Your Waynesboro Foodie Adventure
Your body is not a temple. It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.
– Anthony Bourdain
Nothing frames a spectacular adventure better than great food and drink. And if you’re a particularly adventuresome foodie, you’re in luck! Waynesboro, Virginia serves up the perfect mix of fresh tastes, cultural amenities, and thrilling sights and experiences to make your next trip truly unforgettable.
Divinely placed at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail, Waynesboro’s historic downtown boasts a trophy trout river, and an extensive park system. Top those adventure-rich options with a thriving community of Shenandoah Valley farms and imaginative food entrepreneurs, and you’ve conjured up foodie paradise. Fresh, locally produced craft beverages are plentiful with the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the Fields of Gold Farm Trail is a fun way to visit many producers within an easily navigated area.
Discover Crafty, Artisanal Flavor Combinations
Basic City Beer Co. will be calling your name after a day of fly fishing, paddling Waynesboro’s Water Trail, or hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grab a six-pack or growler fill of their award-winning brews - they're famous for their extensive line-up of unique IPAs - to enjoy at home or stay and take advantage of their plentiful and socially distanced indoor/outdoor seating. While there, be sure to grab a pizza from Lost Town Billy Pie. In addition to yummy brick fired pizzas like smoked mozzerella & sausage and white ricotta & mushroom, they also have shareables if you're in the mood for something lighter. If you're not feeling a pie and a brew, head up to The Showroom at Basic City (in front of the taproom, just up the hill) for Captain Dick's Cocktail Hour, featuring "proper" cocktails with a twist and a stella wine list, as well as some special Basic City beers on draft that you can't get anywhere else! The plated food menu offers an array of small plates, including pimento cheese jars, cheese splatters, and a wide variety of charcuterie, which rounds out the "speakeasy" vibe at The Showroom.
In need of some comfort food right about now? The Fishin’ Pig will have you hooked on all of its traditional fare, ranging from fried catfish to pulled pork to beef brisket and every Southern favorite in between. You can call ahead or order online to pick up your meal to-go, dine-in while social distancing, or visit the "Pig Pen" for outdoor dining and live music during the warmer months! We're sure your taste buds will thank you.
Or, maybe you're craving a gourmet burger that you just can't recreate at home? Try a newcomer to the Waynesboro's foodie scene: The River Burger Bar! With nine mouthwatering burger options that can all be substituted with a turkey burger or Beyond burger, tasty appetizers, salads, and wraps, you're sure to find something to please everyone in your house. The River also has a large collection of craft beer and cocktails available to-go to perfectly complement your meal. You can conveniently order online and pickup on your way home, or dine-in in their newly renovated and trendy dining room.
Have a Kombucha Awakening
And what would your adventure be without a ground-breaking, big-flavor beverage? Blue Ridge Bucha will awaken your taste buds to a whole new craft beverage exploration. In ten years, Blue Ridge Bucha has created a sustainable kombucha company which has saved over 1,000,000 plastic bottles by selling only refillable glass bottles, growlers to-to, and offering kombucha on draft at restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and more. Blue Ridge Bucha is brewed here in Waynesboro using pure Blue Ridge Mountain water and infused with Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. This combination produces a flavorful, refreshing, unique organic kombucha in such palate-pleasing flavors as Original Ginger, Elderflower Sunrise, and Jasmine Grape. Their eco-friendly bottles can be refilled at more than 50 mid-Atlantic locations. The Waynesboro Taproom (the first of its kind in VA!) is currently only open for curbside pickup Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays each week. Check out their website for a full tap list, including rotating seasonals, and other goodies available for purchase.