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Dining in Abingdon, Virginia offers an experience unmatched by just about anywhere else. Set in Southwest Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Abingdon is known for its outdoor recreation and diverse arts community.
But it’s the more than 30 independently owned local restaurants that have put this destination on the map for foodies like myself. It’s been recognized as the number one “Best Small Town Food Scene” in 2019 and 2020 by USA Today.
Abingdon’s historic downtown charm adds to any visit. But the amazing dining options take a visit to a whole new level.
After a ride along the world-class Virginia Creeper Trail or before a performance at the legendary Barter Theatre, there are plenty of food destinations nearby. You’ll find casual outdoor options, elegant, white tablecloth dining rooms, and settings filled with history and legend throughout downtown.
Long Time Favorites
While new places in town are drawing attention, the old favorites are always popular. An evening at The Tavern is a tradition for many. Located in Abingdon’s oldest building, built in 1779, the atmosphere both inside and on the courtyard are unique. The diverse menu, extensive beer and wine list, and full bar offer something for everyone.
Another local favorite, Rain, is an eclectic spot with an extensive menu and artsy atmosphere. From soups, seafood, and steaks to distinctive drinks and desserts, the menu is both creative and delicious.
Music on the Side
Another one-of-a-kind spot is Bone Fire Smokehouse & Musictorium. It is popular for both outstanding food and amazing music. This smokehouse and restaurant is located in an old hardware store. It serves succulent smoked meats and “Southern high country sides” while showcasing original music from local and regional artists.
Luke’s Cafe features fresh food in an art-and-music-inspired casual setting. The menu is filled with salads, sandwiches, and a full dinner menu, all with an artistic flair.
Fresh, Fun Flavor
The Girl & The Raven is a new addition to the local food scene. The cafe features dishes created from regionally sourced ingredients. Pair a dish with a premium craft coffee, roasted in small batches, using ethically sourced beans.
At Jack’s 128 Pecan, they pride themselves on both taste and service. They serve unique twists on popular sandwiches, special dinner entrees, and house-made desserts. The friendly, quirky atmosphere enhances your visit.
Abingdon’s tasty options also include beverages, of course! In downtown’s The Spring House, there is a trio of tastes to be enjoyed. Wolf Hills Coffee, Tumbling Creek Cider Company, and Appalachian Teas & Botanicals all offer specially curated beverage menus.
Additionally, you’ll find local shops featuring olive oils, wines, cheeses, specialty meats, and more.
There is so much to explore and enjoy in Abingdon. The culinary scene is a vital part of the experience. There are also plenty of lodging options, including the historic Martha Washington Inn and Spa.
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