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Road food between BWI and Charlottesville

ebone Jun 14, 2013 07:22 AM

Hello. I will be driving from BWI to Charlottesville this afternoon and wondered if anyone had suggestions for stopping for lunch along the way. Looking for great food at a reasonable price and we are not picky. If you have done this drive and have found any gems I would love to hear about it. Thanks!

  1. ebone Jun 17, 2013 12:25 PM

    Well, traffic pretty much ruined our ability to stop for anything leisurely on the way down there, but thank you all for the suggestions.

    We did stop on the way back for Sunday breakfast in Culpeper at a diner called Frost Cafe. It was fairly typical greasy spoon fare, but I enjoyed my biscuits and sausage gravy and enjoyed watching the woman working the flat-top griddle even more. She was a whirlwind of activity and efficiency. Culpeper had a cute little downtown and made for a nice stop on the trek back to the airport.

    In Charlottesville we had a couple good meals, one at the Local and brunch the next day at the Bluegrass Grill and Bakery. I wish we had some more time to explore C'Ville, but we enjoyed our limited experience.

    Thank you all for the suggestions.

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    1. re: ebone
      PenskeFan Jun 20, 2013 07:00 AM

      Glad you got to try the Bluegrass Bakery. So many times I tried we went away because of the long lines, but then again I have impatient kids (especially the young one) - he might last through the hour or more in line but then his patience would be spent

      Frost Diner was one of the places in Culpepper I was thinking about - standard diner fare really but that is actually these days becoming more and more a thing of the past.

      And yes, traffic on that corridor can be hectic , for sure.

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      zippypinhead Jun 14, 2013 07:54 PM

      If you decide to take the "scenic northern route", this is an interesting joint:

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        lemons Jun 15, 2013 05:23 AM

        I see something on their menu or that of their sister restaurant something called "crabmeat fluff". Any idea what that is?

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          curioussheridan Oct 17, 2013 08:03 PM

          Do they really know how to cook all the Thai food and seafood they have on their menu? Looks a big menu for a small place to me.

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          ulver Jun 14, 2013 07:15 PM

          Probably missed your drive, but I have always enjoyed stopping at http://www.moothru.com/ in Remington to break up my drive from Charlottesville to the DC area.

          It's not exactly lunch, but it helps make the road trip enjoyable.

          Otherwise the north end of the Charlottesville area has a number of options such as Timberwood Grill or Carving Board Cafe.

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            PenskeFan Jun 14, 2013 01:44 PM

            If you go down US 15/17/29, just south of where US 17 turns at Opel to go to Fredericksburg and I95, is the Moo-Thru. Its a local joint with local milk and ice cream from local cows. Pretty good. Think they also have sandwiches now, but we have only ever gotten the ice cream.

            Right at that 17/15/29 intersection at Opel, you will probably want to avoid Pete's Park N Eat. I dont have any personal experience there but have heard from a number of road food aficionados that it is a stay-away type experience.

            Further south in Culpeper is a food stand, but I can't quite remember the name of it, there are also a few diners there, one I think is in an old drug store.. I will try to find both those places for you.

            1. Terrie H. Jun 14, 2013 07:31 AM

              Someone recently asked a smiliary question on the DC/Baltimore Board -- you might pick up some tips here:


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                lemons Jun 14, 2013 07:30 AM

                Detour through Warrenton and stop at the Red Truck Bakery. On the courthouse square, and there's a website. They're popular - we got in late and there were no sandwiches left, but the soup and baked goods were swell. (They say you can call ahead and reserve, say, an egg salad sandwich with local eggs and homemade pickles, though.)

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                1. re: lemons
                  ebone Jun 14, 2013 08:02 AM

                  We may be a bit late on that one. We don't arrive at BWI till around 1:30. If it's a thing where they run out of food we may be too late for that party...

                  1. re: ebone
                    lemons Jun 14, 2013 09:22 AM

                    Sorry - when you said lunch, I thought...but consider it for the way back.

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