What Are The Best Restaurants In FOREST, VA?

Joel Kramar image By
Published: Jun 25, 2024

Hello future neighbors! I'm excited to talk about Forest, VA, my beloved hometown (population 12,043 in 2024). As an experienced (and established) real estate agent in Forest, Virginia, I can tell you there's no place like it. We have compelling reasons why so many are making Forest their new home. Let's dive into the top eateries, the best restaurants, and some local charm that makes the charming Forest a perfect place to settle down!

How is the local cuisine in Forest, VA?

If you're a food lover, you're in for a treat. Forest has a delightful mix of local and international flavors. From hearty Southern comfort foods (try Bojangles!) to exotic international cuisines (my vote goes to Domino's), there's something to tickle every taste bud.

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The community values farm-to-table dining, with many restaurants sourcing ingredients locally (Brauburgers is one of my favorite spots). Fresh, delicious, and hearty, that's Forest in a bite!

Which are the trendiest restaurants in Forest, Virginia?

You can only talk about Forest by mentioning the food that keeps us humming. Here's a list of some can't-miss spots!


1.Blue Ridge BBQ & Catering 

If you cherish smoky, succulent barbeque, this place will bring you heavenly bliss. Their ribs fall off the bone, and the mac and cheese… divine! It’s a local favorite; you’ll see why after one bite.


2.La Carreta

When the craving for Mexican kicks in, head straight to La Carreta! Tacos, burritos, and margaritas are made to perfection here. The atmosphere is joyous and vibrant. No questions asked; it's the ultimate lively spot for family outings or nights out with friends.


3.Rookies and Rookie’s

It's the go-to for sports fans and burger lovers. Big screens, cold beer, and juicy burgers make Rookies a hit. Try their specialty burgers for a true treat. 


On the other hand, check out Rookie's (the food truck) for the yummiest cookies and ice cream! Every cookie is prepared fresh every day, and new cookies are added to the menu every month. Since Rookie's began in March 2017, the most popular ice cream sandwich has been two "traditional" chocolate chip cookies coupled with vanilla ice cream, known as the "OG." Are you hooked yet?



Benjamin's is the place for a fine (seafood) dining experience. Known for its elegant setting and sophisticated menu, it's ideal for date nights or special celebrations. Their steak and seafood dishes are top-notch. When no one is looking, I always lick my ten fingers after finishing their Fried Osyer Platter.


5.The Neighbors Place

This fantastic restaurant is located in Lynchburg, VA. It offers a colorful menu of salads and seafood and a cozy atmosphere, making it great for any occasion. Don't miss their brunch; it's the talk of the town!



This gem in Vinton, Virginia, specializes in poke bowls and sushi. Fresh ingredients and creative combinations make it a healthy, delicious choice. Though it's about a 50-minute drive from Forest, I assure you, the dishes are worth your trouble!


Why do people choose to move to Forest, Virginia?

happy family enjoying their tripMoving to Forest is a no-brainer for many reasons. First, it's home to a cozy, peaceful community with gorgeous landscapes, friendly folks, and great schools. Second, the cost of living is a fraction of bigger cities (actually, it's 6.4 lower than the national average!). Thus, your wallet will get a much-needed break. 


And I have yet to mention affordable homes in Forest with a median property sale price of only $350,000 as of Q2 2024! Plus, we're pretty close to Lynchburg (only 12 miles). So, you'll benefit from city amenities without the urban hustle.


Forest is an incredible place for families, retirees, and anyone in between. Safety is a major plus here, with low crime rates, as both violent and property crimes are much lower than the US average. Imagine quiet streets, children playing outside, and neighbors who look out for each other. That's Forest for you!


Final thoughts

Ultimately, Forest, Virginia, is more than a place. It’s an endearing community, a healthy and proactive lifestyle, and a home. Come join us and discover all that Forest has to offer! From friendly faces to fabulous food, you’ll find your heart here in no time. As a local realtor, I’d be thrilled to help you find your perfect spot in our lovely town. 


I hope this gives you a taste of why Forest, VA, is an incredible place to call home. Feel free to reach out if you have any inquiries or require help finding your dream home in this beautiful community. Looking forward to welcoming you to Forest!


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