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Harrisonburg, VA chow?

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I'm going to be in Harrisonburg, VA for a couple of nights this week. Never been to the area before, any recommendations for good chow?


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  1. I haven't been in a couple of years but Klein's frozen custard-which dates to the '50'-in the center of town has one of only two Electro Freeze machines left in the state of Virginia-the other is Carl's in Fredericksburg. Outstanding frozen custard.

        1. Jess' Lunch downtown was my favorite haunt as a cash-strapped student at JMU in the Summer of 1981. I doubt they've changed (or cleaned) since then, but if you love chilidogs and diners like I do, it's the place to go.

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          1. re: treetop tom

            Thank you!!! I clicked on this subject hoping to find the name of the place where I had the best chili dogs in recent memory. That's the place!

            1. re: HSBSteveM

              Just there last week. Jess's has lots of character, and a wonderful old vibe, but the chili dogs are nothing special. Little Grill looks interesting, and there is actually an Ethiopian place, Blue Nile, that looks modestly authentic!

              A mile or two up Route 11, on the left, is Bar B Q Ranch, which was packed with cars as we drove by. I'd like to try it some time. Allegedly makes good fried chicken and malteds, but there are also some serious warnings posted elsewhere on the web. If you try it, please let us know how it is.

          2. Calhoun's is a pretty solid brew-pub with good apps. The Little Grill is a nice little diner type place. Cheap and pretty good grub.

            1. Man do I miss that town :)

              Jess's for chili dogs and a beer. Go to the one downtown on S. Main, not the one on 33.
              Taste of Thai for what I'd consider better than anything I've had in the DC Metro area.
              Macondo's on 33. (EDIT: I hear it closed, unfortunately)
              Smokin' Pig and Kline's in one trip (they're next to each other) for BBQ and ice cream.

              1. Ended up being in Harrisonburg only 1 night. My travel companion isn't into BBQ, so that was not an option. We ended up at Callies Brew Pub. The food was ok, nothing special pub food. The beer was good, I had the Belgiun wheat - very tasty. Callies was recommended by someone at our hotel. I did see Jess's, and I plan to try that next time back, again my 18 yo traveling companion wasn't to keen on Jess's - based on appearances.

                Also went to Klein's - I went for the basic vanilla in a cup, it's probably the best "soft serve" I've ever had. I'd like to try it in a sundae w/fresh fruit topping next time. Kleins is fat kid approved:) I'd be a regular if I lived there. Granted Kleins is an entirely different type of product, but the ice cream in New England is a superior treat, in my humble opinion. If you get to New England, try any of the mom/pop local ice cream stands that are open in the summer. Example - http://lagos-lone-oak.com/, http://www.kimballfarm.com/

                My daughter is now enrolled at JMU, so I suspect I'll be back there frequently.