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CarWash Cafe and Catering

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481 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA
(804) 435-0405
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty breakfast, good service

An odd name, but very good food, and friendly service. I had a traditional breakfast of eggs and homefries, with a side of scrapple and a pancake... all very good, and reasonably priced. The waitress there was very friendly, and remembered my party's exact order from our first visit, when we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

An odd name, but very good food, and friendly service. I had a traditional breakfast of eggs and homefries, with a side of scrapple and a pancake... all very good, and reasonably priced. The waitress there was very friendly, and remembered my party's exact order from our first visit, when we returned for my second visit the next day. They... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Small, busy, humming with hometown locals and visitors, this lovely cafe is worth a stop if you're in the area. Fresh produce, local giant tomatoes I remember from my childhood, and reasonable prices make for a memorable lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We loved eating where the locals go and the food was great! Good, clean, busy and yummy! Small and busy but efficient and friendly.

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Virginia Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I visited for lunch on way into town. Don't blink or you would drive right by it! The outside looks like the previous car wash business but inside is a clean, cute dining room. Wish we had eaten inside, but we ordered our lunch to go, due to two puppies we had in the car. I ordered the chicken salad... More 

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Falls Church Va
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We came for lunch and I ordered a grouper sandwich" when it arrived, it was chewy so I had my husband take a bite. When the waitress saw us looking at the fish, she came over to see what was up. She took it back and because it is an open kitchen, we could see the entire team gathered around... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I had the best blueberry pancakes of my life. I am still thinking about the grits. Do yourself a favor and don't look at the exterior of the restaurant and think "no way." You'll be the one to regret it!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My sister's in-laws have a place down here and I have been trying to get down here for about 20 years. We just ate breakfast at The Car Wash and it was so delicious! I had the Stand By ( I think that was what it was called) 2 poached eggs, grits, scrapple and rye bread! Poached eggs were cooked... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Who would think in an old small gas station you would find such unique meals. Service a little slow but worth it. Always packed. Have had brunch and lunch and both offer so many good meals it is hard to choose

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Ok, the place is not much to look at from the outside and it'd be easy to drive by but don't. This is one of the great little finds that you look for when vacationing. The She crab soup is rich and thick and full of that good crab taste, the oyster po boy was awesome as was my wife's... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Would not have come if not for reviews. The outside doesn't look like a restaurant. But the local flavor and atmosphere is great inside. Small diner like and reasonably priced. The she crab soup was better than our gourmet dinner the night before. The crab cake and rockfish sandwich was very tasty. We just missed breakfast but it looked great.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 481 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Kilmarnock
  • Phone Number: (804) 435-0405

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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