… to the intersection of River Road and 622, we found a lot full of cars outside the Palisades Restaurant…
Jack Cooksey travels to the New River Valley for some outdoor adventuring, but finds even more to enjoy in this ruggedly stunning part of the state.
Our dinner reservation that night was about six miles away from our cabin’s driveway, although it felt a lot more like 15 on windy, hilly Route 622. Barely a car passed us on the way, but when we made it to the intersection of River Road and 622, we found a lot full of cars outside the Palisades Restaurant. Still, there wasn’t that much activity outside in the modest strip of old buildings.
We got a kick out of our first entrance into the place. Outside, it felt secluded and peaceful, but when we opened the door it was like walking into a speakeasy pulsing with conversation and laughter. The restaurant is a big winner in the region. Located in a former general store, it’s owned by a native of the area, Shaena Muldoon. I enjoyed medium-cooked beef medallions with Chimichurri sauce, and Lisa a gluten-free brick oven pizza. When I asked Muldoon how long the restaurant has been open, she gave me the age to the day: “We will have been open 7 ½ years as of tomorrow.” Her attention to detail and commitment was obvious.