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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 11:16:09 (permalink)
Enjoying your report.  I am waiting for the best of vegetarian restaurant list!
 
By the way, is that picture of you name-related?
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 12:17:02 (permalink)
Was that location part of the Sultan's Empire may centuries ago?  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 12:28:50 (permalink)
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Enjoying your report.  I am waiting for the best of vegetarian restaurant list!
 
By the way, is that picture of you name-related?


I think you will be waiting for quite a long time!  No, it is not name related.  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 12:35:05 (permalink)
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Off to a great start!


Our first trip in 2019 is to Birmingham the weekend of January 11-13.  Needless to say, we hope we get to see you.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 12:47:59 (permalink)
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Off to a great start!


Our first trip in 2019 is to Birmingham the weekend of January 11-13.  Needless to say, we hope we get to see you.


Wonderful!  I hope so too!!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 12:53:27 (permalink)
Corner of Hillcrest Ave. and Bartlett St. is the site of Duane Allman's fatal motorcycle crash October of 1971 in I believe Macon, GA? Looking forward to the rest of your 2018! 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 13:24:38 (permalink)
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 - 2007
What 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
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 13:25:32 (permalink)
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Corner of Hillcrest Ave. and Bartlett St. is the site of Duane Allman's fatal motorcycle crash October of 1971 in I believe Macon, GA? Looking forward to the rest of your 2018! 


You got it!  And welcome to Roadfood!


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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 13:30:58 (permalink)
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Off to a great start!


Our first trip in 2019 is to Birmingham the weekend of January 11-13.  Needless to say, we hope we get to see you.


Wonderful!  I hope so too!!


We will be in touch after the New Year.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 13:39:25 (permalink)
That country ham looks really good. Reverse brining is crucial or the salt gets out of hand quick.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 19:17:22 (permalink)
I cheated and found what the significance is.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 20:47:15 (permalink)
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I cheated and found what the significance is.

That's one way out...
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 07:53:34 (permalink)
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I cheated and found what the significance is.



Fixing Doodle Polls, self proclaimed cheating....is there no end in sight?  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:04:37 (permalink)
Best neon of 2018:


























































































































































 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:12:24 (permalink)
Lotta good stuff there....I am always partial to Leon's....it just explodes as you turn that corner!  
 
Did you Get It At Porky's?  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:13:24 (permalink)
Love ALL these great signs!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:15:29 (permalink)
Is Roughhouse Hot Dogs Buddy's altar ego?
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:28:19 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/20 08:33:28
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Yes, that is one of Buddy's many nicknames.  He picked that one up when he was working as a bouncer at a juke joint outside Kansas City.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:31:20 (permalink)
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Lotta good stuff there....I am always partial to Leon's....it just explodes as you turn that corner!  
 
Did you Get It At Porky's?  


If by IT, you mean college basketball, then yes.  That sign is at Pork & Beans, a bbq restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.  My buddies and I went there between the afternoon and evening games when the NCAAs were in town.


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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 08:34:15 (permalink)
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Lotta good stuff there....I am always partial to Leon's....it just explodes as you turn that corner!  
 
Did you Get It At Porky's?  


If by IT, you mean college basketball, then yes.  That sign is at Pork & Beans, a bbq restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.  My buddies and I went there between the afternoon and evening games when the NCAAs were in town.






Couldn't have meant anything else!  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 11:41:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/20 13:16:55
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Lotta good stuff there....I am always partial to Leon's....it just explodes as you turn that corner!  
 
Did you Get It At Porky's?  


If by IT, you mean college basketball, then yes.  That sign is at Pork & Beans, a bbq restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.  My buddies and I went there between the afternoon and evening games when the NCAAs were in town.






Mystery solved!
 

 
Does the sign animate like the one in the movie?  Kind'a gives a new meaning to pork butt.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 11:54:45 (permalink)
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Best neon of 2018:

Retina burn!!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 12:51:10 (permalink)
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Yes, that is one of Buddy's many nicknames.  He picked that one up when he was working as a bouncer at a juke joint outside Kansas City.


Durn tootin'.  About to head down for our annual KC Holiday Bouncer Reunion today.  Plenty of 'Que, Fried Chicken, Griddle Burgers, and Mexican in our foreseeable future.
 
Nice to see some familiar neon in this year's entry.  You snapped that Maple Tree in sign just in time.  The place burned last summer, but reopened in temporary digs in November.  I think they're planning to rebuild at the original location, but can't swear to it.
 
Buddy
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 13:56:00 (permalink)
BB:  You had to work hard to get that many night shots.  
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 14:07:02 (permalink)
Great signage. Appreciate it!!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 14:26:59 (permalink)
Nice to see New Orleans well represented here.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 15:01:58 (permalink)
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I always knew Austin was a great neon city, but New Orleans might be the best in the country.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 15:52:24 (permalink)
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Maybe a more honest title for this would be "Our-Year-In-Barbecue?" No word about other real Roadffood places, such as, but certainly not limited to, say, Harry's Place in Colchester, Conn. The list goes on. 


 
You are a new person on Roadfood, 02sbxstr. Every post I've read from you is negative. Every single one. You do not know buffetbuster and you also do not know that this will be an ongoing continuous post about many other places, not just BBQ places. It doesn't stop here! Have patience. Also, be a little more open-minded as to the way other parts of the country do things.
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 16:01:33 (permalink)
I love this report. The neon pictures are fabulous!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/20 16:52:28 (permalink)
 


 
You are a new person on Roadfood, 02sbxstr. Every post I've read from you is negative. Every single one. You do not know buffetbuster and you also do not know that this will be an ongoing continuous post about many other places, not just BBQ places. It doesn't stop here! Have patience. Also, be a little more open-minded as to the way other parts of the country do things.
 


Got your shorts twisted -- and at Christmas time too. Here are my 'limited' posts.  Please tell me how EACH AND EVERYONE "Every single one" is negative. Even the one that you seem to be upset about is hardly negative. I concur that "honest" was probably the wrong word to use, in the interest of accuracy, perhaps inaccurate would have been better. But did I suggest the list was not a good representation of what we don't have in New England? No. Did I suggest that it was influenced perhaps by undue vendor influence? No. I understand there are regional cuisines (You do know what a cuisine is?).
Why the thin skin? I like "roadfood" and I assume you do too. So why the personal attack? Looking forward to your (I know it is not coming) reply. 
 
And why not fully identify yourself? I do.
 
 
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