where to eat along I-81?
- trixie deluxe Jul 1, 2005 10:02 PM
I'll be driving the I-81 corridor next week in northern virginia -- is there anywhere decent to stop around frederick (rt 70) or down into charles town, wva, winchester, va, etc? Farthest south will be new market, va.
i'm looking for anything good -- diner, bbq, whatever you got. Convenient to highway is ideal. anything other than cracker barrel or waffle house, please help me!
CharlesTown WV is about 15 miles from 81, but as mentioned Mezzaluna is very good-eat there regularly. Yellow Brick Bank in Shepherdstown has become not all that-it's OK, but I think that whole Reagan era thing is quite over now. Violini in Winchester is most excellent Italian, go there for lunch once a month. It is a couple miles off 81 at the end (or beginning, depending on your perspective)of the Old Town Pedestrian Mall. Closer to 81 is Red Hot and Blue, a fairly good Q place.
In Frederick Md, on Market St, is the Tasting Room. Gr8 wine list, excellent food. Also Zest has moved to the beginning of Market St. and they have some very innovative cuisine.
I am (unfortunately) quite familiar with Charles Town cuisine. Most of it is not good. Mezzaluna is acceptable. But the most chowish, and in my opinion the only place worth eating, is the newish Cafe de Kabobs on the main street. The kabobs I've tried are good, and served with rice pilaf and chick peas. And they have Indian desserts, including a world-class ras malai. Who'd a thunk...? But they might be closed on Sundays
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I second the recommendations for Violino and Yellow Brick Bank.
If you can go as far as Harrisonburg, the Joshua Wilton House is absolutely great. They have a lovely wine list, too, with very reasonable prices, and a nice inn, aside from the excellent food. It is upscale, but by DC standards a bargain. I don't know if they serve lunch, but dinner and breakfast are wonderful, and it is worth an overnight. The owners and staff are very friendly and professional. We ate there several years ago and remembered it. We were back last week and were not disappointed. I couldn't believe they served zind Humbrecht Alsacian wines, my favorites.
I second the opinion of the Joshua Wilton House in Harrisonburg. My wife and I had a wonderful dinner there in January 2007. Well prepared, fresh food and a nice wine list, including several excellent by-the-glass selections. We've also stayed at the Inn and can recommend it as a wonderful B&B experience.
Oh YEAH! Route 11 chips! They are awesome. Whenever we visit my aunt in Woodstock, VA, we make a stop in Middletown.
Also, in New Market, you can try the Southern Kitchen. It's definitely a "road food" kind of place, with linoleum tables and turquoise leatherette banquettes, and it serves decent home cooking. We go there as much for the atmosphere as the food. My family likes the fried chicken (if it's freshly cooked) and fresh trout. One of their specialties is peanut soup--a ye olde Virginia dish. We especially like to stop by on a Sunday afternoon when the clientele is varied. Guests range from well-dressed church ladies to weather beaten kayakers. It's comforting to know that there are still places like this around. However, beware of cigarette smoke. There is a non-smoking section, but you have to wait in the smoking section for your table. This is a part of the state that will be hard-pressed to give up smoking rights.