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Authentic southern cooking

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My family and I are heading back to Philadelphia from the Outer Banks, NC this coming Sunday. I wanted to ask anyone out there if they know of a place or two where we can stop along the route home to eat some authentic southern food for lunch. I would like to teach my kids about the various regions of the US and that education includes the various regional food preparation styles. Fried chicken, their favorite, is of particular interest.

We will be driving up I-64 to I-95.

Thank you in advance for your replies.

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  1. If you were heading on 460 instead of I64 (a viable backup route to keep in mind, BTW, in case I64 has a multi-hour backup/delay due to accident as it has at least twice in the past couple of months ) I would recommend Virginia Diner and to get the Virginia Country Ham - its salty but good.

    Off I64 , I would have recommended Hog Wild Smokehouse, but they closed.

    So next time I am looking for comfort food along I64; I will be trying out HoneyButter's Kitchen in Williamsburg. I haven't eaten there yet, but I have eaten at their sister restaurant, Five Forks Cafe, so it should be just as good if not better than Five Forks. However, I don't think they have fried chicken other than chicken fingers.

    Also In Williamsburg (although also not particularly close to I64, but not so far either) is the Old Chickahominy House. You want southern tradition, this is the place. But, the menu is limited for lunch, mostly ham biscuits and the like. Maybe worth a stop into the gift shop, though.

    Come to think of it, the best fried chicken I have had in those parts was actually at the Shield's Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, they had pan fried chicken, fried in a cast iron skillet.

    Also quite good, and with BBQ as well as fried chicken, is king's BBQ in Petersburg. A southern tradition for about 60 years (though there are now 2 locations, due to a divorce i guess, but the better one is on South Crater road). Again, this is unfortunately off your planned route, being a mile or so off I95, but well south of I64.

    There are probably places in Richmond that fit your criteria (and your planned route), and have fried chicken , but I don't eat that close to I95 in Richmond much, and I need to get to a meeting.