Montgomery County (Virginia) is an epicenter of global agricultural innovation, with programs such as Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The county also is home to some of Virginia’s finest restaurants, wineries and breweries, a few of which are located right on the farms. That, along with the influence of the international visitation of the region due to the local universities’ reach, make the culinary scene in Montgomery County one to be savored.
Ranging from burger joints to fine cuisine, in Montgomery County there’s a taste available for everyone’s palate. And just like the bustling agricultural industry of the region yields delicious brews and wines, so too does it allow for remarkably fresh, local flavors from our bevy of restaurants who proudly prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for our visitors.
Connie Hale, chef and owner of Buffalo and More, sources all of the restaurant’s buffalo meat from a nearby farm (which she also owns) to prepare local favorites like bison chili, buffalo brisket and a variety of burgers. She says visitors tell her that buffalo has a sweeter, richer taste than beef, and that many say buffalo meat tastes like what beef used to taste like. The restaurant also sources all its other proteins and produce from local farms lending to an authentic Montgomery County flavor experience.
If burgers are on your mind, check out Dude’s Drive-In located in Christiansburg. Dude’s beckons visitors with the promise of the authentic road-side grill flavor they can handle, complete with the formidable size of the Dude Burger, which challenges the best of appetites.
Some of the region’s more refined restaurants are located within the area’s historic buildings. But don’t let the formal structures and sophisticated menus fool you – you’re still in Montgomery County after all, and we do casual around here.
A favorite Southwest Virginia landmark since 1963, The Farmhouse Restaurant in Christiansburg serves up some of the best steak and seafood dishes in the New River Valley in a relaxed setting one would expect from a southern farmhouse. Originally part of the Ridinger Estate built in the 1800s., the authentic farmhouse is joined by an old train caboose, adding an additional unique seating option.
622 North invites diners to a large, recently renovated Victorian building in Blacksburg’s historic Downtown District. Serving lunch and dinner options influenced from flavors from around the world, 622 North treats guests to family style, three-course and a la carte meals crafted with the finest locally sourced ingredients of the New River Valley.
Located in the oldest house, circa 1892, on Blacksburg’s Main Street and within the town’s original Sixteen Squares, The Blacksburg Tavern offers a traditional regional farmer’s menu, much like the original family who lived in this house would have prepared: chicken, beef, ham, vegetables, biscuits, apple butter, ice cream and cobbler, But you’ll truly know you’re in Montgomery County as The Blacksburg Tavern features Appalachian-style music and live performances where possible, while also showcasing art depicting local history and landscapes.
No matter your tastes, or the time of year you visit, ways to explore the culinary landscape and authentic flavors of Montgomery County are abundant.