On your way S on I 81 you will have a lot of options for road food. You may just want to stop for a rest and a cold drink. At Stephens City try the buffet at Butcher Block BBQ @ Exit 307. Just down I 81 a few miles at New Market is Southern Kitchen serving outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Exit 264.
Harrisonburg has quite a few fine road food places convenient to I 81. I suggest you consider Jess' Quick Lunch or a good home cooked meal at Little Grill at Exit 247. The Village Inn is very nice also at Exit 240. Staunton is just W of I 81 and a very nice town also. It's home to Mrs. Rowe's country food breakfast, lunch and dinner and Wright's Dairy Rite. Lexington, VA has a number of good restaurants like Macado's for sandwiches and Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant for lunch/dinner. Lexington is the home of VMI and W&L U. It's a beautiful town a few minutes W of I 81 and worth a visit.
Home Place is a great restaurant several miles W of I 81 W of Roanoke at Exit 141 serving outstanding country food, good fried chicken and deserts in an old home. Just E of Lexington at Exit 188AB Frank's for the Memorie's is a great place for good road food with great outdoor dining. Roanoke has quite a few nice restaurants but they are mostly in town.
Just a little N of Roanoke at Exit 150A/150/B is 3 Little Pigs. Roanoke has quite a few nice restaurants but they are mostly in town. The restaurants near I 81 don't compare. If you should spend the night in Roanoke go check out these places for good road food. Blues BBQ, Fork in the Alley for pizza, burgers, sandwiches, Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery for lunch/dinner, The Roanoker for breakfast and Wildwood Smokehouse BBQ.
In Christiansburg just down the road a piece is Dude's and Due South. Both are very good places to eat. On S on I 81 in Wytheville, VA stop at Smokey's BBQ at Exit 70 or 73. C J's
Pizza is good if you have kids. At Abingdon, VA there's some fine places. Have lunch or dinner at Peppermill or BBQ at Parks BBQ at Exit 17. Chick N Little is good country food and Ellis Soda Shop and Grill has good salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more with outdoor seating as well. Wildflower Bakery and Cafe is great for breakfast,lunch or dinner and it's close to I 81 at Exit 19. If you have time to detour to Johnson City or Bluff City then Cootie Brown's and Ridgewood BBQ are good road stops.
Butcher Block BBQ @ 131 Town Run Lane, Stephens City, VA 540 - 869 - 4141. http://www.butcherblockbuffet.com/
Southern Kitchen @ 9576 South Congress St., New Market, VA 540 - 740 - 3514.
Jess' Quick Lunch @ 22 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 434 - 8282.
Little Grill @ 621 North Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3594.
The Village Inn @ 4979 South Valley Pike - S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 7355.
Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant @ 74 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 1833. http://www.mrsrowes.com/
Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435. I81/EXIT220. http://www.dairy-rite.com/
Macado's @ 30 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 8201. http://www.macados.net/
Sheridan Livery Inn & Restaurant @ 35 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 1887. http://www.sheridanliveryinn.com/
Home Place Restaurant @ 4968 Catawba Valley Dr., Catawba, VA 540 - 384 - 7252.
Frank's for the Memories BBQ @ 2117 Magnolia Ave., Buena Vista, VA 540 - 261 - 5553. I81/EXIT188AB http://www.franks4thememories.com/
Blues BBQ @ 107 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 5683. http://bluesbbqco.com/
Fork in the Alley @ 2123 Crystal Spring Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 982 - 3675. http://forkinthealley.com/
Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery @ 7770 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 540 - 362 - 1812. http://www.hollywoodsrest...%3E%3C/U%3E%3C/font%3E
The Roanoker Restaurant @ 2522 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 7746. http://www.theroanokerres...%3E%3C/U%3E%3C/font%3E
Wildwood Smokehouse @ 2041 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 540 - 989 - 2100. http://www.wildwoodsmokehouseva.com/
Dude's Drive In
@ 1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7901.
Due South BBQ @1465 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 381 - 2922. http://www.duesouthbbq.com/
The best option on I 81 in that area if you don't have a lot of time and you are trying to make good road time is Three Little Pigs at Daleville at Exit 150. It's located in a small shopping center less than two minutes off W side of I 81 and serves great BBQ. It also has a very nice outdoor seating area and the menu includes sandwiches and salads for those who don't want BBQ. They also serve cold adult beverages. The shopping center has some very nice stores in case you are in need of road supplies. There are nice hotels on both sides of I 81 and a nice big truck stop to refuel and pick up road supplies. Three Little Pigs is a much better choice. Check it out next time you go by. Good luck.
Three Lil Pigs BBQ @ 120 Kingston Dr., Daleville, VA 540 - 966 - 0165. http://www.threelilpigsbbq.com/
Smokey's BBQ @ 1090 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 9014. http://smokeysbbq.com/ C J's
Pizza @ 1025 West Lee Highway, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 8448.
Parks Mill BBQ @ 21405 Parks Mill Rd., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 9191. http://parksmill.com/
Peppermill Restaurant @ 967 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 0530. http://www.thepeppermill.com/pmillhome.asp
Chick N Little @ 401 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 6690.
Ellis Soda Shoppe and Grill @ 217 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 8187. http://www.ellissodashoppe.com/
Wild Flower Bakery and Cafe @ 24443 Lee Hwy., Abingdon, VA 276 - 676 - 4221.
Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723. http://www.cootiebrowns.com/
Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.
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