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Southern Kitchen

9576 S Congress St, New Market, VA - (540) 740-3514
Posted By Stan Lamberg on 7/3/2008 9:31:00 AM
We arrived at Southern Kitchen at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday. The place was nearly empty. It was summer but there were no fresh vegetables on the menu as sides. Most of the food was fried.

Their special sandwich, the "Trailblazer," was small with thin-sliced sparse meat on a small Italian roll, about half the size of a Subway sandwich, for $7. A coconut cream pie was made on-site, but the other pies were purchased frozen and baked. In fairness, the fried chicken was moist and the portion was large. The coffee did not have the full flavor of diner coffee, but there were free refills.

Service was fairly fast. We did not try the peanut soup (one of us is peanut sensitive) or the ham, the two items recommended by Roadfood.com. The main cook, now in her 80's, has been working here for more than 50 years. The retro look made the stop interesting, but I would not make any effort to return for the food.

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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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