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El Jefe Taqueria Garaje

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El Jefe

El Jefe a great place to grab a taco and a shot of Tequila.

El Jefe Taqueria Garaje has opened in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  This eclectic tequila bar has a minimalistic menu that features 10 types of simple, fresh tacos made from either 6 or 10-inch corn tacos, house specials and quesadillas. The bar serves nine times more varieties of tequila than tacos, or 90 types, of tequila, priced between $5 to $11 per shot.

El Jefe

Bar area at El Jefe

If you are unfamiliar with tequila the wait staff has been schooled in the different types of young and aged tequilas, such as blanco, anejo, joven and reposado.

Tequila is made from the Mexican agave plant, the Blue Weber.  Blancos, or “whites,” are clear and relatively un-aged tequilas.  Anejo is aged at least one year and is smoother and more complex.  Joven, or “young” tequilas are mixed with colorants and flavorings.  Reposado, or “restful” is aged between two to 11 months with flavors influenced by the wood barrels in which it was stored.

El Jefe

Wheels in the Dining area are from the warehouse

The bar is a narrow space that seats only about 38.  Outside is a two-tiered patio that seats about 24.  On warm spring and summer days the wait can be long.  The outside patio overlooks the Bluffwalk and the James River.

In addition to the bar menu on Saturdays and Sundays, between 11 until 3 brunch is served.  The brunch menu includes Sopapillas, Huevos Rancheros, Mexican Breakfast Frittata, pitchers of Margaritas, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.

Located at 1214 Commerce Street parking can usually be found on the street or in the nearby parking garage.  El Jefe Taqueria Garaje, which roughly translates to “the boss of the food garage” is open Sunday through Thursday between 11 until 10 and Friday and Saturday between 11 until 1 am.  They can be reached at 434.333.4317, if you have any questions.

If while staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you would like a Mexican breakfast we can accommodate you.  In the past we have served Huevos Rancheros, a Mexican Breakfast Frittata or a Chorizo Frittata, usually accompanied by avocado, salsa and beans.  Call us at 434.846.1388 when making your reservation and request one of these special breakfast entrees.

 

Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza

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Waterstone Pizza

Waterstone Pizza in downtown Lynchburg

Tucked away, below Shoemaker’s American Grille, you will find Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza Restaurant.

Waterstone Pizza

Bar at Waterstone Pizza

This casual restaurant offers a complete menu.  Start with appetizers or a salad, pastas, sandwiches or pizza for an entree, finish with a variety of desserts plus a selection of hand-crafted beers, brewed in-house.  The pizza is what they are known for: hand-tossed, fire roasted crust topped with fresh, gourmet ingredients and homemade sauces create unrivaled flavors that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

The menu offers a unique and diverse selection of dishes to try.  Appetizers include Fried Calamari and Arancini.  Salads include Strawberry-Goat Cheese, Fried Green Tomato and Mozarella Stack or Crunchy Chinese.  Prefer a sandwich?  Choose their Fresh Mozarella & Tomato BLT or the Ultimate Italian.  For dinner you might try Wild Mushroom Ravioli or Angel Hair Pasta Pomodoro.  And then there’s the pizza!  The Garden, the Federal Hill, Spicy Thai, the Scillian, the Greek or Build Your Own.  Too many choices!

Waterstone Pizza

Pizza Oven at Waterstone

To complement the delicious food down you might choose a bottled or draught beer, a handcrafted draught beer, a specialty cocktail or martini, wine or non-alcoholic beverage.

When choosing to eat here plan to arrive early or expect a wait.  Reservations are not taken and certainly on weekends there will be a wait.  Doesn’t that tell you all you need to know?  Try the outdoor patio on a warm spring or fall evening.  Waterstone Pizza is located at 1309 Jefferson Street.  434.455.1515.  They are open Monday-Thursday 11-10, Friday & Saturday 11-11 and Sunday 11-10.

Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast often walk to Waterstone Pizza.  The James River Heritage Trail can be accessed at the foot of Cabell Street.  From there it’s an easy walk to the end of Jefferson Street and Waterstone Pizza.

To view their menu and to see other great photos check out their website.  This is a great place for friends and family to gather and enjoy great food.

The White Hart Cafe

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White hart Cafe

Drop into the White Hart Cafe for a great cup of coffee or a burger, wrap or sandwich.

coffee shop, white hart cafe

White Heart Cafe

The White Hart Cafe in downtown Lynchburg is a special place.  It’s a homey spot known for it’s locally roasted coffee plus all-day breakfast items, burgers (some say the best in the Lynchburg area), sandwiches, nachos and wings.  This local business supports local farmers and other locally-sourced food, the local downtown revitalization, local residents (and visitors to Lynchburg) and the city of Lynchburg in general.

White Hart Cafe

Coffee Beans

Open 7 days a week, beginning at 7:00 a.m., most mornings, and closing about 10:00 or 11:00p.m., most evenings, they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between.  Some evenings live music is performed for the patrons enjoying their delicious food or locally famous roasted coffee. The coffee, Blackwater Coffee, is named after the Blackwater Creek Natural Area, located not far from the White Hart.  The small, craft-roasting shop works in five-pound batches.  Each batch is roasted by hand and is only completed when the roaster knows the beans will be perfect for your next cup of coffee.  Remember, a good cup of coffee starts with good beans!  And yes, they sell the beans at the White Hart too.

Burgers and wraps ate served at the White Hart CafeIn addition to being known for their coffee they excel at burgers, wings, sandwiches and nachos, during lunch and dinner time.  Breakfast items include malted waffles and their famous breakfast bagel topped with a fried egg, Swiss cheese, chipotle cinnamon bacon, lettuce, tomato, cream cheese and red onion.  Of course guests staying with us at the Carriage House Inn B & B won’t need their breakfast, altho’ it does sound good.  Many of our guests however have stopped there for a light lunch or dinner or a good cup of coffee.

Stop in after exploring the Community Market, antique shops or local, unique businesses in downtown Lynchburg or after hiking or biking the Blackwater Creek Trail.  It’s a great spot to relax and watch the world go by.  They are located at 1208 Main Street in historic downtown Lynchburg.

 

 

 

Kegney Brothers Pub

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Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

In downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 1118 Main Street, you will find Kegney Brothers Pub.  In the style of a true public house, in  Ireland, the interior of Kegney Brothers, the menu and the drink selections hark back to the original Kegney Brothers Saloon which opened in 1879 at 405 12th Street.

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800's

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800’s

The pub exudes charm, comfort and good times.  The interior space is constructed from reclaimed architectural salvage material.  Edison-style pendant lights and bulbs evoke an old timey feel.  Old photographs, handed down by family members, show the original saloon location, pictures of saloon patrons, the original liquor license, a Kegney whiskey label.  A showcase contains family heirlooms from the original pub.

Kegney Brothers offers pub seating, a comfortable dining room or a patio overlooking the James River.  The menu includes classic pub fare, including dishes from Ireland and England like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage.  An express lunch menu is available between 11 until 2 which offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups along with the standards.  The pub and dining menu is available Monday through Sunday between 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  An after hours menu is offered after 10:00 PM until closing.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

The pub serves a variety of Irish whiskeys, Highland single malt scotches, American bourbons and whiskeys along with a long list of drafts, bottles and canned beer from Virginia, the United States and  the U.K.

Between the hours of 4:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, special food and drink offerings are highlighted during happy hour.  Talented local musicians are hosted regularly throughout the year especially on weekend evenings (see the live music and events tab on their web site).

For more information about Lynchburg’s newest dining and drinking spot visit their web site at kegneybrothers.com or call them at 434.616.6691.  Have fun and enjoy Lynchburg’s newest, but old, hang out!  Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have enjoyed having a “watering hole” close enough to walk to.

