Top 10 Restaurants

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers hundreds of delicious restaurants, taverns, café’s and coffee houses for tired and hungry visitors traveling along America’s favorite parkway. Here is a listing of ten of the most popular, if not celebrated, restaurants along the way.

Fryemont Inn Dining Room
245 Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC

Stars: 4 of 5 stars
Price range: $5 – $28
Cuisines: American
The Fryemont Inn Dining Room is a terrific country inn whose eight-foot wide fireplace and country-style offerings make it a true Blue Ridge charmer. Now in its fourth generation of family owners, the restaurant offers 18 different dinner entrees, all served with homemade soup, salad with homemade dressing, three special side dishes of the day, and your choice of homemade dessert. Entrees include local mountain trout, two chicken entrees, a vegetarian entree, country ham, prime rib, steaks, and lamb shanks.

The dining room is open and airy, with a true rustic charm. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Guests can choose to eat in the dining room, or choose from the smaller menu provided in the rustic bar area where you can still order Fryemont favorites like prime rib and pecan- encrusted trout, spinach soufflé, baked mac and cheese, and corn pudding. The bar has a couple of TVs for football or other sport-watching, as well as a pool table and a Ring Toss — a great mountain game that everyone can play. Plan an extra half hour onto your trip, so that you can to visit the lobby, play some games, read some magazines by the fire place, or sit out on the balcony and soak in the view over the town.

Osceola Mill Restaurant & Inn
352 Tye River Turnpike, Steeles Tavern, VA

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $20 – $30
Cuisines: Continental

This charming bed and breakfast is located in the Shenandoah Valley in a 200-year-old mill with incredible character. The portions are generous and the food is excellent. Entrees include red pepper soup, delicious breads and rolls, and perfectly cooked entrees scallops with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes, New York Strip Steak, Seafood Platters, crab cakes, salads, Virginia wines, and more. The pricing is in line for the quality of their food, and the portions are more than adequate. It is absolutely wonderful to enjoy your meal while listening to the nearby stream and stunning vistas. This lovely restaurant is very small, and seating is limited but it is well worth it. The food is excellent; the wine list is good and features local wines. Make reservations as there are only about 15 tables in the restaurant.

Blue Ridge Dining Room
290 Macon Avenue, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Stars: 3.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $31 – $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood

The Blue Ridge Dining Room has exquisite views and a beautiful buffet, the service is excellent and prices are good. From prime rib, chicken, sliced ham, grilled salmon, a seafood buffet, and terrific sides like kale and sweet potato salad, the restaurant offers delicious food for the entire family. They also offer a child-friendly buffet with mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken tenders and fries. Breakfast choices include omelets, smoked salmon, cereal, fruit, homemade Belgium waffles with homemade caramel sauce and whipping cream, and more.

Cedric’s Tavern – Biltmore Estate
1 Dairy Road, Asheville, NC
(828) 225-1320

Stars: 4.0 of 5 stars
Price range: $29 – $31
Cuisines: American

Cedric’s Tavern is the Biltmore’s on-site restaurant, an English style pub located near the winery. It is has a beautiful, modern atmosphere with cloth placemats and napkins, and beautiful flatware. There is often outdoor music playing, and the staff is friendly, polite, and professional. Although the menu only offers a few choices that may be a bit pricey, the food is upscale and delicious and includes entrees like fishcake sandwich with aioli, summer faro risotto, bison burgers, shepherd’s pie; and appetizers like the charcuterie tray and homemade pickles which can be purchased on site.

The Gap Deli at the Parkway
7975 Fancy Gap Hwy, Fancy Gap, VA

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Price range: $5 – $10
Cuisines: American, Bistro, Soups, Sandwiches

This little café-deli is a gem found along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With fast and friendly service, this deli is a perfect stopover for fresh delicious food. Offerings include standards like BLTs, as well as soup beans and cornbread, homemade sandwiches and wraps, and meatloaf with homemade ketchup. The staff is nice, friendly, and welcoming, and makes you at home from the moment you walk in the door. The Gap Deli has a beautiful garden surrounding where you can eat on the patio and enjoy the stunning views. The prices are great, as are the portions, and the deli is very convenient – just off Route 52 and the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Gap Deli is a well-kept secret that you won’t want to miss.

The Farmhouse
285 Ridinger St, Christiansburg, VA

Stars 3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse

At one time, the food and service was always great at The Farmhouse. This large banquet-style restaurant seems to have as many fans as naysayers; you’ll have to judge for yourself. 35 years ago, it was the premier place to enjoy family celebrations, but today there are many other choices offering larger menus at more economical prices. The hallways are labyrinth of long, dark, disorienting barn-board, decorated with farmhouse items like pitchforks, guns, field tools, and more, and tables are dressed in red checkerboard tablecloths. Entrees include the usual banquet fare like prime rib, shrimp scampi, chicken in cream sauce, ribs, fried shrimp, and more. The service is good, the food is average.

Mountain Aire Seafood & Steaks
9930 NC Hwy 16 South, West Jefferson, NC

Stars: 3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Mountain Aire Seafood & Steaks is supposed to be an authentic North Carolina BBQ with all of the southern fixins’, but the food seems to be frozen fare, burgers, and more. Many customers have complained about their fish, and stale rolls and buns. Although the service was good and servers are pleasant, but the decor is dated. If you’re coming off the Parkway, you’d do well to consider the many other options available.

The River Dog Coffee House and Cafe
3616 Mitchell Ave, Ste. 1, Linville, NC

Stars: 3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert

The River Dog is a great place for coffee, pastries, and sandwiches with their great assortment of specialty coffees. Lunch is also available until 3:00 pm and includes Panini’s, sandwiches, soups and more. Service can be slow, but it has a nice atmosphere for the mountain area and is always clean and the food is consistently good. The restaurant is cozy and relaxing. This little coffee shop is definitely recommended.

Roanoker Restaurant Incorporated
2522 Colonial Ave SW, Roanoke, VA

Stars: 4.0 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American

The Roanoker Restaurant is a locals-recommended restaurant that seems to have seen better days. Food is typical banquet fare pasta, club sandwich and fries, fried chicken, cooked veggies and meats. The décor is reminiscent of a diner where you wait in line to be seated, and is very dated and not too clean. The hype is over-rated — the wait is long and the food is average. The corn bread and biscuits are dry, the potatoes are instant, and the turnip greens are bitter. Save yourself the painful memory and choose one of the other fantastic restaurants on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Stuarts on the Green
2360 Swiss Pine Lake Drive, Grassy Creek Golf and Country Club, Spruce Pine, NC

Stars: 4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisines: American

Located in the beautiful Grassy Creek Golf Course, Stuart’s offers excellent food, homemade soups and desserts, a great wine list and local brews. It’s a great local hangout with a beautiful view. The seafood soup is delicious, as is the baby leaf spinach salad with warm bacon dressing, taco salad, filet minion, grouper, chicken marsala, and burgers. The service is good, and prices are reasonable. The Sunday brunch is a steal at $15, and the owner and his wife are extremely friendly. Make this a stop on your Blue Ridge vacation trip.