I have this postcard of the giant Johnny Appleseed that I think an aunt gave me as a child, so I was pretty excited to see that Johnny Appleseed Restaurant was super close to our hotel and that the statue is still there. The statue tells a little story and talks about the restaurants apple fritters, if you press a nearby button. The boys loved it! Our waitress greeted us with some of those apple fritters, warm and covered in powdered sugar. Obviously they were amazing! The wall between the two dining rooms was made from old orchard crates from the area. The fritters alone are worth the visit, but the rest of our food was pretty darn good too!
Also worth mentioning are Granny's Pancake Cottage and Heartpine Cafe, located at Luray Caverns. Granny's Pancake Cottage had way more than pancakes and was a great stop for lunch. We may have made our choice solely based on its cute name, but it was a good choice! The Heartpine Cafe is in an old barn on the grounds of the Luray Valley Museum. It's a little sandwich shop with wine tasting upstairs and lovely outdoor seating under a vine-covered pergola.