10 Southern Comfort Dining Experiences

by Guest | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 | Updated: May 11, 2015

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Treat your taste buds to some of Virginia’s local cuisine. The Commonwealth has a range of restaurants to experience, but make sure you do not miss out on one of the things Virginia does best – southern food. Many dishes featured in these southern comfort food restaurants are inspired from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Make the most out of your Virginia dining experience with these sophisticated, down-home southern comfort food dining selections.


Lee Ann Whippen of Wood Chicks BBQ in Chesapeake

Lee Ann Whippen of Wood Chicks BBQ in Chesapeake

Whistlepig BistroGlade Springs
This restaurant stands by a great name with an even greater philosophy – “Real Food, Ya’ll.” The Whistlepig Bistro offers a variety of dishes with a southern twist. Many have enjoyed the juicy burgers and outstanding cornbread, to name a few of their southern delights.

The Virginia DinerWakefield
You may have tried the Virginia Diner’s gourmet peanuts, but have you tried their warm peanut pie? This restaurant has much more to offer than just peanuts, however. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Virginia Diner has a wide range of southern delicacies to choose from.

This restaurant’s name tells all. Comfort is a place to enjoy traditional southern comfort food prepared from local farm-grown produce and made-from-scratch cooking. Pair any of the southern dishes with an all-American beverage from the fully stocked bar.

Wood Chicks BBQ Chesapeake – CLOSED

Lynne’s Family RestaurantMathews
Lynne’s Family Restaurant offers down-home cooking in a casual atmosphere. This is a perfect place for the whole family with many homemade dining options. Not only is lunch and dinner prepared, but Lynne’s also provides a wonderful country breakfast spread.

Smithfield Inn Restaurant and TavernSmithfield
Offering southern hospitality for over 250 years, Smithfield Inn has been serving up southern dishes to dedicated locals and repeat visitors to the area for years. Not only are the good-eats attractive, but the location is as well. The restaurant provides casual, al fresco, and formal dining experiences.

Mountain Art WorksHaysi
Not only does Mountain Art Works serve as a restaurant, but as a gallery as well. Enjoy the homey décor with antiques and memorabilia on display while dining on hand-patted burgers, homemade gravy and biscuits, or your choice of many more southern comfort delights.

Bistro BethemFredericksburg
Bistro Bethem has not only been praised for its delicious dishes, but for its dining experience as well. The menu provides seasonal and daily specials, offering an upscale twist on southern comfort foods. The atmosphere is one for the fine diner who desires tastes from the south.

Local RootsRoanoke
Local Roots prides itself on having S.O.L.E.—Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical products. This restaurant provides its customers with farm-to-table cuisine, serving dishes created from the best products from the best farms.

Molasses GrillHalifax
A blend of southern traditions and modern tastes, Molasses Grill serves up amazing dishes to its satisfied customers. The menu consists of fresh dishes from the sea and land, with many options for vegetarians too. The daily specials, homemade baguettes, and freshly made desserts make this a culinary hot spot.

There are many more Virginia restaurants that feature southern delicacies. Find them at www.virginia.org.

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Frances Bradshaw is a Public Relations intern at Virginia Tourism Corporation and a senior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.


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You should try out Tanglewood Ordinary in Goochland Va.. Southern style cooking served family style in one of the large functioning log cabins in Va. Tanglewood was built in the 1920’s.
Still making potato n biscuits and hand breaded chicken from scratch.
The perfect stop on the way back to Richmond after a day of visiting the vineyards or when heading to Caters mountain in the fall to pick apples.

Roger Goodson

Thank You So Much!