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Crisp is well known for its salads and smoothies.

Crisp, originally started as a food truck in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Then it morphed into a small brick-and-mortar shop on Church Street.  And now they have expanded once again into a great spot at the corner of 12th and Church Streets.

The new space, at 1124 Church Street, allows plenty of seating for dine-in guests, large windows on all sides and plenty of space to expand the menu offerings.  In addition to their delectable and varied salads, juices and smoothies they are now offering locally roasted coffee, gourmet soups and house baked breads.  Soon they will be opening a catering division of Crisp.  They would love to add a beer garden in the garage space that is attached to their building.

As before, the restaurant is an assembly line style service featuring customizable salads, wraps, juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls.  When possible the ingredients are locally sourced and are sustainable ingredients.

Menu options include:  Salads or Wraps

  • the Baja: romaine with tomato, sweet yellow corn, black beans, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, tortilla strips and spicy chipotle ranch dressing
  • The Moroccan: romaine with shredded carrots, cucumber, golden raisins, feta cheese and falafel
  • the Superfood: romaine/spinach/kale with shredded carrots, organic quinoa, edamame, walnuts, fresh berries, and honey apple cider vinaigrette

Prices range between $6.50 to $9.00

Smoothies or Smoothie Bowls

  • the Triple Berry Detox: mixed berries, beet juice, almond milk and chia seed
  • the Peach Cobbler: peaches, cinnamon, honey and apple juice
  • the Blue Jay Smoothie Bowl: blueberries, banana, peanut butter and milk, topped with fresh berries, sliced almonds and shredded coconut

Prices range from $5.75 to $7.50

Fresh Made Juice

  • the Green Drink: spinach, apple, lemon and cucumber
  • the Revital Eyes: orange and carrot

Juices come in 8, 12 or 18 ounces.  Prices range from $3.50 to $$7.50

The next time you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, and wander to downtown Lynchburg to explore all that it has to offer, you now have a great spot for a snack or late lunch.  We are excited to see this company grow and offer something that Lynchburgers are asking for.

Lynchburg Restaurant Week 2018

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Bootleggers on Bluffwalk in Lynchburg is participating in Restaurant Week.

It’s that time again!  Restaurant Week 2018 is back for its 7th year.  June 23 -30, 2018.  More restaurants are participating this year than ever before.  And for the first time, the restaurants have set their own prices on their discounted menus, which will allow for much more creativity and menu choices for you.  The charity benefiting from this years proceeds is Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia.  25 percent of the business sponsorship will be received by this incredible organization that helps many in the Lynchburg area.

Many of the 2018 restaurants have been generously participating from the beginning.  “Old” favorites include Crown Sterling, the Depot Grille, Farm Basket, Isabella’s, Jimmy’s on the James, Neighbor’s Place and Shoemakers.  New participants include Bootleggers, Choice Hibachi Buffet, El Jefe, Fire & Hops Taphouse, Iron & Ale, My Dog Duke’s Diner and Trio.  As in years past the restaurants are spread throughout Lynchburg.  Many are downtown and will showcase all that downtown is becoming–a vibrant dining scene.  Others are a bit further from the core of Lynchburg in Wyndhurst, Cornerstone and Forest.  All have pulled together delicious menu options, some starting at a low of 3 courses for $15.  A few restaurants are offering a lunch and dinner menu with different choices for each meal.  What a perfect way to explore one of Lynchburg’s new restaurants or to try an old favorite you have been ignoring.

A few of the menu choices include:

  • Starters: crab and brie soup, pretzel bites with beer cheese, frickle chips, Cajun krab dip, Thai chili calamari, queso fundido, jalapeno poppers or fried green tomatoes and mozzarella stack.
  • Main course options include:  kickin’ Cajun chicken, sundried tomato pesto chicken with cavatappi noodles, porky fig pizza, herb crusted cod nicoise, salmon imperial, chicken and waffles, Tuscan skewers and a cheezy western.
  • Don’t forget dessert: fried Oreos, tres leche, cannoli, toasted coconut ice cream sundae, Key lime pie, chocolate blackout cake or a blondie brownie.

For a complete listing of participating restaurants, hours, sample menus, and ore details visit  Start planning your week of dining out now, you’ll be glad you did!

As always, if you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you are within walking distance to all of downtown’s great dining options.  And don’t forget the Hopper runs each evening if you’d like to visit several participating restaurants without walking from one to the other.


Texas Inn

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The Texas Inn also known as the Tea Room has been a Lynchburg staple for decades.

A Lynchburg tradition worth trying out.  We have had many guests stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for weddings, high school or college reunions, family celebrations or just as a getaway.  If the guests grew up here they know The Texas Inn and almost always stop by for a “Cheesy Western” on their way back the bed and breakfast, just like they did years ago.

Not known as fine dining or for their ambience it is a Lynchburg institution anyway.  Originally opened in 1935 at the corner of 5th Street and Main Street.  Their address is 422 Main Street.  The building was once a gas station, so thus the white brick building with a bright blue tile roof.  Only 15 bar stools around a counter for eating in, but all menu items can be to go.  Known as The Texas Inn, The T Room or the Texas Tavern it’s all the same place.  Open between 5:00 AM until midnight, Monday through Wednesday and 24 hours Thursday through Saturday.

Although they are best known for their Cheesy Western they offer a small menu of breakfast and lunch items all day long.  The breakfast plates come with bacon, ham or sausage along with eggs and toast.  Hot dogs, with various relishes and chili are staples.  Soup and a grilled cheese?  They serve both Coke and Pepsi products…..have you experienced that before?

So the next time you are staying with us or just passing through town stop in for a quick bite.  It will probably be just as you remember,


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Great food at Urbavore in downtown Lynchburg

Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia has a new restaurant, Urbavore.  Owned and operated by Elizabeth Russell and Matthew Kaplan, the former owners/operators of the Cheesy Rider food truck, you are in good hands.

Lots of selection at Urbavore

Located at 1103 Church Street, this tiny, quaint breakfast and lunch spot may be just what you are looking for.  Only 6 tables inside and one out, so be prepared to wait to eat in or just grab your meal to go.  Food items are served in to go containers.

Urbavore changes their burger selection weekly!

The first, and only, vegan restaurant in Lynchburg features only vegan recipes, but you may not realize this when eating the delicious food.  They serve “traditional” foods like crab cakes and burgers, but all are made without animal products like meat and dairy.  One grilled cheese sandwich is from their food truck menu. Even if you are a carnivore, a trip to Urbavore is a great change of pace.  Who knows, maybe you will like enough for a return trip!

Urbavore–small place huge flavors.

The menu includes a selection of burgers and sandwiches: Reuben Burger, Crabbie Sliders, Eggies on Toast, and the ever popular Banh Mi Chay.   Sides include: a house-made soup that is made fresh each week, mac and cheese, Caesar salad and house-made sweet potato chips.  Looking for breakfast?  Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy or maple-pecan scones fit the bill.  Dessert offers cheesecake or pot de crème.  They have an extensive menu of beverages: wine, beer, cocktails and mimosas.

Open Monday through Saturday between 10 until 8 and Sunday from 10 until 4.  You can review their menu at  If you have questions call 434.851.2727.  You might have just found your new favorite breakfast or lunch spot!

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