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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.)
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!