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!
Rendez-Vous is now open! The newest downtown restaurant in Lynchburg, Virginia’s is ready to be explored and enjoyed. Located at 1125 Main Street, in the heart of downtown, this restaurant is on it’s way to becoming a “new” favorite. Standing at the corner of Main Street and 12th Street there is ample parking in its own, private parking lot.
This bistro-style restaurant features a blend of French and Caribbean cuisines, including a few traditional menu choices from Haiti. The decor is cozy and inviting while being forward thinking and a bit edgy. You can choose to sit in the main dining room, at the bar or lounge area or when warmer weather hits outside on the patio.
The menu features an exquisite selection of dishes, cocktails and wines. The entrées are made from scratch with local, fresh ingredients and products. The menu offers a nice selection of appetizers, salads, entrées, tacos, crepes, sandwiches and sides. Portions are ample, the sides are easily shared. Choose from a traditional Escargot or Conch Fritter with a mango-habanero sauce to start. The French Salad with walnuts, beets and chevre prepares your palate for Bouillabaisse, Coq au Vin, Cassoulette or Arroz con Pollo. Be brave, try the Haitian Griot–a traditionally roasted pork loin with black beans, rice and pikliz or Curried Goat served with black beans, rice and collard greens. Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
The bar offers a nice variety of signature cocktails, your old favorite cocktails and wines by the glass or bottle. Be sure and ask for their cocktail menu.
As this is another great, but small, restaurant reservations are strongly recommended, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call 434.528.1414 to arrange your dinner time. Rendez-Vous is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday between 5:00 until 12:00.
Did you know that Lynchburg, Virginia has it’s own, authentic British Tea Room? Serving a unique British menu the Ploughcroft Tea Room serves lunch and afternoon tea Monday through Saturday. Located at 1215 Commerce Street, in downtown Lynchburg, the tea room is open between 11:00 until 5:00. Lunch is served between 11:00 until 2:00, with afternoon tea served from 2:15 until 5:00.
What is Afternoon Tea? You are probably picturing an English tea ceremony. In the mid-1800’s the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. Lunch was served at noon and dinner not until 8:00 or 9:00 so she found herself hungry in the afternoon. She began to invite other high society ladies to join her, thus having Afternoon Tea became the “in thing” for upper-class women. The tea was served with small pastries, dainty sandwiches, clotted cream, preserves and scones.
High Tea is different from Afternoon Tea. It is served about 6:00 and consists of a full meal, usually for the common people. Tea is served along with meats, fish, eggs, cheese, bread and butter plus cake.
The Ploughcroft Tea Room has a selection of appetizers, soups and entrees, including fresh seasonal dishes. A variety of delicious desserts are also available each day. Lunch selections include: chicken salads, scotch eggs, fisherman’s pie, cottage pie and Cornish pastry. Desserts may include: gingerbread, fruit crumble and sticky toffee pudding.
Afternoon Tea, served between 2:15 until 5:00, can be served a la carte or as an individual tea service for one. Selections start with the Ploughcroft’s Afternoon Cream Tea- -2 warm scones with Devon cream, preserves and fruit garnish, plus an endless pot of tea. The Windsor Tea includes a scone with Devon cream, preserves and fruit garnish plus a sampling of English Sweet Treats, a selection of open face sandwiches and an endless pot of tea. Prices start at $8.50 per guest.
The Ploughcroft Tea Room has hosted private events and parties, such as engagement parties, baby showers, birthday parties, retirement parties and many others. Private events usually are held on Sundays or after hours. The can accommodate approximately 30 guests.
Visit their web site www.ploughcrofttearoom.com or call 434.832.7467. A good pot of tea is welcome at any time, especially during our cold winters in Lynchburg!
Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia has a new bakery. And is it ever good! Located at 1344 Main Street this bakery is a unique addition to downtown’s delicious dining options. Owned and operated by Alex Richardson it serves breakfast treats, while R*A Bistro does not. Alex has been a supporter of downtown and opened R*A Bistro before many could see downtown’s potential.
