Places to Eat...
(for wineries and breweries, see "play")
IN THE PLAINS (two miles east)
Front Porch Market and Grill - This restaurant is on the main corner in The Plains and we highly recommend it. They serve fresh local food at good prices and great atmosphere - and outdoor seating! A reservation is recommended on weekends.
Happy Creek Coffee - Enjoy what Rob calls “The best cup of latte” he’s ever had at this fun coffee shop. Rent a bike while you’re at it! Occasional live bands and weekly yoga are part of the charm. It's on the main corner in The Plains. 
Girasole restaurant - Enjoy authentic regional Italian cuisine at this chef-owned and operated restaurant. Drive to town and take a left on Halfway Road. It is a block down on the left.
El Agave III - For a (very) authentic Mexican meal, drive west 1/4 mile and it will be on the left at the corner. 
IN MARSHALL (two miles west)
Red Truck Bakery - At 8368 Main Street in Marshall, named one of “America’s 13 Sweetest Bakery Destinations” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and one of “America’s 50 Best Bakeries” by the Daily Meal.” - a lovely place to visit! 
The Whole Ox - At 8357 Main, this wonderful butcher shop has wonderful deli sandwiches, soup, meat pies, unique meats cut to order, veggies, and cheeses. (see their ad in The Scout Guide).
Field and Main Restaurant - An award-winning farm-to-table restaurant at 8369 Main Street. This is a  bit pricier than most of the others but you are treated royally and they have interesting and good food. Reservation recommended.
Johnny Monarch’s - This double-decker bus has been converted into an eclectic eatery or "bustaurant" (take-away, eat outside, or on the second floor of the bus). You'll find their menu in the basket in the study. Located just past Field and Main in Marshall.
Anthony’s Pizza - Two miles west in the Food Lion shopping plaza is one of our favorite places for pizza. Good pizza at a good price (ask for the Tuesday special). We also buy pizza dough from them ($2.00 for a ball of dough) to use in our pizza oven. Pick up or delivery (they are usually very fast). 540-364-7400
Hunter’s Head Tavern - One of our favorites; this Upperville restaurant is a beautiful 20 minutes drive. They use organic, farm-to-table local ingredients (owned by the Gentle Harvest lady). They serve English pub-type dishes which are always excellent. Reservation recommended.
The Inn at Little Washington - This five-star restaurant has received five James Beard awards. A lovely 40 minute drive through Virginia countryside to the little town of Washington, Virginia.