Behold the ladies of Carl’s Place, who do their darnedest to make sure few people stay hungry in Penhook, Va. They run the family diner and local landmark that’s been serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 66 years and is open at 6 a.m. 7 days a week — every day of the year except Christmas.
Carl Dalton opened the combination restaurant and gas station with his wife, Mabel in 1947. Carl has passed, but Mabel, who’s 90, lives next store and still bakes pies that are on the menu.
The most popular offerings are the Carl burger and Mabel burger. They’re fashioned from hand-pattied fresh ground beef. The only difference between them is the one named after him is bigger — 6 oz. instead of 4 oz.
The food must be good, given the diner’s longevity. I can only speak for the turkey club & chips, which is tasty and a very fair deal at $5.75. All of their 3-egg omelets are under $6, except for the Western, which is $6.25.
I was down there Tuesday on another matter, doing bit of reporting for a column next week. It’ll probably include some quotes from the gals at Carl’s. I may go back there later and meet Mabel, and do a whole column on her and Carl’s and the women above. They’re a lively bunch!