A Slice of Cake as Big as Your Head

 Photo of my lunch from last fall. Photo taken last fall, when the lunch was fresh. Never did get to writing the post and now Rebecca Krafft has stepped up to guest blog. Thanks much, Rebecca!

Soul Food in Green Valley

Miss Margaret’s off-the-beaten path bbq joint is very easy to miss — or maybe a little hard to find. But it is a real find. Miss Margaret is a delightfully down-to-earth chef who has a half dozen home-style entrees and lots of sides and desserts (think huge layer cakes). I found it as a result of this item on ArlNow.com, and it turns out it had been profiled on a county video which you can access at the link above.

I went there a couple of weeks ago when I was clean out of ideas for dinner, and picked up ribs and pulled pork bbq. Delish, and there are other kinds of food as well — Jamaican chicken and curry too. I’ve only been there once so far.

Miss Margaret is so sweet — maybe about 35. So young, energetic and friendly. Pieces of cake as big as your head.

To get there, head south on Shirlington Road through Nauck. Cross 24th/Kenmore Street (Green Valley pharmacy on the corner), pass 25th street on the right, then look for a driveway on the right that goes straight up a hill. It’s on top of the hill next to a barbershop. There’s parking and the driveway continues back down the hill to exit. If you pass the billiards place you’ve missed it.

Here’s the ArlNow article. I encourage you to check it out.

It’s easy to miss the unpretentious storefront of Margaret’s Soul Food and Catering Services, located at 2534 S. Shirlington Road in Arlington’s Green Valley (Nauck) neighborhood. But the down-home cooking inside the barred windows of the one-story brick building is worth the 10 minute walk from Shirlington.

The county-run Arlington Virginia Network recently visited Margaret’s and found a treasure trove of soulful cooking, including jerk chicken, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, Italian sausage, collard greens and potato salad — all made according to proprietor Margaret Gardner’s family recipes.

In the video, Gardner’s demeanor appears to be even sweeter than the tea she serves. “In this business, honey, if you don’t crack a smile you won’t make a dime,” she told host Katie Greenan.

In addition to serving take-out customers (menu), Margaret’s caters events and is a regular vendor at the Arlington County Fair.

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