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All over VA for 1

Hi y'all,

I'm being relocated to Norfolk next month. My boyfriend has been living there since July and we have a place, so I have Norfolk scoped out pretty well.

I'm in sales and will be traveling all over VA, MD and DC very regularly. I'd love any suggestions in VA -- Richmond, Charlottesville, Alexandria, etc.

Most of the time I'll be dining alone, I don't mind eating in a dining room or at the bar. I love all kinds of ethnic foods. My budget is decent, $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch, $10 for breakfast. I'm not so worred about breakfast places, but if you have one that I shouldn't miss, pass it on.

I love funky places with character. What do you think?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Near where I-81 and I-64 intersect (Staunton, VA) - you can get a great breakfast, lunch or dinner at Mrs. Rowe's restaurant (it's on the rt. 250 east exit). Family-owned, friendly people. Busy on weekend nights and Sunday dinner.

    In Charlottesville, there's an interesting little Brazilian restaurant called Copacabana (on Rt. 29 north, in Shopper's World shopping center). Also we have enjoyed Northern Exposure, near the university, if it's still there. Lots of great eating on the pedestrian mall too, but access and parking can be a pill.

    If you go for German food, Bavarian Chef on 29 north (Madison, Va.) is excellent. A great destination dinner.

    1. THE Best breakfast place is in Petersburg, Va ( 30 min s. of Richond)on Crater Rd....it is called the Yankee and they have the BEST pancakes this side of heaven...Plus their sausage is to die for...

      It is a little Greek owned place that has been there over 25 yrs....

      And for BBQ- THE best BBQ place (outside of Sonny Bryants in Dallas TX) is KINGS BBQ--also on Crater Rd in Petersburg.
      Their Sliced OUTSIDE cut BBq is FABULOUS as are their ONION rings ( fresh NOT frozen) and homemade APPLE pie..

      Go for it..!

      1. Horne's in Port Royal(excellent breakfast) . Carl's custard in Fredericksburg. Five Guys, started in Alexandria, now its all over VA. excellent fries and cheeseburgers its also in Charlottesville downtown (historic part). GOOGLE choppedonion.com for more places, pictures and reviews. Also try Wright's Dairy Rite in Staunton, VA. Wright's is on the website, plus about 10 other places around Virginia. Hope this helps. Also try Pig and Steak in Madison, VA. good BBQ.

        1. Thanks so much for the recs so far. Any other ideas for Richmond and Charlottesville? How about closer to the District?

          Thanks!
          Gayle

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          1. re: geg5150

            In C-ville, try Bizou, which is right on the mall. Surprisingly good and interesting food at low prices in a funky/diner-esque setting. Duners, which is a bit of a drive from there, is also a fun little place. Chandlers soft serve ice cream is great - only open in the warm months, family run, just off the bypass.

          2. In Richmond:

            Mamma Zu (Oregon Hill) for great Italian. Great menu with interesting items you'd never see at the Olive Garden (hissssss). You can eat at the bar there.

            Comfort (Downtown) for great southern comfort food (great squash cassarole and mac and cheese among the sides).

            Zuppa (Shockoe Bottom) for great homemade soups and sandwiches.

            Sumo-san (Shockoe Bottom) for creative Asian fusion and a fun, friendly owner.

            Buz and Ned's (on Boulevard between I-64 and Broad St) for Texas BBQ.

            Can Can (Carytown), a French brasserie, with some great dishes, good service, and a great ambiance. Not stuffy or pretentious.

            Pho So 1 (West End) for good pho and other Vietnamese dishes. Great value.

            Pomegranate (Shockoe Slip), another small place we like that has interesting dishes in a comfy setting

            Kuba Kuba (Fan) for good Cuban dishes and great Cuban coffee. Great cozy and fun atmosphere. They have a counter you can eat at.

            China Star (Innsbrook), great Chinese food, probably the most authentic we've found in town. Not to be confused with China Pearl which is located near to China Star but totally sucks in comparison.

            That should start you off anyway. Happy New Year!