Without a doubt the best place to have lunch if you are traveling along Route 8 through Floyd, Virginia is at the cafe on the upper level of the Harvest Moon Food Store. Natasha’s serves mostly items made in-house, including breads, crackers, sausages and desserts. At least 75 percent of the menu items are purchased locally and they choose organic and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. If the cafe appears a bit foreign to a town situated smack-dab in the midst of rural “bluegrass music” country as Floyd is, one only has to look at the large artist community also located in the area. Original pottery, oil and other paintings along with various types of metal and wood sculptures are made by local artisans…and when you eat at Natasha’s, you may see a few. The day I was there I ordered a well-done Rustic Burger (about a half-pound) with caramelized onions and melted gouda cheese on top, inside a hot fresh-baked roll…with a side order of homemade potato salad. Burp!

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