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The Restaurant Guide for Nelson County & Wintergreen Resort

Kim Chappell is a graduate from the Realtor Institute and is an agent with Wintergreen Resort Premier Properties, the official real estate office of Wintergreen Resort.  Kim also lists and sells property in beautiful Nelson County.  Contact Kim Chappell at kim@ExperienceNelsonCounty.com or 434-238-2430.  The Free Daily Blog is posted on both www.ExperienceNelsonCounty.com and www.ExperienceWintergreen.com

Dining in Nelson County

Nelson County has a wide variety of dining options.  Everything from Mexican to Thai to  BBQ to Southern comfort food.  Welcome to my Nelson County Dining Guide for 2009.  The below restaurants are in alphabetical order.  The descriptions of the menu are personal observations.  

Ambrosia Bakery & Deli
2192 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958 (434) 361-9661

Sandwiches, amazing desserts, hot entrees.  Also serving breakfast with coffee.  A few tables but most business is to-go.  Call ahead to order cakes & pies and for catering.

Basic Necessities
2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958 (434) 361-1766

European gourmet menu and a large wine & cheese selection.  Special Sunday brunch menu.  Our favorite is the Basic Necessities salad.

Blue Ridge Pig
2198 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958 (434) 361-1170

Voted one of Virginia’s best stops for BBQ.  Look for the pink pig on Rt. 151.  The beans and potato salad are also great.

Chen’s
73 Calohill Dr., Lovingston, VA 22949 (434) 263-8865

Chinese food to-go with fast service.  They have all your favorites.

Chirios Pizza
Highway 151 Nellysford, VA 22920 (434) 361-9188

Unique pizza, sandwiches and ice cream to dine-in or take-out.  If you are a vegetarian, you need to try their veggie pizza.  We enjoy the hot sub sandwiches.

Copper Mine
Wintergreen Resort (434) 325-8090

Located behind the Mountain Inn on Wintergreen mountain.  Open for breakfast seven days a week, serving popular holiday brunches.   Dinner includes a high-end steak and seafood menu. 

D’Ambola Restaurant
9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA 22920 (540) 456-4556

Italian menu of pasta and Northern dishes, plus prime rib and weekly specials.   Seasonal outdoor dining.

Devils Grill
Wintergreen Resort (434) 325-8100

Located at the Devil’s Knob Golf Course on Wintergreen mountain.  Outdoor seasonal dining.  Lunch including sandwiches and entrée salads.  Dinner includes many seafood entrees.

Devil’s Backbone Brewery

Beech Grove (434) 361-1001

Not just a micro-brewery.  Devil’s Backbone is open for lunch and dinner daily with a menu with everything from hot wings to a Cowboy Steak.

The Dogwood
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA (434) 361-1700

Southern comfort food plus sandwiches, steaks and salads.  Seasonal outdoor dining.

The Edge
Wintergreen Resort (434) 325-8080

Behind the Mountain Inn on Wintergreen mountain.  The place to get a burger on the mountain.  Also, nachos, entrée salads and interesting entrees.  Open for lunch and dinner daily.

The Fountain Room at The Mark Addy Inn
56 Rodes Farm Dr., Nellysford, VA 22958 (434) 361-1101

Varied menu in a beautiful atmosphere.  Often with live music.  You do not have to stay at the Inn to dine here.  Give them a call for details.

Lovingston Cafe
165 Front St Lovingston, VA 22949 (434) 263-8000

The place to get a burger in Lovingston.  Also, a wide menu of sandwiches, entrée salads, pasta and entrees.  Seasonal outdoor dining on their large patio.

Rapunzel’s Coffee & Books
924 Front St., Lovingston, VA 22949 (434) 263-6660

Gourmet coffee drinks, snacks and desserts.  Often have live music at night.  WiFi available.

Stoney Creek Bar & Grill
1354 Stoney Crk W Nellysford, VA 22958 (434) 361-0054

Located at the Stoney Creek Golf Course.  Seasonal outdoor dining with great views.  Salads, sandwiches and special entrees for dinner including steak.  The Cobb Salad is very popular.

Thai Saim Restaurant
4137 Tye Brook Hwy Arrington, VA 22922 (434) 263-7938

Thai food to-go.  Fans drive for miles to visit this take-out restaurant.  They have all of your Thai favorites.  One of our favorite “to-go” restaurants in Nelson.

Thai Mex 2
2815 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958 (434) 361-1400

Two restaurants in one place.  Half the menu is Mexican and half is Thai.   They have all of your favorites on both menus.  One of the only places in Nelson to get tacos.

Vineyard Coffee House
27 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA 22920 (434) 361-1692

Gourmet sandwiches and salads in a cozy atmosphere.  On Friday, pair the menu with Flying Fox wines.  Seasonal outdoor dining with great view of mountains.

