HOME > Chowhound > Mid-Atlantic >
What have you made lately? Share your food adventure

If it was your last meal where in Virginia would you eat?

Marsha R Jan 31, 2011 05:31 PM

I am putting a trip to Virginia together focusing on restaurants, joints, dives, hole in the wall places that have great local food. If you have a suggestion I would love to hear about it!

  1. d
    danbee1 Feb 1, 2011 05:07 AM

    In truth, if it was my last meal ever (rather than last this week) it probably wouldn't be in Virginia and it certainly wouln't be a joint, dive or hole. But given the constraints, it surely would be The Inn At Little Washington.

    Inn At Little Washington
    PO Box 300, Washington, VA 22747

    1. j
      jeanmarieok Feb 1, 2011 08:57 AM

      I've had 'finer' food - but Joe's Inn in the Fan (Richmond) for Spaghetti ala Greek plus a greek salad with anchovies is one of my favorite comfort meals.

      Joe's Inn
      205 N Shields Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

      2 Replies
      1. re: jeanmarieok
        Marsha R Feb 1, 2011 04:28 PM

        I LOVE Joe's Inn, when I lived and cooked in Richmond it was one of my regular haunts.

        Joe's Inn
        205 N Shields Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

        1. re: jeanmarieok
          BostonCharles Feb 9, 2011 08:23 PM

          c'mon. Joes Inn is awful. I just can't figure out what people like about it, aside from the fact it's dirt cheap. I live around the corner from it, so I wish I could say better things.

        2. c
          CHO123123 Feb 1, 2011 01:39 PM

          Edo squid/ mama zu (different restaurants, same owner basically same menu) in Richmond. don't expect awesome service. but expect AMAZINGGG food. and the house wine is great at $4 a glass! i would suggest the rockfish.

          22299 Exploration Dr Ste 402, Lexington Park, MD 20653

          2 Replies
          1. re: CHO123123
            Marsha R Feb 1, 2011 04:29 PM

            Both are great places, thanks! Do you have any favorites that are over on the coast or on highway 1?

            1. re: CHO123123
              BostonCharles Feb 9, 2011 08:24 PM

              also 8.5 = takeout place from the same people.

            2. pikawicca Feb 1, 2011 04:31 PM

              If I had to pick a last meal to eat in Virginia, it certainly wouldn't be at a joint or a dive; it would be
              The Inn at Little Washington, hands down.

              1. m
                Marsha R Feb 1, 2011 05:44 PM

                Okay, let me clarify a bit. I want to hear about your favorite non fine dining, family or chef owned and run restaurant.

                4 Replies
                1. re: Marsha R
                  betsykk Feb 1, 2011 06:06 PM

                  Sandpiper Reef in sleepy Mathews County. Fresh local seafood including fantastic OYsters Rockefeller and great crabcakes. And surprisingly great ribs. Lots of different items on the menu; there was something for everyone in my family including the kids. Owned by a local family and the entire staff was so friendly. Both the bartender and chef came out to our table to talk to us.
                  A little out of the way and hard to find but it was more than worth the hassle.


                  Sandpiper Reef Restaurant
                  , Mathews, VA 23109

                  1. re: Marsha R
                    BostonCharles Feb 9, 2011 08:26 PM

                    Louisiana Flair. Great New Orleans Po'boys on 322 Grace Street. Its the real deal. First place outside New Orleans I've ever eaten at where the food tasted "right"

                    1. re: BostonCharles
                      princsoreo Feb 10, 2011 06:40 AM

                      Totally agree about Louisiana Flair. It's awesome!

                      1. re: BostonCharles
                        NXS Feb 14, 2011 02:56 PM

                        Which is your favorite Po"boy at Louisiana Flair? Was going to try this week for lunch.


                    2. diablo Feb 1, 2011 05:59 PM

                      Wright's Dairy Rite, Staunton, VA. Get the onion rings.

