Discover What the Locals Love

Posted on January 1, 2023
| Posted in Dining & Shopping

Isn’t it always great to know where the locals go? This blog highlights the winners of The Tidewater News’ Hometown Choice so you can plan a trip to try all the favorite local spots!

Who better to take advice from when planning a day in Franklin Southampton than the people that call it home? Every year the local paper, The Tidewater News, runs the Hometown Choice awards and ask residents to nominate and vote for their favorite businesses in different categories. Below is a rundown of winning businesses you can put on your ‘must-visit’ list!

In Southampton County, you can find the best subs and sandwiches at Belmont Deli and Specialty Shop and the best pizza in the County at Pino’s Pizza. Explore Faded Cottage which was voted best Antique Shop and Grayson and Emma’s Garden Spot which was picked as the best County Store.


Along Armory Drive, you can try out the best cocktails (especially the margaritas!) and the best Mexican food at El Ranchero Mexican Grill and Bar. Discover the best boutique when you shop at Southern Charm Garden Center.

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In Downtown Franklin, you can experience the local favorites such as Tiers to You that was voted best bakery/dessert spot. Grab a cold one and burger at Serve Restaurant who was voted for best beer selection and burger in town. Looking for some caffeination, check out the best coffee shop, Storehouse. For the wine lovers, Cork Tap Taste Tasting Room was voted best in wine selection. Lastly, for the local favorite of breakfast and fried chicken, check out Fred’s Restaurant.

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Whatever you are looking for, we hope you will discover it in Franklin Southampton VA!

*These are the results of The Tidewater News‘ Hometown Choice Awards which is voted on by the public and not the opinions of Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. Staff.