Best Places to Eat in Abingdon, VA

By Kevin Litwin on March 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm EST


With a collection of local restaurants and farmers markets, Washington County offers an authentic dining experience that appeals to many palates. Even President Obama came to town to grab a bite.

The Peppermill

This lunch and dinner destination on W. Main St. in Abingdon is known for great service and an excellent wine selection – and they make a mean martini, too. The menu at The Peppermill has creative twists, with items such as mushroom soup with orange marmalade, balsamic ravioli and braised rainbow trout. There are also standard Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and crab cakes.

Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill

When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he stopped at Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill for a to-go order. What did he get? A burger, fries and vanilla milkshake. Today, the W. Main St. eatery has a soda fountain look to it, with food choices such as appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers – and Mississippi Mud Pie for dessert.

Abingdon Farmers Market

Fresh, locally grown produce along with meats, eggs and cheeses are available at Abingdon Farmers Market, which is a producers-only market. That means all vendors have grown their food items in this region. Besides fruits and vegetables, vendors sell hand-crafted items, sweet treats, baked goods and wine. The market is open Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons from mid-April through late November. The Abingdon Farmers Market is affiliated with the Appalachian Sustainable Development, a movement to create effective economic opportunities for regional farmers and food producers, plus increase the availability of fresh, local foods to all households.

Glade Spring Farmers Market

Glade Spring Farmers Market operates every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon on the Town Square, from mid-May through mid-October. A variety of produce is for sale from local farms and gardeners, with items including strawberries, apples, green beans, potatoes, sweet corn and melons. There is also a selection of eggs, meat and farm crafts.

Meadowview Farmers Guild

Meadowview Farmers Guild owns a four-acre Harvest Table Farm in Meadowview, and sells the produce along with local crafts and goods in its Meadowview General Store. Meanwhile, the guild also operates a Harvest Table Restaurant, which is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday and dinner Wednesday-Saturday. The restaurant uses seasonal produce and meats from local and regional sources, plus wild seafood shipped from the Carolina and Virginia shores.

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