Restaurants & Bars 3

Regional Specialties

N Tocus | Jan 7, 2003 04:49 PM

A while back I saw a query on this board where someone was looking for restaurants that serve regional specialties and I have been thinking about that. The fact is that regional specialties tend to be homey fare, not trendy, and definitely not haute cuisine so I'm not sure that my recommendations belong on this board but anyway here goes. 1) For northern Maryland/southern Pennsylvania regional specialties go to The Cozy in Thurmont MD, a big campy barn of a place that's been there for decades serving buffet-style (to generations of reporters covering Camp David). Regional offerings include slippery pot-pie, which is big rolled-out noodles in chicken and gravy; roast locally grown turkey with all kinds of vegetables; excellent coleslaw; and cottage-cheese-and-apple-butter (you are supposed to dribble apple butter over the cottage cheese). They used to serve scalloped oysters but may not any more. 2) I am away from DC for a few years now but there used to be a soul food buffet called The Chef's Table not far from Catholic University---check the phone book to see if it's still there. The food, composed of equal parts of fat and salt, was quite possibly the most delicious food I have ever eaten. 3) For Southern regional food go to Colonial Williamsburg. The King's Arms will be lovely for dinner and the brunch buffet at Cascades will keep you going until dinner: shrimp creole with spoon bread makes a fine breakfast. 4) For non-tomato-sauce Southern barbecue (chopped pork kind) there used to be a place on Route 1 in Alexandria called the Dixie Pig that is now gone but I heard that it moved somewhere--if anyone knows where it is I hope they post that information.

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