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Help a Canadian Chowhound narrow down my list - Alexandria, VA to Floyd, VA

Jinks | May 7, 2013 08:33 PM

Hi,

I'm a Canadian Chowhound from Toronto and I will be heading down to Floyd, VA for the Jamboree on May 17th. I'd love some help narrowing down my food choices.

I promise to post reviews...

I'll be in Alexandria for 2 days (May 13th & 14th) and then planning to head west along 66 and then down Skyline Drive. I'll be stopping in Charlottesville & Staunton on my way to Floyd. I'll be heading back to Canada along 81 and then up 99.

Since we'll be driving I'm willing to explore for good food experiences but I'm trying to stay away from different ethnic cuisines that I can get in Toronto.

After trolling the boards & my other trusted sites I have a mixed bag of potential stops. I'm considering the following options:

Alexandria:
-Definitely Virtue Feed & Grain for dinner
-Restaurant Eve vs The Vermillion. Is it worth going to both? I might do Restaurant Eve for the 3 course lunch menu and The Vermillion for dinner?
-Lunches at Eammon's and La Fromagerie (need to get some Meadow Creek cheese while I'm there)
-Breakfasts at either Pain Quotidien or Table Talk. My travelling companion loves a hardy American breakfasts so any suggestions on good breakfast spots are appreciated.
-Is the food at Gadsby's Tavern edible or is it mostly about the history?
-Opinions on Guajillo (the exception to the ethnic rule - Mexican food is sadly lacking in Toronto), Rocklands BBQ, Columbia Firehouse and The Dairy Godmother?

Charlottesville:
-Is the food at the Monticello Café edible or am I better to get a packed sandwich from somewhere like the Carving Board Café?
-Trying to choose between Maya and The Local for dinner. Discuss...

Staunton
-Making reservations for Zynodoa
-Trying to choose between Wright's and The Depot Grille for lunch

Floyd
-Floyd Country Store obviously :-)
-Considering Mickie G's, Chateau Morrisete and Natasha's Market Café

Along 1-81:
-Reservations at The Blue Apron in Salem
-Stop at Layne's Country Store in Glasgow, VA for a whole cured, smoked country ham
-Are any of the places in Roanoke (River and Rail, Local Roots, Tudor's Biscuit World, Padow's Ham & Deli) worth a stop?

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