Virginia - Statewide recommendations
We're going to spend a week driving aimlessly around Virginia (late November - after the leaves and the tourists have disappeared). No set itinerary and no schedules. If you had the flexibility to eat anywhere in the state, what places would make your list?
You can specify any meal of the day, you can recommend cheap and fun dives or destination dining. All ethnicities are fair game... We eat it all!
This is for an adult couple with no kids.
Zynodoa in Staunton. One of the best meals of my life, at prices far below what we'd pay for a comparable meal here in DC. I knew when we were in good hands when my boyfriend took a bite of the appetizer we ordered (some kind of pork dumpling) and just started laughing. It's been almost a year since we were there and he still talks about it. VERY worth your time.
I always try to get to the Stony Creek Tastee Hut in Stony Creek, right off I95. The stars here are the hushpuppies(consistently the best I've ever had) and the fried chicken. They also have good eastern NC style barbecue- it's quite a bit spicier than any real eastern NC places, though.
K&L Barbecue in Hopewell does really good eastern NC bbq, and they also have beef barbecue. I prefer the pork, but the beef is interesting and at least worth trying.
If you're going to be in the southwest part of the state, I recommend the following:
Hotdogs- Skeeter's on Main Streetin Wytheville
Great Food and Unique Atomsphere- Cuz's in Pounding Mill (Tazewell County)
Great rack of lamb, pork loin, shrimp, crab cakes, and steaks- Yong's on Main Street, Tazewell, VA
Good Dining in historic log house- The Log House on Main Street Wytheville
Outstanding Chinese- Peking in Wytheville
Good home cooking and fried chicken- Chick-n-Little in Abingdon, VA
I can't vouch for Town House in Chilhowie as I am not into fancy eatin'. I more of a meat and taters white trash food kind of girl.
I've never been, but there are many posts on here about the Towne House Grill in Chillhowie. It is uniformly praised as one of the best restaurants in the country. There is allso a small Thai place near Amherst that gets a lot of love on this board. if you do a search i'm sure you'l find it.
I am dying to go to the restaurant in Chillhowie.
For the Culpeper area, I recommend Foti's and It's About Thyme as we as Frost Diner for a diner type breakfast.
For Blacksburg, I recommend Gillie's for a great vegetarian breakfast.
There is always The Inn at Little Washington, but that is tough to do on spur of the moment.
Here in Richmond, I recommend Millie's Diner for brunch, lunch or dinner as well as the newly renovated Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel.
I live in NYC, but my sister lives in Virginia so I've spent some time there. There is an excellent Thai restaurant in Colleen, which is north of Amherst.
Edit: I was with a London 'hound here in NYC two weeks ago, and she raved about a meal that she had in Staunton: