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Ann's Soul Food, Wings & Things

3349 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA - (540) 288-1806
Posted By Dave Metzger on April 3, 2014 6:07 PM
I had the fried fish (whiting) and fries. Fish was good--crunchy breading that sealed in the light and juicy interior, not at all greasy. The potatoes were fried slices, not French fries. They weren't crisp, but they tasted like potatoes, real potatoes, and were well seasoned.

Service was friendly and quick. The owner, who is also the cook, comes into the dining area to check on her customers.
2 star rating
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Posted By Virginia Worzalla on May 30, 2013 9:33 PM
We stopped at Ann's mid-afternoon. I ordered the turkey dinner and hubby ordered the ham dinner at $8.99 each. I had five or six big slices of tender and juicy turkey breast, served with cornbread stuffing and REAL gravy! My sides were cooked cabbage and baked beans. For once, I had food that was well-prepared and not over-salted or overcooked. There was no way that I could eat all that food.

Hubby had five or six BIG slices of ham cut from a real ham. The juice was a little salty for my taste, but that's me. His sides were mac and cheese and potato salad. The ham was tender and perfectly cooked. The sides were delicious and homemade.

For $2.50 we got a huge hunk of yellow cake with pineapple in the frosting. Soda and sweet tea were only $1 each. We ate all we could and what we brought home will feed us for several meals. The place is hole-in-the-wall small but very clean. There is nowhere else that we will eat while we're in this area.
5 star rating
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Ham Dinner
Turkey Dinner

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Posted By John R B on May 3, 2011 3:15 PM
I used to order from Ann's frequently when she had the take-out kitchen in Woodbridge. I was pleased to find out that she opened up this place a few miles south on Route 1 in Stafford, so I stopped in and ordered the fish 'n' chips lunch. It's not the prettiest place to eat. It presents more like a west Texas dive diner than restaurant, but don't let that deter you. The food is still some of the best soul food you'll ever have.

The fish has just enough breading to give it flavor, and it is very light on the stomach, unlike a lot of fried fish to be had elsewhere. I'm disappointed that they have foregone the fresh-cut home fries for the boxed variety, but they are still seasoned with a perfect blend of salt and Old Bay. I've never forgotten the taste of their cobbler, the best that can be had anywhere. I made sure to get some to go.

It's not the epitome of healthy eating, but well worth an occasional splurge.
3 star rating
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Posted By Ms on November 6, 2010 2:37 PM
I Love, Love, Love Ms. Anns Soul Food. I just left there and the food was so good that I had to come and write a brief review. I am a regualar who has followed Ms. Ann the past 10 years and 2 locations and the food always always stays delicious. When Friends and Family come into town and I do not feel like cooking a Southern Meal, I always take them over to Ms. Anns. The variety of home-made dishes can please even the Grandma of the Family. It is authentic Soul-Food at it's best.

Thanks Ms. Ann for giving us all a little taste of home...
5 star rating
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Ham Dinner
Mealoaf Dinner
Turkey Dinner

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Posted By Rick Tenney on May 1, 2008 1:37 PM
Located south of Washington, DC on US-1, Ann's is an unpretentious little hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving good home-style cooking to locals and those who dare to try restaurants that look like the restaurants of days gone by. As soon as you approach the open front door you are greeted by the aroma of oven-roasted turkey and Virginia baked ham. Upon entering you find yourself stepping back decades to when family-run cafes dotted the landscape and local eateries outnumbered the national fast-food chains.

The first time we stopped at Ann's the specials were smothered pork chops and ham dinner, each for $8.50, or meatloaf dinner for $4.99. We opted for the ham dinner and pork chops. Each came with two sides and corn bread. We got steamed cabbage and yams with an additional side order of baked beans with the ham, and mashed potatoes and greens with the pork.

I watched as they carved the ham off a real ham in the kitchen, not a banquet boneless ham. The meat was juicy, well-cooked and flavorful. It had a nice brown sugar glaze that was sweet but not too sweet. The yams could easily have been dessert and were clearly fresh. The cabbage was lightly seasoned, with just the right about of butter. The beans were very good although perhaps a little too sweet for a traditional New Englander.

The pork chops were about the size of your hand, lightly breaded and deep-fried and then drowned in a wonderful onion gravy. The homemade mashed potatoes had just the right amount of lumps to make them "feel right." The greens may have been the best I have ever eaten! We finished the meal off with a bowl of Ann's homemade peach cobbler and a bowl of banana pudding.

One downside: Ann's serves everything in those pesky styrofoam clamshell containers, with plastic knives and forks. On the upside, the food is so good I will overlook those pesky styrofoam containers.

Ann's is owned by an elderly African-American lady who is almost always on the premises overseeing the quality of her product. I have been back several times now and can say that her food and service are consistently high quality.
3 star rating
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