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The Thunderbird Cafe

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42-A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840
540-289-5094
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: We are a locally owned restaurant specializing in southern comfort dishes...
We are a locally owned restaurant specializing in southern comfort dishes and cuisines.Breakfast served all day!Signature handcrafted burgers!Specialty sandwiches!Comfort food entrees!Full espresso bar!Blue Plate Specials: 10 meals under 5!Happy Hour: 4 pm - 6 pm everyday!
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    Very good
  • 49
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Shrimp 'n' Grits Ever!

If you're tired of the same old, same old, stop in the Thunderbird Cafe just outside of Harrisonburg on 33E and order Shrimp 'n' Grits! You'll get a full plate of grits cooked in cream and topped with tasso and gravy, with grilled shrimp and home-cooked collard greens. Only complaint: you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
ClemsonFanSuzy
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Greenville, South Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're tired of the same old, same old, stop in the Thunderbird Cafe just outside of Harrisonburg on 33E and order Shrimp 'n' Grits! You'll get a full plate of grits cooked in cream and topped with tasso and gravy, with grilled shrimp and home-cooked collard greens. Only complaint: you can't wait too late or they will run out!

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Abingdon, Maryland
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was very good with big portions. Had the breakfast burrito with mole sauce. Great French toast and sausage.

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Thank DolphinWhisper
Richmond, Virginia
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old Fashion type Dinner. We enjoyed out visit and found a pretty good selection on the menu. Nice serving sizes as well. Our server was Courtney, and she was extremely engaging and friendly. She did a nice job answering questions we had on the menu. She did an even better make us feel important. We visited about an hour before... More 

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Thank Bob D
Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate lunch here one day while our family was staying in Massanutten. We were really hoping for something with a local feel and a little bit of southern charm... honestly, it kind of lacked in that regard. It was actually really crowded and the service for the most part reflected that. As for the food itself, no real major... More 

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Thank Tim Z
Richmond, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we visit Massanutten Resort, we plan an outing for breakfast here. It never disappoints. Just a great place for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!

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Thank Mary R D
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only ate breakfast there but had nice portions,good food and fair prices.Staff is always friendly and polite and respectful.

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Thank eagle1highlander
Ruther Glen, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit for breakfast. All the food was homemade and very tasty. Food portions were impressive. Price was very reasonable for the amount served. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Great place to stop by for those who enjoy non-franchise locations.

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Thank Maria C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

My wife and I went for lunch and were seated in the back, the waitress although nice seemed to be more preoccupied with another male customer (boyfriend/husband) needless toe say we had to ask another waitress for general stuff like silverware and the check, I usually tip very well 20-30% depending on the server but this lady needed a wake... More 

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Thank John L
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Good breakfast, good service, but not amazing as how everyone had advertised. Probably the only breakfast place around.

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Thank Karen C
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

First time visit. Very friendly staff. Felt like home. Obviously been a popular spot for a long time. Service very fast. Great homemade sausage, home fries. If I lived in this area, I'd be a regular!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42-A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  McGaheysville
  • Phone Number: 540-289-5094

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

We are a locally owned restaurant specializing in southern comfort dishes and cuisines.Breakfast served all day!Signature handcrafted burgers!Specialty sandwiches!Comfort food entrees!Full espresso bar!Blue Plate Specials: 10 meals under 5!Happy Hour: 4 pm - 6 pm everyday!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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