Orlean Market

Grocery Store | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
Worth a detour

The Orlean Market is a restaurant, but it also really is a market: a truly convenient pre-convenience-store store where you can buy everything from mousetraps and 30-weight motor oil to Spam, Cheerios, and Jell-O. This being the 21st century, it also stocks artisan beers and interesting wines, a complete repertoire of Virginia’s own Route 11 potato chips, and some pretty fancy cheeses. If you don’t want regular coffee, there’s cappuccino.

The restaurant menu includes ham biscuits, barbecue, sandwiches, and burgers, plus such daily specials as corned beef and cabbage (I happened to visit on St. Patrick’s Day), Cuban paninis, and chili. Tables are scattered around the store and in an adjoining dining room.

I really liked my buttery-crisp grilled Cuban sandwich and made-to-order house salad with its balsamic reduction decoration, but all that faded into the background when, as I was about to eat, a lady walked in carrying a just-frosted coconut layer cake to put on the counter next to the Amish-made apple walnut pie and praline peach pie. I got the first slice of that coconut cake. It was magnificent, the cake itself fresh and sunny, the frosting extra thick and sweet. The wizard who made it regularly bakes cakes for the Market, about one every other day. The last time I visited, the cake du jour was hummingbird cake — spicy, tropical … unforgettable.

What to Eat
Orlean Market, Coconut Cake
Coconut Cake
Coconut layer cake, just-iced and fresh from the oven, ready to be devoured
Orlean Market, Cuban Panini
Cuban Panini
Orlean Market's Cuban panini is a remix of the classic sandwich, on buttery grilled bread.
Orlean Market, Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake
Sweet enough for a hummingbird to love, hummingbird cake was in fact named after the Doctor Bird of Jamaica, where the banana-sweetened cake first was baked.
Orlean Market, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger equanimity: just the right balance of beef, bun, cheese, and dressing. Note the juices oozing into the bottom half of the bun.
Orlean Market, Tenderloin Sandwich
Tenderloin Sandwich
Pork tenderloin is sandwiched along with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and tomato chutney.
Orlean Market, House Salad
House Salad
Assembled to order and drizzled with balsamic reduction, the house salad was a nice little meal ... or very large appetizer.
Orlean Market, Deviled Egg
Deviled Egg
Deviled eggs are available at 50 cents per half.
Orlean Market, Pie
This lovely trio of homemade desserts includes hummingbird cake, cherry vanilla pie, and peach mango pie. All were very good, but the flaky, buttery crust of the cherry vanilla pie made it the best of plate.
Orlean Market, Club Sandwich
Club Sandwich
It's the freshness of the ingredients that elevates this club sandwich.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 5pm
Monday8:30am - 7pm
Tuesday8:30am - 7pm
Wednesday8:30am - 8pm
Thursday8:30am - 8pm
Friday8am - 9pm
Saturday8am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 218 MILES | 4 hr 15 min

Skyline Drive

The 105-mile two-lane that threads through Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, has decent food at its National Park Service Oases. (Try the Smithfield Ham Monte Cristo or the roast turkey with cornbread stuffing at Big Meadows Lodge at mile 51.2.) But when big appetite beckons, we head for one of the four entry/exit…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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