As many of our faithful blog followers know we routinely promote and support our downtown restaurants. First of all we believe in supporting local, small businesses. Secondly the food is delicious, from many of our local farmers and perhaps not routine or run-of-the-mill.
So where do you go in Lynchburg for a late night snack or light dinner? Where can you go for more than just a drink? Maybe someplace with music, dancing or entertainment? We have done some research and have provided you with a partial list below of some Late Night Bites places within walking distance of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Benny Scarpetta’s is famous for it’s 28-inch pizza. Now maybe at midnight you don’t want (or need) a 28-inch pizza. The good news is you can by their pizza by the slice. The thin and crispy crust is the perfect base to the slightly sweet sauce and the 5-cheese blend. In addition to the cheese pizza they offer pepperoni, sausage and a monthly meat or veggie special. The dining room is a bit funky, and can be loud, but there’s a small patio out front. Serving a variety of drinks this is a great place for a late night snack.
Fifth and Federal is the go-to place for good barbecue, wings and whiskey. Most weekends live music plays on the front patio, with a wraparound fire pit. Their food is delicious, the drinks unique and the ambiance is fantastic. Known for their southern fare, BBQ in particular, their Vermont cheddar is also wonderful. Plenty of parking next door in the old Adams Motors building.
Jimmy’s on the James is now considered a Lynchburg staple for the late night crowd. Where else can you get a hand squeezed, freshly shaken martinis? Live music weekly for a change of pace. Since this restaurant is just behind the Academy Center of the Arts you can experience a perfect evening out with a show followed by snacks and beverages.
The Texas Inn is always an option if you want to experience, an experience in Lynchburg. Also known as the “T Room” it has been a staple of the late night dining scene forever. We have had guests stay with us who grew up in Lynchburg, returned for an event, reunion or to see family and they almost always stop at the T Room on their way back to the bed and breakfast. Known for their cheesy western: a burger topped with an egg, cheese and relish it’s a great snack if you’re not having blood work done the following day!
The Water Dog is one of Lynchburg’s newer downtown dining and late night spots. Their go-to menu item is the chilled oysters along with an ice cold beer. Their beer battered pickle spears are made in house and fried to order. Dip them in the spicy aioli served along side and you’ll return again and again. On a pleasant evening they have a fabulous patio overlooking Riverfront Park, which oftentimes has live music.
These are just a few of the many downtown spots that will tempt you “after hours” with their food and drinks. Be on the lookout for a future blog when we have more to tempt you with.
Small Batch, a new barbeque restaurant, has opened on Bedford Avenue, an up and coming scene? After all, Blue Marlin Seafood and Restaurant and the Dahlia are just a block away. Now we are lucky, there’s a good source for barbecue just around the corner too!
Located at 2302 Bedford Avenue this restaurant’s tag line is BBQ, Bourbon and Beer. Serving smoked and barbecue sandwiches or plates you can choose from pulled pork, smoked chicken or brisket, cooked in their two twin smokers. Add to this wings with a variety of sauces, ribs, yummy sides, a selection of salads and of course desserts. Do you need to feed a crowd during a game or get together? Then you’re in luck! You can choose from their Feed a Crowd or Family Packs. These include your choice of meat or meats, sides and extras, buns or cornbread, salads and sauces. And don’t forget key lime pie, brownies or cookies as a sweet touch. Mike and I have tried the Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side. The sandwich was moist and piled high with the pork and just the right amount of sauce. I tried the Mac & Cheese, Mike tried the Potato Salad. Both were good and a great side with the sandwich.
The restaurant interior features a bar, high-top tables and booths plus an outside eating area for our upcoming warm months.
The bar offers more than 25 bourbons and whiskeys. A nice selection of beers are available along with some “high proof lemonades” and teas plus a choice of cocktails. Have you heard of an Apple Pie Bourbon Sweet Tea? What about a Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade? Both sound great, especially on a hot summer night.
The dining room and bar are located in an old garage/gas station. There are tables, booths and stools at the bar. In warmer weather, there are tables on the patio. Small Batch offers dining in or out- -they do a great take-out business. There is plenty of parking around the building.
Open Monday through Thursday 11 until 10, Friday 11 until 11 and Saturday 11 until 9. They can be reached at 434.439.2807 or www.smallbatchlyh.com. We think you’ll like it!
Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is hosting the Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018, between 11:00 until 5:00. Located at 1497 Red Hill Road in Brookneal, Virginia you don’t want to miss the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia. Combining the love of history with the love of music, barbecue, and Virginia craft beer the festival’s intention is to have festival attendees fall in love with Southern Virginia.
