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Sep 3, 2009 02:14 PM

Suggestions in Chester, VA?

So my family is dead set on having dinner in Chester next week, but none of us live there (we're meeting an old family friend who does). All I know of the area is chain restaurants. Anybody have any better ideas? It needs to be inexpensive ($15ish per person without drinks) and able to accomodate a party of 9. I'm thinking good pizza, southern food... something comfortable and tasty.

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  1. If you don't mind a short drive down Rt. 460 south of Petersburg, then I have two suggestions for you. The first one that you would reach is Cowlings Bar-B-Q in Waverly, VA. Good Barbeque and not expensive. The second suggestion is the famous Virginia Diner in Wakefield, VA. Well known for its southern style food, and also reasonable. Both should only be about a half hour from Chester. Take I-95 south through Petersburg, and pick up Rt. 460. (460 should be either East or South)

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    1. re: foodjack

      Thanks for the suggestion, but mom says it has to be Chester!

    2. You might try Sibley's. It's a small restaurant on the right as you head west on Rt. 10, stuck back into a strip mall. It's meets most of your qualifications...inexpensive, comfortable, southern.....they might have to pull a couple of tables together to accommodate 9, though. Not a world class culinary institute, but not a bad way to spend an hour or so. Good buttermilk pie.

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      1. re: billonthehill

        Must you stay in Chester-- can you go a few miles away? I grew up in Chester and know it is pretty much nothing but chains, and that's what the locals love. Don't even think about pizza, it does not exist!!
        For BBQ pretty close by, why not try K & L Barbecue?
        5 Cavalier Sq
        Hopewell, VA 23860
        (804) 458-4241‎
        Its homestyle , southern cooking.
        Good luck

          1. re: Naco

            We've had terrible service there the last 2 times we've been. You couldn't pay me to go there again.

            1. re: magenta687

              Care to elaborate? It's typical bbq joint service- a step up from counter service. They fill your drink, bring your food a few minutes later, and that's about it. I've never had a problem, and I eat there every couple of months.

              1. re: Naco

                We were a party of 4 adults and one child. Both times it took at least 10 minutes to get greeted at our table and finally get drinks.

                Another extended time between drinks and ordering. We got the onion rings, which are typically delicious. These were soggy with grease.

                The dirty dishes stayed on the table until the entrees arrived.

                Two in our party ordered the 1/2 fried chicken, which we know takes extra time. When the meal finally did arrive, the chicken was extra dark, obviously overcooked.

                Recheck by the waitress after the food came was late. We didn't bother to say anything, as it was getting close to closing time by then.

                We wanted more hush puppies and biscuits (They used to come prior to the meal, but apparently this is no longer the case.) as all of our meals came with them, but we got nowhere near enough for everyone to have even one of each. We never had the server come so that we could ask.

                She dropped the greasy check into the middle of the table with all of the food shortly after it was delivered.

                Sadly, this episode is almost a carbon copy of the previous time we were there, and had discussed not going back again.

                To top it off, one person in our party said something to the owners about the terrible service, and they didn't seem to care.

                There's probably further details that are escaping me, but it's been a month or so since the last episode.

                Let me qualify this by saying that I used to be a server in casual and fine dining atmospheres. I'm the last person to complain about service, because I know everyone has bad days. That being said, these 2 times a K&L were really terrible service.

      2. Sibley's moved several months ago from the strip mall to a stand-alone building right on Route 10 in the heart of town. They have plenty of room for 9 but you might want to call ahead and let them know when you'll be there, as they are typically very busy. They are not open on Sundays.

        Pietro's Pizza is a great local pizza place on the corner of Jeff Davis and Osbourne Road. We haven't had anything but the pizza there, but the pizza is always great. Again, might be good to call ahead to let them know.

        Both places are affordable.

        1. I was outmaneuvered by my family and we will, sadly, be dining at one of the many chain restaurants near the intersection of Route 10 and Jeff Davis. Thanks for all your help, and I do look forward to trying some of your recommendations another time!

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          1. re: Abby0105

            So sorry to be late with this - we've eaten at
            and have been pleased. The Thai Tom Yum soup is very good, and the Crispy Whole Fish is terrific. It's a block in from rt 10 and Jeff Davis.