"Welcome to Mechanicsville, VA" Mechanicsville by b1bob

Mechanicsville Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 134 photos

Mechanicsville, Virginia is only 6 miles (10 km.) from the centre of Richmond (a real marker on the State Capitol grounds). When I was much younger, Mechanicsville still had a rural air. There was a small downtown and only one big grocery store. The windmill on the photo is a Mechanicsville landmark for people coming east on route 360. When McDonald's opened in 1979, that was the beginning of major development on Mechanicsville Turnpike which brightened the night skies in this part of town ever since. There is a rallying cry to limit the development. Folks from Mechanicsville are fiscal as well as cultural conservatives. They understand the value of the dollar and are supportive of entrepreneurship. However, they oppose overdevelopment of the area that threatens to turn this small town into a large city, like it did Fairfax County a few decades ago. When driving through here, you may see a lot of bumper stickers saying "Keep Hanover Hanover". That simply calls on the powers that be to reduce the rate of development and keep some vestiges of its rural heritage. The eastern and western parts are still very rural in nature and many people in the county want to keep it that way.

You know you're from Mechanicsville if...

You know the windmill truly is a windmill.

You don't laugh and ask "like mechanics-ville?" when you hear someone is from Mechanicsville.

You know at least 5 different ways to get to Mechanicsville turnpike.

You remember when pole green used to be the way to AVOID traffic.

You remember when there was NO traffic.

You've been in school with the same kids since pre-school, those same kids you were in preschool with, their parents and your parents all went to school together.

You know what the tomato bowl and stew bowl are, and you'd never miss them.

You know that when on 295 you don't take the Mechanicsville exit to get to "Mechanicsville".

You brag about the fact that Jason Mraz went to your high school even if you didn’t know that until you heard about it in the news.

If you are at all athletic you know Joey Matthews and he knows your entire life story.

You know that if you go to the Mechanicsville Little League ballpark you can't leave without getting a double coloured sugar lolly so that you can dip it in your Coke.

Your parking lot monitor is the devil, unless you have a pack of cigarettes to give her.

Lee Davis' lots look like a monster truck ralley and Atlee's lots look like the school-wide edition of pimp-my-ride.

You remember when Lee Davis and Stonewall actually tried to change their mascot and school name because it was offensive, so at football games there is now a bulldog running around for reasons no one will ever understand.

You know what a "mud-bog" is and have probably been to a few.

You know the Bahama Snow Shack isn't just a snow cone, it’s the best shaved and flavoured ice you’ll ever taste and that Atlee's version isn't nearly as good.

You know not to go near the Wal-Mart Supercentre on a Saturday or Sunday unless you want to spend 3 hours in the checkout line

It takes you 30 minutes to get to school and more than hour to get there on the bus.

You know Old Church isn't a church at all, and if you don’t live there, you’re scared to drive on the roads out there at night.

You know West Store has the best macaroni and cheese and you personally know everyone who works there.

By the time the crime report is published in the Local, you've already heard or seen about the majority of them, and know or have heard of the people who committed the crime.

You've been saying your entire life that you can't wait to get out of Mechanicsville and never come back, but now that you’re gone, you realize you’ll come back and live here forever because it truly is a one-of-a-kind place.

Cedar Creek Restaurant: Gone But Not Forgotten

In April, 2006 I heard a good new restaurant called Cedar Creek Tavern had opened on Route 301 and I wanted to try it out. On walking in, it was reminiscent of a bistro (see the fifth photo). I ended up eating in the bar area of the restaurant. Overall, the restaurant serves decent food and has a certain charm. Later on, they offered a more reasonably-priced menu: 10 items for less than $10.

Favourite Dish: On my first visit, had the chicken and shrimp primavera (tender breast of chicken, jumbo shrimp, diced tomatoes, and flame roasted vegetables sauteed in a white cream sauce over penne pasta, served with a house salad, and a slice of focaccia bread). The house salad was very simple (consisting of only lettuce, grape tomatoes, very mild

cheddar cheese, and croutons). The portions were generous and it tasted good. For the dessert, I chose the treble chocolate layer cake presented on a plate with whipped cream, strawberries, and caramel/cream garnish. I came back and took advantage of their "10 for 10" menu. I had the fried shrimp platter with fries and hush puppies. I liked that better than what I had the first time.

It closed sometime during the summer of 2007. As sophisticated as the come-heres like to think they have turned Mechanicsville, it is sadly not yet ready for an upmarket bistro.

Theme: Eclectic/International
Comparison: more expensive than average
Prices: US$11-20
Customer Satisfaction: 5/5

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A nice conservative suburban community without all the city's problems.
  • Cons:Too much development along Mechanicsville Turnpike has stifled the once rural atmosphere.
  • In a nutshell:Still a nice place to live if they don't take development much further.
  • Intro Updated Feb 25, 2012
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  • australia2's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Hey. b1bob. Are there other Trades-villes? e.g. Plumbersville, Carpentersville, Electriciansville etc?? ;-)
    Well done with pages.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Lot's of great restaurnat tips.
    Cold very wel be that i am in the area i july.
    still has some planing to do but i have an idea for trip this coming summer that will include several american states.

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Enjoyed reading your restaurant reviews, Nat! Gyros Plus seems like my kind of place (sounds like the excellent "Greedy Greek" in Sheffield!)...but I wonder if the hapless King Buffet is still in business?!

  • Dec 15, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Carters BBQ - Best in the Richmond area! Buzz& Neds,Phat Boyz,Dunns,Kings - none come close to this! Good quantity - NC style to the max. this is in a class by itself for taste, quantity, flavor, simplicity

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Your tips are always very interesting, but I'd need some more history elements to enjoy them.

  • Jul 14, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Nice new tips in your page!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Do you think they have enough fleas to make a circus?

  • Mar 16, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Extremely disappointed on the Don Pedro review. They are excellent and their food is way better than Mexico. Try the Carne Al a Mexicana. I know the cooks, wait staff, and the bartender. They all come from the Don Pedro I

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Wow! I still can't believe there's a Thai restaurant in a peaceful town like thisI'll come back to read more, now I have to go to my next class. I hope the teacher makes absent! :)

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2007 at 6:44 AM

    Great part of the U.S. - hey, there's a Mechanicsville in PA also!

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