Crisp, Lynchburg’s salad and juice & smoothie bar

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Crisp, Lynchburg’s Salad, juice and smoothie bar in downtown

One of downtown Lynchburg’s newer restaurants is Crisp.

Crisp

They have some great salads at Crisp!

Located in the historic Allied Arts Building, an art deco building, at 725 Church Street, Crisp is Lynchburg’s first salad, juice and smoothie bar.  Serving lunch and dinner, either dine in or take out or let them deliver.  They also offer catering services.  Weather permitting they have a couple of tables for outdoor seating.

Crisp

Crisp is small but the best things come in small packages!

Their menu offers unique, personalized fresh salads, wraps, breakfast bowls and parfaits plus a daily soup and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.  A variety of pre-made salads are available for those who need to “grab ‘n go”.

The standard make your own salad bar offers a variety of lettuces, four basic toppings and your choice of dressing.  You can enhance the standard salad by adding one or more of the 40 premium toppings, meats and salad add-ons available.

Hours are Monday-Friday between 10:30 until 8 and Saturday between 10 until 3.  If you have any questions or wish to pre-order your salad or warp their number is 434.363.6152.  Why not give them a try today?

Crisp

Art Deco style windows in Crisp.

Some guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast who are spending their day hiking or biking some of the areas wonderful trails have had us arrange a “to go” lunch for them from Crisp.  Everyone has complimented the lunch favorably.  They offer a healthy alternative to many dining establishments.

Shoemaker’s American Grille

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Shoemaker's Restaurant

Shoemaker’s Restaurant is in an old tobacco warehouse.

Located in the William King, Jr. Tobacco Warehouse, built in 1896, Shoemaker’s American Grille is consistently winning dining awards as voted by people who dine there, both locals and visitors to Lynchburg.  The King Building was used for storing dried and drying tobacco by the Imperial Tobacco Company.  The 6 story building was constructed of handmade brick fired here in Virginia and named for the manager of Imperial Tobacco.

Throughout the restaurant you will find the original industrial feel of the building: exposed wood beam ceilings, brick and stone interior and exterior walls, nine-foot tall windows.  Shoe themed dining rooms and matching décor line the walls.

Shoemaker’s menu is upscale with a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and specialty dishes.  We especially enjoy their Crispy Fried Calamari, the Warm Spinach Salad, the ever tender Filet Mignon (almost always ordered by Mike) and their Crab Stuffed Trout served with asparagus risotto.  You can’t go wrong when ordering their Chocolate Blackout Cake or Crème Brulee  or a dessert martini at the end of your meal.  Shoemaker’s American Grille has the most extensive wine list, of any restaurant we’ve found, in Lynchburg.  Containing a large selection of American wines plus wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Chile.  If you prefer Cognac, Single Malt Scotch or Tequila the spirits menu is complete.  Happy Hour, at the bar, takes place Monday through Friday between 4:30 until 6:30.  Special prices on at least a dozen appetizer plates are offered, plus on wine, beer and mixed cocktails.

The New York Strip with sweet potato fires at Shoemaker's

The New York Strip with sweet potato fires at Shoemaker’s

Do you need a private room for a gathering?  Shoemaker’s has four private rooms, each with a unique seating capability.  Choose from the Loafer (seats up to 12), the Oxford (seats up to 16) or the Wingtip (seats up to 40).

Shoemaker’s American grille is located at 1312 Commerce Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Their phone number is 434.455.1510.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 4:30 until 10:00.  Reservations are a must!  When staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are happy to secure your reservation for you, especially if it is somewhat last minute.  We oftentimes can secure a reservation due to the large number of our guests we send there.  Just mention your request when making your booking with us at 434.846.1388.

PS, don’t forget to give them your birthday so they can send you a coupon for a free desert for your birthday present.