DC/VA to Hot Springs, VA
Friday mid-day I'm headed from Arlington/Alexandria to Hot Springs, VA most likely via I-66/I81. Anywhere worth stopping for lunch along the way or am I better off eating/picking up sandwiches before we head out?
re: Dennis S
Thanks Dennis. Timing of our trip didn't work out to stop in Strasburg.
On the way there we hit Waffle House in Harrisonburg. I'm a big fan of Waffle House from my college days, and we don't have them out in CA. Just as good as I remembered!
On the way back we stopped at Southern Kitchen in New Market, VA. Got the fried chicken w/ potato salad and green beans. All pretty good, especially for an option right off the highway. We were intrigued by the Little Grill Collective in Harrisonburg, but it was closing as we went past.
Southern Kitchen: It works, but as you found out it's not great or worth lavishing praise - though it receives praise on roadfood.com and other websites. The Virginia countryside is filled with a lot of places like that - ok, could be a lot better, and probably not as good as Cracker Barrel.
Hop over on US11. There are plenty of decent little breakfast and lunch places between Strasburg and Bath County, even some pretty good Mexican. By pretty good, I mean in the context of where you are. Besides, it's a much more beautiful drive than 81, which is horrendous.
"When all else fails; lower your expectations."
Hi Neighbor is still there in Strasburg, I eat there once in awhile with my mom. Neither fancy nor gourmet but it is an old-fashioned basic country menu.
For really excellent food in Western VA, I would recommend going out of your way for the Thornton River Grill in Sperryville. I can't go there often enough.