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Southern Kitchen

9576 S Congress St, New Market, VA - (540) 740-3514
Posted By Matthew Peterson on 8/30/2007 1:08:00 AM
After coming off the trail from two days of backpacking in GW National Forest, I headed straight to New Market and Southern Kitchen with a large appetite and high expectations. The place did not disappoint. I knew from the neon sign and crowded parking lot outside that this was my kind of place.

I started out with the peanut soup. Rich and creamy, this was the first time I tried peanut soup in the US and I had one of those "where has this been all my life" moments. It reminded me of ground nut stews you find in West Africa. For my entree I had the "famous" fried chicken with buttered corn and mashed potatoes. The chicken was crisp and nicely seasoned and the potatoes creamy and smooth.

I think the ambiance sealed the deal. Classic Americana diner and decor. Good service too. It was Sunday and Southern Kitchen was packed with what looked to be both locals and travelers. Next time I will have to try the ham.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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What a lovely country breakfast: cured ham, oven-hot biscuits, and a pair of sunnyside-up eggs. Whole hams, wrapped in burlap, are available for sale near the cash register.
"What a lovely country breakfast: cured ham, oven-hot biscuits, and a pair of sunnyside-up eggs. Whole hams, wrapped in burlap, are available for sale near the cash register."
Michael Stern





Note the softened saltine cracker among the stewed tomatoes that accompany this dinner-size slab of country ham; it's traditional in stewed tomato recipes to include either crackers or white bread, probably to soften the sugar punch.
"Note the softened saltine cracker among the stewed tomatoes that accompany this dinner-size slab of country ham; it's traditional in stewed tomato recipes to include either crackers or white bread, probably to soften the sugar punch."
Michael Stern


Top-of-the-line breakfast at the Southern Kitchen is built around a couple of lovely slices of grilled country ham.
"Top-of-the-line breakfast at the Southern Kitchen is built around a couple of lovely slices of grilled country ham."
Michael Stern


I love country ham so much that I have given fried chicken short shrift in past visits to the Southern Kitchen. That's a mistake I won't make again. This is four-star chicken, with skin so luscious it brought me to my knees in gratitude.
"I love country ham so much that I have given fried chicken short shrift in past visits to the Southern Kitchen. That's a mistake I won't make again. This is four-star chicken, with skin so luscious it brought me to my knees in gratitude."
Michael Stern


A blurry picture of a sharply-seasoned sausage patty. Maybe not as wonderful as the ham, but one of the best breakfast sausages I've had in ages.
"A blurry picture of a sharply-seasoned sausage patty. Maybe not as wonderful as the ham, but one of the best breakfast sausages I've had in ages."
Michael Stern


A close view of Southern Kitchen peanut soup shows that it isn't quite as smooth as it feels on the tongue. Little bits of nut and onion give it extra character. In my book, this is the definitive peanut soup.
"A close view of Southern Kitchen peanut soup shows that it isn't quite as smooth as it feels on the tongue. Little bits of nut and onion give it extra character. In my book, this is the definitive peanut soup."
Michael Stern


The peanut soup at the Southern Kitchen is worth the trip.
"The peanut soup at the Southern Kitchen is worth the trip."
David Peterson


A choice of mementoes in the corner of the dining room near the cash register: Post cards are twenty-five cents each; whole hams can cost nearly fifty dollars.
"A choice of mementoes in the corner of the dining room near the cash register: Post cards are twenty-five cents each; whole hams can cost nearly fifty dollars."
Michael Stern


The evening's last slice of coconut pie!
"The evening's last slice of coconut pie!"
Michael Stern


Even though it was only 8:00 in the morning, they were happy to make a pork chop dinner for me. They weren't that thick, but the pork chops were flavorful and surprisingly juicy.
"Even though it was only 8:00 in the morning, they were happy to make a pork chop dinner for me. They weren't that thick, but the pork chops were flavorful and surprisingly juicy."
Cliff Strutz


What decade is this Formica from?
"What decade is this Formica from?"
Michael Stern


Paneled walls, mounted trophy, juke-box, and well-upholstered benches:  a booth at the Southern Kitchen is an only-in-America place to eat.
"Paneled walls, mounted trophy, juke-box, and well-upholstered benches: a booth at the Southern Kitchen is an only-in-America place to eat."
Michael Stern


Interior of the Southern Kitchen.
"Interior of the Southern Kitchen. "
David Peterson


After dinner: the Southern Kitchen sign glows. It is a beacon of good food in the Shenandoah Valley.
"After dinner: the Southern Kitchen sign glows. It is a beacon of good food in the Shenandoah Valley."
Michael Stern


The sun was just coming up as the front door of the Southern Kitchen opened at 7am.
"The sun was just coming up as the front door of the Southern Kitchen opened at 7am."
Michael Stern


A great time warp experience.
"A great time warp experience."
David Peterson


Before dinner: the Southern Kitchen at dusk.
"Before dinner: the Southern Kitchen at dusk."
Michael Stern



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