Great food in a shack on the Rappahanock River - Topping Virginia - Middle Peninsula
The place has 8 barstools and 2 small tables, picnic tables outside and a porch. Situated in Topping Virginia at the junction of the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay at Locklies Marina. Worth a trip from anywhere. There is nary a vegetable in sight but what is on offer is sooo delectable. Good beers, well chosen, interesting wines. This restaurant is owned by the Rappahanock Oyster Company who grow the bivalve in three different places - upriver for an unsalty version, middle salinity version and ocean salty version. The name of the restaurant is a play on the french terroir and the word for sea - mer.
We started with a dozen raw oysters to get the taste of the three types and what a difference there was. There were four dipping sauces but I tasted them nude first. The menu had both seafood and meat. Crab cake has to top my list in my quest for the best. A North Carolina BBQ shank was to DIE for with a vinegary, spicy broth. Angels on horseback were oysters grilled outside with proscuitto on the half shell. Lamb and clam stew. Grilled rockfish is the best fish I've ever had. There were several other choices which I will go back to try. Most are small tapas style plates so you can taste several. A great, out of the way find. Don't tell anybody else.
While up that way but with a few more vegetables, is Sandpiper Reef, right on the shores of the Piankatank.. Grilled and fried local seafood, amazing oysters rockefeller and a great place to grab a drink on their covered porch. www.sandpiperreef.net
A little out of the way but perfect for a lazy day in a land that is set back in time.