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From Hampton Roads Magazine (2007)

It's that palate-pleasing time of year once again. We proudly present the 2006/2007 Hampton Roads Magazine Platinum Plate Awards.
By Patrick Evans-Hylton

Food continues to be a common denominator in a region that is spread across
thousands of square miles, crossing rivers, streams and even the Chesapeake Bay.

As we've reminded you before, some 2,000 restaurants feed Hampton Roads (discounting those that have animated characters as spokespersons). We all have our favorite places based on varying criteria, from quality of food and service to ambiance to price.

Food critics have their favorites too, and for the last five years we've asked them to share their top spots for a great meal. This article once again presents a perennial readers' favorite?the 50 restaurants honored with a Hampton Roads Magazine Platinum Plate Award for making the grade.

The list is varied, from casual eateries to upscale dining. There are restaurants represented across the region and across cuisine types. This is one of the most diverse lists we've had since we began dishing out the Platinum Plates.

There are restaurants that serve incredible barbecue sandwiches, piled high with sinfully seasoned pulled pork and creamy cole slaw; restaurants that specialize in the flavors of Asia, like pho, sushi and dim sum; eateries with Mediterranean and Old World European tastes; classic American diners and everything in between.

The grouping is geographically diverse as well: our critics located food finds all across Hampton Roads, from Williamsburg and the Peninsula to downtown Norfolk, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and a few in Chesapeake, Suffolk and elsewhere in our region.

So no matter what HR city you call home or what kind of food fills your plate, grab a fork and get ready to go out and satisfy that appetite. The only hard part is figuring out which top 50 restaurant to try first.

Pierce's Pitt BBQ
447 East Rochambeau

Julius C. "Doc" Pierce moved from Tennessee to Virginia in 1971 with his mother's 70-year-old secret sauce and the desire to serve up some good barbecue; he succeeded. In the quaint, unpretentious dining room, customers find variety of menu offerings like burgers, dogs and chicken. Don't bother. Go for the Super Doc: a large roll stuffed with tender, slow-cooked, pulled pork barbecue covered in special sauce and layered with homemade slaw, cheese and diced onions.

Critics' Comments: "The car still veers off I-64 at the Lightfoot exit for this paragon of barbecue." "Their peanuts are outstanding too." "In a region where barbecue is religion, this is Hampton Roads' culinary cathedral." "Pork perfection."

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