After navigating windy backroads lined with sprawling marshes, we pulled up to Smithfield Station in Smithfield, Va., lovingly known as the ham capital of the world. Hello. Though voted one of the prettiest towns in Virginia, we were there for one thing and one thing only — The Station Burger, an eight-ounce angus beef patty topped with Smithfield ham, bacon and jumbo lump crab.
Sounds like a dream, right? Maybe I was too excited to be impressed by reality, but the presentation was just disappointing. I understand that not all burgers can arrive branded and speared with a fried pickle, but this one looked like it'd been hanging out under a heat lamp. The bun was soggy, and the crab and bacon seemed overpowered by the salty, albeit delicious, ham. Sigh.
Unlike our visit to Citizen Burger last week, it was too chilly to eat outside (which was unfortunate because the waterfront view was gorgeous). And apart from the table of German tourists behind us, there wasn't much in the way of entertainment. It was a quick trip (hence the photo of the water tower shot from the car), but only 10 burgers to go now!
The Station Burger | $13 | Smithfield Station | Smithfield
Three out of five stars