Today started of OK, then got bogged down for hours before a great finish. We got moving this morning, checked out of our hotel in Towson, MD and planned to get to the Port of Baltimore around 1300 for Coop's appointment to ship his Jeep before a six hour drive to Raleigh, NC. Unfortunately, what we hoped was going to be a quick process dropping off the Jeep ended up keeping us there until after 1800, making getting to the Raleigh area and Ft. Bragg impossible.
what it did do was have us ending the night just south of Richmond, VA after a great meal and evenin catching up with an old friend for Coop and meeting a new friend for me when we met Art at Honey Whyte's.
When Art found out we were coming through late hetold us he had just the place for us to get the best burger in Richmond, and he was underselling what we found.
Located on Historic Tobacco Row in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, VA Honey Whyte's boldly proclaims on assign out front "best burger", and they back it up convincingly. The only entrees on the menu are burgers. They have turkey burgers for the healthy eaters and even a black bean patty for the vegetarians in the crowd but what they really do is beef. You start by choosing either a 1/4 pound or 1/2 pound patty and then the type of burger.
Fried pickles, the perfect appetizer
We started with an order of fried pickles, and they were perfect. Thickly battered and evenly coated, they were crispy and delicious. Back home fried pickles often are cooked at too low a tempature and end up a soggy mess, it's good to be in The South again.
The signature burger at Honey Whyte's is the 1/2 pound Heart Attack. A 1/2 pound fresh beef patty between two grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches. Presentation was simple, a giant burger in the center of a clean white plate with a knife stuck in the center. No sides like fries to detract from the mountainous burger. The individual sandwiches were grilled crispy and perfectly browned, and the beef was one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. This goes in my top 5 list along with burgers like The Boncat Bite's Green Chile Burger in Sante Fe, NM and the Hot Brown Burger from Wallace Station in Versailles, KY.
It was great to meet Art and a great chance for he and Coop to catch up, but it was also an amazing burger experience. Serendipity to be sure on this Fat Boy Summer Road Trip.