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Eating Off I-95 North of Petersburg

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My husband & I travel from Maryland to Charotte NC frequently and we're looking for an easy on-off place for a quick lunch off I-95 somewhere around the Richmond to Petersburg area before we have to veer off 95 around Petersburg. Any suggestions?

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  1. Petersburg itself has a good few options (though some seem to change).

    When we go through we usually end up on 85, so I get off at Washington St. The first few blocks may be a bit sketchy, but there is some good food there. The fried chicken place in the triangular building while heading West is very good. When Washington is split, there are some good fish places both going East and West (and right where they converge). One time I saw a guy in a parking lot with a smoker, but I had already eaten at the chicken place (doh!).

    As you head further West, there'll be more gentrified BBQ places. They aren't bad, but they aren't what you get closer to 95. Basically, if you google "petersburg va bbq restaurants" you'll get the gentrified places, but there are more you can find by cruising the streets.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      You might have better luck on the Mid-Atlantic board, just in case you don't get many responses here!

      I'll preface my suggestions with a note that it's been a while since I've been able to pull off the road to eat on my I-95 trek, so it's been a while since I've been to some of these.

      You have several options in Richmond --
      I like the Black Sheep, House of Homemade, Alamo BBQ, Hogshead Cafe, Bills BBQ.

      Petersburg --
      Kings BBQ (if it's still open, it's been a while!)

      Other options --
      Cowlings BBQ or Prince George's BBQ (both on Rt. 460; Cowlings is in Waverly, VA)

      Report back and let us know what you find! Happy travels!