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Car Wash Cafe – VirginiaLiving.com

Car Wash Cafe - VirginiaLiving.com

Customers clean plates and cars at Susan Hall’s Car Wash Café.

How’s this for one stop shopping? At Susan Hall’s Car Wash Café, you can enjoy a soft crab sandwich, crab cake, or oysters — along with their famous coleslaw — and get a clean car, all in the same trip.

Hall says the cafe menu was inspired by her mother, who worked in Southern restaurants all her life. In fact, the pies on the menu are made using her mother’s recipes.

Customers come to the Car Wash Café for food. For breakfast, eggs benedict are topped with a choice of oysters, a crab cake, or soft-shell crab. Grits are the real deal, and the creamed chipped beef is made the old-fashioned way — with a slow-braised, spiced roux. Open for breakfast and lunch five days a week, this unpretentious spot offers both indoor and outdoor dining and gluten-free and keto options. Catering services are also available.

Hall says she just wanted to provide a place where locals and visitors to Kilmarnock could sit and enjoy a casual yet delicious breakfast or lunch. Be there before 2pm on Sunday or 2:30pm Wednesday through Saturday to get a taste of this Best of Virginia repeat winner.

As one reviewer puts it: “Don’t drive by and think ‘why eat at the car wash?’ The answer is simple: because it’s really good food, and you’ll regret it if you don’t!” Facebook: @carwashcafeva

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