnati there was trip 1 of 3. That's right this was the first of 3 consecutive trips in a row that each time took me back home and back to work. It was  quite the surreal experience that began back on Saturday March 29  and ended on Tuesday April 15....
 
Saturday, March 29
 
Sandra had her kids this weekend, so she came over Friday evening and we had breakfast at Jigger's Diner. Afterwards she dropped me off at TF Green Airport.
Weather was not my friend on this trip......Delays began as soon as we tried to land in Philly due to rain and air traffic. Typical  Philly airport delays had us circling around before finally landing. Of course my flight to Richmond on a 35 seater prop lane was also delayed. I was extra nervous, this was my first time on a prop lane (Philly to Richmond) and I didn' t know what to expect. I'll admit the flight was somewhat unnerving and it brought back memories of my first flight ever at the age of 19 to Albuquerque in 1985 as well as my first flight on a small (50 seater)plane to Cleveland back in 2005 at the age of 40. Well we landed uneventfully about 35 minutes late. After getting the rental,  I drove just under a half hour to my first stop
 
King's Restaurant
 
in Petersburg
 
I was so hungry having had breakfast much earlier in the day that I completely forgot to take photos of the exterior and signage...
 
My meal began with warm biscuits and hushpuppiesl
 
IMG_3676 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 both were a pleasant surprise, but I particularly enjoyed the hushpuppies which were slightly sweet and oniony.
 
I perused the menu and couldn't decide if I wanted pulled or minced pork. or "half and half" I asked the waitress for suggestions. She recommended the half and half, which is pulled pork half  exterior (brown) and half interior (white)
 
IMG_3681 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I knew what I was getting was fresh and I could see and hear  it being hand chopped. I ordered slaw and sweet potato sticks as my sides. I was impressed with the taste and texture of the q, but was hoping for a more smokey flavor. The slaw was fine and the sweet potato sticks were sprinked with a just a little cinnamon sugar and were quite good. 
 
IMG_3682 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The q comes unsauced, but there is a squirt bottle of a vinegary mustard sauce, very reminiscent of the sauce  used at Luling City Market in Houston (not City Market in Luling)
 
IMG_3685 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_3684 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Overall, Kings Restaurant was much better than I was anticipating and I would return if in the area of Petersburg,  but I'm still searching for that solid "go to" Richmond bbq joint..
 
Much more to come..
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/05/28 18:14:55
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/04/30 21:23:52
The food looks great, especially the sweet potato sticks.  I love prop planes!  Often than not it's the only way to travel in AK.....they're more fun than jets!
ChiBears15
Hamburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/04/30 21:26:56
Dale,
Awesome start!  Was the portion size at Kings generous?  From the pictures you took it looks like a lot of delicious food on the plate. 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 03:33:16
Dale,
It does look great! I think half and half is the way to go too!
 
I first flew on one of the DASH-8's from Philadelphia to Binghampton NY. I was fine until I "did the math" and figured my seat was less than 3 feet from the end of the spinning prop blade. Yikes!" />
 
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 08:11:09
Danny
 
The portions were quite generous. Much to the dismay of Chi Town Diner and Buffetbuster, I was unable finish everything on my plate and did not order dessert.In fact there will be no dessert on this entire weekend trip.
 
The portions at my next stop will be just as generous...
 
Ed

Realizing that I was sitting relatively close to the front of the plane, I was afraid to look back and observe how close I was sitting to the back of the plane. I'm now used to small 50 seater jets, compared to my first experience nearly 10 years ago, however  If I could avoid the Dash -8 experience again I would.... So Lisa, theyr'e all yours- enjoy!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 08:14:54
Looking good...looking for more!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 09:30:31
Nice photos WJ.  Those sweet potato sticks look like a winner!
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 10:02:39
I like the color of the sauce...did it have any pepper bite or was it mostly mustard?
TnTinCT
Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 11:44:13
I'm with you WJ - not a big fan of the little planes - too noisy, and too bumpy. I flew to Canada last year on a 12(?) seater - so small there was no bathroom aboard.
That pork looks great, and double starch - hush puppies AND biscuits?! Yum!
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 13:35:08
Beautiful food shots.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 14:06:55
buffetbuster,
 
I think I actually enjoyed the sweet potato sticks at Kings than those at Pierce's and that's saying quite a bit
 
SC
 
if there was a peppery flavor in the sauce it was very very subtle, I really didn't pick up on it. Picture eastern north carolina Q meets central south carolina Q....
 
More tonight as things start to get "fishy"
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 14:46:02
Terrific report, Dale. You haven't lost your touch. Keep it coming! I think I'd find a small plane nerve wracking. In fact, I haven't had an opportunity to be in the air since 1984. The banter about flights reminds me of a talk with my brother. When he was an adolescent, he was on a motorcycle craze. Cycle Magazines all over the place.  I recently asked him what happened to that hobby. He said it all ended when he actually got a ride on one. He was terrified!" /> Don't know if it was ahelluva trip or what. But he lost all interest after that. Poor kid... He's fifty five now.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 19:25:39
Thanks, mlm- I appreciate it !
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 19:35:53
I'll fly in those little planes anytime. Commercial jets? Not ever again.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 20:10:57
After lunch, I drove east, luckily avoiding the interstate for the most part and enjoying scenic rural rural Virginia and the heart of peanut country. It was raining on and off during my drive, but at least temps were in the 60's. Back home it was struggling just to get into the 40's. 
 