                      Wright's Dairy Rite
                      346 Greenville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: diablo
                        krisrishere Feb 27, 2011 12:22 PM

                        Yep, that's my pick!

                      2. f
                        foodjack Feb 2, 2011 03:20 PM

                        Jess' Quick Lunch at the downtown location in Harrisonburg, VA. It is the definition of a dive joint. Great chili dogs and hand made burgers. Fries are pretty good as well, and their coffee is HOT.

                        For breakfast, try the Basic City Luncheonette in Waynesboro, VA. A wonderful dive that serves a good breakfast. Homemade biscuits! Don't be afraid of the cinderblock location, it is crowded for a reason.

                        1. s
                          szkochop Feb 12, 2011 06:52 AM

                          Dot's Back Inn on the city's North Side qualifies. Ate there for the first time in months and the food was darn good. Big menu, too

                          Dot's Back Inn
                          4030 MacArthur Ave, Richmond, VA 23227

                          1. v
                            vein1 Feb 14, 2011 12:17 PM

                            Check out Captain Chuck-A-Muck on the net. Ate there last year. The seafood was great, the owner is outstanding and a lot of fun. It was featured awhile back on the food network

                            1. a
                              AMFM Feb 15, 2011 04:47 AM

                              you know, just occurred to me that TDs barbecue, which i really do love (despite it's not getting a lot of love on this board) totally qualifies as a dive. it's connected to a jiffy lube or some such station for goodness sakes. big smoker out front - the smells as i drive home down patterson... mmmm.... great pulled pork and bbq chicken and ribs. sides too. take out only unless you wanna eat at the picnic tables or few seats they have for waiting - which i've never seen anyone do. yum. now i want barbecue.

                              1. v
                                veganhater Feb 18, 2011 05:47 AM

                                Millies Diner should certainly be included on this list, especially for brunch.

                                3 Replies
                                1. re: veganhater
                                  jeanmarieok Feb 19, 2011 10:06 PM

                                  I was craving Millie's brunch this morning, but the line was out the door at 12:30. Boo hoo!

                                  1. re: jeanmarieok
                                    AMFM Feb 20, 2011 06:02 AM

                                    i really love the sister restaurant lulu's brunch. almost better (i know sacrilege but true).

                                    1. re: AMFM
                                      jeanmarieok Mar 8, 2011 06:55 PM

                                      I really liked Lulu's menu prior to them changing chefs last summer. Now, I have swung back to Millie's ...

                                2. j
                                  Janet from Richmond Mar 1, 2011 09:17 AM

                                  Concur with upscale dining, it would be The Inn at Little Washington.

                                  In Richmond my choices would be: Millie's Diner (brunch), Comfort (catfish and banana pudding creme brulee), Edo's Squid (veal marsala, spaghetti carbonara, 'squid, white beans and arugula' appetizer, Black Sheep (Huevos Nuevos, Chicken and Dumplings), Azzurro (their outstanding sorbets), CousCous (fries with curry dipping sauce, falafel), Chicken Fiesta (roasted chicken, yellow sauce condiment), Bamboo (chili dog), Sensi (veal chop), Mediterraneo (Fettucini alfredo, arugula salad, pasta Bolognese)

                                  Black Sheep
                                  901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220

                                  Edo's Squid
                                  411 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA 23220

                                  Azzurro Restaurant
                                  6221 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23229

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                    princsoreo Mar 1, 2011 09:27 AM

                                    Also, the fried yucca at chicken fiesta with the green and yellow sauces mixed together! So good!

                                    One more for Richmond: an order of tostones and california huevos at Kuba Kuba.

                                    Eggplant parm pizza from Arianna's!

                                    Kuba Kuba
                                    1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

                                    1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                      krisrishere Mar 1, 2011 10:45 AM

                                      +1 for Comfort's Banana Pudding Creme Brulee. I nearly fought my husband over it.

                                    Show Hidden Posts