Small-Town Restaurants in Virginia: Second Edition
John F. Blair, Publisher
7 ½ x 8 ½
black-and-white photos throughout
Published in 2004
Author Joanne M. Anderson admits to an ongoing love affair—with small-town restaurants, that is. "Small towns, because they're, well, small," she says. "Restaurants because they have evolved from mere places to satisfy hunger to centers of social activity and entertainment."
First published in 1998, Small-Town Restaurants in Virginia is Anderson's guide to 240 restaurants in nearly 150 small towns from Abingdon in the Blue Ridge to Leesburg near Washington, D.C., from Monterey on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley to Williamsburg and Chincoteague in the east. This new edition includes over 100 restaurants and recipes not described in the first edition.
Readers will find food and service to strike their fancy whether they're inclined toward five-diamond restaurants, down-home drive-ins, or anything in between. Those who favor a superb winery combined with a great restaurant might try Chateau Morrisette on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Others who like fine food served by waitresses in period costume will enjoy the Olde Mudd Tavern in Thornburg. Folks who want home-style cooking in an antique-filled setting can't go wrong with Granny B's in Appomattox, while those out for a retro mood shouldn't miss the Pink Cadillac in Greenville. There's also dining around the world at the lovely Swiss Inn in Glade Spring. And that's just the beginning.
For each restaurant, Anderson provides basic information like price range, meals served and style of cuisine, then follows it with a write-up touching on local history, the restaurant's atmosphere and decor and the variety of foods served—everything readers will need to make a selection.
“Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Small-Town Restaurants in Virginia by regional writer Joanne M. Anderson features 240 restaurants in almost 150 small towns and villages throughout Virginia—ranging from Abingdon in the Blue Ridge country, to Leesburg near Washington, D.C., and from Monterey on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley, to Williamsburg and Chincoteague in the eastern area of the state. Each restaurant is provided with basic information including price ranges, meals served, styles of cuisine, local history, dining atmosphere, decor, and variety of foods offered. Whether a local gourmet in search of regionally authentic, or the family out on a day trip, or passing through vacationers and business travelers, Small-Town Restaurants in Virginia is a wonderfully recommended resource for itinerary planning purposes. It would also serve as an ideal template upon which other state restaurant guides could be developed.” —Midwest Book Review