Bring a big appetite with you on the drive up and over Catawba Mountain to get to the Homeplace. Famished Appalachian Trail hikers in grimy shorts and suave diners in their Sunday best eat side by side family-style in this farm home in a tiny country hamlet—come as you are. Old-fashioned cooking is dished up with all-you-can-eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, pinto beans, baked apples, and hot biscuits. It's a popular spot, so be prepared for about a 30-minute wait.
4968 Catawba Valley Dr., 7 mi west of Salem on Rte. 311 N, I–81, Exit 141, Catawba, Virginia, 24070, United States