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Virginia Diner

408 Country Dr N, Wakefield, VA - (804) 899-3106
Posted By Michael Stern on 2/20/2012 3:28:00 PM
Signs along Route 460 invite travelers to come to the Peanut Capital of the World. Peanuts grow on vines in fields for miles around the town of Wakefield, but the true epicenter of the peanut universe is the Virginia Diner. It is a large restaurant that is a store and a tourist attraction all built around the "nut" that is actually a seed.

The Virginia Diner sells Virginia peanuts in big cans that are nearly impossible to close once opened, for these nuts are truly addictive. They are 100% better than any other peanuts -- large, crunchy, dark and rich, more flavorful and more fun than eating peanut butter. You can buy them salted or unsalted, spiced with Old Bay seasoning or Cajun pepper, butter-toasted, in the shell or shelled, and as the foundation for a truly aristocratic peanut brittle. (All Virginia Diner products are available via the on-line stor, the address of which is www.vadiner.com.)

There are not a lot of peanuts served in the restaurant, although it is said that Virginia ham is delicious because the pigs are fed on peanuts; and in fact, Virginia Diner cured country ham, available baked or fried, is especially sweet. The fried chicken, while having nothing to do with peanuts, is also very flavorful, and sheathed in a brittle, golden crust. With these fine southern entrees, you can choose turnip greens, candied yams, spoonbread, blackeyed peas, or stewed tomatoes.

For dessert, peanuts are the order of the day. ChocoNutterButter cheesecake is a dizzyingly rich pile of peanut butter in a cookie crust, topped with chocolate and chopped nuts. Peanut pie is more traditional, and a long-time favorite here at the Diner. It is a simple dish, similar to pecan pie, but less cloying – a peanut-lover’s fantasy.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
peanut pie
Peanut Butter Silk Pie
peanuts
Country Ham
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Served warm, this thin crusted, not-too-sweet unique dessert lived up to its billing as the Virginia Diner's signature item.
"Served warm, this thin crusted, not-too-sweet unique dessert lived up to its billing as the Virginia Diner's signature item. "
Cliff Strutz





This bears little resemblance to what one expects a silk pie to be.  It is incredibly thick and rich and begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk.
"This bears little resemblance to what one expects a silk pie to be. It is incredibly thick and rich and begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk."
Cliff Strutz


Not as salty as typical country ham, it still packs a flavor wallop.
"Not as salty as typical country ham, it still packs a flavor wallop."
Cliff Strutz


The surprise of our meal was the peach cobbler.  It was loaded with cinnamon which, to our tastes, blended well with the peaches.
"The surprise of our meal was the peach cobbler. It was loaded with cinnamon which, to our tastes, blended well with the peaches."
Cliff Strutz


They were just setting up the lunch buffet as we were leaving.  The fried chicken looked good and deserves further investigation!
"They were just setting up the lunch buffet as we were leaving. The fried chicken looked good and deserves further investigation!"
Cliff Strutz


A few of the many different flavors of peanuts available in the gift shop.
"A few of the many different flavors of peanuts available in the gift shop."
Cliff Strutz


The Virginia Diner feels much more like a family restaurant than a diner.
"The Virginia Diner feels much more like a family restaurant than a diner."
Cliff Strutz


It doesn't change, so you don't have to worry about missing it!
"It doesn't change, so you don't have to worry about missing it!"
Debi Schaefer


No false modesty here.  The Virginia Diner bills itself as
"No false modesty here. The Virginia Diner bills itself as "Peanut Capital of the World" and "A Legend in a Nutshell.""
Cliff Strutz



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