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Oct 22, 2010 04:51 PM

Restaurant recommendations - I-64 from Lexington, Ky to Virginia Beach

I will be traveling with my family from Virginia Beach back to Lexington, KY on Friday, Nov 5. I'm looking for lunch/dinner recommendations . We won't be leaving VB till around noon, taking our time for the trip back to their home. Any suggestions - maybe around Charleston, WVA?

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  1. Are you interested in fine dining, BBQ, burgers, casual, Mexican or what. Thanks.

    1. Get off I 64 at Exit 180 A in Richmond, VA and go S on Gaskins Road to Three Chopt Road. Take a right and go to Grand Pa Eddie's for good BBQ.

      Grand Pa Eddie's BBQ @ 11129 Three Chopt. Road., Richmond, VA. 804 - 270 - 7427.

      Get off I 64 at Exit 121 in Charlottesville, VA and go S on Highway 20 for .7 mile to Thomas Jefferson Parkway. Take a left and go one mile E on TJP to Mitchie Tavern for an outstanding southern buffet of fried chicken or BBQ along with all the sides every day for lunch from 11:15 AM to 3:30 PM.

      Michie Tavern @ 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville, VA 434 - 977 - 1234.

      I suggest you get off I 64 at Exit 96 at the top of Afton Mountain and go N on Route 340 to 6th Street in Waynesboro, VA. Take a left and you will see Basic City Lunceonette behind the Hess Gas Station just N of the rail road. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner daily serving burgers, seafood, steaks and fine comfort food.

      Basic City Luncheonette 2 408 N Commerce Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 540 - 932 - 1790.

      Staunton is just W of I 81 and a very nice town also. It's home to Mrs. Rowe's country food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wright's Dairy Rite, Staunton Grocery for casual fine dining for lunch/brunch/dinner and The Depot Grill.

      Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant @ 74 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 1833.
      Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435.
      Staunton Grocery @ 105 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 6880.
      The Depot Grill @ 42 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 885 - 7332.


      Lexington, VA has a number of good restaurants like Bistro on Main for lunch/dinner, Macado's for sandwiches, Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant for lunch/dinner, Lexington is the home of VMI and W&L U. It's a beautiful town a few minutes W of I 81 and worth a visit.

      Bistro on Main @ 8 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 4888.
      Macado's @ 30 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 8201.
      Sheridan Livery Inn & Restaurant @ 35 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 1887.

      Get off I 64 at Exit 100 in Charleston, WV and go SW on Leon Sullivan Way to Quarrier. Take a right and go to Blossom Deli and Soda Fountain which is a Charleston landmark for great contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner serving outstanding deli style sandwiches for lunch and fresh seafood and steaks for dinner.

      Blossom Deli and Soda Fountain Cafe @ 904 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV 304 - 345 - 2233.

      7 Replies
      1. re: Littleman

        Thanks for great suggestions! My family will lean toward something casual, but I wanted more options than a drive-thru!
        I'm coming from Sacramento and then driving with them to VB - that's why my 'subject line' was reversed. I had planned to fly out of Norfolk back to Sacramento, but decided to keep them company for the drive back to Lexington, KY.

        1. re: Littleman

          Littleman, the basic city luncheonette is not what most of the people who read this would want to try. I had second thoughts about going into the place. It's in a run down shady section of waynesboro, right along the railroad tracks. The appearance of the place will probably discourage most. I had a burger and fries ($5.78) to go, o.k. but I wouldn't go back for it. JMHO.

          1. re: jogger

            Thanks Jogger. I run into joints like Basic City all the time. They don't bother me. I will lay low on them from now on. Thanks for the warning. Good luck.

            1. re: Littleman

              Littleman, don't stop letting us know about these joints. I also like them. Its just that I don't think the average chowhound would go into this particular joint based on outside appearance and location. The food is blue plate all the way. Nothing to excite a chowhound. Thanks and keep the post coming, if it weren't for you I would never have discovered this place.

              1. re: jogger

                Jogger..........this is my favorite restaurant. It's a joint but oh man is it good.

                1. re: Littleman

                  Where in Virginia, WVA, Maryland or Delaware is it?

                2. re: jogger

                  Jogger, I have to disagree with you. Not everyone wants to go to a five star fancy restaurant all of the time. Although I do enjoy doing that, I like finding small local dives on chowhound as well. That's why the food channel has their successful dives and diners program. Littleman reads everyone else's postings, and simply repeats recommendations that he's heard without actually eating at the restaurants. I'm the person that suggests the Basic City Luncheonette based on my personal dining experiences. My wife and I used to eat breakfast there on Saturdays. I"ve always described it as a hole-in-the-wall place that is great for breakfast. The place is packed on Friday night which is the only night they serve dinner. You ate a burger & fries to judge this place; you can eat that anywhere. Did you try their made from scratch biscuits and country sausage for breakfast? Did you go by there on a Friday night to see how crowded they are? You're right about it not being a pretty place, and in a run down part of Waynesboro, but that's also part of it's atmosphere. It has probably been there for a long time. Give it another try for breakfast some day.

                  Basic City Luncheonette
                  408 N Commerce Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980

          2. just FYI - that's a LONG drive. if you don't leave till noon, especially if you plan for a leisurely meal, you won't get in till i'd say midnight. i drive richmond to cincinnati all the time.

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            1. re: AMFM

              I am dreading the long drive - we were originally not driving back to Ky till Sun, but decided that was too long of a drive with work the following day.

              1. re: NOLALVR

                as long as you know! :)
                i always end up making super fast stops on the drive but mine is slowed by kids! good luck - i'm going to to keep littleman's list too.
                i know MANY great places around richmond/charlottesville, but that's too soon to stop!