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Trip to Shenandoah Valley

We are staying at an inn in Bridgewater, VA for a week and planning a number of day trips to the surrounding areas during our trip - Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville. We take this trip every year and are in a bit of a rut with the restaurants - any suggestions for places for good chow? We are primarily looking for dinner and light lunch (the Inn serves a huge breakfast), good atmosphere, reasonable prices, local wine list outdoor seating a plus, we are open to all cuisine types. Any suggestions? I'd also like any suggestions for day trips as well, we have alot of wineries on our list so far, but not much else (priorities!).

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  1. For dinner in Staunton try out Staunton Grocery located in the very quaint downtown section. local produce and local wines. I know they have a website but I don't know it

    1. In Charlottesville, C&O Restaurant and Continental Divide

      1. You may get more suggestions on the South board...I graduated from Bridgewater College but that was ::gulp::: 22 years ago and so I am not familiar with the new places around.

        1. In Charlottesville go to the Bluemont area for dinner both the Local and Mas are good. There is also a restaurant there, that is a brewery that is really good for lunch, I forget the name, but will try to think of it. Creative good food, and interesting beer.

          Lots of good wineries, the Monticello one has pretty good wine, and the Barboursville winery has a good wine called Octagon, and I haven't been to Keswick Vineyards but Fiance's parents said it was one of the better ones.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            Think you're referring to the Belmont neighborhood. The only brewery in town is South Street, which has decent food but is not open for lunch. Maya, locavore/Southern, Zinc -french bistro are also very good in Cville on W. Main St.

            1. re: Seanchai

              Is it open for weekend lunch? It isn't in town, it was out somewhere, I will have to ask Fiance's parents what it was. The parking lot was so packed it was hard to get in and out, I believe it was near some wineries. They had really good, kind of creative fair, I had a curried chicken salad wrap, they had an asian chicken dish, good cheese plate and really good homemade pretzels. I can't remember what the rest of the table had.

              1. re: ktmoomau

                Ok ok, got it, yes referring to Belmont, not Bluemont, and the brewery I am thinking of is not in town, it was the Blue Mountain Brewery near Charlottesville, but not in. I did a quick google search: http://www.bluemountainbrewery.com/

                The online menu isn't huge, but they have a lot more, I think because they have a good amount of daily specials.

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  Ah, Blue Mountain. Great beer and the food is much better than you'd think it would be.

          2. I have had some luck finding interesting and new to us,between Waynesboro,Staunton,
            and on south to Lexington.One link that offered up a good bit of additional was
            http://www.wadesmill.com in Raphine,Va
            Recommended by both millers I patronise.I am in the area for client visits many times a year.We are to be in that area again in September,so as I firm up schedules on Monday,will include questions RE your post.Anything promising I'll post.

            1. If you go north to Strasburg, try Hi Neighbor in the downtown area - true country cooking.

              There's a German place just south of Madison on 29 that gets great reviews. We used to go to the Madison area with regularity but then we had kids. We hope to start going back soon. Never made it there, but the parking lot was always filled for dinner. If you're lucky, they might have a fish fry at Madison's American Legion.

              In C-Ville there's a South African place that's good, and we really like Bizou on the mall. Of course the two pizza places; Christians is the one that gets the attention, but I liked the other one on the mall better (forget the name, sorry). The mall of course could fill up an afternoon for the trip.

              Lots of great hikes north of Madison.

              1. In New Market, Va just north of Bridgewater there is great southern fare at Southern Kitchen. Their peanut soup is the best of the best... IMHO. Other southern fare is typically pretty darn good.


                1. We really enjoyed a meal a few years ago at Duners. http://www.dunersrestaurant.com/

                  1. For a light lunch, I really liked Revolutionary Soup in Charlottesville when I was down a few months back. They have great soups (duh), salads and sandwiches at really reasonable prices.

                    1. In c-ville, I opt for a few places depending on time and money.
                      Like Christians and Revolutionary when time and money are short.
                      Also like South Street Brewery quite a bit. Above average food and excellent microbrew on tap.
                      Either way, I always hit the gelato place on the mall right by the Paramount.

                      1. If you make it to Harrisonburg, you must try the Little Grill! I've only been for breakfast/brunch when visiting a friend who lives in town, but I've heard dinner is great too. Try the ginger lemonade!

                        1. I second the Staunton Grocery rec- especially this time of year with abundant produce available for the chef to use. Dinner only- nice prix fixe menu on sunday night for $35.
                          -For lunch in Staunton, the Pampered Palate is good (and inexpensive). Stuff like Roast Beef and Brie sandwich on multigrain baguette, good soups and friendly staff. A small-town semi-fancy lunch spot on Beverley St (Staunton Grocery is on Beverley, too).
                          -In Waynesboro, all I can suggest with a clear conscience is a BBQ trailer called "Still Porkin'" (Ha!) on Broad St, North of Poplar St. Good Eastern NC-style (pulled pork with cider vinegar) sandwiches. Pick up lunch here and drive down to the park on the river to eat it on a nice day.

                          1. There used to be a chain of donut shops across the country called Spudnuts. Got its name because the recipe is based on potatoes (exactly how is a matter of some dispute), and they're lighter because they're yeast raised. The chain went out of business many years ago, but some of the individual shops stayed open. As far as I have been able to find out, there's only one of those shops left east of the Mississippi. It's in Charlottesville. They sell donuts until they run out each day - which is usually early afternoon. It's not likely a place you'd want to have a meal - but if you can make room for a donut, they are surprisingly tasty.

                            1. I am heading there this weekend.

                              One place that I tried in the past and was very pleased with was the Edelweiss Restaurant, a German restaurant not far off of I-81. they have a wide variety of German specialties and are relatively inexpensive.

                              Link: http://www.edelweissrestaurantva.com/

                              1. Wright's Dairy Rite Dive-In in Staunton is a great place with great food. www.choppedonion.com