Reviewed by Perry Crabill on
On Sunday, July 31, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at Dennyâs restaurant,1601 Martinsburg Pike, Route 11 north of Winchester, Virginia, near I-81 Exit 317.
Dennyâs is one of the few Winchester area restaurants open 24 hours a day, and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all times. The phone number is (540) 662-1633. In addition to dine-in service, there is to-go service that can be ordered via telephone for pickup.
Dennyâs has a parking lot entrance directly off of the southbound lane of Route 11. If you are traveling from Winchester in the northbound lane of Route 11, get in the left turn lane at the traffic light before reaching Dennyâs.
Turn left onto Route 661, Welltown Road, and then turn right into the parking lot and go past the Econo Lodge to Dennyâs, in front of the Comfort Inn. Dennyâs entrance is in the front and has a vestibule.
Inside, a padded bench on your left provides seating if you need to wait, and the hostessâs station is further in at your right. The cashierâs station is at the back of this area, with a counter seating four people to its left;, thereâs a TV screen on the wall here.
The imitation wood flooring is dark, and so is the ceiling. The seating area has dividers breaking it up into aisles, with booths and tables here and there. Windows are on both sides and the front. The arrangement is somewhat cluttered. The music was not intrusive.
The categories in the largest of the two menus included Drinks, Slams, Omelettes & Skillets, Favorites, Salads & Appetizers, Classics, Steaks, and 55 +. The smaller menu included Buttermilk Pancakes, Desserts, and Shareable Appetizers.
Our server was Brandy, and like all of the other restaurant personnel, was wearing a yellow tee-shirt with a large picture of a pancake with a face that had teeth in its mouth. This is part of Dennyâs promotion of their new reworked buttermilk pancake recipe, claimed to be fluffier and tastier than their previous version.
My daughter ordered from the breakfast menu. She had the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, juicy blueberries cooked inside two new fluffy buttermilk pancakes, ser
I ordered from the 55+ menu, and had the Senior Omelette, a two-egg omelette with sautÃ©ed onions, bacon, diced tomatoes, and shredded Cheddar cheese, served with seasonal fresh fruit and toast.
The food was good, and the service was adequate, but Dennyâs location was somewhat out of the way for us and not special enough for regular dining.
Reviewed by Perry Crabill on
On Sunday, August 28, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at Winchesterâs newest restaurant, Mission BBQ, which had opened on August 22 at 2630 South Pleasant Valley Road. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday, 11:30 AM-8:00 PM.
The phone number is (540) 771-5686, and the Web site is www.mission-bbq.com. Dining in, take-out, and catering services are available.
The entrances are at the left corner of the building, next to a concrete patio for dining alfresco. There are no vestibules at the entrances, and as you go in you discover that this is a fast food operation.
You can pick up a paper menu before you walk down the aisle on your left to the counter where you place your order, or you can wait until you reach the counter to see the menu boards displayed on the back wall.
The menu includes such categories as Meat Market (Brisket, Pulled Pork, Turkey, Pulled Chicken, Chicken, or Meat Market Sampler); Racks, by the Bone, 5 Bone, or 10 Bone (Bay-B-Back Ribs or Spare Ribs)
Also, Sandwiches (Brisket, Chopped Brisket, Pulled Pork, Turkey, or Pulled Chicken); Make it a Combo for Meat Market, Racks & Sandwiches (XL Combo, or XXL Combo); Salads, EntrÃ©e or Side (Garden Greens or Plus Meat); Sides and Drinks, and a Kids Menu.
En route to the counter, a long tub of ice on your right has an assortment of bottled beverages to select from, unless you wish to wait to get your drink from a pair of dispensers in the seating area. After you place your order and pay for it, you leave your name to be called when it is ready, and find a place to sit while you are waiting.
Seating is by booths along the sides and tables of various sizes elsewhere. The floor has a dark color, and the exposed black ceiling shows the roof supports and air conditioning ducts.
The lack of acoustic treatment resulted in a rather noisy situation. There was no music, but three of the roomâs corners had TV screens showing different programs. The trash receptacles were black 55-gallon drums on wheels.
Wall decorations included photos and emblems of US military and our countryâs law enforcement officers, along with inspirational messages and mottos of various types. All kinds of military and police shoulder patches were exhibited where space could be found for them.
A sign headed ALL RISE advised that the national anthem would be played at noon, and everyone should rise and stand at attention. This happened while we were there.
The table had six different squeeze dispensers of barbecue sauce in a cardboard caddy: KC Classic, Bay-B-Que, Tupelo Honey Heat, Texas Twang, Smoky Mountain, and Memphis Belle. There was also a large bottle of vinegar. Instead of a napkins dispenser, a block with a vertical piece of pipe held a roll of brown paper towels.
My daughter ordered a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Cold Slaw, and a Frostie Vanilla Root Beer. I also had a Pulled Pork Sandwich, with a Potato Salad Side and a Boylan Black Cherry Soda. When my name was called, my daughter brought our orders to the table in two metal trays.
The buns for the sandwiches were smaller than the usual hamburger bun, but were piled high with the pork. My daughter didnât add any table seasoning to hers, but I felt the need to put Smoky Mountain seasoning on mine. I rated the sandwich as merely OK. I prefer that the seasoning be added to the barbecue before it is cooked, and not afterwards.
Nutrition information is available at the Web site if you click on the MENU link, scroll down to the bottom, and click on the NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION link. This provides a condensed presentation, but if you scroll down to the bottom and click on the VIEW FULL NUTRITION INFORMATION (PDF) link, you get a 53-page detailed PDF presentation.
Frankly, I was disappointed to discover that Mission BBQ was a fast food operation, and was also not pleased with the ambience. The noise from the lack of acoustic treatment, with the staff shouting the names of people whose food was ready, plus patrons going back and forth to the counter was disturbing.
My daughter found the air conditioning too chilly, despite wearing a sweater, and left to wait for me in the car as soon as she had finished eating. I wanted to know what the place was like, and now that I do know, Iâll probably not be back.