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Takeover Tuesday — Chestnut Ridge Coffee, Mashita, El Paisano, & Sage Bird

October 5, 2021 by Eleanor Weber

Welcome back to another Takeover Tuesday! If you missed last week’s blog, let me give you the low-down. Every Tuesday, #InternKate and I (#InternEleanor) will be exploring downtown Harrisonburg and uploading all our adventures for your enjoyment. Be sure to view our Instagram stories, and stay tuned through the blog, where Kate and I will upload content every week outlining all the delicious food, amazing shops, and unique places Harrisonburg has to offer, so you can plan YOUR next adventure downtown!


This week, Kate and I went on a full-blown food tour downtown. Check out the itinerary!



Coffee stop at Chestnut Ridge Coffee Roasters

Lunch at Mashita

Sweet treats from El Paisano Bakery

Drinks at Sage Bird Ciderworks


To get our day started right, Kate and I hit up Chestnut Ridge Coffee Roasters, located next to Magpie at 85 W. Gay Street. I got an iced oat milk latte that left me with the perfect energy level while keeping the sweet factor. Kate got a pour-over coffee in their signature Columbia flavor. The coffees were a perfect start to the day, and since National Coffee Day was this past Friday, it was an awesome way to continue the celebration.

For our next stop, Kate and I got lunch at Mashita, a Korean-inspired restaurant located at 105 N. Liberty Street. Kate had been there before, but for me it was my first time trying the acclaimed restaurant, and it’s safe to say I will be returning! I tried their special Potato Gnocchi plate, and Kate and I split dumplings. It was the perfect late lunch to grab during our adventure downtown! Mashita is currently working on a new excited patio expansion that will allow more company at the restaurant.

After lunch, Kate and I got a craving for something sweet, so we headed over to El Paisano Bakery located at 56 E. Wolfe Street. I got two “kisses”, a two-part pastry with cream in the middle, and Kate had her first ever churro! The bakery smelled amazing and was a great stop on our way back to HDR.

We ended the day at Sage Bird Ciderworks located at 325 N. Liberty Street. I tried their Summer Harvest Sour, a cider made with tart summer apples. It was a beautiful afternoon, and we sat on the back patio enjoying our beverages. Sage Bird is also getting a new expansion in the months to come, so stay tuned!

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