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Apr 13, 2013 05:20 PM

Interstate 95 from Lake Manassas, Lumberton, NC

I just found out I have to drive to Myrle Beach on short notice on Monday 4/15. I'll be in Lake Manassas at around 7PM, so any help with someplace for dinner easy off Interstate 95 would be greatly appreciated.....nothing can be nice steak, local flair or simply a pleasant Family restaurant.. Given the hour, I would imagine something within a two hour from my starting point of Upper Marlboro.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. Beefmastor Inn in Wilson, NC has great ribeyes and is a short detour from I-95. They open at 5 and fill up quickly, so it may not be the best choice if you are rushed.

    There is no menu. They bring a large (7+ pounds I suspect) piece of ribeye to your table and cut it to the size you request. Salad bar, baked potato, baked onion on request and Texas toast comes with.
    Delicious and definitely a nice local slice of life experience.

    Lumberton has Fullers which is minutes from the interstate. Not the best example of the areas bbq, but still tasty. Excellent fried chicken and wide array of Southern sides.

    Edit - sorry, had very little sleep last night and just realized you were posting for the VA. portion of your trip. My response addressed NC...

    15 hour drive yesterday obviously fried my brain.

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    1. re: meatn3

      Thanks for trying and being the only one to offer any options.

      After Golf @ Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia.....I ended up right across the street @ The Stonewall Shops Square where they have a Wegman's, Bertucci's Brick Oven and a Bad To The Bone Smokehouse....a corner store with Barbecue and beer available in bottles and on tap.. I ended up at the latter and ordered a Sampler appetizer, over the dinner which included two sides for a few dollars more. The platter consisted of Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked BBQ Chicken and St Louis Spare Ribs. The meats were a little dry, but serviceable. I noticed they had a banner inside that indicated Happy Hour Specials and Discounts on both food and beer.

      On my return drive home.....from prior threads someone had mentioned The Cook Out Burgers and Shakes was pretty good..... by happenstance I needed to refuel and noticed two for the Cook-Out, and the other for Ralph's Barbecue Buffet in Weldon, North Carolina. At the Gas Stop, I asked if either was good and both were recommended, but I opted for Ralph's out of curiosity and the fact it was a sit down restaurant and not simply take-out. Before ultimately deciding though, i asked if I could take a look at the offerings. They also had a menu to order from as well, but I opted for the buffet so I could get a sampling. While the selections were not extensive in number it did look well displayed and interesting ....there was Chopped Pork, Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp and Fried various potatoes, vegetables, salads and desserts....all for 11.75. The Fried Chicken, Scallops, Fried Fish and Pulled Pork were all good. When I first entered @ 5PM the place was quiet wth only a handful of tables seated, but within a half hour the place was full....with what appeared to me as all locals. I seem to recall they have been in operation since 1941(?). While clearly it was not anywhere near the best food I have ever had....if you stick with your favorites items, they was certainly enough to choose from to have an enjoyable meal.....especially when on the road 500 miles away from home.

      1. re: fourunder

        I interpreted your post as being confined to only seeking recs for Lake Manassas, VA, as opposed to other cities along I-95. There are many existing posts offering recs for the I-95 corridor, such as:

        Yours is the first positive review of Ralph's I think i've read.

              1. re: fourunder

                BTW, my comment about Ralph's wasn't meant as criticism of your choice, simply genuine surprise at the first positive rec I think I've seen for the place.

            1. re: fourunder

              Fuller's isn't the only rec in those posts.