Vito’s Italian Restaurant
8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston, VA 22949 (434) 263-8688

Also now in Nellysford, near Wintergreen Resort. 

 Wintergreen Restaurants Win National Award

Congratulations to the Copper Mine & Devil’s Grill in Wintergreen Resort.  Each year the Wine Spectator magazine presents Awards of Excellence to restaurants who offer extraordinary wine programs.  Wintergreen is proud to have been recognized for the wine lists at both The Copper Mine and Devil’s Grill.

The Copper Mine matches the steakhouse menu with big cabernets, burgundies and Bordeaux.  Devil’s Grill offers a more eclectic selection using boutique wineries.

The other star at the Copper Mine is the steakhouse menu.  The restaurant serves USDA Prime Aged Beef.  Less than 2% of the beef produced in the US meets this standard.

We love dining outside on the patio at the Devil’s Grill.  There is still time this season to dine on the patio.

Now is the time to make a reservation for dinner at either the Copper Mine or Devil’s Grill.  When you visit, look for the Wine Spectator award.  Congratulations!

The Restaurant Guide Part 1

For dinner in Wintergreen Resort, be sure to make reservations.  Did you know that you can make reservations a few weeks in advance?  So, if you know you are coming to the resort, go ahead and book some dinner reservations.

The Copper Mine:  Wintergreen’s steak house.  434-325-8090

Devil’s Grill:  Open on Friday and Saturday Nights:  434-325-8100

Stoney Creek:  See Description Below:  434-325-8110

Yes!  Stoney Creek Bar & Grill (located in Nellysford and Stoney Creek at Wintergreen) IS OPEN on Friday and Saturday nights.  There is a special menu available and a great salad bar.  Call them for more info.  (This restaurant will be open with additional hours as the weather warms.  I will post those hours as things change)

The Edge:  This restaurant is always great for a burger, salad, nachos and full-entrees.  But, they don’t take reservations

Outside of the Resort

Black Rock Market:  Don’t forget that they have sandwiches and pizza to go.  (also a nice wine and beer selection)  This market is actually in the resort, next to the Laurelwood condos, but is not managed by the resort.

NEW:  The Dogwood Restaurant has opened in Nellysford!  We have been dining in the original Dogwood in Amherst County for years and are excited that the Dogwood II has opened in Nellysford.  Currently, the restaurant is only open for lunch and dinner.  This is a home-cooking restaurant that will be popular and fits a needed niche in the community. 

BBQ To Go:  The Blue Ridge Pig in Nellysford has been written up in The Washington Post and many magazines as some of the best BBQ in Virginia.  Stop by and pick up some and dine at home.  Call ahead and place an order:  434-361-1170

Basic Necessities in Nellysford:  Open for lunch and dinner, but I suggest making reservations for dinner.  They also have a great international wine and cheese selection.  Reservations:  434-361-1766.

Ambrosia in Nellysford:  Is OPEN with the new owners.  Great sandwiches, salads and desserts to go for lunch.  Order a whole cheesecake or pie for the weekend.  Place an Order:  434-361-9661

Great Local Pizza:  If you are interested in a great local pizza, call Chirios Pizza in Nellysford at 434-361-9188.  They even have a limited delivery area.  Our favorite is the vegetarian pizza.  If you have a vegetarian in your family, this makes a great treat.

Worth The Drive:  The locals take a short drive to enhance the dining selection.

  1. The new, hot restaurant is the Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton.  It’s a lot more than just a micro-brewery with a wood-fired pizza oven, sandwiches and salads.  The beer selection is great and the atmosphere fun.  Call 540-456-8400 for details.
  2. Lovingston, VA:  Check out The Lovingston Café (434-263-8000) for interesting entrees and some great burgers and our favorite, Vitos Italian Restaurant. (434-263-8688)  They have great pizza and pasta that are value-priced.
  3. Thai Food in Piney River:  If you love Thai food, then this is the best we have ever eaten.  Thai Siam Take-Out is a little hard to find.  Email Kim Chappell for details on finding this great spot for Thai food.
  4. Waynesboro:  Locals go to Waysnesboro to dine in chain restaurants.  Everything is there from fast food to unique restaurants such as South River Grill.

Groceries:    Where do the locals go for groceries?  Many of you may have stopped by the IBA in Nellysford in past years and were disappointed.  They are under new management and the shelves are now stocked.  I will say that this is a store to just pick up the basics.   Most locals to Wintergreen go to Waynesboro for their shopping.  Waynesboro now has some "metro shopping", even with a new Target.  The grocery store of choice is Martins.  (almost like Ukrops out of Richmond)  Let us know if you need directions to Waynesboro

Dining Outdoors in Nelson County

New Options:  We are always looking for new dining options in rural Nelson County. 2008 has provided a few new options that are exciting.

