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
Located on Lynchburg, Virginia’s Bluffwalk, at 50 13th Street, you will find Bootleggers. One of the newest restaurant in downtown it’s nickname is “Burgers, Bourbon and Beer.” What else do you need to know?
The menu features a variety of American dishes along with specialty drinks. Starters include Spicy Black Angus Chili, Truffle and Parmesan Fries, Beer Steamed Mussels and Cilantro-Grilled Wild Mushroom Saté. Specialty burgers are made from Australian Wagyu beef. They include Port Wine Blue Cheese-bacon, blue cheese, port caramelized onions & spicy pear chutney, Run for the Border-jalapeño jack cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, crunchy onion ring & cilantro mayonnaise and Truffle Love-port caramelized onions, goat cheese, truffle oil, spinach salad & truffle relish. Burgers and sandwiches can add classic condiments, cheeses, extras such as roasted wild mushrooms, fried egg or an avocado fan or a sauce such as garlic jam, horseradish mustard, red wine demiglaze or bbq. Sandwiches, soups and various chop’t salads are offered for those looking for a lighter meal. More than 30 different bourbons, a large selection of craft beers and “adult” milkshakes, malts or floats are offered from the bar. Their desserts feature a deep fried Oreo cookie.
Open Monday through Wednesday between 4:00 until 10:00, Thursday and Friday between 4:00 until 11:00, Saturday 11:00 until 11:00 and Sunday 11:00 until 9:00. They can be reached at 434.333.4271 or email@example.com
As with all of downtown Lynchburg’s restaurants they are within an easy walk from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. So if you are looking for lunch (doubtful after you have eaten our four-course breakfast), an afternoon snack or drinks and dinner this new spot may be for you.
The Emerald-Stone Grille is tucked away in an old warehouse at 1001 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia and is the areas newest multi-cuisine dining experience. Additionally it is one of the few restaurants in downtown that is open for lunch. Emerald-Stone Grill featurs seasonal specialiteis and exceptional meat choices making this a complete dining experience for special occasions such as date night or a family meal.
Combining American, Southern and European recipes and styles there is sure to be something on the menu that interest you.
Starters include: Irish Egg Rolls (made with corned beef and fennel-braised cabbage), pimento cheese fritters, Rappahannock fried oysters that have been marinated in buttermilk and dredged in Woodson Mill cornmeal, and emerald wings.
A selection of salads and soups include: pear & blue salad with bosc pear and Maytag blue cheese, or she crab soup.
Entrees are where this restaurant shines. You may select from their extensive entrée selections or from the grille selections. Entrée selections include: Shepard’s pie made with beef tenderloin, low country style shrimp and grits, pork tenderloin utilizing Virginia tenderloin, duck and pasta–house-made pappardelle tossed with duck confit or roasted vegetable risotto. From the grille you may select rack of lamb, hanger steak or their specialty the tomahawk–a 36-ounce bone-in beef ribeye seared and basted to order, served whole or carved for you personally by the chef.
Add to any of these delicious choices a selection of sides and if you still have room dessert! They are known for their Guiness and sorghum chocolate cake, a dark and rich, yummy chocolate cake served with fresh whipped cream.
If you’re thirsty you can choose a signature cocktail, a “bubbles” cocktail, wine by the glass or bottle, a bottle of beer or one of their 10 beers on tap. Needless to say you will not go home hungry.
Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 until 12:00 midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 until 2:00 AM. For reservations their number is 434.439.4906, of if you are staying with us at the bed and breakfast we’re happy to make that call, as we send them a lot of business and sometimes have better luck securing a reservation.
Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have found this restaurant to be an easy walk.
Last month we introduced you to Emerald-Stone Grille. Now we would like to tell you about it’s “sister” property Dublin 3 Coffee House, located just next door to Emerald-Stone Grille.
