Markets, Eateries Lure Lynchburg Diners With Fresh Food, Fine Wine

By Hollie Deese on April 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm EST


Fresh produce, seasonal ingredients and a savory wine to go with it all are just some of the tasty choices from which Lynchburg diners can choose.

It all starts at the Lynchburg Community Market, located in the heart of downtown at 12th and Main streets. Amazingly, the market’s been around since 1783 and, as it did then, still remains one of the most vital parts of the community. Market goers can stroll among the vendors and choose from a variety of produce, arts and crafts. Food ranges from spicy chorizo to locally raised chickens and lambs, as well as wide variety of baked goods, homemade cheeses and a colorful medley of fruits and veggies.

But if you prefer to have someone else doing the cooking, pull up a seat at the Farm Basket. Open for lunch, the small garden and market also has a café where you can relax inside or on the breezy deck overlooking Blackwater Creek. The farm-fresh bistro serves up irresistible classics such as pimento cheese on rye, BLTs and egg salad, though it’s known for standouts like sweet lemon bread with cream cheese. Tiny diners can sink their teeth into a peanut buttery fluffernutter sandwich.

That level of quality holds true at Meriwether’s Market Restaurant, a casual gourmet dining place with an acclaimed wine list and live jazz. The menu offers Southern comforts along the lines of garlicky shrimp and grits or beer-battered catfish as well as indulgent buttery, basil escargots or shrimp- and crab-topped tenderloin – and the pizzas are pretty tasty, too. The best part: If you fall in love with the wine you are sipping, you can pop into the market and take a bottle home for later.

Still can’t get enough wine? Down the road in Amherst, Rebec Vineyards hosts the annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival each October.

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