- Doug Jul 22, 2004 04:34 PM
Suggestions for good eating in the Danville, Virginia area? (Will have two small children with us ...)
Thanks for any thoughts!
Check out Mary's Cafeteria. The fried chicken is absolutely amazing -- Danville's best. I haven't been for some ten years, but I remember being pleasantly surprised.
Danville is my hometown -- though I left decades ago. The pickin's for good food are kinda slim, but I do have friends there and visit from time to time. Hope this info is not too late for you.
Two non-chain recommendations (Short Sugar's is pretty good 'Que, but it *is* a chain):
1. Joe and Mimma's Italian Restaurant is nothing outstanding, but they do serve tasty home cooked red sauce Italian food and Pizza. I haven't been in a few years, but it is my friends' favorite spot. Very casual and good for the kids I would think. It's located in a strip shopping center on Riverside Drive (3336 Riverside dr). A bit hard to see from the street if I remember correctly. Nice people
2. The Purple Onion Restuarant and Tiki Bar (yes a tiki bar in Danville!) has recently opened downtown at the very bottom of Main Street (215 Main). There was quite a bit of construction around there about 6 weeks ago so it may be a bit hard to find. I had lunch there and found it quite good. Simple stuff - sandwiches and a nice, fresh salad and soup bar and maybe an entree or two. At night I think they serve liquor, but it's quite a wholesome place and I think would be fine for the kids. Fun, colorful decorations with fake palms. Again, nice people run it.
It's all very afforable. It's hard to spend a lot of money in Danville.
I opened The Purple Onion Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Danville because of the winters here. When it's dark, gray, wet & cold, you can come to a place where it's summertime all year long!! We open at 11am Tues - Sat and have live music on weekends. We do serve alcohol all day long, therefore I don't offer high chairs or booster seats. This place is where the parents come to relax without the kids. We offer sandwiches, wings, burgers, soup & salad and more. I plan to open the hot and cold food bar again in the Fall.
Easiest way to get here is to come through the barricades behind Schewel's.
I grew up in Danville and love to eat and drink. Although I moved away in th 80's for college et cetera, I love to visit and eat. For lunch, you MUST go to SCHOOLFIELD LUNCH on West Main Street. It's a classic bar-stool only lunch counter (literally) that hasn't changed since the 60's. No chairs or booths. It's hey-day was when textiles were booming; folks of all walks of life bellied up to the counter for amazing meals. You'll never get a better club sandwich (get the Senior Club) or plate lunch. The crew hasn't changed much in 2 decades. I agree that Mary's is a great place too. If you can find the DanView, I'd recommend it too. Short Sugars bar-b-q is good, but it's best version is over the border in Reidsville NC. Go to Schoofield Lunch -- it'll change your life!!!