Breakfast should be offered all day, every day, everywhere. Don’t you agree? Plus, it’s clear that Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a breakfast hot spot. When you consider our list of incredible biscuits, the one about cool coffee shops, the best brunch, and now this one dedicated to 10 delicious French toast dishes, well, we don’t blame you if your mouth is watering.
There is no shame in choosing a getaway destination based on the food. In fact, it’s common practice. I guess we’ll see you soon and often, because you don’t want to miss any of this.
1. Scrambled | Roanoke
Scrambled is almost all-day breakfast as they serve it until 3 p.m. every day except Monday. Their Vanilla French Toast is covered in powdered sugar and accompanied by butter and warm syrup. Order a full order or a half to fuel your day.
2. Bread Craft | Roanoke
Where better to seek out French toast than an artisan bakery? Bread Craft is just that. Try the seasonal berry French toast, which could be filled with any variety of fresh berries and topped with whipped cream. It’s only available for brunch on Saturday or Sunday.
3. Billy’s | Roanoke
If the banana nut French toast at Billy’s has eluded you, it’s probably because you were there on the wrong day. Aim for Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., otherwise known as brunch time. Their French toast is actually a sweet custard-dipped housemade banana nut bread that receives a golden brown grillin’ before making it to your plate. As we say in the south, it’s a “smack ya mama” kind of good.
4. Our Daily Bread | Roanoke, Salem, and Blacksburg
You’ll stay full when you order the stuffed French toast at Our Daily Bread, one awesome eatery with three locations. Choose from traditional French toast topped with fresh fruit or go for the gusto and get the stuffed French toast smothered in fresh fruit compote and homemade whipped cream.
5. Mac & Bob’s Restaurant | Salem
Before you get too far along with your weekend explorations, take time for nourishment. The stuffed French toast at Mac & Bob’s in Salem is offered Saturday and Sunday. Stuffed with berry cream cheese and topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon, the French toast also comes with fruit compote and whipped cream. It’s a fresh, sweet way to start the day.
6. The River and Rail | Roanoke
Sunday brunch is the most underrated meal. Sleep in and eat your breakfast, too. Now that’s a win-win. One of our favorite French toast offerings is the Brioche French Toast at The River and Rail, and it’s only offered for Sunday brunch. Featuring rum poached bananas, walnut streusel, cream cheese, and maple syrup, it’s a divine dish worth the drive and waking up for.
7. Chateau Morrisette | Floyd
Sunday drives don’t always include a destination, but maybe they should. Hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and make your way past scenic overlooks until you reach Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant. Brunch is your goal here. Order the Challah French toast (pictured at the top of this post). It’s a delectable presentation that includes toasted nuts, Virginia maple syrup, and stone fruit and berry compote. Chateau Morrisette suggests it be paired with their Blackberry wine, and who are we to argue? Delicious!
8. Local Roots: A Farm-to-Table Restaurant | Roanoke
Want to have some fun? Eat Sunday brunch TWICE! First, try the brioche French toast at River and Rail, then head over to Local Roots for a dish of the same name. Who wins? YOU DO. Both are memorable eats you won’t regret.
9. Beamer’s 25 | Roanoke
The morning after a big late-night Hokies football win can be a bit of a challenge. Beamer’s 25 is a logical place to greet the day. After all, you’re surrounded by fellow Hokie fans and can continue to ride the high. Fill up on French toast pancakes. They make a good day even better.
10. Wall Street Tavern | Roanoke
Our final French toast entry is the brown sugar bourbon at Wall Street Tavern. A Sunday brunch-only offering, this French toast is bourbon battered and topped with candied bacon crumbles, toasted pecans, syrup, and whipped butter. As if that’s not enough, it comes with fresh fruit plus your choice of a side of two eggs, bacon, or home fries.
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