Fuel up for a day of adventure in Smyth County, with breakfast at one of our cool independent restaurants. Whether you lean toward sweet or savory, fresh flavors or hearty southern comfort food, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Note: some business hours and services may have changed temporarily due to COVID restrictions. Always call ahead to confirm.
Marion’s newest eatery is a coffee shop featuring house-roasted coffee, baked goods and the signature Appalachian Soda. Visit Broad Street Coffee & Treats on Facebook for specials and events.
Locals love this diner for its great southern breakfast and affordable price. Find it in the community of Adwolfe, south of I-81, making it perfect breakfast stop on your way to explore Mount Rogers.
Breakfast burritos, anyone? Sur 81 is one of Marion’s newest breakfast spots, located just south of I-81 at exit 45 (…get it?). Although they’re known for their burritos and breakfast quesadillas, they also offer a full menu of omelets, pancakes, and biscuits. Burritos include a vegan option as well as one loaded with bacon, sausage and ham!
For a true small-town experience, head to Papa’s Cafe in Chilhowie, where you’ll get a delicious southern breakfast, and friendly conversation from the locals. Pick up a dozen farm-fresh eggs while you’re there, and shop the adjoining gift shop. Owners Cheryl and Ronnie will make you feel like part of the family.
Atkins Tank, Exit 54, Atkins
Located in an unassuming rest stop off of the highway, Atkins Tank is popular with locals, and has a passionate following for its simple, good home cookin’. This hidden gem is worth seeking out.
“I would recommend this place to anyone who loves southern comfort food….don’t be alarmed because of the gas station … it’s far from a trucker pit stop! Lisa the owner runs the place with a smiling staff … “
Farmhouse Market, Sugar Grove
The TransVirginia Bike Route goes through the tiny community of Sugar Grove, Virginia and now they’re also becoming known for locally grown farm products. Offering breakfast specials like country ham and biscuit, or homemade donuts made from scratch, starting at 7am Wednesday through Saturday.