Like so many things in the Blue Ridge Mountains, food here is known for its diversity. The unique topography of the mountains creates a huge number of microclimates, allowing local gardeners and farmers to grow an incredibly wide variety of foods.
In many places, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s spirit of preservation has resulted in restaurants that feature traditional mountain comfort cooking. In other places, the independent, creative spirit that is fostered in small mountain towns has resulted in new interpretations of local ingredients. Matt Lee, writing for Travel and Leisure Magazine, said, “What becomes apparent, dining from town to town along the Parkway, is just how many different styles of cooking arise… Go to the Blue Ridge for a new perspective, and rejoice in the fact that a single region can inspire so many food interpretations.”
Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 312 & Hwy 181, Pineola, NC
Take a step back in time at Christa’s Country Corner General Store. We are located in Pineola, NC at mile marker 312 just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy some good country cooking and great homemade sandwiches from our old fashioned deli. We are famous for our smoked chicken and yummy yeast buns. Owned and operated by Sam and Christa Poore, this old time General Store carries everything from groceries, clothing, livestock feed and a great selection of unique gifts.
May 1 - Oct 31: Seven Days a Week
Restaurant & Gift Shop
8:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 4:00pm
266 Mabry Mill Road SE, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
Make Mabry Mill Restaurant a memorable part of your visit to historic Mabry Mill. Enjoy country favorites such as Country Ham and Buckwheat Pancakes that invoke the tastes of the past. Located at Milepost 176, we have been serving visitors for decades. Our gift shop features gifts and food items such as stoneground grits, cornmeal and buckwheat flour. Gift jars of Black Cherry Preserves are a favorite. Full menu with breakfast featured all day. Take a Parkway Picnic Box on your journey.