March 9th – 15th, 2020

Downtown Harrisonburg’s week-long celebration of Virginia’s first culinary district is back! Come downtown for a week of food, drink, and fun, including prix fixe menus, specials and deals, exclusive items available only during Taste of Downtown, and a sneak peek of some exciting changes coming to some of your favorite downtown spots. See the directory below for menus and more details. For reservations or questions about Taste of Downtown offerings, please contact the restaurants directly.

2020’s Taste of Downtown celebration is proudly supported by Harrisonburg Radio Group.

Bella Gelato & Pastries

49A West Water St

With fresh made gelato featuring local ingredients, delicious house-made pastries, artisan breads, and locally roasted coffee, your taste buds will thank you for stopping here.

TOD Special: Enjoy a full-priced lunch or dinner entrée at Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza (pizza, pasta, or sandwich) or one of Bella Luna’s brand-new brunch entrées (menu debuting Sunday, March 15th) and receive a free single scoop of gelato down the street at Bella Gelato & Pastries!

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7am - 10pm; Fri-Sat: 7am-11pm; Sun: 7am-9pm

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Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza

80 West Water St

Located in the historic Livery building in downtown, Bella Luna is a champion of farm-to-table dining. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a wood-fired oven that allows guests to watch as their pizzas are created and baked in the 900-degree oven. In addition to Neopolitan-style pizzas, diners enjoy handmade pastas, fresh seasonal salads and sandwiches, and delectable desserts.

TOD Special: Purchase a full-priced entrée (pizza, pasta, or sandwich) and receive a free single scoop of gelato down the street at Bella Gelato & Pastries! Bella Luna will also be formally unveiling their new brunch menu on Sunday, March 15th — purchase any brunch entrée that Sunday to receive a free single scoop of gelato at Bella Gelato as well.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm; Sun: 11:30am - 9pm

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Beyond Restaurant and Lounge

50 West Water St

This swanky restaurant brings Asian Fusion flavors to downtown. In addition to tapas, salads, entrees and an extensive Vietnamese menu, Beyond's Sushi Chef Praserth Saesow serves up more than 17 different types of sushi rolls.

TOD Special: Beyond is debuting never-before-seen Spring and Summer dishes for Taste of Downtown! They'll have three new entrees as well as a variety of new appetizers, sushi, desserts, and cocktails for visitors to enjoy.

Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11am-9:30pm, Fri & Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11:30am - 9:00pm

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Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack

92 South Main St

You'll find chandeliers made out of Mickey's grenade bottles, suspended lamps over each table made from old school colanders and vintage doors on the walls. The menu features 12 rotating craft beer taps, house-made pub grub items, an oyster bar and a popular weekend brunch with fan-favorite chicken and waffles and mimosa pitchers.

TOD Special: Watch out Popeye's! Billy Jack's will be serving up a double breaded chicken thigh sandwich for Taste of Downtown. Simple, yet very tasty! Also watch out for new specials during their 3pm-7pm happy hour.

Hours: Mon-Wed: 11am-12am; Thurs-Fri: 11am-2am; Sat: 10am-2am; Sun: 10am-12am

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BoBoKo Indonesian Cafe

217 South Liberty St. Ste 102

BoBoKo offers a bright and cozy space with a total of 20 seats and a view of the kitchen. Chef Ridwan creates dishes that use the exotic spices and ingredients of Indonesia. You'll find many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on the menu, including homemade ice cream and French macarons for a sweet ending.

TOD Special: Three course meal for $35/person. First Course: rainbow fried spring rolls or rainbow fresh summer rolls. Second Course: choice of beef satay, pan seared tamarind salmon, or tofu roulade. Dessert: Indonesian thousand layers cake or coconut lemongrass ice cream.

Hours: Mon & Wed-Sat: 11am-2pm & 4:30-8pm. Closed: Tues and Sun.

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Capital Ale House

41A Court Square

Craft beer fans - this is the place for you! An upstairs and downstairs bar offers over 100 draft beers on tap with the choice of table dining, seasonal rooftop patio relaxation or an evening of fun with billiards and darts. Their German-American-inspired menu features sandwiches, entrees, salads and daily specials.

