Places to Eat

Fenderz in Collinsville VA a drive from the Claiborne House bed and breakfast in Rocky Mount Va

We have a handful of restaurants within walking distance of the inn

Disclaimer – this is a small town so hours can change at owner’s whim (and do!) we attempt to keep this list as accurate as possible. Beer and wine licenses are the same, small town. 


  1. El Rio Mexican Grill – on our corner. Fajitas and recommended Carnitas Tacos. Guacamole made table-side (just ask for this) Open 7 days. Full bar with drink specials. 540-483-1322
  2. Hema’s Italian – walk to this place. Italian restaurant behind us (other side of cemetery). No Alcohol. Open every day for lunch/dinner. Very casual. 115 Franklin St, Rocky Mount 540-483-2713
  3. The Hub Diner – behind us a block (other side of cemetery) 245 North Main St, Rocky Mount 24151 540-483-9303
  4. Bootleggers Cafe – southern fare with a twist. Across from the Harvester in the old Coca Cola plant 467 Franklin Street Rocky Mount 24151. 540-483-2777 Call ahead for seating. 11:30 am to 8:30 or 9:30PM. Not open some Sundays and Mondays unless show nights.
  5. Pizza Hut/Wing Street – Just down the hill on Tanyard  (Eagle Plaza) 380 Tanyard Rd 540-489-4444
  6. Hardy’s Burgers – Just down the hill on Tanyard (near Movie Theater) 480 Tanyard Rd 540-483-2975
  7. Los Tres Amigos – Just down the hill behind Pizza Hut –430 Tanyard Rd (Full bar) 540-489-7940
  8. Frank’s Pizza and Subs – Just down the hill– 390 Tanyard Rd, Rocky Mount (Beer & Wine) 540-483-7464


  • El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant – 2 mile drive. The “Burrito Rodeo” with a side of guacamole is our kryptonite (similar a San Diego ‘Bertos carne asada burrito). On North Main Street across from bowling alley. Full Bar. This side of Comfort Inn and KFC. Sit outside or in. 540-483-0288Eat at Ippys-2 miles from the claiborne house bed breakfast rocky mount virginia
  • Applebee’s Bar and Grill one and half mile drive.  Burgers, chicken, ribs, salads, desserts. Full bar. Near Wendy’s.  Go down Tanyard past High School, past McDonald’s, past Bojangles. Sheetz is on the left; Applebee’s is on the RIGHT side. Open 7 days 400 Old Franklin Turnpike, Rocky Mount  540-489-7772
  • Ippy’s Restaurant – 2 mile drive. Steak, seafood, ribs, full bar. Family owned and operated. Near Comfort Inn on North Main street. Monday – Saturday til 10 PM (closed on Sundays). Full bar. 1760 N Main ST, Rocky Mount 540-489-5600
  • Ruth’s Place – 4 mile drive. Diner food. Open 9AM – 9PM, Sunday 9AM – 3PM, closed Mondays. 18027 Virgil H Goode Hwy, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 540-489-7884.


  1. Cookout – One mile drive, awesome variety of shakes. Go down Tanyard past High School, one block past McDonald’s. Next door to Sheetz. 866- 547-0011
  2. Quiznos Subs – one mile drive Go down Tanyard past High School, past McDonald’s, across street from Bojangles in strip mall. 540-489-8081
  3. Papa John’s Pizza – next door to Quiznos. 45 Market Place Ste. 107  Rocky Mount 540- 489-7272
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  5. McDonalds –  ¾ mile drive.  Go down Tanyard past High School, McDonald’s is on the right. This is locally owned and operated, and the best McDonald’s you will visit. 970 Tanyard Rd, Rocky Mount 540-483-0711
  6. Bojangles Fried Chicken and Biscuits – one mile drive.  Go down Tanyard past High School, one block past McDonald’s 540-483-7697
  7. Taco Bell – behind Bojangles near Market Place Ste, Rocky Mount 540-484-0266
  8. KFC Buffet – 2 mile drive. Daily Buffet until 8pm. Some good southern treats on the boo-fay, we recommend this KFC. N Main St just past Member One Credit Union/Across from Comfort Inn 540-483-1938
  9. Pizza King – 1 mile drive. Doesn’t serve pizza, serves subs and burgers (and delivers). Open? Lunch and later, but not totally sure. 925 N Main St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.  540-483-0360
  10. Dairy Queen Live bluegrass every Thursday morning 9am Sept thru May (pictured below). Order biscuits and gravy special, it is awesome. 995 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia 540- 483-7987. Trivia: We have the highest per capita Dairy Queens in the nation, really.

