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Cobbs Creek Diner offers ‘best BBQ in town’


by Madison White Franks

In the Mathews County village of Cobbs Creek, you will find a casual family style country diner with southern comfort food focused on barbecue, made fresh and smoked at Cobbs Creek Diner.

One recent Sunday afternoon after church, my husband Taylor and I crossed the Piankatank River Bridge and ventured into Mathews to partake in the “best BBQ in town.” The diner is in a circa 1940s building built to house a food market and deli.

Taylor and I smelled the fresh smoked barbecue as soon as we entered. Some of the decor represented the area and included pictures of the building from the 1940s. Owners Johnnie and Perry Forrest opened the diner’s doors in March of 2014.

The tables were covered in black and white table cloths and menus were placed on all tables for easy access.

I knew I had to try the barbecue. When our waitress, Jessica, came to ask what we wanted to drink from their bottomless bellywashers menu, I ordered sweet tea and some appetizers of fried green beans and fresh pork rinds.

I asked for her suggestions and she recommended the barbecue “sammich” with pulled pork flavored with a dry rub at the smoker onsite. I added a side of fries.

Taylor chose the sampler platter that offered pulled pork, brisket and ribs and hushpuppies with honey and butter for dipping. He chose fried okra and cole slaw as his two sides.

The fried green beans looked very good. Taylor, who isn’t a green bean fan, tried one and couldn’t stop eating them. Anything fried is good, right!

They brought ranch for dipping. The green beans were fried to a perfect crunch. Jessica then brought the fresh pork rinds and told us to let them sit for a bit to cool off.


Owner Johnnie Forrest came to our table and suggested we put seafood seasoning on the pork rinds to add some kick. It made them even more flavorful.

As we enjoyed the appetizers, we could hear bluegrass and country favorites playing.

Our main course came relatively quick and boy was it a lot of food. My “sammich” looked amazing on a bun and Taylor’s platter looked scrumptious. Jessica offered a homemade vinegar-based barbecue sauce that we could use if we wanted or another barbecue sauce option. Of course we had to try the house vinegar-based sauce and it did not disappoint. Neither did the pulled pork as it had a delicious smoked flavor.

As a dessert, I knew I wanted ice cream so I ordered homemade apple cake with caramel drizzle with vanilla ice cream.

Taylor opted for a bowl of good old-fashioned chocolate ice cream.

I received a huge slice of cake, with what tasted like whipped cream cheese and cinnamon icing. It was delightful and I told the waitresses it needed to be a regular menu item.

The diner also offers breakfast on Sundays starting at 8 a.m.

Cobbs Creek Diner is a hidden gem in Mathews County so make the trip to Cobbs Creek to enjoy barbecue and a family friendly atmosphere at a great price.

If you go…

Cobbs Creek Diner

12 Linden Avenue
Cobbs Creek, VA 23035


Monday: 11am to 9pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11am to 9pm
Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday: 11am to 9pm
Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: 8am to 9pm

On the Menu:
Sweet Treats

Did you know?
Cobbs Creek Diner allows area musicians to come perform at their restaurant so head to the diner and enjoy good food and local talent. 

posted 09.04.2017

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