Great Burgers on Virginia’s Northern Neck

Great Burgers on Virginia’s Northern Neck

Restaurant Review: Northern Neck Burger Co.

You know a good burger when you find it. And a good burger is hard to find these days of frozen patties compressed into uniformed shapes. Here comes the Northern Neck Burger Co. making a mighty tasty burger. It is a brand new restaurant in Kilmarnock, Virginia opening in December of 2013.

All they do is burgers. And well. I had the Ultimate Bacon Burger, which is applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion on brioche bun. They add their special secret sauce called ‘Rivah’ sauce. I believe it is mayo, ketchup, and Old Bay seasoning. Whatever it was, it was good.
And what would a good burger be without its sidekick of a fried potato product? They do hand cut ‘twisters’ lightly seasoned with Old Bay seasoning and they were good. They came out in one long spiral making them fun to eat.
Prices are good for the quality and quantity of the burgers between $6-$10. They do have meatless burgers and children-sized portions. The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed and cheeky. Nothing fancy, but fun. Feels like you’re on holiday and that’s something we all can dig.
So skip the chain burger joints and go local for burger perfection.

Northern Neck Burger Co.
62 Irvington Road

Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Mount Olive Giant Pickle Drop

Mount Olive Giant Pickle Drop

A New Year’s Tradition of the Mount Olive Giant Pickle Drop

Who wouldn’t want to see a giant pickle drop from a pole to ring in the New Year? When I read about the Mount Olive giant pickle drop on New Year’s Eve, we had to go. I mean, come on, a giant pickle dropping from the sky! Couldn’t pass on that. Such a great piece of Americana.

The pickle drop was started fifteen years ago in Mt Olive, North Carolina by the Mt. Olive Pickle Company. The company has been in business since 1926. Mt. Olive Pickle Company produces some mighty tasty pickles. We came across them while living in Kentucky and were tickled to find out they are a local company when we moved to North Carolina.
We always have a jar of pickles in our fridge. While I’m not much of eat-a-pickle-out-of-jar kind of person, I use pickles in my tuna, salmon, and chicken salads. My family enjoys bread & butter pickles while I prefer Kosher dill pickles if I’m going to eat a pickle. I remember growing up outside of New York where pickles are Kosher dill whole pickles pulled from big barrels and served in waxed paper bags. For me, that’s the only way to eat a pickle.
I know this is a food blog, but back to the pickle drop. We joined about two thousand people at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company’s factory to ring in the New Year at 7:00pm. That’s not midnight you are thinking, but they ring in the New Year at midnight Greenwich Mean Time. Very handy for us with little people. (Or us old farts who can’t stay up beyond 11pm anymore.) It was a really nice family-friendly event with live music and refreshments where the kids were part of the event.
It was fun to watch the three-foot lit pickle descend the company’s 45-foot flag pole into a redwood pickle tank. It was over in a blink of an eye, but well worth the drive to be part of a piece of Americana.
And here is the pickle drop…