Spend one day/one night enveloped in the burgeoning local foodie movement in Staunton. Here, a “Farm to Table” culinary sensibility is realized through the proximity of fresh ingredients.
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at a hometown eatery. You might try:
Newtown Baking – an artisanal bakery with a flair for European style breads, Danish, croissant, bagels, and muffins all prepared fresh every day. Arrive early because they do sell out! Be sure and come back in the evening for their wood-fired pizza.
Farmhouse Kitchen and Wares – this cozy café is serving up scratch-made waffles, biscuits and gravy along with daily specials like quiche and soup.
Blue Mountain Coffee – with two locations downtown don’t miss the best brew—and by that we mean coffee—around! Using locally roasted beans, Blue Mountain is a great place to wake up.
Stretch your legs and visit the different gourmet markets around the town. Stop by Lewis Creek Market for a selection of cheese and wine, for a grab and go snack try Pennywhistle Provisions or for organic and natural goods go to Cranberry’s.
Insider’s tip: the Staunton Farmers' Market is open the first Saturday in April through the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Go global for lunch with these local favorites:
Gloria’s Pupuseria – bringing the distinct flavors of El Salvador to Staunton with the ever-popular pupusas stuffed with local, fresh ingredients.
Chicano Boy – the Mexican-American taqueria specializes in handmade tacos and Mission-style burritos
Taste of India – you can’t beat a buffet and this one is no exception. Sample the many offerings including a variety of vegetarian options.
For an afternoon treat indulge in some homemade ice cream at Split Banana or try one of the decadent desserts at the Paris Cake Company.
If happy hour is more your thing, try one of the craft breweries in town or sample the wine at Ox-Eye Tasting room.
Insider’s Tip: The Wine Cellar and Shenandoah Hops—both in the Wharf— have free tastings every Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m.
Dinner choices abound, but one might be tempted to try Zynodoa who features southern-inspired cuisine or The Shack’s pre-fixe menu by celebrated chef Ian Boden. Visit Emilio's for its authentic Italian taste; or Aioli’s for its Mediterranean fare. The possibilities are endless. Your evening comes to a close as you take in a spectacular sunset and a glass of Virginia wine at Barren Ridge Vineyard.