Jefferson County Post: On the Road with the Rambling Reporter
Virginia’s on King is a magnificent restaurant located in the heart of town that specializes in traditional southern cuisine and lowland cooking. The restaurant is the epitome of old school Charleston familial. Charm.
The restaurant features brick walls and booths with leather seats. The menu offers a plethora of favorites including okra soup, frogmore stew, also known as Beaufort Stew, tidewater boil (A simmering serving of shrimp), corn on the cob, sausage, quail and many other favorites. She-crab soup is rich and creamy and contains just a hint of dry sherry.
The restaurant was named for Virginia Bennett, the mother of one of the owners. Deeply devout Christians, Virginia and her husband, Warren, firmly believed in attending church on Sunday and having their six children and their grandchildren over for Sunday dinner. The tradition was intended to create family togetherness while enjoying good company, conversation, and the familiar dishes prepared from family recipes, collected and passed down through the years. It is these recipes, passed down from Virginia, that inspired the menu at Virginia’s on King. The same cuisine prepared for the Bennett family is now being prepared for travelers from across the nation that venture into the homey restaurant to experience a bit of southern tradition.
In addition the menu features a variety of wines, beers and ales that would suit any taste. The breakfast and brunch menus feature omelettes, grits, shrimp, catfish, fried chicken and much more. The dinner menu offers selections of gourmet favorites but the quail is not to be missed. Save room for dessert. While the chocolate fudge brownie sundae is exquisite, the key lime pie is a southern tradition is not to be missed.
The restaurant has received numerous 5-star reviews from Trip Advisor and travel magazines alike. Due to its immense popularity with travelers and locals, reservations are suggested during peak lunch and dinner hours.
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