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Feb 1, 2010 07:12 PM

South River Restaurant & Wine Shop - Waynesboro, VA?

Any Chowhounds in the Charlottesville/Staunton area familiar with the South River Restaurant & Wine Shop in Waynesboro? I'd love to hear some reviews. Friend of a friend suggested we eat there in a couple of weeks when we are in the area, but I don't really know this person or their tastes. I tried searching here, but couldn't find anything. Of course with the new boards, I may not be looking in the right place. TIA.

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  1. South River is OK in a wannabe Fridays/Applebees kinda way. Hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks... I've been there three times, and the service has been marginal. Two times, the waiter came back to ask what we had ordered all over again, and the third time, I wish the waiter had, because most of us got a vague approximation of what we ordered. Maybe they have some kind of policy that they can't use a notepad. It's not bad, it's just pretty far down the list when we want to go out for dinner. Here's their website:

    I'd be happy to give you some recs if you'd like. Just say what you're looking for, and how far afield of where you're staying you'd be willing to go.

    1. I worked in the Waynesboro area for five months in 2008. We did go by the South River, but did not eat there. Here are some suggestions from places we did try:

      1) Basic City Luncheonette is a hole-in-the-wall place and we ate breakfast there. They are open for dinner only on Fridays. Very good home cooked meals at reasonable prices.

      2) Off of Rt. 250 on the other side of Afton Mountain headed towards Charlottesville is a micro brewery that serves good sanwiches along with their brew. I can't remember the name of the place, but with a little local research you'll be able to find it. They have an awesome view of the mountain from their front porch.

      3) Downtown Waynesboro has been hit hard by the economy, but there was a little place in the heart of downtown on Main street that was good. Again, I don't remember the name from two years ago, but they served mostly Italian food and sandwiches. Their daily specials were good and reasonable. I hope they are still in business; it would not be hard to find them.

      4) Take a picnic to any of the local wineries. There are lots of these around Waynesboro. With a little research, you'll find a bunch of these.

      5) Catch a play at the Shakespear theatre in downtown Staunton. Not to be missed!

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      1. re: foodjack

        You're talking about Blue Mountain Brewery:

        Menu changes somewhat regularly as they feature local, seasonal foods. Their pizzas are enough for 3 people and are excellent! Always good veggie options.

      2. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. We are going to be in town for one night. My daughter is vegetarian, so we need to be able to find something for her. Spouse and I eat pretty much anything except red meat. I'm not looking for an upscale dress-up place. Just somewhere we can go get a nice relaxing meal after a busy day of travelling in the morning and meetings in the afternoon. I would go to Charlottesville or Staunton, but spouse doesn't want to drive either place for dinner as we'll be on the road over 8 hours the next day.

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        1. re: decolady

          In that case, South River may be your best option. Waynesboro is not what I would call a culinary Mecca of the Shenandoah Valley- lots of chain restaurants.

          If you pass through again, there are a lot of options that would make a vegetarian (and the rest of the group) very happy in Staunton and Harrisonburg (Charlottesville, too- I just don't know the town as well).

          Have a good trip.

          1. re: lagniappe

            Thanks so much! It's likely we'll be coming back several times a year for awhile. If you don't mind telling me options in Stauton and Harriosnburg, I'll make note of them for future trips.

            1. re: decolady

              Here's a few with the vegetarian leanings in mind-

              Hopefully the links work, so I don't have to go too far into menu description...

              Little Grill Collective- Harrisonburg, VA To be honest, I haven't been there personally yet, but many rave about its veg options and the care they take to find local and seasonal ingredients. It's cooperatively owned, which is kinda neat.

              The Staunton Grocery- Staunton, VA Right downtown in beautiful Staunton (ok, I live there, so I'm partial). It's chef-owned (Ian Boden), and very particular about using local farmers and businesses to fill the menu. It's on the pricier end, but not over the top- good for a more special dinner.

              Saigon Cafe- Harrisonburg, VA This is a great little Vietnamese place that has wonderful fresh springrolls and lots of vegetarian options on the menu (lots of meat dishes, too). My favorite restaurant in Harrisonburg.

              Thai Siam Takeout- Colleen, VA This one is further afield, about half an hour South of Charlottesville. Yes, it says "takeout" in the name, but don't let it scare you. I believe it's because they only have about 3 tables and have to call themselves takeout because of this. You can eat there, jut go at off-times. I can't imagine what this place is doing where it is, but I'm glad it's there. I've been to Thai places all over North America in major cities, and this place at least ties for the best, and it's in the middle of the woods. And cheap. The best green curry I have had anywhere, the best pad thai, house-made pepper sauces and home-grown vegetables (in season) in the dishes.

              I'm trying not to be too long-winded about it, but I feel I'm on the edge. It can be hard to find the good places anywhere, and I'd hate to see someone end up at a Good Times Emporium-type place with so much obscure deliciousness about.

              Thai Siam
              4137 Tye Brook Hwy, Coleen, VA 22922

              Saigon Cafe
              787 E Market St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

              Little Grill Collective
              621 N Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

              The Staunton Grocery
              105 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401

              1. re: lagniappe

                Thank you so much for taking the time to make this list for me! I will print it out and put in my travel folder for the next visit.