Virginia December 15, 2018
9 Country Restaurants In Virginia That Are So Worth The Trip
There’s nothing quite like a good ol’ fashioned country restaurant. For one, these establishments hold a lot of Virginia’s history. But perhaps most importantly, they serve meals that are out of this world. Think fresh biscuits, homemade gravy, all-you-can-eat fried chicken, and the hospitality you’d come to expect from such iconic spots. Here are a handful of Virginia’s finest country restaurants that are absolutely worth the trip.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Country Cafe, Hot Springs
Pies, catfish, and biscuits. Those are just a few of the things that the Country Cafe has mastered. Tucked away on the countryside in a remote corner of Bath County, this local establishment has stood the test of time. The menu probably hasn't changed in a decade, and that's a good thing. Order up some locally-caught trout or the meatloaf platter, photographed above. Just don't forget to save room for seasonal cobblers or a homemade pie! Address: 6156 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA 24445.
2. The Swinging Bridge Restaurant, Paint Bank
The Swinging Bridge Restaurant doesn't skimp on portions, especially when it comes to the Buffalo Rib Eye (photographed above). This classic country restaurant actually doubles as a General Store and, as the name implies, features an actual swinging bridge in the upper level. Menu favorites include the pan fried chicken, homemade biscuits, and the buffalo burger. For more information about this spot,
. Address: 16071 Paint Bank Rd, Paint Bank, VA 24131.
3. Home Place Restaurant, Catawba
Home Place is a hidden gem of a country restaurant where the only thing that rivals the view is the decadent fried chicken. It's the perfect spot to visit with the whole family, mostly because the food is served family-style. Not only do they offer country ham and homemade apple butter, but we've also heard that their iced tea is the best in the world. It's the perfect place to settle down after a day of hiking through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
to read more about this delicious eatery. Address: 4968 Catawba Valley Dr, Catawba, VA 24070.
4. Corey's Country Kitchen, Williamsburg
Whether you're looking for an all-you-can-eat Southern food buffet or made-to-order fried chicken, you'll find it at Corey's Country Kitchen in Williamsburg. This old school restaurant has some of the best macaroni and cheese in town, and you won't be leaving hungry. Equally as decadent are the collard greens and corn pudding. Address: 5242 Olde Towne Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
5. Brookside Restaurant, Luray
If you're looking for a delicious lunch buffet at a reasonable price, we've got just the place in mind. Not to mention the fact that just about everything is homemade and the dessert is to die for! They've got homemade bread, killer burgers, and an entire breakfast menu that will make your weekend complete. This little gem of a country restaurant is located near Skyline Drive, so it's the perfect pit stop on your way to Shenandoah National Park. Address: 2978 US Highway 211 E, Luray, VA 22835.
6. The Floyd Country Store
Chances are you've heard about the Floyd Country Store's Friday Night Jamborees, but did you realize this spot also served up a mean menu of country cookin'? They're best known for their Brunswick Stew, cornbread, and chili dogs, but you really can't go wrong with anything you order. After you eat, you'll enjoy browsing the store and its various sundries. For more information about the Floyd Country Store,
7. In The Country, Damascus
This modest country store is located right along the iconic Virginia Creeper Trail and it's provided nourishment for hikers and visitors alike. Whether you're craving a scoop of ice cream or a barbecue burger, you'll find what you're looking for at this friendly stop. Visitors also rave about the chicken salad sandwich and the unbeatable hospitality. The restaurant is located at 409 Fritz St, Damascus, VA 24236.
8. The Courthouse Restaurant, Gloucester
If you're in search of a hearty country-style breakfast served up in heaping portions, you'll want to make your way to the Courthouse Restaurant. For just $6.99 you'll get an entire plate full of delicious breakfast food, made-to-order. The fresh toast and hash browns are the most popular orders at this establishment, but if you happen to visit later in the day, you can't go wrong with a BLT. And the best news of all? The coffee is free! The Courthouse Restaurant is located at 6714 Main St, VA 23061.
9. Blue Ridge Restaurant, Floyd
The charming mountain town of Floyd is home to yet another fabulous country restaurant. Since 1927, Blue Ridge Restaurant has been serving up fine homecooking to residents and visitors alike. They've got a little bit of everything on the menu, but if you want to dine like a local, be sure to order a side of biscuits and gravy. You won't be sorry you did! The Blue Ridge Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Floyd, which means you'll be within walking distance of some other great local attractions. Address: 113 E Main St, Floyd, VA 24091.
Have you visited any of the above country restaurants in Virginia? Did any of your favorites miss the list? If so, be sure to share them with us — we’d love to add new stops to our radar! For related content, you’ll love reading all about
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