21 Great Breakfast Spots in Virginia

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jul 18, 2013 | Updated: Jul 24, 2018

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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 Southern Sweets received nods for their breakfast wares. The waffles at Southern Sweets 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.

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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Avatar c. says:

Gillies! Gillies Restaurant in Blacksburg (Southwest), Virginia!!! Amazing brunches, fresh juices, great vegetarian food, and live music at night. The lines go out the door and onto the streets on Saturdays and Sundays. A must for any breakfast lover, and a local treasure.

Avatar Meg Cooksey says:

The Apple House in Linden, VA, right outside Front Royal. Wonderful breakfasts!!

Avatar Marjorie says:

Aw, shucks. No mention of The Beverley Restaurant in Staunton? It’s just real food, well done in a homey place that time seems to have forgotten. The homemade bread is actually baked in someone’s home! Even the waitresses call you “honey” like they mean it. English Tea every Tuesday and Thursday complete with fancy teapots and cups, and the most amazing pies.

Avatar susan knight says:

What about The Village Inn in Harrisonburg??? The best buffet around!

Avatar Danielle says:

Disappointed that only d’Egg was listed for the Coastal section of Virginia.

In Virginia Beach at the Oceanfront, Doc Taylor’s is a local favorite – always busy during peak season but well worth the wait. Morning cocktails are $2.00 and the food is delicious and inexpensive (try the sweet potato pancakes – amazing!).

Also, Citrus along Great Neck (I believe) near Shore Dr. is another wonderful restaurant spot. Again, very busy!

Avatar Christina Bowles says:

Eileen’s Bakery in downtown Fredericksburg is AMAZING! Definitely my favorite place! For a yummy, hearty breakfast try the “George’s Mess” and if pastry is more your thing, their Bear Claws are nothing short of amazing!! http://eileensbakeryandcafe.com/

Avatar Niki says:

If you are in Abingdon, VA – try Wildflour Bakery and Cafe for a fabulous Sunday brunch!

Avatar Johan says:

Couldn’t be more right about the Little Grill’s breakfast. The absolute best item there, in my book, is the Bricker’s Son. Delicious.

Avatar Molly says:

Bill’s in Chincoteague!

Avatar Debbie says:

The Old Chickahominy House in Williamsburg has a delightful Southern breakfast, plus 18th century charm.

Avatar Jan says:

cudos Debbie…we have been going there for years….best kept “secret” in Williamsburg!!!

Avatar Maria says:

The Maple Tree Pancake House in Virginia Beach has awesome Swedish pancakes served with raspberry butter!