His new endeavor features over-the-top cinnamon bun and beignet creations that will have you returning again and again. Afterall, there are so many different home-made frostings, almost 30 toppings and 12 sauces you’ll need to return just to try them all. And who doesn’t enjoy customizing their own cinnamon treats? In addition to the sweet treats there is a line of coffee and espresso products that complement the cinnamon buns or beignets.
The dough is mixed, risen, rolled and baked, then served fresh and hot from the oven. You top it with your choice of chef-crafted, infused frostings and a huge assortment of fresh fruits, crumbles, candies, cookies and more. You also choose one frosting, one frosting and two toppings plus one drizzle or really make it your own with your frosting choice.
The beignets are hand-cut, sugar dusted doughnut delights that match perfectly with the many house-made fruit toppings, chocolate sauces, caramels and frostings made for dipping. You can buy them by the piece or by the basket. Sometimes there are just too many choices.
Toppings include the old standbys: various nuts, chocolate chips, marshmallows and caramel chips. Frostings include cream cheese, maple, hazelnut and vanilla. Drizzles and sauces run the gamut between vanilla cream, chocolate, raspberry or strawberry to lemon zest, cinnamon or honey.
If you’re hungry at lunchtime for a savory, scratch-made dough roll you are now in luck. Savory buns are filled with fresh garlic, olive oil and herbs. Then you can add Boursin cream cheese, gourmet sauces, sautéed veggies or a variety of meats.
In addition to a nice selection of coffees and espressos you can choose café au lait, hot chocolate or a signature hot drink. Does a s’more, choc-raspberry, minty Irishman or banana foster drink sound appealing? Or, try a float, smoothie or milk shake.
Open Sunday through Thursday between 7:00 until 7:00 and Friday and Saturday between 7:00 until 9:00. If you’d like further information visit their website www.cinncity.com or call 434.219.3957.
My hint to you is, if you don’t want to get up early to prepare and bake your own cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, visit Cinn City the day before to select some delicious breakfast treats. And consider the same for New Year’s morning. They have such a selection of goodies that you will be bale to choose from your favorites or be adventurous and choose something different. You will be glad you did!
Lynchburg, Virginia’s newest pizza joint has opened in the arts and cultural district at 522 5th Street. Taking advantage of the revitalization and renewed interest in this part of downtown the Abrusto Food Group is helping 5th Street become vibrant and the newest place to be. Located at 522 5th Street Daughters and Sons Pizza is open for lunch and dinner. Monday through Sunday they are open 11 am until 9:30 pm. There is plenty of parking just outside the door.
Enter the restaurant and find a table, take a seat for a dine-in experience. While you wait for your order you will be served popcorn with olive oil and sea salt. Top it with freshly grated cheese. What a nice way to be welcomed and to wait.
Pizza is their main focus. It’s Sicilian-style and square! The crust is made from their focaccia bread dough–which is proofed for 4 days–so it has a unique flavor and mouth feel. The added cornmeal to the outside of the crust is yummy. The pizza is old by the square or by the pie. Choose from pepperoni, house-made sausage, 3-cheese, vegetarian or the combo–house-made spicy sausage, charred pepperoni, and assortment of pizza veggies, buffalo mozzarella and marinara sauce.
In addition to the pizza they serve sandwiches made on focaccia bread and a few salads. They are best known for their Muffaletta “New Orleans Style.” The great tasting bread is topped with Italian sliced meats, melted mozzarella, mild provolone and the necessary Creole olive salad. Fresh made salads are served with house-made dressings, plus there is a cheeseboard offering. Don’t forget dessert! Ice cream sandwiches top off your meal. Either their “Classic,” a chocolate brownie cookie with vanilla ice cream of their flavor of the week.
A rotating variety of beers by draft, cans or bottles, including a selection of craft beers and a weekly “2 dollar a can” special. A rotating selection of wine is available by the bottle or the glass.
The chef and owner of Daughters and Sons Pizza is a VES graduate. Jason attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York and apprenticed and worked in kitchens in Europe for 8 years. He decided it was time to return to Lynchburg to raise his family.
For more information call them at 434.333.4244 or visit them at www.daughtersandsonsva.com. Visit #5thstreetrevival on social media for information about what is happening on 5th Street.
Daughters and Sons Pizza is walking distance from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ask us when you need a spot for lunch or dinner and we’ll direct you.
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