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Ernie's has been a South Boston institution more than 45 years. Their varied menu and family style atmosphere are popular with both locals and those just passing through. In March, 1991, Ernie's Restaurant burned to the ground, but they rebuilt it almost straightaway in the same convenient location on Route 360 east.
Favorite Dish: Specialties include Brunswick Stew, pork barbecue, barbecue sauce and homemade hush puppies. I prefer the all-you-can eat buffet with barbecue, fried chicken, country style vegetables, and desserts, but their wide ranging menu includes soups & salads, steaks & seafood, pastas, chicken, burgers, sandwiches, kids meals, even fajitas and desserts.
Updated Jun 24, 2004
Address: 4030 John Randolph Road, South Boston, VA 24592
Phone: (434) 572-3423
South Boston is a town of 8491 people (as of the 2000 Census) located about 10 miles (16 km.) north of the North Carolina line. The nearest city of any greater size is Danville 30 miles (48 km.) to the west. South Boston was a textile town which, at one time, had several mills including Sales Knitting and I'm old enough to remember the many tobacco warehouses where the crop would be sold at auction. Both aspects of the town's economy have been beleaguered by government policy. Ill-advised trade agreements have virtually killed the textile mills, not only here, but all over the region. Also, the government's "my way or the highway" anti tobacco policy has adversely affected local farmers and other jobs tied to the crop. That, in some part, explains the higher unemployment and the decline in the downtown.
Updated Mar 4, 2004
South Boston normally avoids the snowfalls and ice that plague the northern part of the state. However, occasionally, ice and snow will fall here too. Mind the snow and the ice on the roads and the native South Bostonians who aren't used to it.
Written Feb 17, 2003
The quickest way to get from downtown South Boston to Virgilina, take Route 501 South for 10 miles and Route 96 east for 8. Virgilina is home to the Summerfest the Saturday before the last Monday in May.
Written Feb 10, 2003
For you NASCAR fans, the South Boston Speedway is where 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton got his start. I can remember certain warm summer evenings when I could hear the races from Grandma Terry's front porch a few miles from the racetrack.
Updated Mar 4, 2004