Digging into the A Hamburger Today mailbag finds this awesome piece of correspondence from Drew H. in Virginia. He writes:
Dear AHT, I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed the site over the last few years. It's been wonderful—I've used it for everything from finding a tasty burger spot on the road to parsing the language that you experts use to describe the ultimate cheeseburger. Many thanks.
I did notice that you do not have a Virginia heading. Speaking for myself, and undoubtedly all of your Virginia fans, I would enjoy seeing AHT include the Commonwealth on the site. I've dined at all of the places below with the exception of Burger Boys.
Legendary local establishment serving beef ground on the premises, with a special blend of spices. Cheeseburgers are always served upside down on the plate, hot delicious fries and other college town fare. On the Virginia burger pilgrimage without a doubt. 418 N. Main Street, Blacksburg VA 24060; 540-951-7391
White Spot Restaurant
For more than 50 years a UVA tradition The “Gus Burger” is a traditional classic topped with a fried egg. If you like that, you have to try the “Motor Burger” a monster double-double topped with a fried egg and a stack of grilled ham slices. One of five places hailed as must stops on the Virginia burger pilgrimage. 1407 University Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22903 (at UVA Corner); 434-295-9899
Established in the 1950’s and a local institution serving hamburgers made to order w/ Kenney’s secret sauce. The simple cb, the fried chicken, crinkle cut fries and shakes are to die for. Stand in line on a Fall weekend with VMI cadets and Washington & Lee law students. A stop on the Virginia burger pilgrimage. 635 Waddell Street, Lexington VA 24450 (there's also a Buena Vista location); 540-463-5730
A been there forever, Lynchburg landmark for burgers, chili and hot dogs, the “Cheesy Western Burger” w/ a fried egg, gooey cheese and peppers is the choice of many. 422 Main Street, Lynchburg VA 24504; 434-846-3823
Opened in 2003, this family restaurant has been quickly acknowledged for one of the best hamburgers in the Commonwealth. Burger Boys should be called the “Burger Girl” as it’s owned by an enterprising, community leader named Sandra Hardeman. 13460 Dumfries Road, Manassas VA 20112
Tammy and Johnny’s
Traditional burgers made to order, fried chicken and seafood in an old-time highway side restaurant catering to truckers, travelers and locals; the Tammy or Johnny burgers top the menu. Lankford Highway, Melfa VA 23410; 757-787-1122
Inspired by the legendary Lendy’s Drive-Ins in the 1950s with several locations in Virginia, Pat’s serves burgers and ham sandwiches to die for, say many. The “Buddy Boy” is a double-double with Pat’s own secret sauce (a notable condiment addition to the traditional hamburger in Virginia); platters add fries and homemade coleslaw; great with O rings and strawberry pie. Part of the Virginia burger pilgrimage 3526 Shenandoah Avenue NW, Roanoke VA 24017; 540-981-1193
Big, tasty patties on softball-size whole grain buns, canned cheese, big crunchy fries and shakes in a back door filthy dive with friendly service. 3500 1/2 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
Wright’s Dairy Rite
Legendary local institution serving the “Superburger” a massive double-double with its own secret sauce. A solid choice on Virginia’s hamburger pilgrimage. 346 Greenville Avenue, Staunton VA 24401; 540-886-0435
Famous Uncle Al’s
Traditional burgers and dogs grilled to order, great fries and onion rings. 4768 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach VA 23455 (with other locations in South Hampton Roads area); 757-363-7800
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