Food and Lodging Near Skyline Drive

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  1. BvilleBud

    BvilleBud Been here awhile Supporter

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    If you go to the Skyline Drive site it has some suggestions for food and lodging; the lodging section doesn't look bad, but the food options on the site are weak. I find myself on the Drive often, and every time I run across folks looking for good local eats.

    Here is a short list of places to eat and sleep near Skyline Drive (less than 15 miles from the access points). Feel free to add both places you like and places to avoid.


    I'll get us started with some spots in Front Royal at mile marker 0.

    Melting Pot Pizza - Darn good pizza, gets crowded on the weekends, bike friendly. 3 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    www.meltingpotpizza.com
    138 W 14th St, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 636-6146

    Ledo Pizza - Really good pizza, not the melting pot, but very good. 5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://ledopizza.com/store/front-royal/
    Crooked Run Center, 135 Crooked Run Plaza Suite 70, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 635-7400

    Sweet Frog - Nice to get some ice cream after a hot summer ride. 5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://sweetfrog.com/locations/store/front-royal-va
    Riverton Commons, 70 Riverton Commons Dr #10, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 631-0648

    Knotty Pine Restaurant - OK this will be hit or miss with you. It is a dive, I like dives. It is also a FroRo standard for many decades. 2 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/knotty-pine-restaurant-and-lounge-front-royal
    801 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 635-3064

    PaveMint Taphouse and Grill - Pavemint Brat, Polenta fries, Bangers & Mash! 1.5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    www.paveminttaphouse.com
    9 S Commerce Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 252-4707

    Joe's Steakhouse - HORRIBLE service when I went, average steaks, I wouldn't go back if you paid me. .5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    www.joessteak.com
    708 S Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 636-5637

    Spelunker's Frozen Custard and Cavern Burgers - Recommended by Bwalsh. 1 mile from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    www.spelunkerscustard.com
    116 South St, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 631-0300

    L Dee's Pancake House - Recommended by Bwalsh. 1.5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://ldeespancakehouse.com
    522 E Main St, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 635-3791

    Thunwa Thai Cuisine - Recommended by Bwalsh. 1.5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://www.thunwa-thai-cuisine.com/menu/
    10 S Commerce Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
    Phone (540) 631-0616

    Jalisco's Mexican - Recommended by 5Punks & Bwalsh. 2.5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://www.jaliscofrontroyal.com
    1303 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 635-7348

    Los Portrillos Mexican - Recommended by Bwalsh. 5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-potrillos-front-royal
    90 Riverton Commons Dr, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 622-2144

    Castiglias - Italian. Recomended by 5Punks. 1 mile from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    328 Remount Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 635-8815

    Main Street Mill - Recomended by 5Punks. 1 mile from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://mainstreetmillfrontroyal.com/
    500 E Main St, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 636-3123

    Anthony's Pizza - Good standard Italian piza & subs. 1 mile from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    http://www.anthonyspizzaandpasta.com/
    103 S Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 636-2000

    Apple House - Recommended by CaptnSlo. 6.5 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    https://theapplehouse.net
    4675 John Marshall Hwy, Linden, VA 22642
    (540) 636-6329

    Blue Wing Frog - Recommended by CaptnSlo. 2 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    https://bluewingfrog.wordpress.com
    219 Chester St, Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 622-6175

    Mercado Latino Don Toro 2 - Recommended by BvilleBud and bwalsh. 2 miles from Skyline Drive entrance / exit.
    209 E 6th Street Front Royal VA 22630
    (540) 323-3939

    Chains - to save space, I'm going to lump some below. Use the GPS to find 'em
    FroRo has most of the chains including Ihop, Chili's, Cracker Barrel, Applebees, T.G.I. Fridays, Godfathers, Dominoes, Dunkin' Doughnuts, McAlister's Deli, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Panda Express, every kind of fast food, etc.

    Suggestions near the Thornton Gap (Luray) at mile marker 31.

    Brookside Restaurant - 4.5 miles from Thorton Gap entrance / exit.
    https://brooksidecabins.com/
    2978 US-211 E, Luray, VA 22835
    (540) 743-5698

    Uncle Buck's Family Restaurant - 9 miles from Thorton Gap entrance / exit.
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaur..._Buck_s_Family_Restaurant-Luray_Virginia.html
    42 E Main St, Luray, VA 22835
    (540) 743-2323

    Suggestions near the Swift Run Gap entrance (Elkton) at mile marker 65.

    El Paso Mecican Grille - Recommended by mica & WayneJ. 6 miles from Thorton Gap entrance / exit.
    http://elpasomexicangrille.com
    245 S. Stuart Ave (Route 340) Elkton, VA 22827
    (540) 298-8861

    Suggestions near the Rockfish Run Gap entrance (Waynesboro) at mile marker 105

    Tacos Los Amigos - Recommended by BlakKrauStudios. 10 miles from Rockfish Gap entrance / exit.
    1157 W Main Street
    Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540) 451-0100

    Weasie's Kitchen - 8 miles from Rockfish Gap entrance / exit.
    https://weasieskitchen.com/
    1157 W Main Street
    Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540) 451-0100

    Blue Mountain Brewery 5 miles from Rockfish Gap entrance / exit.
    https://bluemountainbrewery.com
    9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920
    (540) 456-8020

    Basic City Beer Company 4 miles from Rockfish Gap entrance / exit.
    www.basiccitybeer.com
    1010 E Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540) 943-1010


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  2. bwalsh

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    I dont see the need to list places you've never been to. Anyone can google food (specific types) all day long to read reviews. Personal experience? Yes, by all means!

    Melting pot for Pizza(on West 14th street) . No need to list any other pizza joints (especially chain store stuff).