Sept thru May Dairy Queen DQ Band Franklin County Virginia Rocky Mount_Claiborne House bed and breakfast


  1. Wholebean Coffee House – 2 minute walk to end of our street opening soon. Hours TBD. 315 Franklin Street (on our corner) 540- 238-4109
  2. Kupkakery Bakery – 3 minute walk. Gourmet kupkakes and coffee, great sandwiches and lunch menu. 140 Franklin Street Typically 8:30AM – 6PM Mon-Fri, 10AM – 3PM Sat 540-493-2212. Across from Downtown Music.
  3. Daily Grind Coffee House– 5 minute walk. Sands, salads, soups, vegetarian, daily specials and coffee+. 285 S Main Street, uptown next to our historic courthouse Open 8AM to 3PM usually, and most likely closed on a Sunday (I know not a daily grind, an almost daily grind). 540-483-2233

Concert goers enjoy - Picnic on the porch package-claiborne house bed breakfast rocky mount harvester show


We recommend our Picnic on the Porch Package just $29 for concert goers so you can kick back and relax before a show instead of waiting in line for dinner. BYO and enjoy it on the porch (or wherever you wish at The Claiborne House) and then walk to the venue, if you want to. Learn more about this package here (page down to the Porch Package).

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If you are visiting Black Dog Salvage 902 13th St SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 (540) 343-6200: we recommend downtown Roanoke on the Market Square and nearby it for – and especially Jack Brown’s Burger and Beer Joint where you can see the unique bar made from a Salvage Dawgs episode (and a burger is named after a notorious Franklin County moonshiner). Use any of the downtown parking lots, free after 5pm.

  1. The Landing – 773 Ashmeade Rd, Moneta at Bernard’s Landing, Closed Monday.  Full service fine dining with lake views. Pricey. Call for reservations 540-721-3028  45 minute drive
  2. Bridgewater Plaza at Smith Mountain Lake with WATER VIEWS – Variety of Restaurants/bars with weekend music/shops/boat rentals near the water. Take Route 122/Booker T Washington Highway for 17 miles – 16420 Booker T Washington Hwy Moneta, VA 24121-5865 540-721-1203 20 minute drive, like Mango’s Bar and Grill (sit outside and live music certain nights)
  3. Jonathan’s Restaurant 50 1st Watch Dr, Moneta, VA (540) 719-1212 Full bar and great food. This is right off route 122/Booker T Washington Highway.
  4. Blackwater Cafe –  4730 Scruggs Road, Moneta Va 24121 for reservations 540-721-4333 Fabulous dining experience, not waterfront.
  5. Jakes Place – 1041 Harbour Inn Lane, Moneta, VA 24121 (540) 297-4732 Waterfront dining, american food, BBQ and pizza.


