Mom's Diner

December 29, 2011

Duner’s, Ivy VA

Duner’s is a bustling restaurant with food that can rival the finest dining establishments, except with large portions and a casual atmosphere despite the white tablecloths. Start with one of their many appetizers – the pork tacos with pico de gallo and sour cream served on miniature corn tortillas was delicious! The pico de gallo was so fresh and flavorful, the pork so tender! For dinner, try the fresh crab cakes with mashed potatoes and homemade tartar sauce. The cakes were filled with large lumps of crab while a crispy, almost carmelized crust kept it all together, hot, and moist. Or, try the chicken with bacon stuffed under the skin and filled with cheese, lemon-herb spatzle. The end result is a most wonderful and tender combination of exquisite flavors. Finish off your meal with dessert – the German chocolate cake with coconut and pecan butter cream was perfection, served with a raspberry and vanilla sauce and fresh whipped cream. A perfect ending to a fantastic meal!

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December 24, 2011

Country Ham – A Virginia Tradition

Filed under: food, ham, Home Meals, Surry County, VA — Tags: , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:48 pm

Some things are timeless, like a country ham in Virginia at Christmastime. Start with an Edwards country ham, smoked with hickory in Surry County and aged for 6 months. Steam it in your enameled ham boiler, placing 12 cups of water in the bottom of the pan and then placing a rack in the bottom to keep the ham elevated. Seal with a tight fitting lid or foil and place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat thereafter to 325 degrees and bake until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Allow to rest about an hour. Remove the skin from the top, coat with brown sugar, and place pineapple rings on top (secured with skewers or tooth picks). Place in oven at 350 degrees, basting with the melted sugar until golden. Remove from heat and cool. Serve thin slices plain, on biscuits, on toast with poached eggs and Bernaise sauce, on a sandwich, or any other way you choose. There simply is no wrong way to enjoy a Virginia country ham! When you see those luscious red slices coming off of the ham slicer, there is no doubt that Christmas is here!

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October 23, 2011

Roy’s Big Burger, Richmond VA

Filed under: food, Richmond, VA — Tags: , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 9:13 pm

If you enjoy a tasty dashboard buffet, then Roy’s Big Burger is a place not to miss! This is a hamburger stand that has been serving hamburgers since they cost 35 cents. There is no dining room, just a walk up window. The food is prepared to order in front of you. The menu is simple – hamburgers, hotdogs, fried bologna, french fries, and onion rings. For the adventurous, try the BAMA Stinger – a burger loaded with Jalapeno peppers, grilled onions, and dripping with cheese sauce. The hot dog with chili, onions, and mustard is a classic (but, a little messy, to be sure!).

September 29, 2011

Foods of all Nations, Charlottesville VA

If you are in Charlottesville, say for a football game or a concert at nearby John Paul Jones Arena, then Foods of all Nations is a must-see-and-taste gourmet grocery. Try the Ivy Three Way, a delicious sandwich with Boursin Cheese. Or, grab a dessert – the cream cheese filled carrot cake topped with caramel and nuts is delicious! Or, maybe you are looking for that one special ingredient to finish off a recipe, like imported mustard or Vanilla bean paste or Paella rice or Surrey County Virginia pork products. You will find it all here, along with excellent produce and friendly service. Rumor has it that this is the Chips Grocery made famous by John Grisham’s book, “Skipping Christmas” and portrayed in the movie “Christmas With the Kranks.” This is a special place and worth visiting again and again.

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September 25, 2011

Pierce’s Pitt Bar-b-que, Williamsburg VA

Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que has been a Williamsburg institution for over 30 years. We used to come here for the barbecue when it was a walk- up window only, with a steaming barbecue pitt out back, a soda machine for drinks, picnic tables, and a gravel parking lot. Things have changed a bit, but Pierce’s continues to be a roadside attraction with excellent barbecue, albeit now with a full- fledged restaurant, indoor tables, and even a paved parking lot, not to mention the expanded barbecue pitt out back. With it’s bright yellow paint with orange trim, you cannot miss it and you won’t want to once you’ve tasted their tender, spicy barbecue sandwich. The Jumbo with coleslaw is a must, as is the hush puppies, the fries, and the crispy onion rings. If you are not in the mood for barbecue, try the cheeseburger (excellent!) or the kid’s chicken fingers (yum!). Or, if the weather is cold and you need some hot food to warm you up, try the Brunswick Stew or the macaroni and cheese. Whatever you choose, Pierce’s is a must-do stop if you are anywhere near!

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September 24, 2011

The Trellis, Williamsburg VA

Filed under: Chocolate, desserts, Fine Dining, food, williamsburg VA — Tags: , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:24 am

The Trellis has been a Williamsburg tradition for over 30 years. Located on historic Duke of Gloucester Street with its well dressed windows filled with beautifully set tables, this has long been the place to go for special occasions. It is the place to go for innovative meals featuring local ingredients, like the New England Clam Chowder made with Littleneck Clams, or the stuffed trout or the red pepper soup. It is also the place to go for chocolate. The piece de resistance is Death By Chocolate, featuring seven layers of wonderfully decadent chocolate, from the slightly crispy chocolate meringue to the chocolate mousse to the rich, dark ganache that surrounds it all, this is the chocolate dessert that you will savor and remember and come back to again and again whenever you are in Williamsburg.

September 21, 2011

Wright’s Dairy Rite, Staunton, VA

Filed under: drive in, food, hamburger, hot dog, ice cream, Staunton VA — Tags: , , , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 5:40 pm

Step back in time at this authentic 50’s drive-in where you can still get car service or choose to eat inside while listening to the large red juke box that plays continually in the corner! Have the classic patty melt or perhaps the chicken basket with fries, buttered rolls, and coleslaw. Add some cheese sauce for dipping your fries and some ranch dressing for your chicken fingers and you are set for a true drive-in comfort meal. Save room for dessert, the hot fudge cake with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream is the perfect ending ( and, big enough to share!).

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September 18, 2011

Apple Butter, the Flavor Of Fall

Filed under: applebutter, food — Tags: , , , — momsdiner61 @ 10:23 pm

Making apple butter in the fall is a refrain that I have heard my entire life. Each fall, my great grandmother would bring out her apple butter kettle and the community would come together to stir the apples over a fire until the apple butter was just right. It was an enormous black cast iron kettle! Today, it is long gone (in fact, I never even saw it) but the fall ritual of apple butter remains, welcoming us into the crisp air and delicious tastes of fall with family and friends. For a taste, assuming you don’t have an apple butter kettle either, Grave’s Mountain Lodge Apple Butter should do the trick – delicious apple- cinnamon goodness that goes perfectly on homemade white bread with butter. Welcome to fall!

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September 9, 2011

Littlejohn’s New York Delicatessen, Charlottesville VA

Littlejohn’s is an institution on “The Corner” in Charlottesville. Open 24 hours a day and serving delicious subs of all varieties! Many, like the Chris Long Sub and the Sampson honor UVA sportsmen. Others are just plain descriptive of all the goodness that is contained, like the Five Easy Pieces served on toasted fresh pumpernickel bread or the Bacon Zonker, a bagel with cream cheese, onion, tomato, and bacon (what a treat!)! And, for dessert, be sure to have one of their yummy cheesecake brownies!

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Home Team Grill, Fredericksburg VA

This is a college town restaurant that serves a wonderful basket of hot, hand-cut, home-made potato chips spiced with Old Bay Seasoning and served with a spicy ranch sauce. The perfect comfort food after a busy day on campus, to be sure!

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