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Top Choice Mexican in Staunton

Chicano Boy

It's hard to beat the value offered by this taquería's $7 lunch deal, which delivers a drink, a dip and two tacos. Prices don't rise much at dinner, when tacos – including the Al Pastor (pork marinated in chilli and…
Top Choice American in Staunton

Shack

It may be cooked and served in a small and unadorned space (hence the name), but the dishes served here are among the best in the state. Chef Ian Boden, a two-time James Beard semi-finalist, makes the most of season…
Top Choice Bakery in Staunton

Newtown Bakery

This is the type of place that every small town needs. It bakes its own European-style bread and pastries; serves soup and sandwiches at lunch; and cranks up the wood-fired pizza oven at night to offer piping hot, s…
Top Choice Theater in Staunton

Blackfriars Playhouse

Don't leave Staunton without catching a show at the Blackfriars Playhouse, where actors from the American Shakespeare Center perform in a re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theater. The acting is up-close …
Wine Bar in Staunton

Yelping Dog

An inviting wine bar in the thick of the downtown action, the Yelping Dog has its priorities right: wine, cheese and charcuterie. It also serves craft beer. If you're on the fence about ordering one of the gourmet g…
Museum in Staunton

Frontier Culture Museum

The excellent Frontier Culture Museum is cooler than its name might suggest. On the 100-plus acre grounds you'll find authentic historic buildings from Germany, Ireland and England, plus re-created West African dwel…
Historic Site in Staunton

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

History buffs should check out the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library near downtown. Stop by and tour the hilltop Greek Revival house where Wilson grew up, which has been faithfully restored to its original 1856 ap…
Southern US in Staunton

Zynodoa

Local farms and wineries are the backbone of Zynodoa's larder, and the chef delivers his predominantly Southern dishes (vegetable succotash, cornmeal-crusted wild blue catfish, apple cider–braised pork, Rappahannock…
Cafe in Staunton

By & By

Serving Staunton's best coffee (espresso, drip, French press), as well as pastries and bagels from Newtown Bakery, this cafe is inevitably filled with locals catching up with friends or settling into a couch or armc…
Modern American in Staunton

Byers Street Bistro

By the train station, this basement joint cooks up tasty pub grub (applewood bacon and caramelized onion pizzas, mahi-mahi tacos, Angus burgers, slow-roasted baby back ribs) that's best enjoyed at the outdoor tables…