Music was the entertainment for the 18th century. Patrick Henry played the flute and fiddle, both of which can be seen in the museum at Red Hill. The featured bands at this year’s festival are Breaking Glass, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and Nothin’ Fancy.
During the 18th century raising hogs was easy. They would roam throughout the nearby woods so there was little to tend to. Farmers would smoke and cure the meat. You will have a choice of meats as your barbecue entree. All of the barbecue vendors are from South Central Virginia.
You will also be able to sample and purchase local beer and cider. While Patrick Henry was governor of Virginia he hired a Scotch brewer to make beer. Henry never served anything stronger at the Governor’s dining table.
Enjoy the museum, historic buildings and the grounds that Patrick Henry loved. Listen and dance to the music. Visit the local art and craft vendors, to start your holiday shopping. Fill yourself with delicious barbecue, beer or cider (but remember to do so responsibly.)
Tickets are either general admission or tasting tickets. The general admission ticket, $15.00, allows you access to the bands, food and craft vendors, admission to all of the historic buildings and the museum and grounds. Tasting tickets, $20.00, gives you all that the general admission ticket does along with your choice of a pub glass or a wine glass, for sampling.
Things to remember:
- Festival hours are 11:00 until 5:00. The music starts at 11:45 and the last pour is at 4:30.
- Bring your own chairs or blanket for seating to watch the Bluegrass performances.
- ID must be shown for all tasting ticket holders at the gate.
- Docents will be available throughout the historic site, buildings and grounds. Red Hill was Patrick Henry’s last home and is his burial place. Take the time to enjoy the seven historic buildings, his grave site and the beautiful grounds overlooking the Staunton River Valley.
For more information call 434.376.2044 or visit www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com
Fifth and Federal has been open for almost one year. The newest barbeque restaurant in Lynchburg, Virginia is off to a great start. Perhaps it’s the delicious food, unique drinks, smooth bourbons and whiskey or maybe it’s the unique atmosphere. Fifth and Federal’s claim to fame may be their whiskies, but their true Southern fare is enjoyed by all.
Located in a renovated Esso Gas station, at the traffic circle at Fifth and Federal Streets, some of the original history and decor remain today. The gas station began operating in 1924. The restaurant is divided into several dining areas. You may choose to dine in the open and airy dining room, in the lounge by the fireplace or al fresco. The outdoor dining space is the largest in downtown Lynchburg, complete with a wrap-around fireplace.
The head chef, Rufus Rucker, has over 30 years of experience preparing Southern-style cuisine. He loves to concentrate on slow smoked barbecue. He smokes pork, beef, wings and a wonderful White Vermont cheddar. All of the meats are smoked between eight to 15 hours. Sometimes as you drive around the traffic circle you can smell the aromatic scents from the kitchen and smoking area.
The menu has a good selection of starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches, sides, desserts and of course the famous barbecue. Some of the unique menu items included are listed here. Appetizers: Cracklins’, 3 types of Tater Tots, Jalapeno Hush Puppies and Bateau Birds (wings). Burgers include: the Fifth Street (with an egg and cheese), the Southern (with corn relish, smoked tomato cream cheese, jalapeno and avocado), or the Hogtown (with pulled pork, house-smoked bacon and bacon-bourbon jam). Salads and Sandwiches include: a grilled chicken spinach salad, the 801 sandwich with oven-roasted turkey, Virginia ham, house-smoked bacon, greens, tomatoes and provolone cheese, a Virginia Cuban with Virginia ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard or the Pinto that has pimento cheese, lettuce and smoked tomatoes. The barbecue includes pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs, smoked pork loin and a smoked combination platter (pulled pork, beef brisket, pork loin and 1/3 rack of ribs). Sides include various mac and cheese dishes, potato salad, sautéed greens, house cut fries or hush puppies. Save room for some authentic beignets (but topped with a bourbon sauce and house smoked crumbled bacon), southern-style seasonal bourbon cobbler or Southern-style cheese cake.
Now that you’re hungry would you like a drink? Fifth and Federal has over 80 whiskies, specialty drinks–Hillcat Lemonade & Bedford Bird Dog, beers either on tap, bottles or canned plus wine.
In addition to the restaurant menu items Fifth and Federal offers a few items for take out plus they will cater private parties, weddings, tailgates and more.
Located at 801 Fifth Street they are open Tuesday thru Thursday 11-11, Friday & Saturday 11-midnight and Sunday 11-9. For more information call them 434.846.8113 or visit
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