2016 Virginia is for Food Lovers Culinary Challenge

by Dave Neudeck | Posted: Feb 5, 2016 | Updated: Mar 16, 2016

Comments: 136 Comments

The 2016 Virginia is for Food Lovers Culinary Challenge will begin soon and we need your help.

In the past decade, the culinary bar in Virginia has been drastically raised. Consumers want to know their food is locally grown, ecologically conscious, and most importantly, absolutely delicious! We know you expect great things from your dining experiences. So tell us who has the best!

This year’s challenge we will segment the nominations into FIVE areas of interest and have a single vote-off to name the champion in each category.

  • Small Bites – Serving Mini Versions of Favorite Dishes – Voting: Mar 21- Mar 24
  • Burgers and BBQ – Serving great sandwiches – Mar 28-Mar 31
  • Oysters, Seafood, Fish – Serving Virginia Fresh Catch – Apr 4- Apr 7
  • Bakeries & Deserts – Serving amazing sweets – Apr 11- Apr 14
  • Eat Like a Local – Local hot spots and best kept secrets – Apr 18 – Apr 21

What Virginia restaurants have the best culinary offerings?

Leave a comment below with your favorite restaurant ** that has a strong Virginia influence, utilizes local ingredients, or is a favorite of locals.  Be sure to include the location of the restaurant and what category you would like to nominate them for.


* Dates are subject to change
** Not all nominations will be in the final vote-off. A panel of judges will narrow the nominations to the top 15-20 for each category dependent upon the total number of nominations.




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Shené says:

Amoos Restaurant in Mclean, Virginia by Sebastian Oveysi & Maria Oveysi

Connie Southerland says:

Millstone Tea Room in Bedford, VA. Small bites, Oysters, Seafood, and Fish, and Eat Like a Local.

Maria says:

Eat like a local: Amoos restaurant by Sebastian and Maria Oveysi

Amoo’s Restaurant with Maria and Chef Seb for Eat like a Local. Falls Church I believe. Also, they run the Saffron Gourmet food truck.

Allen dippel says:

Joe and mima’s Italian restaurant riverside drive Danville VA the best Italian food pasta is cooked perfect al dente

Local Restaurants – The Apple House, Linden, VA. BBQ, BURGERS, DONUTS, EAT LIKE A LOCAL

Connie says:

Oysters, Seafood, Fish: Wilkerson’s, Colonial Beach

Nicole says:

Small Bites – Bistro Bethem
Burgers and BBQ – Spencer Devon Brewing
Oysters, Seafood, Fish – Kybecca, Fredericksburg
Bakeries & Deserts – Eileen’s Bakery, Fredericksburg
Eat Like a Local – Charlie & Grace European Market and Cafe

Pam Woodard says:

Waypoint Seafood and Grill. Oysters, seafood and fish

Rachel Balsley says:

There are so many great restaurants in the area to choose from! Here are a few locals love:

Small Bites: Brew, Chesterfield County
Burgers and BBQ: Saucy’s Bar.B.Q, Petersburg
Oysters, Seafood, Fish: Joe’s Steak & Seafood, Dinwiddie County
Bakeries & Deserts: Virginia Diner, Sussex County
Eat Like a Local: Nanny’s Restaurant, Prince George