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.

Sidewalk tables and a long, railroad-style dining room give this eatery a continental flair; book a table for two and lunch on artisanal cheeses and garlicky mussels.

In season, cozy up to the Victorian fireplace for grass-fed-beef meatloaf and pecan pie.

Classic dishes like rack of lamb (paired with local wines) are served in an intimate period dining room.

The menu is full of locally sourced dishes (quail with vanilla-bean sauce).

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

Early birds get a deal, a candlelit boîte with reduced prices for prix fixe dinners of classic French cuisine before 7 p.m. But no matter when you book, you won’t forget top dishes such as the seared Chesapeake Bay rockfish.

A former drugstore that's now known for jazz and blues.

Stop into the delightful wooden house on Sperryville’s Main Street for a Sunday brunch of mushroom crêpes or French toast.