Your Guide to Dining in the Shenandoah Valley

by Stephanie Kenney | Posted: Aug 30, 2018 | Updated: Sep 5, 2018

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An agricultural hub, the Shenandoah Valley is the best place for authentic farm-to-table culinary experiences. From down-home cooking to authentic Italian and Mexican cuisine, there is something for everyone. Family farms, wineries and breweries can be found in every county across the Shenandoah Valley. Self-guided trails such as the Fields of Gold Farm Trail, Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and Shenandoah Spirits Trail are a great way to explore the valley and experience some its culinary delights.

 

—FOR BREAKFAST—

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Stella Bella & Lucy’sBreakfast and lunch served in a unique setting with vintage items and artwork for sale. Destination point for the Artisan Trail of Virginia.

Cinnamon Bear Bakery and DeliServes sensational salads, scrumptious sandwiches/wraps, and a great soup of the day and sandwich combo. Breakfast is served all day.

The Artful Dodger Eclectic coffee house, restaurant, and craft bar. Features breakfast all day every day and locally roasted coffee to Virginia made beers, wines and spirits.

L Dee’s Pancake HouseFamily-run restaurant serving breakfast all day. Enjoy homemade biscuits, sausage gravy, omelets, pancakes and more.

Reunion BakeryFrench bakery with outstanding pastries – sweet and savory, and delicious coffees. The new Blackburn Inn serves Reunion’s pastries to their guests in the morning.

Thunderbird Café“South meets West”. Menu features everything from the Turner Country Ham Plate to Huevos Rancheros for breakfast.

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—FOR BRUNCH—

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Bistro on MainOffers different menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner as well as daily special soups, quiches, and entrees. The intimate, casual atmosphere and affordable menu has made the Bistro on Main a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Food.Bar.FoodMenu features a broad spectrum of styles, traditions and flavors while celebrating the bounty of the Shenandoah Valley—meals made with fresh ingredients and thoughtful flavors.

The Restaurant at the Edinburg Mill Rustic American style cuisine, with local meats and fresh ingredients. Items are house-made daily include vegetarian and vegan options.

Houlihan’s Restaurant and BarMade-from-scratch meals in a trendy environment. From fresh-baked artisan breads to amazing mini desserts, you’ll find a variety of popular dishes at an incredible value.

Table 44Scratch-made biscuits and homemade jam, endless omelet bar, and a loaded Bloody Mary that could be breakfast on its own!

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Front Royal Brewing Company

Southern Inn Restaurant

 

FOR LUNCH

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White’s WaysideHome-grown and locally owned. A community favorite since 1929. They live by their mission statement, “”Grown by our neighbors, cooked by our neighbors at a neighborly price”.

Chicano Boy TacoHandmade tacos and enormous mission-style burritos are available at this Mexican-American taqueria.

Gloria’s PupuseriaPick-up a pupusa from Gloria’s Pupuseria. These Salvadorian meat and cheese treats pack serious flavor.

Pure EatsOffers fresh, house-made doughnuts, premium local burgers, HomeStead Creamery milkshakes, and a variety of local and regional craft beers on tap and in bottles.

Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea RoomOffers a traditional Victorian High Tea, light lunches and Devonshire Cream Teas on a daily basis.

Gathering GroundsCoffee and espresso bar featuring homemade fresh pastries, breakfast items, gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. Pup-friendly patio complete with complimentary filtered water and puppycino!

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FOR DINNER

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint Rustic old-time Texas-style saloon. Pop in for an American Kobe Beef burger and a beer. Enjoy deep fried Oreos, a lively atmosphere and the local scene.

Rocca Ristorante and BarAuthentic Italian restaurant located on the second floor of the Robert E. Lee Hotel overlooking downtown Lexington’s Main Street. Pair you meal with an award-winning wine.

The ShackTop-ranked Virginia restaurant serving locally sourced high-quality food. Al a carte menu Wed-Thurs and prix fixe Fri-Sat. Communal seating. Their chef was recently named a James Beard Award finalist.

Hops KitchenUtilizes Basic City Beer Co.’s beer in much of their BBQ, Asian, German, and American type fare. Video games, hammocks for lounging, two huge big screens for the sports fans, and picnic tables for dining are available.

Hometown Grill of StauntonKnown for their Southern Fried Catfish and Southern Fried Chicken. Home-style and freshly prepared daily. Try one of their hot and ready buffets.

Hot Plates CaféFamily restaurant with home-style cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. Menu consists of liver and onions, fried chicken, burgers, homemade fries, and more.

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FOR BARBEQUE

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The Apple HouseGood food, friendly staff and beautiful surroundings make The Apple House a landmark to visit. Visit for your gift needs as well as to pick up some famous BBQ or Apple Butter Donuts.

