Culpeper Glory Days Grill – Fail

15295 Montanus Dr.
Culpeper, VA 22701
(540) 829-7133

American | $


On a recent Sunday drive we found our way to Culpeper, VA and decided to stop by Glory Days Gill for a late lunch.


I have had the Tortilla Soup at the Manassas location and loved it. The one here not so much. It was ok but not the same as the batch in Manassas.


I went with the crab cakes and was disappointed. They looked great but were mostly filler.


The golden rule of food photography is never take pictures of half eaten food, it’s not a good look. Crab cakes need filler to hold them together. Here there was little crab and mostly filler. The flavor came from the crispy panko, not crab.

If you find yourself at Glory Days you may want to pass on the crab cakes, they weren’t worth the money.

Rocktown Kitchen is a Hit

Rocktown Kitchen
217 S. Liberty Street #101
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

American | $

In the heart of Harrisonburg, VA, Rocktown Kitchen serves up quality scratch dishes that are delicious. Seating at the bar was closed and tables were spaced over 6 feet apart. Before being seated I could see a staff member giving our booth a serious cleaning. Staff and guests were all masked. We eat early to dine with minimal patrons. If we find a restaurant nearly half full, we will pass and try another day. We arrived around 4:30pm and only a couple of tables were occupied.

The wood and brick interior is simple and relaxing.

We usually have water or iced tea with dinner, I mention the tea here because it tasted like tea and not brown water made with one tea bag. Ordering iced tea shouldn’t be a crap shoot, but about 25% of the time I wish I had just asked for water.

My wife ordered the Meatloaf with Southern Style Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, and Tobacco Onion Rings. The green beans we cooked perfectly with just a slight crunch to them. The onion rings were great, thin, and breaded nicely. Not sure what the tobacco thing was all about but I would not hesitate to order them as a side. The meatloaf was perfect. It has a nice light mustard taste to it. The glaze was a tasty crisp caramelization that pared well with the mustard flavor.

For my entrée I chose the Grilled Pork Chop with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Apple and Onion Chutney with a Red Wine BBQ sauce. My pork chop was bone in for extra flavor and moist. The chutney was scrumptious with just a few too many raisins for my taste. The sauce was delightful and a perfect complement to the chutney.

The Mac & Cheese side was simple but well done.

We split a Warm Sticky Toffee Cake that was moist and wonderful.

Our waitress was great and a number of staff members including the owner stopped by to check on us and clear the table. Since we ate early noise level was not a concern. This is our 3rd dinner in Harrisonburg a great college town. See my blog posts on Bella Luna Pizza and Joshua Wilton House.

If you are looking for a nice relaxing dinner consider Rocktown Kitchen, they have a great menu.

Study Finds 82 Percent of Avocado Oil Rancid or Mixed With Other Oils | UC Davis

avocado oil

UC Davis recently released the results of testing of retail avacado oil available in the United States. The results are alarming. Eighty-two percent was rancid or adultrated. In some cases there was no avacado oil in the bottle at all, only soybean oil. Sort of reminds me of the sushi study a few years ago. Every sushi dish puchased from restaurants contained a lower priced fish other that what was on the menu for the dish.

Only 2 brands were acually 100% avacado oil. They were Chosen Foods and Marianne’s Avocado Oil.

Source: Study Finds 82 Percent of Avocado Oil Rancid or Mixed With Other Oils | UC Davis

Crews Contain Market Street Fire in Leesburg

Firefighters from Leesburg, Purcellville and Ashburn worked this morning to battle a fire that began in the Yummy Pig restaurant on West Market Street. The fire was reported around 11:30 a.m.

Sorry to see this happen to any business. We wish Chef Jim and his crew the best. We will be there for the grand re-opening for sure.

Source: Crews Contain Market Street Fire in Leesburg