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Oct 16, 2006 05:31 PM

Driving from Durham to DC ... any chow at all?

I'm driving from Durham to DC, and back, and am wondering whether there is any place to stop. The trip up will be a Thursday evening, the trip back a Sunday afternoon. Is there anywhere worth stopping or going out of my way for, or should I just make some sandwiches in advance?


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    1. It's a little slim through most of that route.

      You do run right through Richmond, which has some nice places, but none that I know of that are right off the road and easy to get to.

      There is one passable joint right along I-85 in South Hill VA called Kahill's. Decent selection of entrees and sandwiches in a kind of country club type atmosphere. Not exactly a destination, but a welcome respite in the land of fast food.

      1. Carl's Frozen Custard in Fredericksburg is really quite good. Just a roadside stand, but they have great custard.

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        1. re: ldixie

          I second Carl's. I don't care how cold it is. Best frozen custard ever. I stop everytime I drive by. Try the milkshakes.

        2. The Hill City Chop House is a good casual sit down place. Their steaks are top notch but there is lighter dining as well, and a kids menu, and it's very reasonably priced. A friend who frequently drives NY to Myrtle Beach recommended it as a good stop and now that's also my regular stop when I pass thru. It's on US 1, just about a mile north of I-295 on the northbound side, in a mall, a little hard to see from the road but it's behind Blinds To Go.

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          1. re: King Vulture

            I agree. They also have good enough crab cakes, believe it or not, to satisfy folks raised on the Eastern Shore!

          2. I neglected to mention that the Hill City Chop House is in Richmond.