Tasty Tuesday: The Swinging Bridge keeps buffalo, southern charm on the menu

The town of Paint Bank has more buffalo than it does people, but its charm attracts many

Tasty Tuesday: The Swinging Bridge
Tasty Tuesday: The Swinging Bridge

PAINT BANK, Va. – Most of us, especially nowadays, crave the escape from the hustle and bustle. You can have that but also try something new by heading to The Swinging Bridge restaurant in Paint Bank.

The restaurant is in the back of the old general store with log cabin decor and incredible smells galore!

Manager Melissa Bellassai says, “People come out here to feel the hometown southern hospitality.”

The restaurant, she says, sees roughly ten times the town’s population in one weekend. Folks flock to this small mountain town from near and far.

“An hour and a half to two hours is what most people tell us it takes them to get here.”

Then, you have a board that shows where everyone has traveled from. People from Japan, Spain, Germany and Australia have come to sample Craig County’s finest. It’s partially because of the small-town charm, but it’s also because of the buffalo.

Bellassai says that even for those of us that call Virginia home, “Somebody that’s never had buffalo before, here’s your destination for that.”

The meat is good, but it’s also good for you. She says, “Buffalo is very lean. It’s a very lean meat with hardly any grease.”

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