Over the past year, The House and Home Magazine has been running The Best I Have Ever Eaten in The Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Contest. There are many great restaurants in our area. With over four hundred submissions and many wonderful quotes, here are the top vote getters and some of their dishes that were voted to be the best in this area. The top five restaurants that received the most votes were The Car Wash Café, The Lancaster Tavern, Hobb’s Hole, Good Eats and Driftwood. The rest of the restaurants mentioned received most of the votes as well. Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting including our $300 winners who were randomly drawn. The winners were Janie Anderson (Angelo’s) and Lydia Haynie (The Town Bistro). Happy Dining!!!
KINSALE —Their credos have always been to serve the freshest locally sourced seafood and produce, expertly prepared with innovative techniques, priced fairly in a casual, comfortable atmosphere with excellent service. All items are made from scratch.
MONTROSS—A surprisingly authentic taste of Italy in the little town of Montross. Be charmed by thick pizzas filled with sweet delectable sauces and melted to perfection cheese. Enjoy toasted subs and gyros for lunch or dinner. It is the perfect place for families and groups.
LANCASTER—Top Five! Elegantly decorated with personal touches, diners feel like guests in this cozy restaurant. It is easy to see why they were voted in the top fi ve. A homestyle menu showcases comfort foods from heaping sides of macaroni and cheese to rich bread puddings that melt hearts. Be careful, if going for lunch, clear your schedule, you’ll want to return for dinner too.
TAPPAHANNOCK—Eat and be entertained. A lively environment. Enjoy dinner while listening to a band or Wednesday night karaoke. Great daily specials throughout the week make it not only a fun but affordable place to eat. Call in to-go orders at lunch and dinner, sit at the bar to meet locals or go with
friends, either way it is sure to be a fun time.
ART OF COFFEE
MONTROSS—A great way to start off your day! Satisfy your morning cravings with an espresso and scone, or perhaps a cappuccino and pastry? Enjoy the relaxed environment while taking in local art. This is a great place to have lunch and to take advantage of free WIFI. Unique paninis will take you through all the art genres. The Warhol, a grilled Swiss America cheese on Italian, or the Da Vinci, the reuben on marbled rye. Don’t miss out on live music, and check them out on Facebook.
REEDVILLE—Location, location, location. If this restaurant were any closer to the water you’d need a life vest on. Its pier location on Cockrell’s Creek allows you take in all the sights especially if you sit under the covered deck. Be enchanted by the crab on crab, she crab soup, local broiled oysters, and the many other menu options.The extremely friendly and hospitable staff enhances the allure. This is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood with the entire family at an affordable price.
COLES POINT—Jumbo crabcakes topped with crabmeat? Yes! Walk into a quaint restaurant with a serious menu. The place never runs out of crab—from filet mignon with soft shells topped with crab to fresh cod stuffed with crab imperial. Stomachs growl as slices of homemade bread are enjoyed in anticipation for the meal. Early bird specials offer the same delectable tastes at great prices.
CAR WASH CAFE
KILMARNOCK—Voted number one! The thinnest, most delicious fries accompany juicy burgers and thick cut sandwiches. Savory seafood bisques and if your lucky incredible crab cakes will fi ll you to the brim. This café has a relaxed environment and a completely devoted owner. You may have to wait for a chair, but once you sit, you will wonder why you waited so long to come.
WHITE DOG INN
MATHEWS—For at least 150 years, The White Dog Inn has stood its ground. Since early 2009 the Van Cliefs have been serving fantastic food inside and out. Whether you choose a casual open dinner inside or on the Port Side Deck for your favorite island drink you will not be let down. An absolute gem.
NATE’S TRICK DOG
IRVINGTON—Walk into an elegantly decorated restaurant and notice the dog innuendoes throughout. Sit and stay at the bar and enjoy homemade potato chips while sipping a cold draft beer. Lightly breaded and fried calamari, Oysters Rockefeller, and shrimp matamoras are only several of the appetizers, which must be experienced. From shanks to chops, the entrees will please you endlessly. Make room for the molten lava cake, and if you are able to walk, pet the Trick Dog on your way out.
TAPPAHANNOCK—Located on the Hobb’s Hole Golf Course, this is an accommodating place to dine throughout the week. From a fast-paced environment for the busy golfer to a laid back dining experience with family and friends, you can enjoy an array of lunch options from fresh salads to signature sandwiches and dinner specials such as tender baby back ribs basted with bourbon barbecue sauce to coconut shrimp. Sunday brunch and catering are only two of the many other services offered.
