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Food Truck Thursdays

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BBQ food truck on Food Truck Thursday

Enjoy BBQ on Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park

Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg.  Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS).  Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success.  The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees.  There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.

Picnic area Food Truck Thursday

A great place to have a picnic

I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs.  Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.

Food Truck Thursday

Lots of choices on Food Truck Thursday

If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park.  They are there from 11:00 to 3:00.  This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.

Tacos on Food Truck Thursday

Great Tacos in Miller Park

These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them.  Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area.  You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.

Food Truck Thursday

Don’t forget desert. Shaved Hawaiian Ice!

Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early?  Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park.  We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays!  If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay.  Check out our availability and book your reservations here.

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Cheesy Rider Food Truck

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Food Truck

Food Truck

Do you love grilled cheese?  Did your mom make a special grilled cheese for you?  Do you accompany your grilled cheese with a bowl of soup, probably tomato?  Then you want to try the food from the Cheesy Rider Food Truck.

Food Truck

Cheesy Rider Food Truck

Cheesy Rider serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup, plus an assortment of chips, drinks and brownies.

Taking the classic grilled cheese and elevating it with creative, but delicious, filling combinations the Cheesy Rider Food Truck is off and running!  There’s more to a great grilled cheese than just cheese and bread.  The perfect combination of a gooey, meltable cheese and the perfect bread, that is not too thick and doughy, are the key ingredients at the Cheesy Rider.

Sandwiches are named after historical areas in downtown Lynchburg.  Their most popular item is the Garland Hill, which was inspired by turning spinach-artichoke dip into a grilled cheese sandwich.  The Tinbridge Hill features cheddar, cranberry and chipotle peppers.  The Diamond Hill consists of brie with fig jam and Jarlsberg.  For those who like a bit of spice, try the Federal Hill, which comes with wing sauce.

Currently the only soup offered is a chunky tomato, but isn’t that the one we normally pair our grilled cheese with?  Cheesy Rider is hoping to add a cold, smoky gazpacho this summer and they are tweaking their version of French onion.

Look for the blue, white and yellow food truck at the Community Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday between 11 until 2.  On Thursday the join Lynchburg’s other food trucks at Miller Park between 11 until 3.  Prices range between $6.00 to $8.50 for a grilled cheese.

We will see you there!

dish small plates and wine bar

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Dish

Dish Restaurant, Downtown Lynchbueg

Dish small plates and wine bar is one of downtown Lynchburg’s delicious, fun and unique dining establishments.  With cozy seating for only 32 patrons, the dining tables and stools at the bar keep you in the right in the middle of it all.  The owner-operated staff promises a great meal plus camaraderie and relaxation.

By choosing local and organic ingredients, whenever possible, dish features the finest food and beverages that are offered from many cultures around the world.  You might choose to explore diverse foods and experience something new, or stick with a familiar ingredient prepared in a new way.  The menu is designed for sharing.  Order a variety of small plates to share or to be combined as a complete meal.  Featured entrees are offered each day, found on the chalkboard.  Combine them with a selection of side dishes to design the meal you’d like.  The desserts offered are all house-made pies served ala mode of on their own.

The menu is divided into two main sections.  Small Plates features salads, soups, mussels, littleneck clams, tamales, meatballs, Thai beef, jerk chicken, spring rolls and oftentimes duck (which gets rave reviews from all of our guests who try it).  A separate Cheese menu is offered that features cheese made in Lynchburg and other towns in Virginia, Vermont, Iowa, Spain, Italy, and France.  Pair the small plates or cheeses with a great wine or beer and you’ll be satiated until morning.

Located at 1120 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA.  As the restaurant is small and cozy reservations are always recommended, 434.528.0070.  Serving dinner Monday 5:30-9:00, Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00-9:30, and Friday & Saturday, 5:00-10:00.  The bar is often open later on Friday & Saturday nights.

RA Bistro

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RA Bistro

RA Bistro

RA Bistro

Entre at RA Bistro

RA Bistro was founded in 2009, in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Featuring seasonally inspired American cuisine, the food served has been hand-selected and is of the highest freshness and quality.  Located in a 75 year old commercial dry cleaning building the setting is also unique.  Open truss ceilings, painted brick, city scape art, front and back patios and a Turkish tree-root bar make the dining atmosphere even better.

The menu features a blend of must have favorites plus new, inspiring dishes that will delight you.  Choose from small plates and appetizers, chef-crafted bistro burgers, house-made soups and salads, a variety of chicken beef and seafood entrees and don’t forget dessert!  And as if that’s not enough RA Bistro serves over 40 martinis, at least 6 sangrias, a complete selection of wine and a variety of Micro and Nano draft beers.

RA Bistro

Mussels and shrimp

Specials are offered throughout the week.  Each day, during both lunch and dinner service, a daily prix fixe special menu is offered.  Combining both on and off menu favorites these menu offerings are chef selected based on product availability, the season and the chef preference.  The lunch prix fixe is $9.49 for two courses and dinner is $15.49 for three courses.

Martini Monday offers all specialty martinis for only $5.00.  Tap-Out Tuesday sells all of the craft beer at $2.00 per glass, until 9:00 pm.  Wine Down Wednesday is an all day event.  Bottles of wine are half price and glasses are only $5.00.

The management and staff at RA Bistro strive to customize and tailor each visit to your needs.  They love to create an exceptional restaurant experience and count on you returning again and again.

RA Bistro outdoor dining

Outdoor dining

Located at 1344 Main Street in Lynchburg, VA the restaurant is about a mile walk from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Reservations taken at 434.845.1601.  Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11 until 11, Friday and Saturday 11 until midnight and Sunday 11 until 9.

