It wasn't necessarily planned this way, but we revisited some classic Roadfood places that I haven't been to in many years. Some of these don't get much attention, so I thought it might be fun to see how they are holding up. Virginia Diner
in Suffolk, VA Previous visit
- 2007What I remember
- What really stuck out to me was the pies. Gee, who would have imagined?
Since we were staying in Virginia Beach, it was a legitimate hour drive here through the rain and traffic. This place had better still be good. Virginia Diner
is big, has a gift shop inside
where they sell peanuts and peanut candies and most people just get the buffet.
All of this adds up to being rather touristy. We decided to order off the menu, as Cousin Johnny and I did back in 2007.
Mariton ordered one of her favorites, liver and onions,
which comes lightly grilled with sautéed onions and topped with a thin beef gravy. Excellent and she polished in off in record time.
Being a ham lover, I went with the country ham. What I was expecting was the Fried Center Cut Country Virginia Ham, but instead received the Baked Country Cured Virginia Ham.
This is thinly sliced and served cold. Obviously, there had been a miscommunication, without clarification, but this plate still looked good, so I kept it. As much as I love a good salty country ham, this was borderline too salty for even me. I found that eating it with the biscuits
helped cut down on the saltiness and it still made for a fine lunch.
The sides were green beans, spoonbread, candied yams and some excellent bitter collards.
The big dilemma was should we order peanut pie or peanut butter pie. As always, the right decision is to get both!
The peanut butter pie,
topped with cream and chocolate syrup was ultra-rich and after a half dozen bites, we were bored with the flavor. BTW, look how different the PB pie is in this photo and my photo from the Roadfood review. The peanut pie was so good, it will be making an appearance on the best pie list, so I will save the photo and description for then.
On the way home, we had a 3 1/2 hour layover at BWI, so Cousin Johnny picked us up and took us to G & M
for crabcakes. To thank him, we brought him a bag of the chocolate covered peanuts from Virginia Diner
and I also took a bag home for myself. Easily the best chocolate covered nuts I have ever had. Virginia Diner
has been open since 1929 and based on the quality of food and the crwods they pull in, is still going strong. If I had to rate it from 1-10, it would get a 7.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2018/12/19 13:30:22