The Floyd Country Store is home to the Friday Night Jamboree, which is a concert that features hours of bluegrass music and usually at least three different bands. Tickets are only $5 and the shows sell out almost every week, but that just means the music spills out into the streets of Floyd.
Many street corners become impromptu stages for small groups of musicians who come together to create unique sounds and songs. It’s one of the unique experiences of this region.
During our recent Friday night visit to Floyd, we had dinner at a restaurant named Dogtown. It’s located just down the street from the Floyd County Store and is known for having some of the best pizza in the area.
Our experience was…weird. This is what many people say about going to Floyd in general.
My pizza was very good, but everything else seemed off.
When we walked in to the restaurant, we were greeted by a guy who immediately asked us for a donation for the band that would be playing that night and then started telling us about an upcoming music festival. I couldn’t tell if he was with the restaurant, band, or just some random dude.
I also didn’t know how the whole system worked at Dogtown. Did we seat ourselves and then wait for someone to come take our order? Were we supposed to wait to be seated? Did we order at the counter? It was all very unorganized.
I eventually walked up to the counter and asked one of the staff if we were supposed to order at the counter and then find a seat. He looked at me like I was an idiot and then nodded his head, which I assumed was his approval of my assessment of the situation.
We then placed our order with him, which he didn’t write down. I have no problem with that except for the fact that he got my wife’s order wrong when it was brought to our table. If you’re not going to be friendly and you don’t think you need to note the food people order, you really should make sure you don’t screw it up.
We also weren’t the only people confused about the set-up at Dogtown. Many people walked in and simply stood around trying to figure out what to do. This is an issue that could be easily fixed with a little more organization and thought.
It’s also big enough to be easily split among two people.
In terms of taste, Dogtown was exactly what I was hoping for. In terms of atmosphere and service, it left a lot to be desired. I think the better decision would be to order a pizza to-go and take it outside to listen to all the people playing music.
Now we know this for our next Friday night visit to Floyd.
302 S. Locust Street
Floyd, VA 24091