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2014/04/30 21:00:08 (permalink)

Hamming it up in Virginia

**************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
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    lleechef
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/04/30 21:23:52 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/04/30 21:26:56 (permalink)
    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. 
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 03:33:16 (permalink)
    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!" />
     
     
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 08:11:09 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 08:14:54 (permalink)
    Looking good...looking for more!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 09:30:31 (permalink)
    Nice photos WJ.  Those sweet potato sticks look like a winner!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 10:02:39 (permalink)
    I like the color of the sauce...did it have any pepper bite or was it mostly mustard?
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 11:44:13 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 13:35:08 (permalink)
    Beautiful food shots.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 14:06:55 (permalink)
    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"
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 14:46:02 (permalink)
    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.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 19:25:39 (permalink)
    Thanks, mlm- I appreciate it !
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 19:35:53 (permalink)
    I'll fly in those little planes anytime. Commercial jets? Not ever again.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 20:10:57 (permalink)
    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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    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..
     
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 20:35:50 (permalink)
    C'mon. Don't make me wait. This is good stuff -- as usual.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/01 20:40:10 (permalink)
    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.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 04:11:09 (permalink)
    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.
     

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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 08:13:26 (permalink)
    wanderingjew

    I could not pass up the rich and creamy crab imperial served over flounder...
    Yeah, I think I'd have that same "problem".
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 08:25:55 (permalink)
    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....
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 10:21:23 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 10:43:53 (permalink)
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    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.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 12:24:42 (permalink)
    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.
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 14:29:18 (permalink)
    Great trip report so far
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 14:45:42 (permalink)
    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 
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 14:49:39 (permalink)
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    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." />
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 16:12:10 (permalink)
    There will be more this evening before I take my weekend break in Connecticut
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/02 19:33:24 (permalink)
    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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....
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 08:00:06 (permalink)
    BUMP!
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    Re:Hamming it up in Virginia 2014/05/03 09:33:43 (permalink)
    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!
     
     
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