Southern Chef gets out from the line to make his Gourmet sauces and.....


Changing hats, goin to make more of my sauces now

A Gigantic thanx to all my Patrons for the past 45+ years here in Hampton Roads area and the past 12 here at Stove.  It's been a fantastic journey for me and I've enjoyed every bit of it, especially the harder times, almost, LOL.  It's been great and i'm leaving this crazy business before it leaves me, (on the floor).  

I and my staff all appreciate all your patronage and love you've all given us over the past 12 years.  Keep you eyes open as you will see me everywhere now, xoxoxox Syd, the stove person

I'm now concentrating on my Sauces, the Not Hot and my most award winning D-Lish all purpose sauce.  You can still buy my sauces and other products online here and other products in the near future.  You'll also see me at some farmers markets, our lookin for locations to place my sauce in and just out havin fun and comin to your house for dinner so have fun, support other independent and creative restaurants in this area and by all means look out, i'm like a bad penny, i keep showing up, smoochies, Cowboy Syd 


Cowboy Syd's Products

I use the same practices as I have my hold career. I grow what i can and the rest i get from my local farmers like Chip from Deerhaven Farm out in Surry Va and W.T. over on the eastern shore at the Picket Harbor Farm.  Best dam tomatoes i've had since i lived in Mississippi.  W.T. also has some dam good peaches to and for my other goods i get local and am in every bit of the production of my products so you can trust that Cowboy Syd logo when you see it in stores or markets.

I was a 2016 mid-atlantic best chef semifinalist for James Beard Award of Excellence. and i still use the same standard now as i always have to futhur garner you trust for my food products.  I now sell my hams, sausages, coffee, hamburger relish and pimeto cheese at farmer markets.

HEY LOOK @ THIS BELOW, NICE HONOR!!!  This plate has my many house made foods like slow roasted and smoked pork belly, my sage and spice sausage, hamberger relish, Pono ham and pimento cheese to

We was just named one of the 12 best restaurants in Virginia by thrillist out of Washington D.C.  and they just did the one food you need to eat in each of the states with the one thing to eat in Virginia was Stove's Pork O Rama, dam that's great.  We will keep up the quality with my new direction as i have in the past at Stove.   Here's the link, check it out:  http://www.thrillist.com/eat/washington-dc/virginia-has-some-mighty-fine-restaurants-these-are-the-best-of-them



Farmers markets

I will be joining the great farmers and food artisan at local markets.  I'll list the markets as they progress



I'll post the location, day of week and the times of the markets for you.

I'll be selling my food stuffs i was famously known for like of course both my D-Lish and Not Hot sauces, my PoNo country ham, my spicy Smoochie Bear Ham, Pimento Cheese, of course my Hamberger Relish, my rich coffee blend and my Spice Mix, it's the one used in all my restaurants over the years and has a good spice & herbness to it but isn't burning hot, made to go with foods like Etouffee, gumbo, ham rub or any meat for that matter or a half teaspoon a day will keep a lot of people away, lol.  So come and get some good ole Syd stuffs



Markets have different hours but once i know all the ones and their hours I'll post them.


I've bottled up my world famous D-Lish Sauce for you. It's been in the making for about 25 years and it's fabulous and sophisticated.  It has a lil Spice to it, a lot of fresh smoked tomato flavor and while a lil on the thick side it's also very fluide and at a whopping 16 fl. oz. it will last you a little while but we certainly want it to be eaten and not just a beautiful art piece in the refrigerator.  Besides, my cat's need shoes

Test-ta-monial: D-Lish...what else would you call it? It's not a BBQ sauce, not just a steak sauce either. Back in the late 80's someone had the nerve to ask me for some catsup. Well you can only imagine the horror on my face. Then one rainy day, I love rainy days, I concocted a great sauce. It's fabulous and sophisticated for fish, bird, beef, wild game, veggetables or as a vinaigrette or bloody mary.  Recipes on this page for you.  It finished out with 30 ingredients like turmeric, amaretto, smoked tomato, my coffee blend to name a few. There's more to the story but it would take me forever to spell check so when u c me I'll give u the full version. This D-Lish Sauce has been in the making for about 25 years so i think i'm done.  Now we've done our 3rd bottling for all our fans the world over. I'm doing all the chopping and prepping with some frins and staff then i take it to Willard and Greg who puts it into a nice bottle for me. I leave the dippin in wax for myself, it's soothing.

Where to buy my sauce: currently only in Hampton Roads area except for right here on my website.  I'll ship it anywhere.  Locally at specialty shops like all 7 locations of Taste Unlimited-Va Beach, Norfolk, Newport News & North Suffolk, Ghent Seafood in Ghent-Norfolk, Westside Produce & Provisions-Colley Ave, Norfolk,  the Creative Edge at Hilltop-Va Beach, Beef Jerky Outlet-Ocean Front Va Beach, New Earth Farm & Market-Pongo, Va Beach, Artisan Bakery of Portsmouth which sales it at Olde Towne Portsmouth Farmer's Market and Smithfield's Farmer's Market, at Wharf Hill Main St.-Smithfield, Bon Vivant, Fire Fly Boutique at Bennett's Creek, on the Eastern Shore at Gull Hummock-Cape Charles, Chatham Vineyard-  Machipongo, the North Street Market-Onancock, the Poseidon Pantry-Chincoteague, the Spice Diva-Charlottesville, Cranberry Cafe & Provisions-Staunton Va, Null's Produce-Alexandria Va, Mimi's on Main-Senatobia, Ms,  Indianola Pecan House-Indianola Ms, and I'm workin hard on North Carolina so soon more spots there plus of course right here at Stove, the restaurant-PoNo neighborhood of Portsmouth and of course on this website.  if you go to the top browser bar and touch on the 'loose ends' you'll see some recipes and ideas on how to use D'Lish.  i post often so always refer back for more ideas and recipes.

August 22nd I'll have my new baby born, my Not Hot sauce.  It will be in stores near you next week.  A chili pepper sauce that's so balanced it's layers are as powerful as the capsaicin itself.  Not to hot but yet enough heat to make it fun and then with the sweet and savory to balance it out, damn it's good.  go get some!


The art o Syd,  thats rite, i paint to........

For as long as I been cooking, maybe longer, I been making art of some sort. Some peoples have tried to describe it only to talk themselves into a tizzy. One ole man from Norfolk said 'Nobody should do art and it doesn't belong in a restaurant'.  He was constipated for sure.  It's a little bit folk art, a little political, sometimes even the goofy religious cults get in there but generally irreverent in some ways (many ways probably).
Here you can see some of it up close and personal. This is jus a tease. and of course you can purchase any or all of them.  just drop me a line on my email, dlishsauce@gmail.com.  it really would look good over your soffa and if your color blind like me they all will blend perfectly,


Now that you've seen my art you are ready for some of my wisdom.  I'm leaving that from time to time as well as my poetry.  and just an important thing to always remember, 'a day without rain is like a day with sunshine'

that's it for now, stay tune.