The Blue Mountain Brewery:  We dropped by a few days ago and their outdoor patio was bustling with guests.  Their menu includes sandwiches, salads and a great cheese and meat board.  And, of course, their great micro-brew.  There are large tables available for dining with friends and a traditional bar inside.  Nice views from the outdoor patio.  The Blue Mountain Brewery is located in Afton on Rt. 151. 

The Dogwood Restaurant:  This restaurant opened in Nellysford this past Winter, but has added many outdoor tables.  Enjoy the wrap-around porch or tables near their large koi pond.  Currently, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with a menu that includes sandwiches, salads and entrees.  There are also some Southern- comfort food items such as pinto beans with corn bread.  Rumors say that this restaurant will soon open for breakfast.  We will let you know when it does offer a breakfast menu.

Nelson County Traditions:  There are some great restaurants in Nelson County that have been a tradition for years.

The Blue Ridge Pig:    Often mentioned in the Washington Post travel section and the Washingtonian Magazine as a place to stop for some of the best Bar-B-Q in Virginia, and we agree.  The Blue Ridge Pig is also in Nellysford and offers a few outdoor tables.  In addition to the Q, make sure to try the potatoes.

The Lovingston Café:   This restaurant is located in the heart of Nelson County in Lovingston.  It has the largest outdoor patio in the county and is a great place to meet family and friends or to plan a group dinner.  Our favorites on the menu include a great hamburger and some entrée salads.  (There are also several hot entrees and daily specials)

Outside Dining in Wintergreen Resort

One of our favorite places to dine outdoors is the Stoney Creek Bar & Grill.  Their deck boasts some of the best views in the valley.  Plus, they have both a sunny deck and a covered porch.  Currently the Stoney Creek Bar & Grill is open every day for lunch and dinner is served on Friday and Saturday nights.  Extended hours will start in May.

While on Wintergreen Mountain, the Devil’s Grill is our favorite place to dine outside.  Their patio is a great place to sit with friends for a relaxing lunch or dinner.  The patio is shaded and offers great views of the Devil’s Knob Golf Course.  We also enjoy the menu and cant wait to see this year’s late Spring and Summer menu.

The Copper Mine deck is a great place to enjoy the weekend brunch buffet.  Reservations are still available for their famous Mother’s Day Brunch.

On weekends and on holidays, the resort grills hamburgers and hotdogs on the Blue Ridge Terrace Grill.  Nothing is better than a grilled hamburger for Memorial Day or July 4th.

Monocan Lake will open over Memorial Weekend and everyone enjoys grilling and eating outside at the many picnic tables.

Another favorite is eating outside on the many condo and home decks with amazing views.  If you would like to rent a condo with a view, be sure to ask for a “view condo” while renting through Wintergreen Resort. 

A Picnic Basket from Ambrosia Bakery & Deli

Recently, I have been writing stories about “Shop Local” and Nelson County Wine Tours.  I have been receiving many questions about winery tours, and one question that I receive often is about wine tours and food.  Many of our wineries promote the idea of bringing your own picnic to pair with their wine.  Well, Ambrosia Bakery & Deli is one place to stop in Nelson County before you start your winery tour. 

Ambrosia Bakery and Deli is located in Nellysford, VA at 2192 Rockfish Valley Highway and can be reached at 434-361-9661.  The menu has business hours from 8AM-5PM, Wednesday-Sunday.  Sherry mentioned that the doors usually open at 7AM for those getting an early start.  I also want to point out that Ambrosia is open on Sundays.  You can even stop by early Sunday morning to pick up pastries and hot breakfast sandwiches.  Also coffee from Greenberry.  (This answers another question that I often get…”where can I eat on Sundays”)  Most of the Ambrosia business is take-out, but there are two tables inside for dining.   Look for the signs and the dark purple shop in the shopping area.

Bring your own picnic basket, and Sherry can quickly fill it with a variety of items:

Gourmet cheese and a selection of crackers and fresh bread for your winery tour

Salads to include Caesar, Greek, Spinach and Salmon Salad

Dips and Spreads to include Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Spinach-Artichoke, Sun-dried Tomato Dip and several others

Mediterranean Pasta Salad and Tabouli

A large selection of custom sandwiches like The Nelson, The Neptune, The Apollo and the Ambrosia.  The Nelson has roast beef, smoked turkey, honey ham, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion w/horseradish mustard on a sub roll.  There are also vegetarian sandwiches. 

Home-made soups and Quiche

Ambrosia is now serving a wider selection of hot entrée items such as homemade meatloaf, mac & cheese and lasagna.  All of these items can be packed for easy carry-out.

