Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains

Restaurants in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains

While a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway will probably involve a good amount of meals eaten at rest stops, it’s worth visiting the handful of fantastic farms and restaurants in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the way. Those driving through North Carolina looking for Blue Ridge Mountains restaurants will want to stop off at The Admiral in Asheville or the Knife & Fork in nearby Spruce Pine. The latter specializes in delicious farm-to-table fare with dishes like pulled pork and mustard green sandwiches and seared rabbit loin with chestnuts and carrots. There’s also the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, VA, which features a wonderful charcuterie program, and Zynodoa in Staunton, VA, which specializes in “inspired Southern cuisine.” Finally, gastronomes will find that there are even more great Blue Ridge Mountains restaurants in the large and small towns throughout the region as well as great local farms and agricultural projects. It’s only a matter of keeping an eye out for road signs leading to the next culinary adventure.

Housed in the old post office building, this family-friendly restaurant serves generous plates of comfort food, everything from cheese fries to lasagna and create-your-own sundaes. The real stars here are the sandwiches—some 20-plus varieties.

Pick up a picnic lunch of fried chicken, pulled-pork barbecue, and coleslaw at this casual restaurant.

Grab stick-to-your-ribs fare like Virginia ham and biscuits and broiled catfish at this family-style venue.

Head to this dining hall, housed in a restored 1700s cabin, for tender quail and grilled apples paired with Virginia wines and microbrews.

Virginia is one of the country’s fastest-growing wine regions, and Palladio is one of the best restaurants in the state—it’s built on the grounds of a now-ruined estate designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the food is as noteworthy as the wine.

Amid the inner workings of a historic gristmill, the Waterwheel Restaurant offers stylish country dishes like Allegheny Mountain trout pan-fried with black walnuts.

At the intimate Clifton Inn, the decadent rusticity of the rooms—claw-foot tubs, Mascioni linens, fireplaces, but nary a ruffled window treatment in sight—is echoed in the innovative comfort food of its chef, Dean Maupin, who pairs perfectly seared quail with espresso-poached pears, and orange wi

Dishes at wood-beam–ceilinged The Local showcase homegrown ingredients, as in Blue Ridge Mountain brook trout with Cajun rémoulade. Virginia gets its own section on the wine list.

Pour on the sauce at this corner bbq joint, famous for serving the town’s best barbecued pork sandwiches.