21 Great Breakfast Spots in Virginia

by Casey Higgins | Posted on July 18th, 2013

Comments: 79 Comments

Updated August 20, 2015.

You’re traveling through or vacationing in Virginia and you’re looking for the best breakfast in town. Who might know where to find it? The Locals. When we decided to create a list of the best breakfasts in Virginia we asked none other than … the locals.


Little Grill Collective is a 1940s Harrisonburg mainstay that has been worker-owned since 2003. Their menu is diverse with the usual breakfast options plus vegan and vegetarian delights, too. Little Grill has been voted the best breakfast in Harrisonburg six times over. One local suggests, “Try their breakfast burrito or their made from scratch pancakes. They have a new seasonal pancake flavor every month!” Another local said, “Best pancakes – especially the chai.”

Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery

Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery

How well-known is Roanoke’s The Roanoker Restaurant? Both Southern Living and The Today Show have recognized The Roanoker for making some of the best biscuits in America. Our insider said, “The ham biscuits and biscuits & gravy are two very popular dishes among locals.”

We’re creatures of habit and like to hold onto our great finds. This is true for a Front Royal local who loves L’Dee’s Pancake House. He wrote, “I have tried their omelets, pancakes and waffles (both w/pecans) and have become a regular visitor. Since 1988 L’Dee’s has been a staple in the community and they treat their patrons like an extended family.”

Stauntonians love Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery – a certified gluten-free restaurant that uses locally-sourced ingredients. Of note on the menu is the waffle delight, which one local described as “topped with fresh fruit and real whipped cream, it is delicious and nutritious!”

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Some of our local insiders refuse to dance around the subject of favorite breakfast destination. Rather, they come right out and challenge you to challenge them. An example is the local who suggested Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview. Of this restaurant he said, “The Harvest Table has the most fresh brunch menu in Southwest Virginia. They have a small menu, but everything is great! One of their best creations is the Quiche of the Day, usually featuring mushrooms, sweet onions, goat cheese and meat from a local farm.”

Harvest Table Restaurant

Harvest Table Restaurant

The Blue Ridge Restaurant in Floyd offers a traditional country breakfast with homemade biscuits and gravy.  The biscuits are so phenomenal, in fact, that one local insists The Blue Ridge Restaurant has “the best biscuits in the state!”

Abingdon’s Babycakes Cupcakery and Dunk and Deli received nods for their breakfast wares. The waffles at Babycakes are made with cupcake batter and you can choose whichever flavor you like. Donuts are an art and well made homemade donuts simply can’t be overlooked. Head to Dunk and Deli where one local says their donuts “are the best around!”

If you’ve ever traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway (and probably, even if you haven’t), you’ve heard of Mabry Mill. It is, after all, the most photographed site on the Parkway. That aside, the Mabry Mill Restaurant has an appeal all its own, and one local shared her favorite breakfast: “Buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, country ham and all the fixings.”

Mabry Mill Pancakes

Mabry Mill

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Millie’s Diner is a locally owned restaurant in Richmond. One dedicate patron gave us a great commercial for Millie’s stating, “It has built a long-standing reputation on the goodness and variety of its menu.” So what’s good to eat at Millie’s? “What’s not?” might be the better question. Their brunch is renowned. Go for an open-face omelet smothered with goodness. They call it Devil’s Mess and you can even get it veggie style.

Millie's Diner

Millie’s Diner

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If you love breakfast all day, any time of the day, d’Egg Diner in Norfolk is for you. The local we heard from weighed her favorite menu items, stating, “As far as a favorite dish, there are just too many to choose from. The traditional eggs cooked to order with all the sides or a grand omelet” are her picks.


Baby Jim’s Snack Bar in Culpeper has been serving breakfast and lunch since 1947, and they’re well known for their breakfast sandwiches. A cool addition to the food is the original red, white and blue steel neon sign that points the way.

Baby Jim's Snack Bar

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Doug says:

Are you kidding me! Mclean’s on Broad Street in Richmond not on the list? Not even a nod in the “other places in the area” list? Best breakfast and the most food and great service you can get for $6-$8 a plate.

Kim Atkins says:

I have lived in Culpeper all of my 47 years and Baby Jim’s is a wonderful to grab breakfast and lunch. It has always been locally owned and the service is always with a friendly smile. If you want great hometown cooking and service, stop by and see my friend Collis.

Donald Hitt says:

I love Baby Jim’s Snack bar. Also, don’t miss the 4 C’s Diner on Main Street in Culpeper. It’s great food at an extremely reasonable price.

Weezies on Cary St in Richmond. The best.

JAY says:

Baby Jim’s might be anice old snack place and it does have an OK shake. But the food is below mediocre for any standards. Why elevating and recommending places that are horrible just because grandma works there? If you want to eat in, forget itas they only have a couple of old and extremely dirt picnic tables in front of the parking lot, facing an unpleasant busy street with construction workers smoking and hanging in there. Don’t say you were not warned….

Dawn Mickelson says:

Courthouse Restaraunt. Main St. Gloucester VA Great comfortable atmosphere, best coffee

Skeeter's says:

Skeeter’s breakfast in Wytheville is coming on strong….watch out for the next list!!

David Brown says:

You did well with this list but missed a major stay in the Shenandoah Valley. When discussing Staunton and Waynesboro breakfast restaurants you have to include Kathy’s in Staunton.

Debra says:

821 Cafe- 825 w Cary St, Richmond, VA is the best breakfast and brunch in town. Scrumptious snd affordable!

Annett Pohlmann says:

Fresh & Organic Cafe in Ashburn! All day breakfast, gluten free options, fresh juices. Yummy stuff!