This is an out of the way location and is one of those local traditions that you will hear about if you ask for recommendations from residents in the southwest VA/NC area. It is quaint, with rockers on the porch and 1950's-era mountain cabins surrounding the restaurant (unsure if they are still available for rent).
Shatley''s is known for their family style service, but with just the two of us that seemed impractical -- in spite of the temptation to be able to try a little of everything! Instead, we ordered from the menu which includes your entrée plus two sides, tea and choice of breads. Hubby got the meat loaf and I got the fried chicken. Both were good...his portion of meatloaf was huge! The sides were good but not as exceptional as I had envisioned. Perhaps because we had lunch that day (often we skip lunch in lie of a quick snack so are hungrier at dinner). We got a banana pudding to go and it was also good, but again not exceptional.
Service was good. Our waitress was attentive and cordial. We drank sweet tea and they leave a pitcher on the table for DIY refills. Also liked that you get a basket of condiments for your breads,,,strawberry jam, apple butter or butter.
All in all, it is a neat little place to visit. Certainly worth a trip if you are in the area, but not sure how far out of my way I would go. I think it would be most enjoyable with a large group where you can order the family style dinner and enjoy sampling it all and comparing notes!
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