The culinary team at Papa's Bar-B-Que & Seafood has honed the art of slow cooking pork loin and deep-frying shrimp through four decades of practice. After opening on West Bay Street in 1972 and spending nearly 20 years at Whitemarsh Island, the eatery arrived at its current spot on Charlotte Road. Although its location has bounced around, its food hasn’t. The same pit-cooked ribs, hand-breaded chicken fingers, and blackened tilapia pile onto plates to comfort stomachs so diners don't have to tuck teddy bears into their belts.
In keeping with this spirit of humble expertise, Papa's whips up housemade banana pudding and sells its own Bar-B-Que sauce by the gallon to drench homemade ribs or fill perfume bottles. They also sell barbecued pork, gumbo, and shrimp salad by the pint or pound. In addition to their dedication to hearty comfort food, owners Frank and Judy Ouzts have shown their commitment to the community with efforts such as a charity event, featured on WSAV-TV, that celebrated the eatery’s 40th anniversary while raising money for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
The roller-skating staff at Sonic Drive-In sidles up to cars bearing fresh American fare, ranging from coney dogs to hamburgers to onion rings. The Sonic burger simmers with a quarter-pound of pure beef nestled on a bun with your choice of toppings. Tasty add-ons include crispy, handmade onion rings, chili cheese tots, and mozzarella sticks, covered in italian breadcrumbs and easily used as a microphone substitute to sing along with the local weather report. Banana splits satisfy sweet teeth with a freshly peeled spear of fruit cooling under real ice cream and scrumptious toppings.
Voted Best Car Wash in 2010 and 2011 by Northern Virginia Magazine, the chassis shiners at Sonic Soft Car Wash deliver a host of gleam-enhancing services at both their Woodbridge and Falls Church drive-thrus. Though services differ slightly by location, both car washes see exteriors washed, floors and seats vacuumed, and windows wiped clean of finger- and bologna-prints, plus a suite of finish-protecting treatments, such as a wheel brite and a tire shine. A Vision Clear rain repellent helps keep a truck impermeable, and a Teflon clear-coat wax brings out a vehicle's shine. Meanwhile, the three-color ultraviolet protection polish staves off the unsightly blisters and embarrassing bikini lines cars develop in heavy sunshine.
A one-stop dugout for tasty eats and sporty pastimes, Coach's Corner dishes up an epic menu of bar favorites in a communal atmosphere bedecked with eye-fetching memorabilia. Diners can recruit ravenous doppelgängers to take on a colossal double-stacked Grand Slam burger donned with their choice of two toppings ($11.99), or snugly fix fangs into the warm kaiser roll ensconcing the Home Run burger, which placates rumbling tummies with a fresh array of ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and onion ($8.99). Both burgers are served with a pickle, a choice of fries, potato salad, or coleslaw, and a choice of swiss, cheddar, feta, or mozzarella cheese.
Sisters of the New South flaunts its Southern heritage with a menu that highlights fried chicken, collard greens, and other soul-food staples. The restaurant lives by the motto “real southern cooking,” and its chefs take pride in preparing each dish with the same care that their mothers would have used. Sisters even sells its unique blend of spices through an online store so that customers can re-create the restaurant’s fried chicken or season their bathwater.
Watson’s Seafood hosts a stocked marketplace of fresh, seasonal fish and crustaceans for customers to purchase raw and cook at home or for fry-cooks to prepare in-house. Taste the Caribbean seas with a pound of fresh conch meats ($10.99) or exercise jaw muscles by gnawing on the shell of a medium male crab ($16). Fish fryers prepare succulent shrimp in either a mild or tongue-scorching variety ($8.99 per pound) and enlist tender crabmeat to jump into a seasoned low-country boil. Although Watson’s does not have seating on-site, customers may purchase fresh made meals, such as a duo of fried tilapia pieces and french fries ($3.99), to eat in the comfort of their own home or neighbor’s bathtub.
The saucy wizards at Jersey’s Pizza craft toothsome New Jersey–style dough disks, calzones, strombolis, wings, and pasta to sate the growling stomachs of those who pass through their doors. The multifarious menu offers pizza by the slice, along with 16- and 18-inch pies to accommodate hunger levels from mildly peckish to mozzarella-craving vortex. Pepperoni, ham, sausage, beef, and bacon gather at a flavorful protein party atop the meat lover pizza ($3.25/slice, $16.49/16"), and taste buds delight in the Hawaiian pizza’s ambrosial ham and pineapple duet ($3/slice, $16.99/18"). Herbivorous nosh options include a mushroom-and-spinach pizza ($3/slice, $16.99/18"), and a vegetarian pie festooned with mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives, and sundried tomatoes ($3.25/slice, $16.49/16"). Break the circular cycle with anti-annular comestibles such as the savory chicken-alfredo pasta ($6.99) or the spin sandwich ($6.50), a deconstructed pizza filled with cheese and veggies or meat, folded in half, and cooked to hand-holdable or paper-airplanable perfection.