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Virginia Diner

408 Country Dr N, Wakefield, VA - (804) 899-3106
Posted By Rebecca Christian on 10/17/2008 10:25:00 AM
We eat at the Virginia Diner periodically when we are passing through en route to our NC home. The country ham is really wonderful--salty yet moist, whether served on a plate or in a roll, Virginia-style. Their fried chicken is crispy and succulent.

However, the last time we stopped (October 2008) we had a bad experience with a waitress. The table tent listed the lunch special but she quoted something else. When I asked about the table tent (on my table) she said it was available but not at the daily special price. I asked why the tent was on the table then and she conferred with a manager who said that although that day's special was something NOT written on the table tent, I could have the daily special on the table tent at the daily special price. The waitress then proceeded to practically ignore us until she made a point of coming completely across the dining room to tell me that I was wrong to question her because the table tent was for lunch specials and lunch was over. (No lunch hour was posted and if she had simply said that in the first place I would have found it a reasonable answer and happily ordered something else.) In addition to suffering the "customer must be wrong" attitude of an obviously hostile waitress the daily special of a patty melt was terrible--dried out and relatively tasteless. I should have ignored the principle of things and ordered ham as did my husband.

This is still a good find, but this particular day the service left a bad taste in the mouth.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Served warm, this thin crusted, not-too-sweet unique dessert lived up to its billing as the Virginia Diner's signature item.
"Served warm, this thin crusted, not-too-sweet unique dessert lived up to its billing as the Virginia Diner's signature item. "
Cliff Strutz





This bears little resemblance to what one expects a silk pie to be.  It is incredibly thick and rich and begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk.
"This bears little resemblance to what one expects a silk pie to be. It is incredibly thick and rich and begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk."
Cliff Strutz


Not as salty as typical country ham, it still packs a flavor wallop.
"Not as salty as typical country ham, it still packs a flavor wallop."
Cliff Strutz


The surprise of our meal was the peach cobbler.  It was loaded with cinnamon which, to our tastes, blended well with the peaches.
"The surprise of our meal was the peach cobbler. It was loaded with cinnamon which, to our tastes, blended well with the peaches."
Cliff Strutz


They were just setting up the lunch buffet as we were leaving.  The fried chicken looked good and deserves further investigation!
"They were just setting up the lunch buffet as we were leaving. The fried chicken looked good and deserves further investigation!"
Cliff Strutz


A few of the many different flavors of peanuts available in the gift shop.
"A few of the many different flavors of peanuts available in the gift shop."
Cliff Strutz


The Virginia Diner feels much more like a family restaurant than a diner.
"The Virginia Diner feels much more like a family restaurant than a diner."
Cliff Strutz


It doesn't change, so you don't have to worry about missing it!
"It doesn't change, so you don't have to worry about missing it!"
Debi Schaefer


No false modesty here.  The Virginia Diner bills itself as
"No false modesty here. The Virginia Diner bills itself as "Peanut Capital of the World" and "A Legend in a Nutshell.""
Cliff Strutz



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