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Places to eat during motorcycle trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway
May 5, 2014 11:55 AM   Subscribe

A group of us are going to do a motorcycle trip from Guelph, Ontario, Canada to Asheville, NC. I'm hoping I could get some good restaurant stops along the way (vegetation options welcomed!).

Hello MeFi! A group of us will be riding our motorcycles from Guelph, Ontario Canada to Asheville NC from May 25th to June 01st. The main attraction is to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, but we will be stopping at a few towns along the way to spend the night. I'm hoping you can offer some suggestions for good/affordable restaurants (vegetarian options welcomed!).

Here's our itinerary so far:
May 25th: Guelph ON --> Kinzua Bridge State Park, PA --> State College, PA.

May 26th: State College, PA --> Charlottesville, VA (going through Shenandoah National Park)

May 27th: Charlottesville, VA --> Chincoteague Island, VA --> Norfolk, VA

May 28th: Norfolk, VA --> Roanoke, VA

May 29th: Roanoke VA --> Boone, NC

May 30th: Boone, NC --> Asheville, NC

May 31st: Asheville, NV --> Cincinnati, OH

June 01st: Cincinnati, OH --> Guelph, ON

I've done some searches on Ask for the places we are staying in and already have some suggestions (especially for Charlottesville, Norfolk, Boone and Asheville). I'm just wondering if anyone has any recent recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
posted by alvin545 to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total)
 
Midway options for the Boone-Asheville leg: Little Switzerland if you want to stay on the parkway (not exactly vegetarian-friendly) or Spruce Pine, where Knife & Fork is an extremely good restaurant for such a small town.
posted by holgate at 12:18 PM on May 5 [1 favorite]


Schwabl's in West Seneca/Buffalo for Beef on Weck (definitely not vegetarian).
posted by melissasaurus at 12:26 PM on May 5


Peter Chang has a restaurant in Charlottesville. Anytime I'm near one of his restaurants I'm happy! Try the dry fried eggplant.

No Frill Bar & Grill in the Ghent area of Norfolk is very good but can get crowded. Walkable interesting neighborhood. I think the Ghent location is much better than their Virgina Beach spot.

On the off chance that you are taking the mainland route from Chincoteague to Norfolk there is an amazing place in Topping called Merroir. It's a oyster tasting house featuring the farmed oysters of the owners primary venture the Rappahannock Oyster Company. Very worth a detour!
posted by cat_link at 1:41 PM on May 5


In Asheville, I highly recommend 12 Bones (a barbecue joint) and Posana Cafe. The latter is entirely gluten-free, which is rare.
posted by GrapeApiary at 2:01 PM on May 5


Wildflour Cafe in Roanoke. There's two of them, both good I believe.
posted by idb at 6:20 PM on May 5


Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! Looks like I can hit up most of your suggestions :)
posted by alvin545 at 7:13 AM on May 6


I love Bella's Pizza in Abingdon, VA.
posted by chainsofreedom at 8:07 AM on May 6


For Cincinnati, I'll toss in Eli's Barbeque on Riverside Dr. And you get to ride along the Ohio River for a bit to get there. Should only be about 10 mins or so out of your way. Rustic and cash only, but great food and people!
link to review
posted by mikeinclifton at 8:18 PM on May 13


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