I ended up crossing the Chesapeake Bridge for the first time. Mostly bridge, part tunnel. I counted at least 15 miles that I was above water. I was now on the Eastern Shore and ended up at my dinner destination
 
IMG_3687 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Sting Rays Restaurant
 
in Cape Charles
 
Part restaurant/part convienence store. Not just any convenience store though, offering lots of Virginia souvenirs and gifts including peanuts of course.
 
Inside the restaurant you order at the counter and are given a number. Afterwards you sit down at a table in one of two adjoining rooms and await your meal. 
 
IMG_3692 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I could not pass up the rich and creamy crab imperial served over flounder...
My meal came with two sides as well as warm cornbread
 
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IMG_3695 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_3696 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
The cabbage was velvety soft and limp and the corn pudding had the consistency and flavor of warm custard pudding.... it certainly wasn't what I expected to be delivered to me...

This meal was the official first highlight of the trip...(and of the year)
 
Stingrays was certainly a favorite and I hope to return again (in fact I will)
 
After dinner I checked into my hotel, right in Cape Charles. It appeared to be off season and the adjoining  Sunset Grill was still closed for the season. and I felt like I was the only person there.... it had stopped raining by that point and the hotel clerk told me that the ocean was just a few hundred yards away across a path behind the hotel. After settling in, I walked the beach....Other than the light from the Sunset Grill , the rest of the beach was pitch black. Unsettling some might say, but calm and soothing to me . Since the bogeyman did not find me, I returned to my room and called it a night...
 
much more to come..
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 20:35:50
C'mon. Don't make me wait. This is good stuff -- as usual.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 20:40:10
wj
The crab Imperial over flounder looks spectacular........I made it often when I lived in NE. 
About the beach........I would get home from the restaurant, throw on the bathing suit, run across the street and jump into the ocean........around 1AM.  The Bogeyman never got me either.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 04:11:09
Michael Hoffman

I'll fly in those little planes anytime. Commercial jets? Not ever again.

I always worry with those little planes that they'll break the rubber band when they're winding the prop.
 

ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 08:13:26
wanderingjew

I could not pass up the rich and creamy crab imperial served over flounder...
Yeah, I think I'd have that same "problem".
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 08:25:55
WJ - The sweet potato look really good and what a great looking crust...but the Crab Imperial over Flounder with Corn Pudding....my favorite!
 
I will not comment on the no desserts for an entire trip....I will not comment on the no desserts for an entire trip....
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 10:21:23
WJ-
I certainly understand why you didn't get dessert at Sting Ray's, but for others, the sweet potato pie topped with damson plum preserves is the best I have had.
 
That crab imperial looks outstanding!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 10:43:53
EdSails

Michael Hoffman

I'll fly in those little planes anytime. Commercial jets? Not ever again.

I always worry with those little planes that they'll break the rubber band when they're winding the prop.



If I can land it then I'll fly in it. I can't land a commercial airliner.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 12:24:42
90% of the USscareways flights to and from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre are on Dash(Hound)88's......not nice!  I'm hoping the merger with American gives us some regional jets.
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 14:29:18
Great trip report so far
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 14:45:42
EdSails

Michael Hoffman

I'll fly in those little planes anytime. Commercial jets? Not ever again.

I always worry with those little planes that they'll break the rubber band when they're winding the prop.



That is too hilarious 
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 14:49:39
Michael Hoffman

EdSails

Michael Hoffman

I'll fly in those little planes anytime. Commercial jets? Not ever again.

I always worry with those little planes that they'll break the rubber band when they're winding the prop.



If I can land it then I'll fly in it. I can't land a commercial airliner.

Yeah, I know, suicide seat. All I can say is that my right foot gets a lot of exercise when I'm riding in somebody's car." />
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 16:12:10
There will be more this evening before I take my weekend break in Connecticut
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 19:33:24
Sunday March 30
 
I woke up to more of the same. That's more on and off rain. Except today it was chillier than it was the day before. I almost thought I was back in Rhode Island.

I started out my day with a return to 
 
Sting Rays
 
IMG_3699 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Not quite the hustle and bustle of Saturday evening. I think there was one or two other customers who were there. Like the day before,  already knew what I wanted.
 
IMG_3703 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Light and airy warm sweet Potato biscuits with thin slices of salty country ham.  The biscuit itself had a subtle sweetness that seemed to clash with the country ham. For some reason I thought the biscuits would be larger and denser, but then again for around a buck fifty a pop, why should I complain?
 
IMG_3701 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I also got some buttery grits to enjoy on the side...
 
breakfast wasn't quite the hit that dinner was the night before but then again how many meals can be?
 
After breakfast, I headed into the heart of town to the Cape Charles Coffee House.
When I arrived there were employees waiting outside for the owner to show and let them in. Shortly after I got there, the owners arrived.  As it turns out the owner is orignally from Yonkers by way of California.  So we got to talking about NY. Other than that the coffee was adequate.

