On Saturday morning, Aaron and I started our long drive from Richmond, Virginia to the outer banks of North Carolina. On the way we drove through an area of Virginia that is famous for its peanuts. Consequently, there were restaurants and little shops cropping up everywhere like mushrooms, advertising Virginia peanuts – boiled peanuts, roasted peanuts, chocolate-covered peanuts, and peanut pie! We stopped at a place called the Virginia Diner, where we met up with Aaron’s family, who would be joining us at the beach house. The Virginia Diner had a big sign out front saying that it was world famous, and smells of southern cooking wafted across the parking lot. Inside, there were about a zillion other people looking to buy the world famous peanuts and to sample the macaroni and cheese, ham biscuits, and collard greens that have been featured on the Food Network (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – Episode DV0303). After a bit of a wait (Aaron and I definitely do not recommend going here on a Saturday at noon), we were seated. I ordered the pulled pork barbeque plate, with biscuits and butter, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese. The barbeque was vinegar-y and tender, the collards were pork-y and wonderfully southern, and the macaroni and cheese was creamy delicious. While I can’t in good conscience tell you that this meal was healthy (I’m on vacation, okay?), it turned out to be cheap, since Aaron’s grandfather picked up the tab for us (thanks!), and you can’t beat free! Here is my meal at the Virginia Diner.
We’re having a fantastic time here at the beach, and there is a big dinner planned for tonight – expect more updates soon!