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Southern Kitchen

9576 S Congress St, New Market, VA - (540) 740-3514
Posted By Sam Sanchez on 1/21/2011 5:08:00 PM
I live in the Washington, D.C. area, but spent my high school years right down the road from Southern Kitchen. I give it a high rating, but take everything I have to say into consideration. Keep in mind you are in the South... small town, neighborhood restaurant, same ole neon sign, very nostalgic-looking. Whenever we had the chance to get off campus to hang out, talk, laugh, sit at the counter, or sit at a booth with its own coin-operated jukebox, waiting for a good hot meal, Southern Kitchen was it. At that moment, nothing could be better.

You don't go to a place like this for great appetizers or big-city food. You go for a great Southern breakfast, eggs, hotcakes, meats, hash browns, biscuits, and a good cup of warm coffee, or lunch and dinner with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade sides like coleslaw and potato salad with a light sprinkle of paprika, and soups like the creamy peanut soup typical for the area. If it's still on the menu you might want to try their short ribs. And you can never go wrong with a burger and fries.

Whatever you get just remember: you're walking into a Southern classic.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Cole slaw
All homade Pies and cakes
Potato salad
Breakfast
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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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