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Southern Kitchen Restaurant

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c. 1955. 9576 S. Congress St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Known throughout the Valley for its fried chicken and other Southern dishes, this well-preserved example of mid-twentieth-century roadside architecture is a one-story concrete-block building with a Permastone-clad facade, plate-glass windows, and a hipped roof crowned by a diminutive cupola. The building's fascia, sign over the entrance, and tall freestanding sign directing traffic to the side parking are all decked out in red and green neon. Counters and booths have boomerang-design laminated vinyl tops. The exterior and interior of this eatery have changed little since it opened for business.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Southern Kitchen Restaurant", [New Market, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 76-76.

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