Ambrosia is far more than beautiful desserts.  I have to mention the desserts and sweets though.  They are amazing.  Here’s just a brief list of items:  French pastry, scones, croissants, brownies, baklava, cookie bars, cannoli, cheesecake by the slice or whole, tarts, cookies, cakes and pies  by the slice or whole. 

If you are hosting a celebration or special event, talk with Sherry about catering options.  I have purchased party trays from Ambrosia for my real estate business.  It is a fast solution to your party needs and everyone loves to see a party tray from Ambrosia Bakery & Deli.

Fried Chicken for a Crowd in Nelson County

If you are planning a large picnic or event in Nelson County, and you need to feed a crowd…order some local-made fried chicken.  Southerners have always enjoyed fried chicken for summer picnics.  Nelson County has a few places to pick up enough southern fried chicken to feed that crowd.  You do need to order in advance though.  Our family has fed up to sixty people from these local establishments. 

In Lovingston, stop by and order your chicken from the Chicken Coop.  They are located at 40 Front Street in Lovingston. (434-263-7818)  Yes, there is also a gas station at the same location, but the Chicken Coop does have a pick-up window and a few tables inside.  If you don’t need to plan a large event or party, stop by the Chicken Coop for breakfast or lunch.  They serve a hot breakfast and their chicken for lunch with many side dishes.

Over in Nellysford, stop by Graves Grocery.  Yes, they also have a gas station which is a theme.  Graves Grocery is located at 1779 Rockfish Valley Highway (Rt. 151), 434-361-2504.  Graves Grocery can also fix enough fried chicken to feed a crowd.  I also want to mention that we think that they have some of the best biscuits in the county.  Crowds line up for the breakfast biscuits.  You need to try their sausage biscuit.  They also have good coffee and a breakfast platter.  Of course, you can order the fried chicken with lots of biscuits. 

I think that Nelson County Gas Station Food could be a story…

Also in Nellysford is the Blue Ridge Grocery.  You can also pre-order fried chicken for a crowd from the grocery.  Recently, a fellow real estate agent served their chicken at a real estate open house with rave reviews. 

Brunch Scene

Yes, there is a very active Sunday Brunch Scene in Nelson County.  Here are just a few of the choices available in Wintergreen Resort and in Nelson County. 

The Copper Mine in Wintergreen Resort has a breakfast buffet on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  The buffet has many options from eggs to pancakes or French toast.  There is always fresh fruit, pastries and a selection of juices.  For special occasions, the Copper Mine hosts a large buffet with carving stations, an omelet station and a waffle station.  The holiday buffets have become very popular, especially the Mother’s Day brunch.  Keep an eye on the web site at www.WintergreenResort.com for updates on the Copper Mine and special menus.

Also in Wintergreen Resort, the Stoney Creek Bar & Grill has a special Sunday Brunch menu.  This is a seasonal restaurant in the resort, so check the web site when making plans.  During the Summer and Fall, you can even dine outside on the covered porch or on the sun deck.  The views are wonderful as you look out over the Stoney Creek golf course and towards the mountains. 

Another popular Sunday Brunch is at Basic Necessities in Nellysford.  We went last Sunday, and had a great time.  There is a special menu that also includes a wonderful mimosa, with a re-fill.  There was live harp music.  I even found a gluten free option.  Basic Necessities is located between the Blue Ridge Pig and the hardware store on Rt. 151 in Nellysford.  They have a great wine selection including international wines.  There are some gourmet grocery items including a cheese selection.  After brunch, pick up a free items to-go.

The Mark Addy in Nelson County often hosts a Sunday Brunch.  Call 434-361-1101 for details.  The Mark Addy is a Bed & Breakfast that often has special menus and even live music.

Nelson County wineries often have special Sunday brunch menus for holiday weekends.  Pick up a Nelson County Life (free) Magazine for details on a monthly basis. 

Vitos Italian Restaurant Opens in Nellysford

It has been a long wait for locals who love Vitos Italian Restaurant in Lovingston, VA.  Many of us have been driving to the other side of the county for a long time to visit that location of Vitos.  We have been watching construction on the new location in Nellysford in anticipation of the opening.  (Nellysford is about 8 miles from the entrance to Wintergreen’s mountain resort and is on Rt. 151)

Get ready for some great pizza, calzones, salads and pasta.  Plus, the new Nellysford location will have an expanded wine selection.  Our family favorite is the pepperoni pizza and all the pasta dishes.  You can dine in or get your order to-go.

The new restaurant will also have an expanded menu of pizza options including Sicilian Crust Pizza and lots of gourmet pizza toppings.  Yum!

There will be 10 types of beer on tap, including some local brews.