Places to Eat


Bojangles Drive Thru

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, we attempt to keep this list as accurate as possible. Beer and wine licenses are the same, small town.

Recommended dining within walking distance from The Claiborne House:

  • El Rio Mexican Grillon our corner. Great Fajitas and recommended Carnitas Tacos. Guacamole made table-side. Open 7 days. Full bar with drink specials. 540-483-1322
  • Bootleggers Café  - downtown across from the Harvester Performance Center. Look for the COCA COLA MURAL. New American Cuisine with a moonshining theme (see photo below). 467 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount. ABC licensed - offering four of the finest local craft brews on tap, as well as a wide variety of over 50 craft beers in the bottle, a distinct wine variety, mixed spirits and Nightly Specialty Drinks. Go to the end of our street and turn left walk 4 blocks. Closed Mondays. Concert nights are crowded – here is our secret: CALL AHEAD to get a table – 540-483-2777
  • New Microbrewery and Restaurant at the end of our street coming soon (Spring 2015 we hope!)

Flank and Fries - Marinated and grilled Flank Steak. Sliced and served over Seasoned French Fried have to taste this to believe it!! at Bootleggers Cafe

 Walk to these also:

  1. Hema’s Italian – walk to this place. Italian restaurant behind us (other side of cemetery). No Alcohol. Open every day for lunch/dinner. 115 Franklin St, Rocky Mount 540-483-2713
  2. The Hub - 245 North Main St, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
  3. Pizza Hut/Wing Street – Just down the hill on Tanyard  (Eagle Plaza) 380 Tanyard Rd 540-489-4444
  4. Hardy’s Burgers – Just down the hill on Tanyard (near Movie Theater) 480 Tanyard Rd 540-483-2975
  5. Los Tres Amigos – Just down the hill behind Pizza Hut –430 Tanyard Rd (Full bar) 540-489-7940
  6. Frank’s Pizza and Subs – Just down the hill– 390 Tanyard Rd, Rocky Mount (Beer & Wine) 540-483-7464

Drive a couple miles:

  • 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. 540-483-0288
  • 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. Between Comfort Inn and Member One Credit Union on North Main street. Monday – Saturday til 10 PM (closed on Sundays. Full bar. 1760 N Main ST, Rocky Mount  540-489-5600
  • 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
  • Gilligan’s Galley - Like a dine-in Long John Silver’s – Mostly fried. Open til 9pm. 17890 Virgil H Goode Highway, Rocky Mount – (This is Hwy 220 just North of town 2 miles across from Midway Chevrolet) (540) 483-3474
  • Peking Chinese and Grill – one mile drive, behind Walgreens on the right. 45 Market Pl Dr, Rocky Mount 540-483-3399
  • Dairy Queen - Live bluegrass every Thursday morning 9am Sept thru May! Order biscuits and gravy special, it is awesome!  995 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151 (540) 483-7987

Fast Food:

  1. COOKOUT – One mile drive, awesome variety of shakes! Go down Tanyard past High School, one block past McDonald’s. Next door to Sheetz.
  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 Mt, VA
  4. (540) 489-7272
  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 VA


If you are visiting Black Dog Salvage 902 13th St SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 (540) 343-6200: we recommend Fork in the City –  Great burgers, dogs and pizza oven. Full bar and easy parking. 551 Marshall Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 (540) 345-3675

  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/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
  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. Mayberry Drive-in Theater and Diner Moneta (near Smith Mountain Lake) Original Cosmos Diner from Chesapeake VA – 50′s diner homecooking and great desserts. 1696 Whitehouse Road, Moneta VA 24151 Open daily from 630am & holidays 540.296.1480

DOWNTOWN ROANOKE & AREA – 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
  • Texas Tavern – 114 Church Ave SW  Roanoke, VA 24011(540) 342-4825 (Recommended – Famous and highly photographed)
  • LUCKY – 18 Kirk Ave SW Roanoke, VA (540) 982.1249 (Gastropub fresh local)
  • Metro! - (540) 345-6645
  • Blue 5 Restaurant‎ 312 2nd Street SW, Roanoke, VA‎ - (540) 904-5338‎
  • 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
  • Fork in the Alley‎ 2123 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA‎ -(540) 982-3675‎
  • River and Rail, Southern Eclectic Fresh Cuisine. 2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014 (1 block from Carillion 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

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

  • 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

Worth the drive to Martinsville (35-40 minutes):

Fenderz in Collinsville VA_Claiborne House bed and breakfast
  1. Fenderz Drive-in – hand patted all beef burgers, huge beer-battered onion rings, hand cut potato fries, milk shakes, banana splits. 50′s diner decor, this place is fun! Open Mon-Sat 11am til 8pm Closed Sundays. 3627 Virginia Ave, Collinsville VA 24078 276-647-4555. WE LOVE FENDERZ!
  2. Checkered Pig BBQ - Award winning BBQ (get the ribs!) in Martinsville VA (about a 40 minute drive). Hint – the sign out front says Pigs-r-us. Open from lunch til 9pm Closed Sundays. 1014 Liberty Street, Martinsville, VA 24112 276-632-1161

Trivia – Moneta is where they filmed the Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray classic “What About Bob” the funniest movie ever. No, it wasn’t New Hampshuhh!

Our definition of Southern Diner: Where everything is fried including the ice water. Where you could strike a match to the dishwater and the place would go up in flames. Where there are three booths and a liars table.