Dublin 3 Coffee House located at 1011 Jefferson Street is Lynchburg, Virginia’s newest “proper” coffeehouse. Offering traditional coffee drinks, as well as specialty drinks, the Dublin 3 offers outstanding coffee without being pretentious. Sourcing its coffee from a variety of small-batch roasters from the region you will learn about the different types of coffees available. A lead barista and a trained team of coffee enthusiasts will walk you through the options available and are there to man the espresso machine. Open Monday through Saturday between 6:30 am until 11:00 pm and Sunday’s between 1:00 pm until 11:00 pm this is the perfect spot for a cup of coffee after leaving The Carriage House Inn Bed and breakfast for a walk, run or bike ride along the Blackwater Creek Trails.
If you love the charm of old buildings, steeped in history plus great coffee, this place is worth trying.
Between June 10-17, 2017 Lynchburg Virginia will again be presenting Lynchburg Restaurant Week. Warning–viewing these photos will make you hungry.
In its sixth year, this very popular week-long event features some of Lynchburg’s best privately owned dining establishments. Fantastic menus featuring an appetizer, main course and dessert at a prix fixe price, you can’t go wrong. In 2017 23 restaurants are participating throughout the Lynchburg area.
Some of the downtown restaurants (all are walking distance from The Carriage House Inn) are: The Depot Grille, El Jefe Taqueria, Main Street Eatery, Market at Main, The Water Dog and Waterstone Pizza. A bit further from downtown you will find: The Dahlia, The Corner at Rivermont, farmbasket and Magnolia Foods. Closer to Forest you will find: Benjamin’s, Bräuburgers, Neighbor’s Place and Trio Brick Oven Eatery. A few of these restaurants are relatively new to Lynchburg and new to restaurant week, so it might be time to give them a try.
A few of the menu items you might find include:
- Crab and Brie Soup
- Frickle Chips
- Creole Deviled Eggs
- Fried Virginia Oysters
- Stone Fruit Gazpacho
- Catfish Bites
- Chop’d Salad
- Open Faced Turkey Reuben
- Sirloin Oscar
- Chicken and Waffles
- Steak Frites
- Mojo Chicken
- Grilled Pork Ribeye
- German Chocolate Cake
- Hot Fudge Brownie Delight
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Tres Leche
- Viennese Apple Strudel
- Key Lime pie
- Lemon Mascarpone Tart
For a full list of participating restaurants and their menus visit www.LynchburgRestaurantWeek.com
Guests staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast often walk to the downtown restaurants. We do, so we’ll see you there!
Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia has a new restaurant, The Water Dog. Located adjacent to Riverfront Park, with it’s large grassy area and splash park, you are minutes away from the Bluffwalk and Main Street in downtown.
The Water Dog likens itself to a taphouse, featuring 36 craft beers on draught, with 16 of them hand-crafted in Virginia. Their menu consists of tasty artisan beer food served in an awesome environment, inside or out. Choose from oysters, clams or shrimp–served in a variety of ways. Appetizers include beer battered pickles and parmesan crusted pretzel bites. Seasonal soups and salads join tacos, a po’boy, burgers, hot dogs and 6 types of grilled cheese sandwiches. For dessert they will bake you, fresh, cookies and serve them with milk! In addition to the beers on tap The Water Dog serves a variety of hand-crafted cocktails that take inspiration from the season of the year.
In addition to a great made-in house menu there are options for entertainment. TV’s, a 16-foot shuffle board, ping-pong, a chalkboard, a giant movie projector and the latest tunes are heard from their Spotify playlist.
There are two options for private parties. The “Garage” can host up to 25 people for a sit-down dinner or up to 50 people for a cocktail party. The private dining room is available, on a first come first served basis. A small bites menu is available for either of these spaces, in addition to their regular menu.
Located at 1016 Jefferson Street, Lynchburg, VA. Open Tuesday & Wednesday 11:30-11:00. Thursday-Saturday 11:30-1:00 and Sunday 11:30-11:00. for more information call 434.333.4681 or visit www.thewaterdog.com.
The Water Dog is located within walking distance to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, on the Riverwalk Trail, about 15 minutes.
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