Hidden along a country road in the Rockfish Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Nellysford, Virginia is the cutest little restaurant/wine and cheese shop called Basic Necessities. This past weekend my three best friends and I headed out for a girls’ weekend. The first item on our list was the farmer’s market and number two was lunch. We didn’t want anything too heavy or ordinary.
Basic Necessities fit that bill perfectly.
Quirky. Cute. And a menu that reminded me of being in a cafe in Europe. The lunch menu featured soups, salads, sandwiches and meat and cheese plates of generous proportions. Everything that went by looked delicious and we all had a difficult time deciding what to order.
I chose the Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda soup (one of the features of the day) and a salad. The soup was creamy and flavorful. The salad was a combination of fresh vegetables and a homemade vinaigrette.
Basic Necessities has gluten free options and their sandwiches can be made with gluten free bread as well. My friend ordered the French Grilled Cheese on gluten free bread that she really enjoyed.
Reservations are not required, but the restaurant is small and a favorite among the locals heading to Wintergreen, and there can often be long wait times.
Once you finish your meal, you can browse the wine and cheese shop that has a selection of local wines and cheeses as well as gift-worthy items by local artisans as well.
The next time we head out that way, I would love to get reservations for Sunday brunch, which features a different menu each week and music by a local harpist.
Basic Necessities is definitely a great little find and I highly recommend making a stop if you are in the area.