TOD Special: Local specials featuring Seven Hills Beef and fresh Farmer's Market finds, accompanied with a local beer flight of your choice!

Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-midnight; Sat: 10am-1:30am; Sun: 10am-midnight

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153 South Main St

Located in the old Strand Theater, Clementine is a beautiful fusion of food, art and music. Their menu changes frequently, highlighting seasonal dishes, Southern fare, and interesting international flavors.

TOD Special: Clementine is preparing to launch an all-new permanent menu, and they want Taste of Downtown participants to have the first look and taste!

Hours: Mon-Wed: 11am-9pm; Thurs-Fri: 11am-10pm; Sat and Sun: 10am-3pm, 4pm-10pm

Visit Clementine


70 West Water St

You'll feel like you're in Hemingway's Havana. The Cuban-American inspired menu features fritas, tapas, Cuban sandwiches, burgers, and a full-bar with Cuban Cocktails.

TOD Special: Picadillo Two Ways: 1) Beef Picadillo - with raisins and olives, seasoned with cumin and oregano, 2) Abuela's Way - just like grandma used to make it. Served over white rice and topped with an over-easy egg.

Hours: Sun-Mon:11am.-9pm; Tues-Thurs:11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm

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El Paisano Bakery

56 East Wolfe St

You'll find a little slice of Mexico in this bakery. From Mexican sweet bread, cakes, made-from-scratch doughnuts, flan and other assorted pastries, it's a sweet stop.

TOD Special: You can enjoy several new items at El Paisano this week that you won't usually find at the bakery! They'll be offering a selection of different pastries each day.

Hours: Mon-Sun: 6am - 9pm

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126 West Bruce St. Ste 101

Food.Bar.Food is a restaurant that isn't afraid to push the boundaries. With an inventive menu that explores a wide-variety of cuisines, cultures, and styles, the restaurant stays close to its roots in the Shenandoah Valley by using fresh, local ingredients and creating a menu that is constantly evolving.

TOD Special:
TOD Collaboration Lunch Special for $10 (Tuesday-Saturday)

Date Night Dinner for Two: Select three course menu for $40 per couple (shared first course, two main courses, shared dessert course)

Weekday Lunch & Brunch: Tues-Thur: 11am-2pm
Happy Hour: Tue-Sat: 5-6pm
Dinner: Tue-Sat: 5-9pm (Late night menu: Fri-Sat: 9-10pm)
Weekend Brunch: Fri & Sat: 11am-2pm; Sun: 9am-2pm

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Friendly City Food Co-op

150 East Wolfe St

The Friendly City Food Co-op is a member-owned grocery store providing organic and natural meats, vegetables, dry goods, and home and pet products in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg. They also offer tasty grab-and-go food options prepared in-house as well as rotating selection of salad and hot bar items to build the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

TOD Special: Enjoy a FREE cup of coffee or hot tea with the purchase of their new Breakfast Bar!

Hours: The Breakfast Bar is offered Tuesday-Friday from 8am-10am. The Friendly City Food Co-op is open daily from 8am-9pm

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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

80 South Main St

Harrisonburg is the original location for this cool beer and burger joint, which now has 14 locations throughout the East Coast. The atmosphere is eclectic, the music might be a bit loud, and the staff believes in hospitality.

TOD Special: The JB's Happy Box! (Think "Happy Meal") A new burger that is going to be a mainstay on the menu. Simple yet tasteful. The happy box will feature a Classic Jack Burger, fries, fried Oreo, and a beer or non-alcoholic drink. Also stop by for TOD-only happy hour specials!

Hours: Daily 11am-2am

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Jimmy Madison's Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

121 South Main St

Jimmy Madison's is a restaurant that seeks to reinvent comfort food as we know it. Taking the classic taste of southern cuisine and putting a modern twist on it, their menu is full of classic soul-food dishes, reimagined.

TOD Special: 10% off dinner for two (offer not available during lunch hours).

