‘Best of the Rivah’ awards presented

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

White Dog Bistro in Mathews County and River Birch in Middlesex County were the big winners in the Best of the Rivah 2017 contest sponsored by the Rivah Visitor’s Guide.

Winners in 36 categories were announced in the July issue, now on newsstands. First-, second- and third-place winners were noted.

White Dog Bistro was chosen by participating readers as the best place to get a crabcake, best place to have a cocktail and the best place for a date. River Birch was named the best place for rivah home accessories and the best nautical gift shop. The shop also tied with Lancaster County’s Rivah Antiques and Accessories as the best place to find rivah attire.

River Birch also tied for second place with Crying Shame gift shop in Tappahannock for the best place to find rivah art and tied for second with Kilmarnock’s Ross’s Rings and Things for the best place to find rivah-themed jewelry.

Virginia Street Cafe in Urbanna won two categories, including best place for fried oysters and the best place for a soft crab. The restaurant also won second for best place to get crab soup. J&W Seafood in Deltaville also was a multi-category winner, named the best place to get bait and tackle and the best fresh seafood market.

Other category winners include Merrior, Topping, best waterfront dining; Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery, Kilmarnock, best place to find rivah art; Isabell K. Horsley Real Estate, Middlesex, Mathews and Lancaster, best real estate company; Norman’s Produce, Saluda, best fresh produce stand/market; Main Street, Kilmarnock, best rivah main street; Good Luck Cellars, Kilmarnock, best winery; Wake Beach, Middlesex, best beach; Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Reedville, best oyster roast; Northern Neck Burger, Kilmarnock and Tappahannock, best place for a burger; Stuck on a Name, best local band; and Bethpage Camp-Resort, Urbanna, best campground.

Also, Norton’s Yacht Sales, Deltaville, best marina; Salon by the Bay, Topping and Rivah Day Spa, Saluda (tie), best place to get pampered; Capt. Billy Pipkin, Ingram Bay Marina, best charter boat captain; Tri-Star Supermarket, Kilmarnock, best fried chicken for a day on the boat; King Carter Golf Course, Irvington, best golf course; Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, best wedding venue; and Eckhard’s, Topping, best inland restaurant.

Also, Steve Kancianic, Yours Truly Photography, best photographer; Burke’s Fine Jewlers, Kilmarnock, best place to find rivah-themed jewelry; Kilmarnock Inn, Kilmarnock, best hotel/B&B; Crazy Crab, Reedville, best place to get crab soup; Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, best museum/historical site; Car Wash Cafe, Kilmarnock, best place for breakfast/brunch; Stevie’s, Kilmarnock, best place to eat ice cream and Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna, best festival.

For a complete list of winners, including second and third place in each category, pick up a copy of the July Rivah Visitor’s Guide, or visit RivahGuide.com.

Published jointly by the Rappahannock Record and Southside Sentinel, the Rivah Visitor’s Guide covers Essex, Gloucester, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties.