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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