I'm spending some time up in Charlottesville and there's no restaurant up here that serves down-home, Southern country cooking. Places that list themselves as "home cooking" spots serve up sides that you'd associate more with northern climes - think mashed potatoes, green beans, pinto beans, potato salad, etc. Fox's Cafe is such an example. Even Michie Tavern.
I tried Scottsville, VA, a small town south of C'Ville, and they have a place called Lumpkin's that has been going for 40-some years. Called today and it's the same thing - green beans, pintos, cole slaw, baked apples. No turnips or collards. No casseroles.
I'm looking for a place you'd find in the Carolinas or Georgia - somewhere that does collards, squash casserole, limas, okra&tomatoes, black-eyed peas, lady peas. Sometimes these will be associated with BBQ joints, but Charlottesville doesn't have BBQ joints either!
So yeah, I'm willing to drive to Richmond to get my Southern veggie fix. I don't really care if the BBQ is good (because seriously, what BBQ is in Virginia?), just as long as the veggies and sides are righteous. Any tips?