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The Thunderbird Cafe

42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
+1 540-289-5094
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“french toast” (41 reviews)
“pancakes” (48 reviews)
“grits” (56 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch and all ended up with breakfast items. How could I pass up an omelette with portabella mushrooms, spinach and gouda? Delicious! Good potatoes, too. The only disappointment was the biscuit as it lacked flavor and was kind of dry.

Thank CindyJV
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have had southern food in many places in the U.S. and have never enjoyed a meal more. Luckily, my family likes to share, so we got to try perfect fried chicken, smooth and tasty grits, savory pulled pork, elegant fried green tomatoes, and this...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I've never had grits, (what can I say, I'm from up north) so I was pleasently surprised when I tried them and liked them. I had 2 different types of omlettes over two different days and both were some of the best I've ever had....More

Thank R98TCbrianf
Reviewed 1 week ago

A country restaurant known for breakfasts, this place has a really interesting menu: pineapple cream cheese tacos (folded over pancake), waffle sandwiches, VERY fluffy Belgian waffles, etc. All of our meals were very tasty and filling. The service was excellent and we were served quickly....More

Thank JeanetteRacine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with a friend for the sole purpose of trying the fried green tomatoes that I had heard good things about. They were served with dipping sauce and a small side of pimento cheese. The quality and taste were fantastic! The service was a...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommended going here as it is very close the the Massanutten. Services was great, my meal arrived quickly, and my chicken and waffles were very tasty.

Thank Tayuh3
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am so sorry we discovered Thunderbird so late in our vacation. This was one of the best places my family ate during our stay in the area. Everyone found something they loved and it didn't break the bank. The establishment was impeccably clean and...More

Thank TheMcCleary
Reviewed 1 week ago

7 of us had dinner/breakfast. The strawberry preserves are wonderful! The omelets were very good, gravy and sausage excellent. It's a nice dinner type setting. Our waitress was excellent. A local favorite and I see why. Go

Thank Will6468
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here on a whim, had some delicious blueberry French toast and chicken and waffles. They really know what they're doing in the kitcheb, and the staff are super nice! :-)

Thank Jess N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very pleasantly surprised how good this place was. Food was very good, good blueberry pancakes. Very quick service, good coffee. Clean, friendly staff. I would come back again.

Thank parentalsofstafford
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Dawn J
18 June 2015|
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Response from judyCS | Reviewed this property |
The Thunderbirrd would not be good. Hank's is nice but you would need to call to see if they have a room to hold that many people. We really enjoyed the food there and the ambiance. Probably making arrangements at the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  McGaheysville
  • Phone Number: +1 540-289-5094
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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