I walked up the Main Street and walked towards the beach for another stroll.
 
IMG_3706 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_3704 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
As you can see it was a gloomy day...
 
It would have been nice to explore more of the eastern shore, but I had a whole day ahead of me planned, back on the mainland..
 
I took the Bay Bridge back to the Mainland and headed to Williamsburg.. Unfortunately there would be no sightseeing in Williamsburg on this trip (see my trip report from 2003 for that) however I was on a mission.
 
IMG_3718 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
at the Kings Arm Tavern
 
I've never been to the taverns before, and honestly  after looking at the menus the meals appear to be awfully expensive.
 
IMG_3716 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Inside, you will observe the waitstaff in period dress..
I wasn't planning on lunch here, at least not an entire meal. I was here for one thing and one thing only...
 
IMG_3712 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Peanut Soup. A thick bisque, more sweet than oniony. I thought it was similar to the peanut soup at the Surrey House I enjoyed 4 years earlier...Yes, greymo was right- it was good! I also enjoyed a local craft beer - St George's Nut Brown Ale out of Hampton.
 
After soup it was off to Smithfield...
 
more to come....
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 08:00:06
BUMP!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 09:33:43
Ouch! You bumped me!
 
That peanut bisque does certainly sound intriguing. What was it like flavor wise?More of a really pea nutty flavor or more on the subtle side?
 
When I was in VA, I never went south of Fredericksburg. I really wanted to go to richmond. You've "bumped me into wanting to go now, between the taverns, those sweet potato biscuits (never had them but just can't get that out of my head since those are two of my favorite things combined into one) and the historical tours with costumes, I think it would be great!
 
 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 10:42:15
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!
ChicagoIrish
Hamburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 13:03:25
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.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 08:59:19
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.
 
Chicago Irish and Metroplex Jim
 
I loved visiting Virginia so much, that I'm headed back next weekend. Got a great deal on Southwest Airlines "ding" fare
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 09:55:13
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?
 
Jim
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 10:41:50
Jim
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/04 13:38:18
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!
 
 
Glenn1234
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 09:59:05
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! 
 
Glenn
 
 
post edited by Glenn1234 - 2014/05/05 10:06:27
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 11:47:02
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.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 16:49:28
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
 
Mar
 
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
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 17:29:20
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.
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:09:36
Continuing on to Smithfield to finish lunch.
 
IMG_3733 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
I stopped at highlight #2 (my second favorite roadfood stop on the trip)  a wonderfully charming cafe called
 
IMG_3720 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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.
 
IMG_3721 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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..
 
IMG_3727 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
IMG_3724 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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.
 
IMG_3730 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
IMG_3731 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_3756 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
 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.
 
IMG_3734 by ohso37, on Flickr
 

I ended up at the Isle of Wright Museum.
 
IMG_3737 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Although the museum had some interesting confederate and civil war artifacts,
 
IMG_3738 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_3743 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
it primarily focused on ham and ham production.
 
IMG_3739 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_3742 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
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You can even sniff your way through the museum
 
IMG_3741 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and there was even a reproduction of a general store.
 
IMG_3749 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I wonder what buffetbuster would think of this pie?
 
IMG_3750 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
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
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:18:15
I'm waiting ... .
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:19:15
Michael Hoffman

I'm waiting ... .

 
I'll finish Sunday, later on this evening....
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:25:42
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.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 20:39:16
The CBLT just pushed me over the edge......what an AWESOME combination!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:04:21
I would also enjoy the CBLT...perhaps even two!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:07:57
lleechef and I would split one. I need to save room for my pastrami at Primanti's tomorrow.
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:15:05
wanderingjew



Is there nothing that ham can't make better?
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:17:50
Ham mold is not really appealing to me!
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:23:13
The CBLT!!!  I didn't think it could get any better than the stuffed flounder......but now I want to go to Smithfield!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:27:34
Just outside of Smithfield, I found myself at Fort Boykin
 
IMG_3757 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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
 
IMG_3760 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
There are some interesting artifacts including this old well which was built before 1860
 
IMG_3762 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
this gazebo
 
IMG_3771 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and I have no idea what this is- looks like remnants of a barn of some type
 
IMG_3770 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Fort Boykin is on a bluff that overlooks the James River
 
IMG_3765 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
There is an accessway to the beach front too
 
IMG_3778 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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
 
IMG_3784 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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...
 
IMG_3785 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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
 
IMG_3786 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/05 22:56:19
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.
Glenn1234
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 09:32:40
mar52
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/

 
Glenn
 


post edited by Glenn1234 - 2014/05/06 09:36:41
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 10:40:35
Mar
 
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 15:19:00
Thanks, Glen and Dale. 
mikeam
Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 15:37:56
Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 17:00:29
Great descriptions and great photos
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 18:37:26
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. 
Phildelmar
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 19:45:23
Country ham, crab, and butter lightly sautéed together. Very much a Delmarva thing to do and great favorite among my friends
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/06 19:55:04
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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