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Aug 16, 2007 05:56 AM

Dining in Chester, VA?

We'll be stopping overnight in Chester, Va and will be looking for a place for dinner that not a fast food joint. All suggestions will certainly be appreciated!

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  1. There is a place, I believe across from the Post Office, called Sibley's.
    4412 W. Hundred Rd. (Rt. 10). Sort of a small family owned restaurant. They make a pretty good buttermilk pie.

    1. Chester is a great place to stop. They have your usual chains, Applebee's, O'Charley's, Cracker Barrel, Uno's, Ihop, Shoney's. There is a little Italian Place called Rosa's that is really good and affordable. Also Don Papa Grande is located in the Bermuda Hundred Shopping center, good mexican. Don Jose's is excellent too. That is located a little south of the I-95 exit on Route 10. ..I hope this helps if you haven't left already.

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      1. re: Manda9987

        Thanks to both of you for your suggestions. We haven't left yet! We're not going until Jan. '08 but we wanted to get as many suggestions as possible so we thought now would be a good time to ask. We'd rather not do the chains or fast food joints. We'd like something that's relaxing after a day's drive and before the next day's drive to Florence, SC. We'll be coming back the same route in Feb. '08 so we can try something different then, hopefully.

        1. re: bucksguy14

          Best stop is probably don jose since its right off I-95 and it's located next to a few hotels. They have really awesome white sauce!

      2. Well, we're now in Chester, VA. My wife mentioned that we were thinking of driving to PF Changs in Richmond to the desk clerk at our hotel. She said it's a 30-45 minute drive, which I was not happy to do after driving here from the Philadelphia area and putting up with the traffic around DC! She suggested The Halfway House, about a five minute drive from the hotel. What a great place! Really nice, efficient, knowledgeable staff. Terrific food. Great ambiance. Exactly what we needed after 6 hours on the road! The portions are HUGE! We wound up bringing about 1/2 of each of our entrees back to the hotel (we have a frig). I'd highly recommend The Halfway House (which is also an historic structure) to anyone who doesn't want chain food and would appreciate good food in a comfortable, relaxing setting.

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        1. re: bucksguy14

          looks interesting!

          the review on this page is iffy - although i don't trust richmond reviewers much. was it that pricey?

          1. re: AMFM

            I think the reviewer is a bit harsh! We had a shared app - one of the best spinach salads either of us has ever had), my wife had Tuscan chicken, a whole free-range chicken breast topped with spinach, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc., which she thought was great and I had salmon in a piquant sauce that I liked. We both had their cheesy potato (which we didn't really like) and green beans (which we did). Both entrees were so large that we'll be finishing them off in our hotel room tonight in SC. The price range is correct $20-$65, but the majority of then entrees are in the $25-$35 range. For the above, and 2 glasses of wine, no dessert, our bill was $80. Since we'd been thinking about eating a PF Changs, I think we may have come out paying less! Not only did we think it was worth the price, we're planning on going back on our return home next month. I have quite of few relatives in the restaurant business, a couple having been pretty successful in NYC & that area. I've read some of the reviews of their places and wonder if the reviewer mixed them up with some other place. I rarely trust a reveiwer unless I've eaten in the same place and just about the same experience! I'd suggest you try it and, if you do, put a post on this board to let us know your thoughts.

            1. re: bucksguy14

              i will one of these days. i'm glad you posted. enjoy your trip!

            2. re: AMFM

              A couple of thoughts from my wife - the paper place mats are tacky!, it shouldn't be considered "romantic", they didn't just split our salad, they made 2 separate salads that looked as good as they tasted. And, finally, "the Richmond reviewer obviously doesn't get out much"!

              1. re: bucksguy14

                it sounds like an expectation thing though. you were pleasantly surprised but they were expecting "best/most romantic in the city" (don't know why since i've never heard of it). may explain some of it. but i'm not defending the reviewer. i just know that meals are also often shaped by expectations.

                1. re: AMFM

                  I ate at the Halfway House a couple of years ago and had a disappointing meal (especially at the price point). We weren't expecting romantic (we were with a group of 10-12 people) but service and food were both inconsistent (steaks prepared incorrectly, half the people getting salads and the other half waiting another 10 minutes, stuff like that). Also small things, like the place was drafty, restrooms inconventiently located, etc.