It’s finally here, open and a huge success–Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats!
Tarsha Joyner, aka Mrs. Joy, became a Lynchburg, VA celebrity in November 2015 when she took home the top prize on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” special. Long before the airing of that episode Tarsha had already gained a large and loyal following for her booth at the Lynchburg Community Market, where she sold treats of various shapes, sizes and goodness beginning in 2012.
The shop took almost a year to build, but the time allowed Tarsha to design the shop exactly as she always pictured it. Bright accent walls, a checkered floor in shades of butterscotch yellow, light bulbs encased in whisk fixtures above the bar, tables at the front of the shop and seats in the back. Her plan is to rent the lounge space, located in the back section near the terrace level and breakfast bar area, She plans on offering decorating classes which will focus on cookies and cupcakes. A painting with chocolate class is in the works. Mrs. Joy’s will offer standard menu items with two kinds of cookies, one of which will always be chocolate chip, along with other staples like caramels, brownies and doughnuts. Special surprises will be offered on a rotating schedule and will include whoopee pies, macarons, and “hot chocolate on a stick.” When we have visited there have been cases filled with Black Forest cupcakes with cherry and vanilla frosting, ginger and lemon macarons filled with buttercream and lemon curd, peanut-butter glazed yeast doughnuts and apple pie pockets filled with Granny Smith apples, plus maple-bacon caramels.
Located at 1008 Commerce Street the hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 9:00-6:00 and Saturday from 8:00-9:00. The website is www.mrsjoys.com
A word to the wise, if you are on the hunt for your favorite delicious bakery item get there early! There are times items are sold out by 10:00, with a line out of the door waiting to get in.
Don’t worry about the calories, Mrs. Joy’s is walking distance from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast so you can indulge on these treats then burn off the calories by walking back to the Bed and Breakfast.
Benny Scarpetta’s, it’s finally here! Downtown Lynchburg,
Located at 1019 Main Street, in what was the former The Famous men’s clothing and shoe store for decades, Scarpetta’s is Italian for “little shoe.” The 13 other Benny’s have different names and character to differentiate themselves from the other locations. Usually found in the downtown area of other cities, large and small, each Benny’s fits its location.
The menu is simple and concise. Known for their 28-inch pizza, which feeds eight, the pizza is sold by the individual slice or the whole pie. All of the pizzas have a signature five-cheese blend. All of the ingredients are sourced from local famers. Offering three types of pizza cheese, pepperoni and sausage pizzas plus a monthly meat and veggie special you can eat in or take away. The interior is eclectic with murals on the walls and wild colors throughout. Open 7 days each week, Sunday thru Wednesday, 11 am until 12 am and Thursday thru Saturday, 11 am until 2am. Now you know where to go any hour of the day or night for your pizza fix.
We tried the cheese and sausage slice recently and it was good. The crust is thin and crispy, the sauce is slightly sweet and Mike even enjoyed the cheese topping–just enough for him and he likes lots of cheese. We will try a specialty slice next. With pizza this good, you should expect a wait unless you are there at an off time.
For more information visit www.bennysva.com or call them at 434.528.5111. Follow them on Facebook. Benny Scarpetta’s will soon be a Lynchburg favorite.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Michael and Kathy from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
A new food truck, Jacked Rabbit, has been added to the ever increasing selection of food trucks found in and around Lynchburg, VA.
Jacked Rabbit can’t be missed, either at the corner of Main and 12th at the Lynchburg Community Market or in Miller Park on Thursdays with the other local food trucks that participate in Food Truck Thursdays. Painted with bright pinks, oranges, teals and abstract designs you know you have found something a bit different, especially for Lynchburg. And it is…..Lynchburg’s first vegan food truck and one of the few vegan options in the city. Serving a vegan/pesco-vegetarian menu the food served combines flavors from Peru, Asia, the Caribbean, Spanish cultures and the American South. The chef, Loralee, attended CVCC’s culinary school. She worked for awhile at MachuPichu. International cuisines allow her to create interesting dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Lynchburg. And customers are glad she is here.
A few of her most popular dishes are: Tostones, Puerto Rican twice-fried plantain slices that are covered with a Peruvian-style salsa and citrus-onion salad, the Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich, which is made from a cooked down Asian Jackfruit, topped with fried pickles, slaw and onions on a bun or the Big Fat Banh Mi sandwich which is a a play on the traditional Vietnamese dish. Instead of pork Loralee cooks tofu three ways which changes it’s texture and gives the eater a sense of eating cooked pork. Now that it is summer she is offering ceviche and seafood. She would like to add tropically flavored cold-pressed juices, like berry-basil and mango-pineapple-orange-kiwi in the near future.
As you travel around Lynchburg be on the lookout for a rabbitized version of Rosie the Riveter. When you find a rabbit wearing the classic blue shirt pulled up to expose a bunny skull tattoo on her flexed arm and the famous polka dot bandana tucked around her long ears you will know you have found it. Give it a try, you just might be pleasantly surprised and thankful to have been exposed to something new and different to eat.
Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast often tell us they don’y need lunch, after eating one of our 4-course breakfasts, but it’s nice to know there is another option for lunch or an early afternoon snack, if you need one.
Do you like doughnuts? And who doesn’t? Have you tried a crisp apple cider doughnut (after waiting in line, on a cold winter day), hot from the fryer, coated in cinnamon sugar, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and just plain yummy?
If you have answered yes, then maybe you have discovered Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts. If you have answered no then you need to get to downtown Lynchburg. Made inside a teeny, tiny, vintage 1950’s-1960’s, light teal green, renovated trailer (food truck) with a silhouette of a lady wearing retro horn-rimmed glasses, and a bandana on the side of it. Found, oftentimes, in downtown Lynchburg, VA near the corner of 12th and Main Streets. Or on Thursdays in Miller Park for the food truck roundup. You’ll know you’re close when you can smell the sweetness of the dough–made with 45% apple cider, the sugar with cinnamon and the soybean oil that’s always hot and ready. Served by the dozen, in a paper bag that’s darkened by the soybean oil that the batter was fried in they’ll be gone before you know it. On cold winter days try them with a delicious cup of hot chocolate or hot cider.
So be on the lookout next time you’re traveling on Main Street. If you see a line standing in front of a strange, little trailer you’ll know you’re in the right spot for a treat. Get out of your car, wait in line and enjoy in a delicious bite. If you can’t find them downtown they can be reached at 540.460.5048. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
Tucked away, below Shoemaker’s American Grille, you will find Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza Restaurant.
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!
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.
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