WHITE STONE—Savor the best oyster stew in the Northern Neck while watching waves crash on the shore. Your senses will be in overdrive from the sights and tastes offered at Willaby’s. The riverview dining is unique and charming. The menu is sure to please any palate from garden burgers to spiced steamed shrimp. Make sure to leave enough room for the homemade desserts.
TOPPING—This primarily German restaurant offers Italian dishes and incorporates local seafood when in season. Made from scratch sides like sautéed purple cabbage and spaetzle will keep you coming back. The large portion sizes and friendly staff make for a great dinning experience any time of the year.
TAPPAHANNOCK—Good things come in small packages. Java Jacks got a lot of votes for their breakfast and Jacks, a donut type dish with powdered sugar over it. It is not just a coffee shop. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live entertainment on certain nights this dynamo of a restaurant is a must when in Tappahannock.
KC CRABS & CUE S, KILMARNOCK—Affordable and enjoyable. A great place to catch the game on one of the 10 big screen TVs or play pool with the guys while grabbing something to eat. The menu offers savory local seafood such as hard shell crabs and fried oysters. All American items such as chef salads, BLTs and burgers willkeep you coming back. Families and friends gather at KCs for a good time and great food.
Lowery's, Tappahannock—A restaurant known for its casual family atmosphere has recently expanded with a grill and patio! Enjoy live outdoor music on Friday nights while tasting local flavors. Come hungry and try the famous hot seafood platter. Fish, oysters, scallops, shrimp, and crab served broiled or fried. How could you go wrong? Children are welcomed with open arms here. A toyshop feel store front with games and candy will keep them entertained for hours. Check out their website to print coupons and the carry out menu.
Mojos, Urbanna—Enjoy a restaurant full of life in charming Urbanna. The bistro style is fun and inviting. The decor includes local art and it changes constantly! Try the lobster crab bisque and you’ll be hooked. The tuna steak
sandwich with basil mayo and homemade salsa is also a favorite. Whether looking for a place to sip mojitos garnished with fresh mint or for a place to catch up with friends, Mojos is right for you.
Oogywawas, Kilmarnock—Funny name, serious food. Oogywawa’s husband and wife team have wowed their customers over and over again. Oyster po’ boys reflect local seafood charm and the fried pickle appetizers will mesmerize taste buds. Whether reading the menu on the patio or drawing pictures on the chalkboard at the booth, deciding what to order will prove to be a challenge.
Roma’s, Tappahannock—Owned by the Giambancos for over 35 years, this restaurant boasts over 250 items including over 20 gourmet pizzas. Voted the number one Italian restaurant for ten years and still using Moma Giambanco’s special spaghetti sauce. You must try this food located in their new building.
Sandpiper, White Stone—Peach cobblers coming out of ovens can be smelled from the parking lot, making mouths water before entering the restaurant. Once inside the friendly staff will answer any question and share local favorites. Fresh flounder and the prime rib au jus are just two from a long list. The comfortable atmosphere is sure to please.
TIDES INN, IRVINGTON—Be enticed by the resort feel. Dine at one of the three restaurants each with its individual appeal—from casual pool side dining to the intimate and dignified Chesapeake Club. Local seafood is showcased with unique culinary touches such as pan seared Virginia coastal scallops served with spring pea puree, spaghetti squash and cheesy country ham grits. The Lancaster Lemonade is their signature drink enjoyed by vacationers and locals alike. Chilled Vodka, Limoncello, Northern Neck Ginger Ale and fresh-squeezed lemon juice garnished with fresh herbs. Whether the tide is in or out, you will be treated like royalty here.
TOMMYS, REEDVILLE—Walk into the converted old store and be charmed by the local vintage décor. Sit on the porch and enjoy the waterfront views then come inside to a casual atmosphere. Seafood and steaks are cooked to perfection. Try the fried flounder and the jumbo steamed shrimp. The onion rings keep people coming back too! Whether you sit at a table or at the bar you’ll be planning your next visit.
THE TOWN BISTRO, KILMARNOCK—The newly expanded restaurant and bar showcase an impressive menu. Entrees so fine, you will wonder if you stepped into another country. From cool and crisp to full bodied and rich, their wines expertly marry the cuisine. Several nights a week the bistro offers three course meals for incredible savings.