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: 10am-11pm

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Joshua Wilton House

412 South Main St

The Joshua Wilton House is located in a charming Victorian home built in 1888. The fine dining restaurant features refined Virginia cuisine with a French influence.

TOD Special: The Joshua Wilton House is featuring an exclusive Prix Fixe Taste of Downtown Menu, offering a 3 course meal for $39 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $10 per person. They will be highlighting seafood and Shenandoah Valley ingredients prepared with French techniques.

Hours: Tues-Sat: 5pm-8:30pm; Sun: 10am-1:30pm

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Kline's Dairy Bar

58 East Wolfe St

In 1943, John Kline started serving ice cream out of the window on the first floor of his downtown family home. Seventy-six years later, the hand-scooped custard-style ice cream is still made fresh daily.

TOD Special: Kline's will be offering a special topping for the week, Reese's Cups! These can be used as toppings for sundaes or for specialty milkshakes.

Hours: Daily: Noon-9pm

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La Habana Tropical Cafe

47 Court Square

Right in the heart of Court Square you'll find Habana Cafe, a Cuban-American spot featuring authentic Cuban dishes and fusion-style favorites. Be sure to join them on Friday evening for their famous Salsa Night!

TOD Special: Come by for exclusive dishes, including Bang Bang Shrimp, Bar-B-Cuban, empanadas, coconut shrimp, and their Habana Cubano.

Hours: Mon/Wed/Thurs: 10am-midnight; Tues/Fri: 10am-2m; Sat: 9am-2am; Sun: 9am-3pm

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Little Grill Collective

621 North Main St

The Little Grill Collective is a long-time downtown breakfast and lunch favorite, featuring a colorful mostly-vegetarian menu full of fresh local produce!

TOD Special: Free beverage or dessert with select entrees.

Hours: Tues-Sat: 7am-3pm; Sun: 8am-3pm

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Local Chop & Grill House

56 West Gay St

Local Chop & Grill House occupies the former City Produce Exchange building, a fitting location for a kitchen committed to locally produced fruits, vegetables, and meat. Enjoy dinner in the two-story main dining room or in the more intimate bar. You'll find everything from calamari to burgers, but the star is the design-your-own entree. Pick your protein then choose your preparation, sauce and sides.

TOD Special: In the Dining Room, enjoy a chef-inspired 3 course menu (along with our regular ala carte menu) priced at $35 per person (not including alcohol or sales tax). In the LOCAL Bar & Lounge, order a Chop House Burger and a glass of wine or draft beer and get half off your burger!

Reservations are always encouraged in the Dining Room but the LOCAL Bar & Lounge is first-come/first serve.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5-9pm; Fri-Sat: 5-10pm
LOCAL bar hours: Mon-Sat: 4-11pm

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105 North Liberty St

Mashita, a longtime Harrisonburg favorite food truck known for their sumptuous Korean-inspired steamed buns and ssam lettuce wraps, made their move to a permanent brick-and-mortar home in 2019! All their food truck classics are still on the menu, along with new favorites like kimchi fries and a rotating cast of specials.

TOD Special: 3 courses for $30 per person — includes 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert. Choose from their standard menu (excluding kimbap) or featured specials including Housemade Gnocchi, Arancini, Juk, and Bulgogi Steak & Cheese Sub. Add a beer or glass of wine for an additional $5 per person.

Hours: Tues-Sat: 11am-9pm

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Montpelier Restaurant & Bar

710 South Main St

Montpelier Restaurant & Bar is downtown's newest restaurant that just opened inside of Hotel Madison. Enjoy southern-inspired regional fare crafted with locally sourced ingredients.

TOD Special: Enjoy a 3-course menu for lunch or dinner for $18. The menu includes Fresh Tomato Basil Bisque, Montpelier’s Signature Meatloaf (Seven Hills ground beef with roasted poblanos, topped with a bourbon bbq glaze and served with Yukon mashed potatoes and green beans) and Double Chocolate Cake. A vegetarian menu is also available, featuring Simple Green Salad, Chef’s Signature Vegetable Curry (Chinese eggplant, fried tofu and seasonal local vegetables in a coconut milk Pacific Rim curry over Jasmine rice), and Double Chocolate Cake.