Recommended for great food and fun. 20-25 minute drive (free parking after 5PM in city lots). Music, Farmer’s Market, Museums, and plenty of great restaurants. A few samples: 

  • Corned Beef and Co Bar and Grill  – 07 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24011 (540) 342-3354 (pool tables, darts and pub food)
  • Texas Tavern   – 114 Church Ave SW  Roanoke, VA 24011(540) 342-4825 (Recommended – Famous and highly photographed – a must do when in downtown Roanoke)
  • LUCKY – 18 Kirk Ave SW Roanoke, VA (540) 982.1249 Gastropub fresh local
  • Fortunato -104 Kirk Ave SW Roanoke, VA (540) 400-7315 Italian 
  • Metro!  – 14 Campbell Ave SE Roanoke, VA (540) 345-6645
  • Blue 5 Restaurant – 312 2nd Street SW, Roanoke, VA‎ – (540) 904-5338‎
  • Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint – 210 Market St SE, Roanoke, VA 24011 (540)-342-0328
  • Awful Arthur’s Seafood Co‎ Live Music  108 Campbell Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA‎ -(540) 344-2997‎
  • 202 Market – 202 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA‎ – (540) 343-6644‎
  • The Quarter – Cajun 19 Salem Ave. Roanoke, VA 24011 (540) 342-2990
  • Blues BBQ Co‎  – 107 Market Street SW, Roanoke, VA‎ – (540) 344-5683‎
  • Alexander’s – 105 South Jefferson St Roanoke, VA (540) 982-6983
  • River and Rail – Southern Eclectic Fresh Cuisine, Award Winning. 2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014 (1 block from Carilion Hospital in an old pharmacy) (540) 400-6830
  • Local Roots – dedicated to bringing farm fresh food to the table grown in Virginia. In Grandin Village. 1314 Grandin Rd, Roanoke, VA 24015 (540) 206-2610
  • A Taste of the Blue Ridge – Roanoker Magazine’s online dining guide here

If you are looking for a place to eat while you are out and about...Approx 50 min drive to each of the following or less:

  • Bedford – The Old Liberty Station in an old train depot.  Great burgers, ribs, salads, homemade cheesecake. – 515 Bedford Ave, Bedford VA 540.587.9377 Look near the train tracks. Closed Sunday.
  • Floyd (Blue Ridge Parkway) – The Pine Tavern – country cookin’ served family style. 611 Floyd Ave North, Floyd VA.  Thurs Fri Sat 430-9PM, Sun 11-8PM.  540.745.4482
  • Floyd (Blue Ridge Parkway) – Chateau Morrisette Winery and fine food –  287 Winery Rd SW, Floyd VA  Special events – see website. Lunch til 3pm. Dinner Fri/Sat til 9pm. Reservations recommended.  540.593.2865
  • Floyd (Blue Ridge Parkway) – Oddfella’s Cantina – Eclectic mix of food made from scratch – diverse includes vegetarian fare.  110A North Locust, Floyd VA Live Music in the evenings. Dinner 5 – 9PM Thurs – Sun. Sunday Brunch 10am – 3PM. 540.745.3463  Dogtown Roadhouse – woodfired pizza, handcrafted beer and music 302 S Locust St, Floyd, VA Thurs-Sun  24091. 540.745.6836.
  • Floyd (Blue Ridge Parkway) Floyd Country Store – sandwiches and lighter fare. 10-5PM Mon-Sun. 206 S Locust St, Floyd, VA 24091. 540.745.4563
  • Fenderz Drive in – South 23 miles in Collinsville (25 minute drive), homemade burgers and fried, milkshakes and even banana splits. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 9PM. 3627 Virginia Ave Collinsville, VA (276) 647-4555
  • Checkered Pig BBQ – South 25 miles in Martinsville (35 minute drive), Award winning BBQ. 11AM – 830PM, closed Sunday. 1014 Liberty St, Martinsville, VA 24112 (276) 632-0521
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  • Dudley’s Truck Stop – 4 miles North of Rocky Mount on HWY 220. Truckers and locals mostly. Liver and onions, burgers, patty melts, banana puddin’ country cooking. Open 24 hours. 18151 Virgil H Goode Hwy, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. 540-483-7883
  • Bowling’s Hot Dogs – 5 mile drive. locals mostly since 1950, hoop cheese, pinto beans, and Virginia hot dogs. 5376 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. 540-483-3403

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