Restaurants in Virginia

Unique Old Dominion dishes that make eating through the state such a pleasure include peanut soup, ham with red eye gravy, and peanut pie. In and around Charlottesville, outstanding fried chicken is a staple, the best of it cooked and served in gas station convenience stores. Seafood from the ocean and from the Chesapeake Bay is at its finest all along the Eastern Shore, which also happens to boast a crop of ne plus ultra sweet potatoes – the basis of sweet potato pie, sweet potato French fries, and sweet potato biscuits. In southernmost Virginia, you’ll find cafes that serve what is — let’s be kind — a challenging dish: chitlins steamed in vinegar.

Virginia’s Most Famous Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit


Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Virginia’s Best Restaurants

Southern Kitchen - Country Breakfast
Southern Kitchen


Fulks Run Grocery - Ham Sandwich
Fulks Run Grocery


Wright’s Dairy Rite - Superburger
Wright’s Dairy Rite


Doumar’s Cones & Barbecue - Strawberry Cone
Doumar’s Cones & Barbecue


Virginia Diner - Peanut Pie
Virginia Diner




Galax Smokehouse


A plate-size slice of country ham is bathed in caramel-colored red-eye gravy


Woodruff’s Cafe & Pie Shop


Dark, syrup-sweet pecan pie is further sweetened by a crowd of chocolate chips (and, not seen, bourbon).
Red Truck Rural Bakery




24 Crows


Ace Biscuit & Barbecue


Fried chicken thigh enveloped in crunchy golden crust
Wayside Takeout & Catering


Triple Oak Bakery


Roanoke Weiner Stand


Piled-high burger includes lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and melted cheese.
Dude’s Drive-In


Marshall Diner


Market Burger


Orlean Market


Charlie’s Cafe


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Great Virginia Recipes

Peanut Pie

Peanut Soup


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