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The Thunderbird Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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42A Island Ford Rd, at Rt 33, McGaheysville, VA 22840-2350
+1 540-289-5094
08:00 - 20:00
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All hours
Sun 07:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breakfast here on a Sunday while visiting Masssanutten was fast and easy. Food was typical diner food that is good, hot, and service fast. No complaints- it is what you would expect. Pancakes were good and hubby's burrito huge,bacon crisp, home fries yummy. Would come back again

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Manassas, Virginia
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We read reviews that recommended this place and we are glad we listened. The breakfast was delicous. I got the blueberry french toast which was french toast with 2 mounds of bluberries mixed in a cream cheese-whip cream mix on the french toast. Very filling and different. The rest of the family enjoyed their meals as well. We stopped in... More 

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best breakfasts I've ever had. Highly recommend the Rachel's favorite dish. I've been here for lunch before too and the burgers / fries are really good too!

Thank ballen058
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate lunch there twice in a week. The first time, others in my party ordered breakfast. The omelets were generously stuffed and the hash browns were perfectly cooked. I had a pimento cheese sandwich, which I remembered from three years prior. Just as yummy this time: homemade bread, homemade pimento cheese with a little kick. The second time, others... More 

Decatur, Alabama
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Enjoyed the dinner here. Great break from the routine road stops and resort prices. Our server was informative about the area and familiar with all attractions in the area - very helpful.

Thank Grannytimesfive
Weaverville, North Carolina
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Hamburger and fries were mediocre at best-nothing phenomenal! Very friendly staff and clean, trendy decor.

Thank Valassie
Rochester, New Hampshire
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The Thunderbird Café doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside the food is just fantastic, and the service is certainly pretty fantastic too! As a party of 4, we all had something different for breakfast on our first visit. The French toast was the best I have ever had with blueberry cream cheese, dusted in powder sugar and... More 

Thank Marsha N
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We had breakfast at the Thunderbird, and didn't need to eat again until dinner time. Came hungry and left satisfied. Very friendly and helpful wait staff too.

Thank Ann D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We are in town for a wedding. Went to Thunderbird Cafe at the Groom's recommendation. WOW!! What a delicious meal! We had thick bacon, creamy grits, biscuits & gravy.....the buttermilk biscuits were amazing!! We left at 10:00am and there was a wait - go early for a seat. We will return for sure!!

Thank Mary Lynn P
Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Breakfast was delicious. The homemade sausage was a little spicy and a little sweet with a real depth of flavor, which made for a great omelet. Speaking of the omelet, never saw eggs that thick feel/taste so light -- they must've whipped the hell out them. Pancake fantastic. The one thing that fell short was the smoked barbecue (Hank's) --... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?