Hours: Mon: 7am-2pm; Tues-Thurs: 7am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat: 7am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun: 7am-2pm (brunch begins at 11am)

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Pale Fire Brewing Co

217 South Liberty St. Ste 105

Located in the Ice House building, Pale Fire Brewing Co. brews their award-winning beers right here in downtown Harrisonburg. Come by their cozy tap room to enjoy a show, trivia, or event, browse their floor-to-ceiling Little Free Library and vinyl record collection, or chill out on their dog-friendly patio.

TOD Special: Get Friendly Flight - Grab a friend and try 10 Pale Fire beers (4oz each) for $10. (Must be shared between at least two people, $15 value.)

Hours: Mon-Sat: 1pm-11pm; Sun: 1pm-9pm

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Rocktown Kitchen

217 South Liberty St. Ste 101

Rocktown Kitchen is a farm-to-table restaurant serving elevated American cuisine. Their ever-changing menu reflects seasonal ingredients, an extensive wine list and local craft beer. The high quality food and service comes without the formal or stuffy atmosphere - no white linens or jackets required here. Just top-notch service from friendly, knowledgeable servers.

TOD Special: 3-course dinner offered March 10th-14th featuring baby arugula & beet salad, seared mahi-mahi or grilled New York strip steak, and a choice between their famous chocolate peanut putter pie or sticky toffee cake for dessert. Cost: $39/person. Rocktown Kitchen will donate $1 per participant to the Wounded Warrior Project. View full menu 

Hours: Tues-Thurs: 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat:  11am-11pm

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Taj of India

34 South Main St

Taj of India is an authentic Indian restaurant that offers a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly options. Using spices from all corners of India and only the freshest of ingredients, Taj of India prides themselves on the quality of their food, as well as their top-notch service.

TOD Special: Come by for a Taste of Downtown-exclusive menu, 15% off discount, and Indian beer specials!

Hours: Daily 11am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm

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The Friendly Fermenter

20 South Mason St

Located in the basement level of 20 South Mason St, The Friendly Fermenter is more than just a place to drink beer — they're also a nanobrewery and homebrewing shop where you can enjoy hand made beer, shop a fully stocked homebrew supply store, catch some live music, and even make a reservation to brew your own beer!

TOD Special: "Beers, Breads, and Spreads!" Thursday (3/12) night, from 6pm-8m, TFF will be offering a pairing of their beers with breads and spreads. RSVP is required - give them a call at 540-217-2614 to reserve your spot.
There will be two time slots - 1 hour each, 25 people per time slot. One from 6-7pm, and another 7-8pm. Guests are asked to show up no later than 45 mins after their slot starts (ie. 6:45, and 7:45 respectively.) Cost is $20 - 4 tasters of beer, paired with 4 "bread and spread" pairings.

TFF will also be partnering with nearby Latin American spot Latin's Flavors to offer a special delivery menu for the taproom during TOD week.

Hours: Mon: 4-8pm; Tues-Wed: 3-9pm; Thurs-Fri: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 12pm-8pm

The Friendly Fermenter

Three Notch'd Valley Collab House

241 East Market St

Three Notch'd Valley Collab House offers small batches of locally-crafted beers with a focus on creative brews using locally sourced ingredients. Come by their spacious taproom with attached patio to enjoy art, music, community, and special local collaborations like their popular Bend & Brews yoga sessions

TOD Special:.Three Notch'd will brew a specialty beer that will be available in their taproom and for growler fills during Taste of Downtown week only.

Hours: Mon-Wed: 4-10pm; Thurs: 4-11pm; Fri: 3-11pm; Sat: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 12-8pm

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Union Station Restaurant & Bar

128 West Market St. Ste 202

The first things you'll notice when you step inside are the historic photos, narratives and memorabilia that line the walls. The family-owned restaurant takes great pride in serving in-house smoked meats and hand-cut steaks. They provide quality service and food at a reasonable price while showcasing the history of this beautiful city.

TOD Special: Come by for daily specials and exclusive menu items!

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm; Sun: 11am-9pm

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