11 July 2019
I headed back north out of Wilmington, still thinking about how good that duck was from last night at Rx. Wow, still one of my favourite places to eat in the US, too bad it’s so out of the way! I headed north, snaking along the eastern side of North Carolina.
Made a few stops, including a stop at Pettigrew State Park for a bit of a hike — though not sure what I was thinking considering it was humid and reaching the 90s this late morning. Fun trek through the lake-side woods, I was completely soaked when I got back to my car… A change of clothing and the AC blasting, I kept going north and crossed back into Virginia and reached my destination of the night, Suffolk.
I planned to pass through Suffolk in any case, but when I was doing my trip research I noticed a place called Harper’s Table and that was intriguing enough for me to choose to make this my final stop of the trip. I was tired, so needed to rest a little. Plus, I need to plan out my drive for tomorrow as I’m hugging the east side of the state, along the necks, cutting into Maryland to get home.
I eventually drove into town and just as the showers began, I got to Harper’s Table. A nice relaxing table, and soon a nice relaxing, refreshing strawberry gimlet — perfect for today. The menu looked very good, so I ordered and relaxed. Soon the 2 snacks I ordered appeared…
Mmmm, a nice pork belly biscuit. Done quite nicely, definitely something I can keep snacking at. The devilled eggs were excellent, almost as good as last night’s rendition. So far so good! And I then ordered their house Manhattan and chilled with it…
The drinks have been good, and then my main course arrived — the pork chop.
Oh my these are done perfectly, uncompromisingly pink and not overzealously trimmed as so many places do. Lovely quality pork cooked perfectly, one of the best pork dishes I’ve had this year. Really excellent, with some sorghum, radish and greens to go alongside the fabulous meat. What a great last meal for this trip!
I relaxed and had one last drink, and went with a dessert — something simple…
Just some rather nice house-made ice cream and sorbet — chocolate, bourbon, hazlenut & strawberry. A really nice way to end this evening. I thanked my very capable and friendly server and thanked the chef as well before I headed out for the short trek to my hotel. I’m so glad this trip is ending in such wonderful ways!
I must say, this is a discovery. It’s very much worth a stop, especially if you are headed south from DC. Easily the best place I’ve eaten in the entire Hampton Roads area. Very highly recommended!
122 North Main Street
* And thank goodness everything went smooth for the next day’s drive back, despite some traffic issues. Often these trips don’t end well, but this was a rare exception. Still thinking of that excellent pork chop…