Hometown Eats: Carl's Place in Penhook

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PENHOOK, Va. (WDBJ7) If you ask the locals in Penhook where you've got to go to get some great food, they'll point you right to Carl's Place. Carl's has been a staple in Franklin County for more than 70 years.

“This a the meeting place of the community. It’s definitely the cornerstone of the community for sure,” said Drew David, a regular there.

"I wouldn’t change anything about anything here," said Ellen Jo, who's been coming to Carl's for over 50 years. "The people are great, the food is great. Why would I change? Why would I go anywhere else?”

Carl's has got a lot of great food, but there two things you've got to try -- the fried pork tenderloin and the burgers.

The tenderloin is dipped in buttermilk, flour and then fried to perfection.

"Country at its finest," said WDBJ7's Josh Birch. "I’m telling you what the buttermilk they’re putting on it, gives it a nice little coating with the flour."

The burgers are hand-pressed and juicy.

Don't forget to try the homemade desserts either!

Carl's Place is located at 15800 Old Franklin Turnpike, Penhook, VA 24137. Their phone number is (540) 576-2838.

If you've got a spot Josh needs to try out, send him an email at jbirch@wdbj7.com or connect with him on Facebook at Josh Birch WDBJ7.

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