America’s Byways: Blue Ridge Parkway

4 STOPS | 306 MILES | 4 hr 58 min

Blue Ridge Parkway

This five hour trip will take drivers along the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina to wonderful regional food served in restaurants that sing of local color.


  • Any piece of chicken is a good piece of chicken at Wayside Takeout & Catering. Our favorites were the thighs and drumsticks, both fried of course. There are also great side dishes offered, such as dirty rice, rice with spicy sausage, and macaroni and cheese.
  • Large square biscuits are a staple at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. Served with jam, butter, honey or meat, such as pulled pork, BBQ beef and buttermilk fried chicken. Also offered are sides including collard greens and macaroni and cheese.
  • Order the works on your hot dog at Roanoke Weiner Stand. The weiner will come topped with onions, chili and mustard and although you may think you should take off one of those items don’t. The harmony between the flavors is unmatched.

North Carolina

  • If your order the “Pork Barbecue” at Hannah’s Bar-B-Q expect a platter loaded with finely chopped pork, hushpuppies, slaw and French fries. The pork is slightly smoky but still sweet, it is also available in a sandwich.

Wayside Takeout & Catering

In Charlottesville, a city of excellent fried chicken, Wayside is a standout. Available by piece or platter, it is magnificently juicy and peppered just-right.


Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

Ace of Charlottesville, Virginia, makes everything from scratch, extraordinarily well. Not just biscuits and BBQ; also pancakes, waffles & fried chicken.


Roanoke Weiner Stand

Coney Island style hot dogs (topped with chili, mustard, & onions) have made the Roanoke Weiner Stand a locally-loved downtown destination since 1926.

Must Eats

Hannah’s Bar-B-Q

Hannah’s serves Eastern North Carolina style BBQ, finely hacked into something almost like a hash, along with hushpuppies and cole slaw.