Mill Street GrillKnown for their Baby Back Ribs, which are tender, fall off the bone, and glazed with in-house barbecue sauce.

Log Cabin BarbecueFall-off-the-bone ribs and BBQ made with original sauces. Local favorite for 20 years operating out of a 200-year-old original log cabin.

Hanks Bar & Grille Specializing in authentic hickory smoked barbecue since 1992. They are famous for their Baby Back Ribs, Pork Barbecue and Texas Style Beef Brisket. They also offer fresh seafood and made from scratch bread and desserts.

Fishin’ Pig Fusion of Grady’s BBQ and Shorty’s Breading Co. Award-winning BBQ rub and famous chicken and seafood breading awakens all senses!

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FOR DESSERT

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Firkin Pie CompanyThe scratch-made, buttery crust pies are out of this world and come in all shapes, sizes and with a variety of fillings.

Heritage Bakery & CaféLocated in the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitors Center of downtown Harrisonburg. Ever-changing daily selection of baked goods, breakfast and lunch items, and more.

Sweet Things Ice Cream ShoppeHomemade ice cream in hand-rolled waffle cones. Flavors are made fresh daily. Also available are milk shakes, sundaes, banana splits, cakes, pies and specialty candies.Virginia Living magazine’s Best Ice Cream Shop in the Shenandoah Valley in 2014.

Grammie’s Ice Cream Offers 36 flavors of hand-dipped, slow churned ice cream in cones, sundaes, banana splits, and milk shakes. Locations in Dayton and Massanutten.

Smiley’s Ice CreamIce cream shop and a mobile ice vendor specializing in making premium homemade ice cream, sorbets, and other ice cream novelties. The storefront is located at Mt. Crawford Creamery.

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FOR COCKTAILS

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Silk RoadDistinctive flavor, exquisite dish preparation and delicious Asian selections! Sushi, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Asian fusion pair with a full bar of breathtaking drinks and great wines options.

TAPSServes upscale pub fare featuring craft beer, creative cocktails, salads, sandwiches and snacks made with many ingredients from farms throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

ZynodoaOffers specialty cocktails such as the “Unencumbered” consisting of Plymouth gin, St. Germaine, mint, lime and cucumber. A four-course Chef Tasting Menu, with optional wine pairing is also available.

Local Chop and Grill HouseVoted ‘Best Happy Hour’ 2010-2012 and 2014-2016. Features 18 rotating drafts—with a solid selection of Virginia craft brews. Bartenders specialize in creative seasonal cocktails using fresh ingredients and hand-crafted elements.

PaveMint TaphouseLocated in a renovated 1960’s gas station which backs up to the bike-walking trail and arboretum along Happy Creek. Provides unique cuisine, signature cocktails, micro brews and fine wines.

Jalapeno Southwest GrillAuthentic Tex-Mex restaurant with top-shelf Tequila bar and specialty margaritas.

 

—FOR LOCAL CRAFT BREWS

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Blue Ridge BuchaOffers certified organic kombucha made from Blue Ridge Mountain water. It is infused with the finest organic ingredients to create refreshing and unique flavors.

Jack Brown’s Single Wide Beer & Burger JointOffers over 100 craft beers from around the corners and around the world. Pair with their award-winning burgers.

Basic City Beer Co.A natural spring pumps a million gallons of artesian water for use in the brewery’s beers. Seasonal brews and Blue Ridge Bucha are available.

Seven Arrows Brewing Provides high quality craft brewed beers along with a seasonal beer. Eventide IPA, Sinistral Wheat, Aurora Pils, and Three Ridges Vienna Lager are always available.

Stable Craft BrewingOffers 16 farm-fresh beers on tap. Situated on a true working farm, Stable Craft offers entertaining activities from tours of their hop fields to visiting horses.

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FOR WINE LOVERS

The Bistro at CrossKeys Vineyards Specializes in exquisite wines, delicious food, and fabulous events with gorgeous views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Yelping Dog WineExtensive wine menu changes weekly so you can try and enjoy many different Virginia wines. Free wine tastings from different vineyards are available. Local tip – Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are amazing!

Bluestone VineyardsFamily owned and operated vineyard offering locally produced wine from some of the best grapes Virginia has to offer.

Cave Ridge VineyardsRestaurant opening spring 2018! Currently hosts special food events such as Caribbean night and Wild Game Dinner. Family-owned and operated, located in the foothills – an ideal location for growing the highest quality grapes.

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Visit these restaurants in the Shenandoah Valley and find more awesome food experiences around the Commonwealth to eat & drink what you love in Virginia!

 

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