Orange Restaurants: Great Southern Cooking

Orange restaurants are known for their eclectic variety and award winning dishes. When staying at an Orange inn, be sure to check out the growing city's wealth of Southern restaurants to get a real taste for the area's cultural influences in its cooking. Here are some of the best bets to find some great Southern cooking when visiting Orange:

Country Cookin
13246 James Madison Hwy.
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-5353

With the motto of "good food, friendly people and great value" Country Cookin delivers some of the great standards of Southern cooking. Offering a free dessert with every meal, Country Cookin provides a great value throughout the day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can find all the Southern favorites like sweet potato casserole, pinto beans, fresh rolls, and macaroni and cheese. 

Elmwood at Sparks
124 West Main Street
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-0060

Featuring new American cuisine with a southern twist, Elmwood at the Sparks is a great place to visit when staying at an Orange Bed and Breakfast.  Enjoy a delicious ribeye for dinner or a country ham and swiss sandwich for lunch and get a taste of contemporary cuisine mixed with southern standards at this Orange restaurant. Elmwood at Sparks is open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and dinner is served Thursday through Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Blue Ridge Cafe
8315 Seminole Trail (Route 29)
Ruckersville, VA 22968-3478
(434) 985-3633

Located about 20 minutes outside of Orange, this local treasure features some great country favorites like fried fish and hush puppies, old fashioned meatloaf, beef liver and onions and country fried steak. Enjoy fried clams, fried oysters, fried shrimp or fried catfish and really get a taste of down home cooking. The Blue Ridge Cafe is open for lunch and dinner and also features some fantastic holiday buffet meals.

The Silk Mill Grille
101-A Woodmark St.
Orange, VA 22906
(540) 672-4010

Sitting on 6 acres, the Silk Mill has been a mainstay in Orange since 1929 when it opened as a mill to weave silk for parachutes in World War II. Converted to a restaurant in 1989, the dining area sits on what was originally the weaving department for the mill. Complete with decor of the building's original time period, The Silk Mill Grille is a local favorite Orange restaurant and a memorable complement to your stay in the city. Start your meal with homemade potato skins or deep fried mushrooms and enjoy some delectable entrees like beef tips, home-style meatloaf, smothered hamburger steak, or smothered chicken.

When visiting the area, be sure to check out some of these great Orange restaurants to experience some good home-style Southern cooking at its best. With a combination of old classics, contemporary updates and local and seasonal food selections, you will find some great tastes when exploring these country restaurants of Orange, VA.