Small town Virginia is one of our favorite vibes and pastimes. The historic buildings, time resistant architecture, and simple charm that exudes itself in the many of the small towns. Brick sidewalks are riddled with mom and pop shops and eateries, making even a visitor feel part of the local scene. They are charming, and even when you feel like there might not be a ton to do or see, have hidden treasures within them.
Marshall, Virginia is one of our favorite hidden treasures to visit. Specifically, Field and Main Restaurant. Voted one of the best places for a meal in Washingtonian Magazine, it’s farm to table, simple but yet complex dishes, is a need to visit for many. The menu is filled with wonderful options for both lunch and dinner. The chef starts your meal with a complimentary shot of bone broth, and every day there is a new version of a deviled egg to nibble on before your meal. One of my favorite parts of dining at Field of Main is the “Mystery Wine”. Guests who choose to play first pick either red or white. Their server will then present you with a glass, and throughout the meal guests can determine the varietal they are enjoying. Of their guess is correct, the glass is only $7 – no matter which bottle it comes from.
If dinner is not what you’re in the mood for, then still stop by for their brunch or lunch menus. Our favorite quick bite to pick up from there is the Oomami Smash Burger and loaded potatoes. Over the last year, anytime we have had a day date, it’s been to Field and Main for that exact order.
The next huge selling point for Field and Main is the new personal dining cabanas they have built on their grounds in the back. Each dining cabana has four walls, sliding door, large table, fan, and a heater. The best part, is that it makes social distancing extremely easy to do, with your masked server being the only other person you will encounter.
If you’re in the mood to try something else, then check out Red Truck Bakery for their well known sweet potato pecan pie, other pastry, or a cup of coffee. In the mood for quirky and outdoor? Then head across the street to Johnny Monarch’s. This food truck style restaurant is served out of an odd double decker bus. The tables are well spread out over the adjoining lawn, and make for an easy family friendly experience. A little further down the road is Bears Soft Serve ice cream.
Marshall, Virginia is an easy stop off of Rte. 66 and is located near many wineries and several breweries. For more travel information and ideas, click here.
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