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Jul 14, 2008 06:57 AM

Harrisonburg, VA chow?

I'm going to be in Harrisonburg, VA for a couple of nights this week. Never been to the area before, any recommendations for good chow?


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  1. I haven't been in a couple of years but Klein's frozen custard-which dates to the '50'-in the center of town has one of only two Electro Freeze machines left in the state of Virginia-the other is Carl's in Fredericksburg. Outstanding frozen custard.

        1. Jess' Lunch downtown was my favorite haunt as a cash-strapped student at JMU in the Summer of 1981. I doubt they've changed (or cleaned) since then, but if you love chilidogs and diners like I do, it's the place to go.

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          1. re: treetop tom

            Thank you!!! I clicked on this subject hoping to find the name of the place where I had the best chili dogs in recent memory. That's the place!

            1. re: HSBSteveM

              Just there last week. Jess's has lots of character, and a wonderful old vibe, but the chili dogs are nothing special. Little Grill looks interesting, and there is actually an Ethiopian place, Blue Nile, that looks modestly authentic!

              A mile or two up Route 11, on the left, is Bar B Q Ranch, which was packed with cars as we drove by. I'd like to try it some time. Allegedly makes good fried chicken and malteds, but there are also some serious warnings posted elsewhere on the web. If you try it, please let us know how it is.

          2. Calhoun's is a pretty solid brew-pub with good apps. The Little Grill is a nice little diner type place. Cheap and pretty good grub.