Though it occupies the space once inhabited by an early 20th-century Gulf station, Carol's Place Restaurant dispenses a different kind of fuel, keeping bodies running with home-cooked country favorites served in a homey diner atmosphere. Toast and biscuits form tasty sidecars to plates of eggs and bacon at breakfast, and suppers of juicy burgers, roast beef, and hearty deli sandwiches round out midday feasts. The friendly wait staff speedily refills glasses with refreshing iced tea while maintaining an air of charming homeyness through friendly conversation and weekly performances of Alice’s Restaurant. On the deck outside, a grill offers up a sizzling, smoky symphony of slow-cooked barbecue, as a panorama of verdant pastures unfold under the gaze of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains and their thick blanket of trees.
The chefs at Bull Branch marry local and international ingredients in a menu of salads, shareable tapas, and entrees that strikes a balance between succinct and eclectic. Served in a intimately lit Bohemian setting that The Washington Post describes as "that perfect blend of casual and sophisticated, elegant and honky-tonk," dishes such as hummus, curries, and pulled pork harness the flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle East, Southeast Asia, and down-home America. Occasional live music in the evenings complements the pan-continental cuisine, as does a serving staff of UN delegates who, upon request, sprinkle borders of salt and pepper to delineate your entree and sides.
Dish's all-chef owners draw from pan-cultural cuisines to concoct mini meals for tasting, combining, and sharing. Just as nuclear fusion powers distant stars, the cross-continental fusion menu powers dreams of dinners from distant locales. Indulge Italian appetites with crab, asparagus, and fennel bruschetta ($14), or jet taste buds to Jamaica for jerk chicken and caramelized plantains topped with mango-ginger sauce ($8). Mexican zest manifests as littleneck clams steamed up with jalapeño, cilantro, and tomato and paired with hearty chorizo ($12), and plate-teleportation technology allows Thai-prepared beef with napa cabbage to skip over from Bangkok ($10).
Staying true to the charming eatery’s moniker, Sunrise Cafe’s bright, yellow walls surround diners while they enjoy piping-hot cups of locally roasted brews and a rotating menu of decadent morning and afternoon eats. After perusing the chalkboard menus lining the eatery’s walls, patrons can order their pick-me-up of choice—such as an Almond Joy latte ($3.75) or Columbian coffee—to pair with a savory breakfast wrap of eggs, cheese, and homefries packed inside a flour tortilla ($7.49) instead of a pillow case. Sweet morning treats include a stack of french toast buried beneath a fluffy mound of whipped cream ($7.49) or a Sunrise belgian waffle dusted with fresh fruit ($7.49).