FOOD & DRINK

Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland, Va.

RUNNER UP: Texas Tavern

HONORABLE MENTION: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company

Taste the best of field, forest, and stream at Devils Backbone’s Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. Executive Chef Frank Debons knows how to whip up a mean late-night snack.

Brewhouse / Pub

Irish Pub on Washington Street, Lewisburg, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: Appalachian Mountain Brewery

HONORABLE MENTION: Catawba Brewing Company

Weekly Irish tunes, traditional hearty meals, and cold draft beer. What more do you need? How about $1 Bloody Marys every Sunday at 1pm?

Post-Adventure Hangout

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland, Va.

RUNNER UP: The Hub

HONORABLE MENTION: Catawba Brewing Company

Grab a beer and cozy up by the bar, or grab a chair around the newly revamped outdoor space. Just a short drive from some of the area’s most iconic hikes, Devils Backbone is a perfect place to end your adventure-filled day.

Breakfast

Vandal’s Kitchen, Fayetteville, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: Cathedral Café

HONORABLE MENTION: Sunny Point Café

It’s hard to be unhappy when you’re eating homemade biscuits. For a homestyle, hearty breakfast, Vandal’s got you covered.

Lunch

Secret Sandwich Society, Fayetteville, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: Devils Backbone Brewing Company

HONORABLE MENTION: Stardust Café

The only danger in eating lunch at the SSS is you may get so full on orzo salad and salted caramel chocolate tart that you decide to play hooky for the rest of the day. And by play hooky, we mean nap off your food-coma.

Order up! The Secret Sandwich Society offers more than just gourmet sandwiches. Pictured here: The General burger.

Order up! The Secret Sandwich Society offers more than just gourmet sandwiches. Pictured here: The General burger.

Coffee Shop

The Wild Bean, Lewisburg, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: Sweet Donkey

HONORABLE MENTION: Cathedral Café

At The Bean, good coffee and good company are the pillars of success. Check out the vibe at this West Virginia coffee shop, which serves breakfast and lunch in addition to a top-notch coffee collection.

Vegetarian

Laughing Seed Café, Asheville, N.C.

RUNNER UP: Gillie’s

HONORABLE MENTION: Hob Knob Farm Café

Organic, local, farm-to-table, gourmet vegetarian food with an international twist. The tempura-battered sweet potato tacos are unreal.

Farm-to-Table

Stardust Cafe, Lewisburg, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: The Local

HONORABLE MENTION: Harvest Table

For over a decade, Stardust Cafe has been committed to sourcing locally. The restaurant’s beef, pork, and lamb are within 10 miles of the kitchen, and the vegetable, fruit, and herb farmers are just two counties away.

Vineyard

Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, Va.

RUNNER UP: King Family

HONORABLE MENTION: (tie) Barboursville and Veritas

Located at milepost 171.5 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a visit to Chateau Morrisette isn’t just spectacular for its wine. The surrounding views of the New River Valley and Buffalo Mountain make this vineyard a unique destination that embodies everything we love about the Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge Brew

Vienna Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Company

RUNNER UP: Mothman IPA, Greenbrier Valley

HONORABLE MENTION: Full Nelson Pale Ale, Blue Mountain Brewery

Smooth, malty, amber-chestnut goodness packed into a deliciously drinkable lager. It’s no wonder this beer won gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015.

Ice Cream

Kline’s Dairy Bar, Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Va.

RUNNER UP: The Hop

HONORABLE MENTION: Chaps

Established in 1943 by John Kline, the dairy bar serves up ice cream that is nothing short of divine. With seasonal flavors, and ice cream made in-house daily, you’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind ice cream experience at Kline’s.

Burrito

Burrito Bar, Lansing, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: Del Sol Cantina

HONORABLE MENTION: Neo Burrito

A paddler’s paradise, this burrito joint names its burritos after the best rapids on the Upper Gauley! Affordable prices, large portions, and incredible sunset views of the New River Gorge, make this a popular post-paddle stop in the summertime.

Burger

Jim’s Drive-In, Lewisburg, W.Va.

RUNNER UP: Secret Sandwich Society

HONORABLE MENTION: Jack Brown’s Burger Joint

Serving road-bound Americans since the early ‘50s, this drive-in style restaurant still does the old fashion curbside service deal, which, come on, how cool is that. Get your hot dog cravings and onion ring fixings all from the comfort of your car.

Barbecue

Devils Backbone, Nelson County, Va.

RUNNER UP: 12 Bones Smokehouse 

HONORABLE MENTION: (tie) BBQ Exchange and Paulie’s Pig Out

Devils Backbone offers baby back ribs and a pulled pork sandwich smothered in its homemade barbecue sauce. It’s a mouth-watering finish to a day of adventure.

(Editor’s Note: 12 Bones Smokehouse was incorrectly listed as the overall winner in print. We apologize for the error.)

Pizza

Farm to Flame Food Truck, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Boone, N.C.

RUNNER UP: Hill & Holler Restaurant

HONORABLE MENTION: Pies & Pints

The wood-fired pizza at Farm to Flame doesn’t just taste great—it makes you feel great about your environmental impact. The food truck itself runs on biodiesel and solar panels, and the eating utensils and containers completely decompose within 50 days!