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Jun 28, 2008 12:33 PM

College visit rd trip VA, NC

My husband, 17 yr old daughter and I will be taking a week and a half road trip to visit colleges and I really need help with places for us to eat. Knowing us, we will want breakfast and dinners and will probably pick something up on or near the college campus. We eat anything and I personally would love to try local types of food at least for some of the meals. Would like to keep main courses to no more than $15 per person but again we can mix and match with some days more than others. The first part of this trip isn't in the Southern area of the board so for this part I need help with:

Richmond, VA
Lexington, VA
Winston Salem, NC
Davidson, NC
Asheville, NC (spending a day just passing through for fun)

Any ideas would be appreciated.


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  1. Which colleges are you visiting in Richmond? That would help a lot with what's close to campus.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Richmond -- U of Richmond
      Lexington - Washington & Lee
      Winston Salem - Wake Forest
      Davidson - Davidson

      We don't mind travelling a bit within the city because it would be nice to see what's around anyway.

      1. re: SharonOhio

        Davidson has a quaint downtrown atmosphere, sems like there is a good coffee place before you turn off to go to the University.

        1. re: Dixiegirlz

          Any suggestions for Charlotte? Don't really mind going into town.


          1. re: SharonOhio

            In Charlotte, Gourmet mag (or was it Bon Appetit) just did a piece on Price's Chicken Coop on Camden Rd. It's a take-out only fried chicken place w/ all the fixin's. It's cheap and is a Charlotte institution.

            Another option in downtown CLT is Mert's Heart & Soul on N. College St. Low-country cuisine. Inexpensive too.

            There really aren't many decent breakfast options here. Price's and Mert's are good options for lunch &/or dinner (Price's closes at 6, I think).

            Have fun!

            1. re: SharonOhio

              The Penguin Drive-In in Charlotte is a great place and in Staunton, Virginia where interstate I-64 meets I-81 you have Wright's Dairy-Rite Drive-In that has been there since 1952, so it's a real drive-in with excellent food.

          2. re: SharonOhio

            In Winston-Salem I'd advise you head downtown. Its about 2 miles from Wake's Campus. Lots of great choices...On 4th Street you've got Downtown Thai, Camel City Cafe (more upscale), Mellow Mushroom (not the greatest pizza, but pretty good and very fun), Hutch and Harris (creative pub food), Foothills Brewing (good sandwiches and salads, stay away from the entrees, great beer). On Trade Street (in our downtown Arts District - lots of cool galleries and stores) there is Sweet Potatoes (probably the best of the bunch), Finnigan's Wake (irish pub with solid food) and 6th and Vine (comfortable wine bar with good food). Enjoy!

        2. In Richmond for breakfast I'd suggest heading to CanCan in the Carytown district for some great croissants and coffee. Freckles on Patterson Ave has a good breakfast also. For dinner in Richmond if you want southern food, I'd recommend Comfort downtown...southern food with flair, reasonably priced and something for everyone.

          1. If you make it into Charlotte, and are looking for some casual and relatively inexpensive places, here are some of those options:

            Mac's Speed Shop (SouthEnd on South Blvd.) - A local favorite for brisket, barbecue, green bean casserole, etc. Very vibrant atmosphere.

            Alexander Michael's (4th Ward/downtown on 9th and Pine Streets) - A long-running neighborhood restaurant/bar. Great atmosphere. The "What it Is" (blackened chicken over creamy pasta) sounds simple, but is delicious. Also good are the crawfish burrito and shrimp marsala, among other menu items. Great nachos too.

            Cabo Fish Taco (NoDa on North Davidson) - A local favorite for fish tacos.

            Dish (Plaza-Midwood on Thomas Ave.) - Modern home-cooking.

            300 East (Dilworth on East Blvd.) - A popular neighborhood restaurant for about the past 15 years.

            Sir Edmund Halley's (behind Park Rd. Shopping Center) - Another popular neighborhood hangout. British-style pub that serves god, often adventurous food. Definitely has a pub feel to it, but you can also sit outside.

            If by the time you get to Charlotte you are looking for something a little nicer, but still fairly casual and not too fancy, here are some options:

            Lulu - (Plaza-Midwood on Central Ave.) - Popular bistro with very good food.

            Carpe Diem (Elizabeth on Elizabeth Ave.) - A local institution with very good food and great ambience.

            Fiamma (Dilworth of of Park Rd.) - Best authentic Italian in town.

            Rooster's (SouthPark) - Popular restaurant with kind of a tapas-style menu.

            Those are some great schools your daughter is visiting. Have fun!

            1. Oh yeah, and in Winston-Salem, my favorite restaurant for a good but laid back dinner is probably West End Cafe on 4th Street in West End. Granted, I haven't eaten there in 4 years, but it was great for the three years I lived in that area.

              1. A fun and popular place in Richmond is Kuba Kuba. Cuban food. Although it isn't "local type" food, the atmosphere is definitely local-type. It's located on Park Avenue in the Fan District, 10-15 minutes from the Univ. of Richmond. If you want to tour a little of the city, a trip to Kuba Kuba will give you that opportunity. The place is always bustling, but laid back and it is in your price range. Plus the food is good!

                BTW, if you haven't been there already, the campus of Univ. of Richmond is BEAUTIFUL!

                Have fun!