Need food recommendation for Smithfield, VA area (lunch or dinner)
I live nearby. I would echo Smithfield Inn. Local legend, Monroe Duncan composed the menu. Don't think it is open for lunch except for Sunday brunch. Lunch is ok at the bakery mentioned or at Smithfiled Station. Go to Ringo's Donuts for coffee and calories. Little family owned place slightly ouside of the restored area. Another idea would be to take the ferry to Williamsburg. If you do that, Surry House is near the ferry.
re: Janet from Richmond
Yes, it's not far from Smithfield. It's in Surry Ct.House, on Rt 30, not far from the Jamestown-Scotland ferry.
Surry House is a little bit like the Va. Diner on Rt. 460 in Wakefield, but toned down some and somewhat more "genteel".
Peanut soup, ham biscuits, fried chicken, etc. I happen to like it better than the more touristy Va. Diner.
The Smithfield Gourmet Bakery (http://smithfieldgourmetbakery.com/) is in a quaint old-town area with lots of little shops within walking distance, and normally has good food. I love going there for lunch when I'm visiting my parents.
Smithfield Station (http://www.smithfieldstation.com/) used to be known for good food, but the last time I was there it was just average. Not sure if I was there on an off night, since I don't live in the area anymore and haven't gone back often.
Good luck, and I hope you'll report back and let us know how your dining experiences went, wherever you decide to go!
If you have time to drive up and take the ferry across to Williamsburg, there are lots of good options there (several threads on this board for Williamsburg recommendations).
409 S Church St Ste D, Smithfield, VA 23430