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Hi all - I will be in Luray Saturday night, and was wondering if there was anywhere in the town or the surrounding area that would be worthwhile for dinner. Nothing too heavy, as I'll be attending a triathlon training clinic the following morning. Thanks! Catharine --- [The following posts have been split into separate threads: Southern Kitchen (SRJ)]
I have no idea where else to post this, but wanted to call attention to the restaurant at the Skyland Resort inside Shenandoah National Park. No reason to go here, of course, unless you're traveling on Skyline Drive, but I was suitably impressed by the Pollock Dining Room. I mean, we had no expectations whatsoever - the entire dining/hotel function inside the park has been outsourced to Aramark. But the Wild Mushroom Tart and Wedge Salad were excellent. And not just excellent for a park restaurant - these were very very good dishes. Entrees, including Pan-Seared Trout, Fried Chicken, and Chicken-Fried Steak were far better than they needed to be. Honestly, based on what we ate, I wish we'd have gone for the more interesting-sounding dishes, but we clearly ordered too conservatively. Blackberry cobbler and blackberry ice cream were very good as well. Our waitress said that a new chef came in at the beginning of the year, and I believe it. If your travel plans include driving Skyline Drive, definitely time your run for a meal here.
Took one of the bikes and one of the GF's up to Skyline Drive this weekend for a getaway. The scenery is quite wonderful...the rooms are pretty decent...the food is...a crapshoot Aramark runs the concessions for the whole park and they've sold their soul to Pespi..which sucks ass..Yep..I'm a COKE guy one night, we started in the Taproom with just drinks and an appetizer of Nachos....picture tri colored corn chips, cold melted cheese, crappy guacomole, sour cream and salsa....seriously the WORST nachos ever..and I wasnt even drunk...YET Moving upstairs to the main dining room, we started with fried mozzarella and a wedge salad----Decent and hard to screw up....even for ARAMARK Mains were Fried Chicken and prime rib.....Chicken was pretty darn good..mash pots, not so much. Prime rib was cooked as ordered- med rare and baked potato was about 20 mins past its prime...$62 for that a a few beers, so all in all..edible and filling Next day fiasco at the wayside store/carry out/ sit down dining was hellish. walked in around 11 am..just after what appeared to be a mass breakfast exodus..to a completely dirty and un bussed dining area. I felt for the servers..for many reasons..not limited to their working conditions, education and hand dealt in life but they are just very nice, hard working people, doing their job as best they can..and I cannot fault them for that, even when I make a condescending joke at their expense. It took about 15 mins for someone to come over to us and say hi...she handed us menus and took our drink order. breakfast was over and a limited, no frills lunch menu was available. GF went with chicken sandwich, I went with Va ham sandwich. Both had fries and both were served on a ciabatta bun. Mine was great, as I love Va ham..hers was pretty bland and tasteless. Fries rocked!!!! Asked for check and chatted up the server as to what seemed like a hellish morning for her..she explained that they only had 2 servers and a trainee..I felt for her and she actually remarked that my gf didnt eat her food...I told her that it just didnt taste like anything...so she removes it from the check. That server had more common sense than most of the waiters I've encountered here in DC when noticing unfinished food. She got herself a great tip and we went on to enjoy a beautiful, if not scorching day coming down the mountain