    I frequent L'Dees(on main street) for breakfast or lunch, 2/3 times a week. You cant order a bad meal here. Ask about the pies! Great down to earth folks who treat you like family...they are family. :deal

    Knotty Pine(North Royal Ave & East 8th street)is OK but I rarely go.

    Thunwa Thai is very good! I almost went there tonight.

    Spelunker's is a great burger/sub joint. They grind the meat for their burgers and cut the potatoes for their frys in house! They also have the best frozen custard with a different "flavor of the day"!

    Two Mexican restaurants, Jalisco's and Los Portrillos. I like both but I think Los Portrillos is somewhat better.

    The liberty gas station at North Royal Ave & 5th street has a guy in there now who has breakfast, lunch and dinner. His specialties are BBQ chicken, ribs and four different types of fish, along with down home sides. Mac &cheese, collared greens, green beens, etc. I've been there twice, once for the pork BBQ and once for BBQ chicken. I will go back again and try the catfish dinner!

    A great place to get a good meal in Front Royal is the red brick market on the Southeast corner of 6th St and Commerce Ave. Can't remember the name. It's a convienance store with a food area. It has ethnic central American food and a room with seating for about 20. Order What you want, grab a drink, have a seat and the owner will bring it to you. You may have to get him to help you order/decipher the Spanish menu and to get the right thing ordered by the two ladies. No hablo Ingles. It's a nice change of pace from the normal local fair.

    Thats off the top of my head. I'll post up a few more, and down off of route 211 later.
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  3. BvilleBud

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    Good point. I have updated the ones you like in the original list. I went to PaveMint Taphouse today, it was a converted garage, but very clean and I liked it! I was going to add the Liberty joint, but since it is basically a counter in the back of a gas station thought I'd leave it off my main list. I don't mind it at all, but it would be very hit and miss with many so...

    Thanks tons for helping to add to this list!! I have a couple more to add from 5punks and then off to 211 to chow down.

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    I spent a night at the Sleep Inn in Staunton, VA - which is about 15 miles from the end of Skyline Drive/start of the BRP. I thought it was great for the price, which was $80 for a Friday on short notice. It was extremely clean, looked like it had been renovated recently, the furnishings and electronics were all modern, and it had a wonderful shower. It's right off of 81 and close to 64. Next door is a gas station and the hotel is within a short walk to several restaurants. I arrived pretty late and had already eaten dinner, so I can't comment on the restaurants. There's a decent continental breakfast included in the price - breakfast sandwiches, cereal, fruit - typical fare. I thought it was a nice spot to rest for the night on a ride, and judging by the number of bikes in the parking lot, I wasn't alone.

    Also - I think the Apple House in Linden, VA is close to the Front Royal entrance of Skyline Drive. I personally think the BBQ is a bit sweet for my taste, but people really dig the food there - especially the donuts.
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    The Thornton Gap Entrance / Exit (mile marker 32) doesn't have anything right there, but Luray isn't a long drive away, and 211 is fun. I have only been to two restaurants in Luray:

    Uncle Buck's Family Restaurant - My favorite in Luray so far; not very upscale, but I'm not either. Food was good and the service was great.
    Free cornbread mini-cupcakes & apple butter!
    https://www.facebook.com/Uncle-Bucks-118264794928165/?rf=186217354733456
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    mica Weekend Adventurer

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    The Mexican joint in Elkton(Rt.33) west of Skyline.
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    Hell, if you are including Staunton in this list, there is Red Beard brewery. Pretty damn good the several times I have stopped there.
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    245 S Stuart Ave
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    I recommend the Burrito Carnitas.

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    Tell them Loftus sent you. Good chance he'll be there. :lol3
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    Thornton River Grill, Sperryville, Va., just east of the drive down 211. Great food, good beer list.
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    If you are in Waynesboro check out Weasie's Kitchen. I have been a few times now and they know how to do comfort food! The meatloaf is awesome:
    Weasie's Kitchen
    130 East Broad Street
    Waynesboro, VA 22980
    540-943-0500
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    About 4 miles from the Thornton Gap entrance:
    Brookside Restaurant & Cabins
    https://brooksidecabins.com/
    (540) 743-5698
    2978 US-211 E, Luray, VA 22835

    I can't vouch for the cabins, but the food is good!
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    Near the Front Royal entrance. If you are hungry for a REAL Méxican meal and don't mind not eating in the most elegant restaurant in town try this place, I like it!! it is 1/2 grocery store and 1/2 restaurant. It is certainly NOT a chain, there will be food you might not have tried before, but there will be plenty of "normal" Méxican favorites. It is clean, the food fresh, hot and delicious, the service very good (even better if you try to speak a little Spanish).

    Mercado Latino Don Toro 2
    209 E 6th Street Front Royal VA 22630
    (540) 323-3939
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    Adding Tacos Los Amigos in Waynesboro (Southern entrance - Rockfish Gap), BlakKrauStudios liked the tortas in a sepperate thread.

    1157 W Main Street
    Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540) 451-0100
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    Two good brewery/eateries near the Rockfish Gap/South end of Sklyine Dr near i64:

    Blue Mountain Brewery
    9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920
    (540)4568020
    Good typical beer selection (Personal favorites are the Kolsch and the "Granny Lite"---EXCELLENT on a hot humid day) and indoor/outdoor seating for the restaurant. Expect to wait a little bit for restaurant seating, it's always packed. This is not that far down off Skyline Dr towards Crozet/Charlottesville off 250-rt151.

    Basic City Brewery
    1010 E Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540)9431010
    More "Crafty" beer choices and recently revamped food options. Located inside a portion of the old Virginia Metalcrafters building and is probably the closest to Skyline Dr down towards Waynesboro on the West side of the Park. Their nachos are incredible.
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