 

Depot Grille

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The Depot Grille

The Depot Grille, Lynchburg

The Depot Grille (DPO) in Lynchburg, VA is one of Lynchburg’s favorite places for lunch or dinner.  Located between the abandoned canal, still-active railroad tracks and the James River this restaurant enjoys a unique location for downtown Lynchburg.  The transportation arteries provide Lynchburg a mercantile foundation that spans three centuries.  During the Civil War, wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict were transported to this station where they were then transferred to our numerous hospitals.  Freight that passed through this former N & W depot included shoes, tobacco, foundry and forest products.  Today trains laden with coal and pipes can be routinely seen passing by the Depot Grille.

bar at The Depot Grille

Enjoy a cold beer at the Depot Grille

The historic riverfront restaurant features fresh fish and great steaks, along with a wonderful selection of pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, lite bites, burgers (including Buffalo) and daily specials.  Monday’s you’ll find all-you-can-eat ribs (prepared either sauced or dry-rubbed).  Wednesday’s featured special is all-you-can-eat spiced shrimp.  Entrees include a side salad and two side dishes–which can include: mashed sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, black beans and rice and homemade slaw.  The full bar serves a variety of martinis, mixed drinks, wine and craft beers.  A decadent dessert menu rounds out the food selections and allows you to finish dinner on a sweet note.

The dining room uses church pews from two churches in Pennsylvania.  The back bar is made from a pharmacy in Edinburg, Virginia.  Local legend says that stray bullets shattered the original mirror during an attempted bank robbery from Frank and Jesse James, who robbed the bank next door to the pharmacy on their way back to Missouri after the Civil War.  Handmade quilts are hung from the exposed rafters.  The kitchen is built from two Georgia Northern Railroad freight cars.  The can be seen through the back windows of the restaurant.

The Depot Grille

Ribs at The Depot Grille

Pictured to the right is the special each Monday, all you can eat ribs!  These ribs are tender and fall off the bone and are some of the best ribs we have ever eaten.

The Depot Grill is open 7 days a week between the hours of 11:30 am and 11:00 pm this restaurant satisfies hungry diners for lunch or dinner either on the deck, overlooking Riverfront Park and the train tracks or inside the unique repurposed building.  As one of the few restaurants open on Sundays in downtown Lynchburg our guests, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, are frequent diners when staying with us over a Sunday night.

 

 

Market at Main

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Market at Main, Lynchburg, VA

Market at Main is located at 904 Main Street

Located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg is Market at Main.  This restaurant is the only place in the downtown district where you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner!  While the food is by no means gourmet, I consider it good comfort food.  I have had the fried chicken, meatloaf and pork chops as well as most of their sandwiches, and fried shrimp.  I love the atmosphere.  Located at 904 Main Street the building has an interesting history.  Built in 1886, the original tin ceiling is 25 feet tall!  The first occupants of the building was Joseph Cohn’s Son’s Clothiers.  In 1912 the party wall with 902 Main Street was removed and F. W. Woolworth and Company moved in where they had lunch counter which is the inspiration for today’s lunch counter.  From 1933-1968 it was Kresge’s Department Store.  In 1968 Reveco moved into 904 Main Street and from 1968-2007 it was a CVS.  After extensive restoration and renovations Market at Main opened it’s doors in 2009.  Originally they only served breakfast and lunch but a little more than a year ago they started serving dinner as well.

Comfort food at Market at Main

Fried Shrimp at Market at Main

The initial concept was to bring back the lunch counter and set up some booths in half the store and sell a limited amount of groceries in the other half to all those people moving into the new downtown lofts.  As the restaurant started getting busier and busier the “market” side got smaller and smaller.  The “market” was a victim of the restaurant’s success.

The owner, Rodney Taylor worked as the County Administrator for Amherst County.  In 1993 he and his brother-in-law needed additional space for High Peak Sportswear so he purchased a property up the street in the same block.  That lead to years of frustration–there was no place in the downtown area where you could get a great cheeseburger.  Wanting to fill that void he tried to get restaurateurs from Charlottesvile or Roanoke to come to the downtown area and open up a place to fill that niche.  A couple years later Rodney sold his interest in High Peak to develop some downtown loft apartments. and when “Chopper” (Ralph Wilson) started the restoration process of 904 Main Street Rodney decided that this was the place that could serve great cheese burgers!  When they opened in 2009 there wasn’t anywhere in the downtown area that served breakfast and most places were closed on weekends so they made a conscious decision to be open on weekends and serve breakfast and lunch. Market at Main is truly a family business,  Currently two of Rodney’s three daughters work there and his wife, a school teacher, is there lending a hand on those especially busy days.

There are many dining options at Market at Main.  If you want to see a busy kitchen, sit at the counter, especially at dinner time or Sunday morning.  If you prefer something a little more intimate they have a couple of booths or there are tables that can accommodate a party of two or ten or more. On those hot summer days, stop in for a cold and refreshing milk shake!

Market at Main doesn’t take reservations so if you show up at the height of dinner or on Sunday morning don’t be surprised if you have to wait.  The food usually comes out quickly and the staff is friendly.  Prices are reasonable.  If you live in the Lynchburg area, don’t be surprised if you bump into someone you know as this is one of the more popular casual dining spots in town.  Guest of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have often commented about the great atmosphere, friendly staff, reasonable prices and good food.  I hate to admit this, but I have eaten there dozens of times and I have never ordered a cheeseburger .  I guess the next time I’m downtown, I will be ordering one!  Rodney–I hope it is as good as you say it is!