Delicious comfort food is a staple in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. It’s part of the region’s rich heritage, and you get a sense of the love and hospitality of locals when you can enjoy a meal that reminds you of Grandma’s cooking.
We love our comfort food in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! From blue-collar to blue ribbon, there’s something about traditional Southern classics like biscuits, fried chicken, and mac & cheese that brings everyone together.
It’s perfect for warming you up on a crisp, fall day, or it can serve as the ideal meal after a full Blue Ridge Day of hiking or biking on the incredible trails in the region.
For your next feast, here are 13 restaurants in Virginia’s Blue Ridge that hit the spot for great comfort food.
1. Dogwood Restaurant - Vinton
Located in the heart of the Town of Vinton, Dogwood Restaurant offers daily specials throughout the week that feature all the comfort food classics. From meatloaf to chicken & dumplings and country fried steak, or even a vegetable plate with items such as mac & cheese, turnip greens, and stewed cabbage, it’s a delicious meal at a great price.
2. Maw & Paw’s Diner - Eagle Rock
While Maw & Paw’s might be known for having one of the best burgers in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, it’s also a great spot for comfort food. Of course, you could have the best of both worlds by ordering Ralph’s Special - a hamburger steak covered in gravy and onions! Your eye might also be drawn to other things on the menu such as liver & onions, country ham, and frog legs. You read that right. Frog. Legs.
3. The Homeplace Restaurant - Catawba
The Homeplace Restaurant has served as a favorite restaurant for Appalachian Trail hikers, Virginia Tech students, and locals of Virginia’s Blue Ridge since it opened nearly 40 years ago. This beautiful setting in the Catawba countryside serves family style all-you-can-eat Southern favorites such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits, and cobbler. There may be a wait when you arrive, but time drifts away as you relax in a rocking chair on the front porch or find a spot in one of the nearby gazebos.
Note: The restaurant is open Thursday - Sunday.
4. Franklin Restaurant - Rocky Mount
The daily specials at Franklin Restaurant will hit the spot as you’re traveling through Franklin County on Route 220. The menu regularly features pepper steak, meatloaf, fried chicken, country ham steak, and fried fish. The Franklin Restaurant also is open daily at 6:00 a.m. and is a great option for a hearty breakfast.
5. Greenwood Restaurant - Troutville
Who says it has to be Thanksgiving to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce? You can get it all on an open-faced sandwich at Greenwood Restaurant off Route 11 in Troutville! This restaurant, which is cash-only, has specialized in homestyle cooking since 1952 and is a spot where you’re sure to hear some unique local stories when you find a seat at the counter.
6. The Swinging Bridge Restaurant - Paint Bank
Take a scenic drive out Route 311 from Roanoke to Craig County and then have a delicious meal at The Swinging Bridge Restaurant in Paint Bank. The dining room is beautifully decorated as a rustic lodge and the menu features a variety of locally-sourced buffalo dishes, smothered & covered chicken, BBQ that is smoked on location, and homemade desserts. There are also Blue Plate Specials on Friday, Prime Rib on Saturday, and Pan Fried Chicken on Sunday.
Note: From November 30 - March 27, the restaurant is closed Monday through Thursday.
7. Historic Pine Tavern Restaurant - Floyd
This classic restaurant in Floyd still serves many of the same menu items that were available when it opened in 1927, based on many recipes that were perfected by Mama Nell. Meals can be served family-style or individually. Family style meats include your choice of fried chicken, country ham, roast beef and pulled pork BBQ, as well as a variety of sides. Additional meals that can be ordered individually include fried catfish, chicken & dumplings, and meatloaf.
8. The Hub Restaurant - Rocky Mount
With breakfast served all day and entree options such as pork chops, flat iron steak, and country ham, it’s no surprise The Hub Restaurant is regularly voted one of the top restaurants in Rocky Mount. It’s also a spot where no one judges you if you can’t decide and order multiple things off the dessert menu. Signature pies like Coconut, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Apple and Pecan are made from scratch daily by Miss Tammy, but arrive early to make sure they don't sell out of your favorite flavor!
9. Jerry’s Family Restaurant - Vinton
A meal that features a meat and three sides for less than $8?! Jerry’s Family Restaurant has you covered! Pan fried pork chops, meatloaf, fried chicken, and hamburger steak are regular favorites, which you can have with sides like mac & cheese, cinnamon apples, mixed greens, and stewed tomatoes. On Sundays, diners also have the opportunity to order all-you-can-eat family-style meals.
10. The Roanoker Restaurant - Roanoke
Everything on the menu at The Roanoker Restaurant is good, but no matter what you order, make sure you leave room for the biscuits! Recognized by multiple publications, including Today on NBC, Southern Living, and Virginia Living, for having some of the best biscuits in the country, these made-from-scratch gems are the perfect side for any meal at The Roanoker. We recommend pairing them with the country ham and fried apples. It’s a heavenly trio.
11. Ruth’s Place - Rocky Mount
Ruth’s Place features an impressive rotation of daily specials that regularly make appearances on the menu. Examples of the daily specials include pork chops, chicken casserole, salisbury steak, baked ham, and chicken fried steak, and Ruth’s Place also has a variety of sides that change daily, which even includes cobbler, sweet potato casserole, and banana pudding!
12. Angelle’s Diner - Troutville
Whether it’s Meatloaf Monday, Pig Pickin’ Thursday, or breakfast options like the Southern Smothered Buttermilk Biscuit Skillet and Country Boy Omelet, you’ll have no trouble finding something delicious during a visit to Angelle’s Diner. The restaurant is also conveniently located at Exit 150 off Interstate 81 for those looking for a place to stop while driving through the region.
13. Scratch Biscuit Company - Roanoke
Although it’s a new addition to the local restaurant scene, Scratch Biscuit Company in Grandin Village has already earned a reputation for its made-from-scratch biscuits and unique sandwich offerings. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can top your biscuit with meats such as smoked brisket, fried catfish, country ham, and Nashville hot chicken. If you want a biscuit that will serve as your meal for the day, try The Cowboy Crippler - a biscuit with brisket, country fried sausage, pulled pork, hash browns and cheese.
Map of Restaurants
For more ideas on dining in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, visit our Restaurants section. If you have questions about where you should eat, feel free to reach out to us on our social media accounts at @visitvbr.