Date: May 20, 2015 Category:

“Croaker’s spot is the most popular soul food restaurant in the 804. When dileberating with friends on spots for lunch or dinner, it’s inevitable that someone asks ‘What about Croakers!” What I love about CS is that you never leave hungry. They’re never stingy with the helpings!”  – Johnny

Pictured: Eggleston’s Fried Fish Boat + Shrimp + Mac & Cornbread.

Croaker’s Spot – Petersburg, VA

“Croaker’s” as a restaurant started up in Harlem around 135th St. and Lenox Ave. and became well known for serving up large helpings of down home good food and up town good times. All who frequented this establishment began to affectionately refer to it simply as “Croaker’s Spot.” The original spot began as an “after hours” joint created to serve the artist community in and around the time of Harlem’s mainstream awakening, or as it was most popularity referred to, the Harlem Renaissance. Originally, it was patronized mostly by entertainers and jazz musicians who were friends and associates of Mr. Croaker. In its original format, this joint operated strictly as a private club, but soon became well known to jazz club owners, small time hustlers, artists, poets, and such. No one person went to Croaker’s just to satisfy their hunger, any late night diner could’ve served that purpose.

Opening hours:

Monday -Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Saturday: 12pm to 11pm
Sunday: 12pm-9pm


39 River St, Petersburg, VA 23803