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Restaurants in Virginia

Unique Old Dominion dishes that make eating through the state such a pleasure include peanut soup, ham with red eye gravy, and peanut pie. In and around Charlottesville, outstanding fried chicken is a staple, the best of it cooked and served in gas station convenience stores. Seafood from the ocean and from the Chesapeake Bay is at its finest all along the Eastern Shore, which also happens to boast a crop of ne plus ultra sweet potatoes – the basis of sweet potato pie, sweet potato French fries, and sweet potato biscuits. In southernmost Virginia, you’ll find cafes that serve what is — let’s be kind — a challenging dish: chitlins steamed in vinegar.

Virginia’s Most Famous Dishes

A basket of six hot donuts: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon

Donuts

Bowl holds a crisp-crusted apple dumpling and a scoop of caramel apple ice cream

Sweet Dumplings

Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills

Milkshakes

Melted cheese shares space with thick-cut bacon between slabs of butter-griddled toast.

Grilled Cheese

Great Virginia Recipes

Peanut Pie

Peanut Soup

Virginia’s Best Restaurants

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