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My Dog Duke’s Restaurant

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My Dog Duke’s Diner

A new restaurant opened in downtown Lynchburg in November.  Now that the initial “buzz” has waned a bit it was time to try this new culinary treat.

The diner is located in a restored and updated building located at 1007 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, VA.  Commerce Street is fast becoming a dining mecca!  Interior furnishings are reminiscent of an old-fashioned diner with a shiny counter and stools.  Exposed wooden beams and huge plate-glass windows add to the interesting feel of the diner.

Originally open for just breakfast and lunch the demanding patrons have pushed the diner to now serve dinner too.  Open seven days a week, between 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. the diner also serves brunch on Sundays between 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Interior: My Dog Duke’s Diner

There are a variety of menus available, depending on the time of day you visit.  Breakfast is served daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is a nice selection of breakfast sandwiches, platters and weekly specials.  You might like to try their fried chicken and waffles or their pastrami hash.  The lunch menu is also served daily and features specialty sandwiches, salads, soups and a few interesting entrees.  They offer a weekly soup and salad special.

My Dog Duke’s Diner is one of a few places downtown that serves breakfast.

Hungry for dinner?  Served daily between 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. you will be impressed with a small menu that hits all the right notes.  Choose from entrees such as meatloaf, lasagna, fried chicken or Sunday thru Thursday a “Blue Plate Special.”  Most of the specialty sandwiches, salads and soup and salad specials offered for lunch can be found on the dinner menu too.

There is a nice drink selection.  Whether you are looking for a yummy espresso from their espresso bar, a brunch cocktail, selection of domestic, imported or craft beers, specialty cocktails or wine by the galls or bottle their is something delicious for everyone.

So, the next time you’re hungry and heading downtown stop by My Dog Duke’s.  They even provide reserved parking in the parking garage located next to the restaurant!

As with all of our delicious downtown dining options this “new” diner is within walking distance to The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  All the better for indulging in dessert.

For more information visit or call 434.849.8868.  Enjoy!

Fifth and Federal Station

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Fifth and Federal

Fifth and Federal

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.

Bar at Fifth and Federal

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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Bootleggers on Bluffwalk in Lynchburg

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.

Beer and a Burger – a great combination at Bootleggers

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

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.

Emerald-Stone Grille

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Emerald-Stone Grille, Lynchburgs newest restaurant.

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.


Dublin 3 Coffee House

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Dublin 3 Coffee House

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.

Specialty Coffee

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.

Restaurant Week 2017

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Restaurant Week

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
  • Caprese

Main Course:

  • 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

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!