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Houndstooth Cafe - Hanover (VA)
(Located at the corner of Routes 301 and 54 in Hanover.
Take Exit 92 on I-95 South of Kings Dominion on Route 54.)
In addition to the area's connection with Patrick Henry, another reason to visit Hanover Courthouse is to eat at the Houndstooth Café, located in an old country store which has been refurbished as a restaurant.
We first heard of this restaurant from a review in Virginia Magazine and we are so glad we did. We found a quaint, friendly establishment where the wait staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. On the two occasions we ate there, we had different staff members each time, both of whom were terrific.
The menu offers a variety of sandwiches and entrees, but the reason to eat here is the barbecue - beef, chicken, or pork!
The pork barbecue we tried is tender, tasty, moist, and not soaked in any kind of sauce. The sauce is added on top, sufficient and perfect, but not overwhelming.
And every morsel you consume confirms the fact that you are, indeed, in "hog heaven." Hush puppies are delicious (and we mean REALLY delicious) as an accompaniment to the barbecue.
The menu also offers many fresh seafood items.
The dessert specialty is the "Houndstooth Derby Pie" and is perfect, served warm and chocked full of pecans, chocolate chips and bourbon.
If you are of a mind, you may also order homemade brownies, apple pie, or cheesecake.
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Owner Connie Cunningham also offers the "Houndstooth Feast for Four", a whole barbecued pork butt with three vegetables, hush puppies, and beverage. Call 804-537-5404 for hours as lunch and dinner are not served every day.