We powered through 8 states in the first day of our road trip: Massachusetts through Maryland. I was super eager to leave the Northeast and check out places I’ve never been before, past the Mason-Dixon line. With the long drive behind us, we settled into our Airbnb place in Baltimore, and met up with our friend Chelsea who goes to school there. Since our goals for this trip include traveling by food and architecture, I really wanted to try a Baltimore clam cake.
Chelsea suggested Sip & Bite, an old-time diner, featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and located right near the Harbor. The clam cake was really, really good, basically melt-in-your-mouth.
We hit the road for Richmond, Virginia next. So far RVA has been my favorite place of the trip. We checked out Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and they happened to be having a food truck night that was really awesome.
They used their brew house to create great indoor/outdoor space, by opening up the massive garage door. The craft beer was served inside and the food trucks set up outside with picnic tables. A lot of people even brought their own lawn chairs to sit and hang out. The vibe was relaxed and laid back, and there was a great mix of foodies and craft beer fans. We checked out all of the trucks before deciding on some Southern BBQ and brick-oven pizza: Estes Bar.B.’Que and Pizza Tonight.
My first taste of Southern BBQ was a great one. I chose to get BBQ sliders with 3 different meats: smoked chicken, smoked ribs, and pulled pork. They came with your choice of Chesapeake Slaw, which was vinegar-based, or Classic Mountain slaw, which was a mustard-mayonnaise mix; I got both. Pizza Tonight serves their homemade pizza from a portable (meaning this thing is on it’s own set of wheels), wood-fired brick oven. We loved their style – lots of variety and diverse, fresh flavors. The Fig and Pig pizza sounded great to me: fig preserves with prosciutto, but we ultimately went with the Pesto-Bacon, also yum. We washed it all down with a glass of Hardywood Singel, a Belgian Abbey-style ale. The perfect afternoon, I would say.