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Re: “Virginia's on King

I've now eaten at Virginia's five times, so I feel pretty comfortable in making this review. The bottom line is that the food and value are good (and sometimes very good), but the service is awful.

Fried Pickles: B+
Pulled Pork Sliders: A-
Blackened Scallops: D (scallops are the smallest I've ever seen and the citrus zest is overpowering)
She Crab Soup: A-
Wedge Salad: A-
Shrimp and Grits: B (not bad, but not up to Chucktown standards)
Country Fried Steak: A (my favorite so far)
Fried Chicken: A (among the best in town)
Blackened Catfish: B+ (could use a more delicate hand, particularly on the salt)
Hoppin John: A (love it, wish they served those black eyed peas on their own as well)
Sweet potato fries: B (a bit soggy the time I had them)
Mac & Cheese: A- (good, but much better available in town)
Steamed Broccoli: B- (broccoli was overripe)
Baby Lima Beans: B (overcooked and not much flavor)

Overall, quite good for the money, but maybe they should have a smaller menu and just offer what's freshly available for side dishes. Also, beer and wine selection is pretty weak.

As for the service, it's awful. Hostess seems perpetually confused and bored (hard to do at the same time). Servers always seem rushed and disappear from the dining room for long stretches. Tables do not get bused promptly. It's a small place, so it's probably difficult to staff for a rush, but something has got to give. The last two times I was there I ended up walking to the bar to ask for my bill. I'm not sure who's in charge, but it doesn't take an expert to look across the dining room and see that most tables are waiting for something.

Dining room is simple and elegant. The space could easily accommodate a far more formal restaurant.

Again, food is good and reasonably priced, but I doubt I'll be back unless management changes.

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Posted by dubyadee on July 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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