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On Thursday, September 15, 2016, I had lunch in Winchesterâs downtown at the Piccadilly Grill, 46 East Piccadilly Street, which had recently opened for breakfast and lunch on August 31. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM; Saturday, 7:00 AM-2:00 PM. Take-out and dine-in services are available, and the phone number is (540) 431-5037.
The most recent eatery at this address was Just Like Grandmaâs, which had closed earlier this year. I had eaten there once, about four years ago. Before that it had previously operated as the Piccadilly Grill, after being a White Castle restaurant. I believe my wife and I ate there not long after we moved to Winchester in 1982.
The Piccadilly Grill can be described as a small, hole in the wall diner operation that is very narrow, with maybe 15 stools at an L-shaped counter where you order and eat. There is also a small table up front, next to the window. The kitchen is a grill behind the counter, and you can see the food being prepared there while you wait.
The floor has a light tan color; the walls and the ceiling are white. I was told that the walls had been dirty and covered with writing, and had to be repainted. The interior is well-lit, and has a brighter ambiance than Just Like Grandmaâs, which I had noted as being somewhat grungy.
The menu is a double-sided 8-1/2 by 11-inch sheet, laminated in plastic. It lists Breakfast Specials, Breakfast Meals, Breakfast Sandwiches, and Breakfast Side Orders; also, Lunch & Dinner, served w/fries or chips, Side Orders, Kids Menu, Drinks, and Juices.
I asked for the Birch Beer listed on the Drinks Menu, which most places donât offer. However, I was told that at present that outlet of the drink dispenser was currently used for Mr. Pibb; it will be switched to Birch Beer when all of the Mr. Pibb has been used up. I accepted a Mr. Pibb, and ordered a Western Omelet with Rye Toast, from the Breakfast Specials Menu.
I would rate the omelet as acceptable, but noted that the two pieces of rye toast had the thinnest slices I had ever seen. Both servers also served as cooks, and I noticed that only one of the ladies used gloves while putting uncooked food on the grill. I ate there to learn what the Piccadilly Grill was like, and donât believe that Iâll be back.
The restaurant is next to John B. Hayes, Tobacconist, at 50 East Piccadilly. Although there is no smell of tobacco inside the restaurant, there is a strong smell of the substance outside as you walk by the storeâs corner location.
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On Monday, September 26, 2016, I had an afternoon snack at Sweet Frog Yogurt, 2029 South Pleasant Valley Road, in Winchester, Virginia. The location is in the Pleasant Valley Marketplace, near Staples.
Hours are Sunday, 1:00 PM-9:00 PM; Monday-Thursday, 12:00 PM-9:00 PM; Friday& Saturday, 12:00 PM-10:00 PM. The phone number is (540) 662-4102, and the Web site is www.sweetfrog.com.
This was my first visit, and was prompted by receiving a gift card for my 96th birthday. There were five wooden lawn chairs on the sidewalk near the entrance, which did not have a vestibule. Inside was a single room with a counter partway back on the right with a checkout station at the front end.
The counter was angled toward the back. I discovered that Sweet Frog is a self-service operation. At the back end of the counter, you choose a 12-, 16-, or 24-inch cup or an edible waffle dish to use, and fill it with the flavors of frozen yogurt you decide on from a bank of seven dispenser stations with three flavors apiece.
You then move to the toppings bar for a choice of sauces and solid toppings. Finally, you place the filled cup on a scale to be weighed at the checkout for pricing. Napkins, spoons, etc. are available near the front of the right wall. There are too many yogurt flavors and toppings to list here, but the Web Site has menu links for these.
The floor is hardwood, and the ceiling is white. Lighting is by hanging white globes. A bench along the left wall offers seating at eight tables that have facing black metal chairs with pink cushions. There are seven round tables along the center of the room with another round table at the front window.
There was no TV screen, but local Country Music Station WUSQ 102.5 FM was almost loud enough to be intrusive. The place was clean and the ambiance was good. You can buy Sweet Frog tee-shirts, hats, accessories, and toys.
I used a 12-ounce cup and chose a single flavor of frozen yogurt, New York Cheesecake, although it would have been possible to mix several. At the toppings bar I selected Peanut Butter Chips and added Caramel Sauce. I donât eat a lot, and my gift card was charged only $2.82. I have a balance of $7.18 remaining on my card, and will definitely return for encores.