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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Eat Williamsburg: Skrimp Shack

For years I searched for a Shrimp Po Boy in town... Moving from the middle of the country to be near the ocean--- a mere 40 minute drive to Virginia Beach... I just knew Po-Boys would be huge here. Down in Destin, Florida where I grew up going to the beach, Po-Boys are always on the menu. I just knew living this close to the coast, I would have my fill on all the goodness that comes from the sea. Well, I have been sadly disappointed for years on my wish of Po-Boys from lunch and dinner until now.


When Skrimp Shack opened a little while back, it is located at 6588 Richmond Road past The New York Deli in a shopping center, I heard about the greatness that they served up so I had to go. Well I will say, Skrimp Shack does not disappoint. The shrimp po-boy is served on the softest bread and what a relief that it. Typically po-boys are served on hard crusty bread--- this bread is soft and crusty--- no chipped teeth or need for water to help wash down. So good and I love they do not cheap down the sandwich with a lot of lettuce and tomatoes and leave you wanting more shrimp. A+ on this! You also have a choice of mild or spicy sauce. I typically am a weenie when it comes to spice so I choose mild. It is so much better than a typically remoulade sauce. So much better. If you are like me and my husband we can typically split the sandwich it is so big.

The shrimp basket is also pretty amazing and your drink and fries are included. Serving size is large here also so you may need just one for two. The catfish breaded very nice and the hush puppies pass my approval.

My only complaint about the Williamsburg location was the choice of seating they chose. They are very flimsy feeling and I feel like I could easily fall out of my chair... oh and last time we were there the music was Phantom of the Opera. Very odd choice for eating lunch.

Have you been yet? What are your thoughts?


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