We just spent the weekend traveling thru the Shenandoah valley and passed many roadfood places on Rte 211 from Warrenton to New Market. We stopped, however at Wright’s Dairy Rite in Staunton which was good. It’s an old time drive-in place w/ carhops. We went to the Mill St. Grill there also and it was neat as well with a nice varied menu.
There was some discussion on this site about a pizza place in Crozet, VA (10 miles West of Charlottesville) called Crozet’s Pizza.
Apparently, at one time, this pizza parlor was chosen in National Geographic s driving guides to America as Best Pizza in the World.
Obviously, there is much to debate about "best in the world" but it must be ok anyways.
Roadfood member: Fieldthistle, has also recommended Luigi’s Pizza in Harrisonburg, VA. He’s on a little hiatus right now, so I don’t think he’ll mind that I gave out his recommendation. But, Harrisonburg may be a bit too far North for your travels.
Bull Pen Restaurant in Clifton Forge has 24 hour breakfast and southern food. Its by the Amtrak station and also has motel rooms and showers for the CSX railroad crews. For Lunch I also like Heirloom on Main Street which is a tea room and antique store.
Three Lil Pigs In Daleville is near Hollins College and right off the interestate near Roanoke on way to Charlottesville.
Michie Tavern was good the last time I ate there, 33 years ago.
This is supposed to be a good place in Roanoke:
In C’ville – I’ve discoverd a couple of new places (for me) on the downtown mall (between Water and Market Streets). "Rapture" (http://www.rapturerestaurant.com/)has excellent quiches and fish&chips. The crabcakes were good, but not great. It *is* a bar type place, so go during the day and sit outside. There are a couple of "noodle/dumpling shops" one at "York Place" and one near "The Nook" (also a possiblity – good breakfasts). The later also sevres "bubble tea" – a very fun drink. (http://www.bubbleteasupply.com/index.php?page=what.html)
On Water Street, near 3rd, I think, there is a takeaway crepe stand -"The Flat." I’ve only had the dessert crepe, but intend to try a savory one ASAP. Further out and about I like Tiffany’s (on Ivy) for seafood and Casella’s (Braddock Rd. Shopping Center) for Italian.
I’ve not been to Michie’s Tavern, but it comes highly recommended from other Roadfooders.
If you use the search fucntion at the top of your screen and search on any of the towns you’re going to be in, you’ll likely get more info than you can use!
if your anywhere near harrisonburg make sure to go the the Bar-B-Q Ranch great bbq and a bunch of lovely ladies run the place. it’s right off of exit 251 South on I 81 . call 540-434-3296 for better directions. good eating
I don’t know if your itinerary is set in stone, but if you find yourself anywhere near Luray, VA, the Brookside Restaurant & Cabins is an absolute gem of a place. Brookside has great down home atmosphere and food at very reasonable prices. Here is a link:
If you need an excuse to put Luray on your itinerary, the Luray Caverns, Antique Car Museum and one of the most scenic entrances to Skyline Drive are all good reasons. For me, the restaurant alone is reason enough to go out of my way.
Thanks for the link, rb. My granddaughter is 12 years old, and she is open to trying lots of different foods.
How old is the granddaughter, because I’m sure that would make a difference on the type of place recomended. Chow Jim
Here’s a link to a website with reviews of Roanoke restaurants that you might find useful. Not as good as a personal recommendation from someone whose tastes you trust, but better than nothing. At the very least, the reviews will give you some information about the restaurants and what they offer. http://www.theroanoker.com/Dining/diningreviews/index.cfm
Hubs will be on vacation next week, so he and I will be taking our granddaughter up to Virginia from Sat. to Wed. The plan is to start out in Roanoke for the Zoo, then to Natural Bridge for the caverns, then to Charlottesville for Monticello.
I have already planned a stop at The Pink Cadillac near Natural Bridge, but was wondering if anyone has any other recs that would be along that route. Recs for both Roanoke and Charlottesville would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help offered. I should add that any kind of food is okay, as long as it’s reasonably priced.
I will submit a full report when we get back next week.
Good Eats in Virginia
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