I always love to be the bearer of good news about Staunton and it seems that right now Staunton is having an exciting moment on the culinary front.
And since my free e-book, A Digital Guide to Antique Shopping in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro Region, not only talks about antiquing, but also about where to grab a bite or what else to see when you are antiquing, I thought I’d offer this little update to it because when three new restaurants open within a block of our location, we want you to know about it.
So next time you’re jaunting down from Washington to our little Valley hamlet, or hopping over the mountain from Richmond or Charlottesville, you’ll have to walk the whole length of bustling downtown Beverley Street to see and visit these new eateries. (And if you forget, just ask our register gals for advice, they have the local scoop on where to eat within a stone’s throw of my shop.)
Blu Point Seafood Company
Oysters over the mountain far from the Rappahannock River, Chesapeake Bay, and Atlantic Ocean? Crabcakes in the Shenandoah Valley? Does that sound crazy to you? Who would want seafood way out here when they could get local delights instead, saving ocean catches for time at Virginia Beach.
Well local delights are wonderful, absolutely. And I’m not just saying that because my son, Ian Boden, the chef, is a James Beard semi-finalist and the owner of an Appalachian inspired and Eastern Jewish infused restaurant in town called The Shack. Because that’s great for destination diners whether they’re his mom or not!
But you might be surprised to know that the history of mountain and holler-dwellers and Valley denizens eating Bay and Atlantic seafood goes way way back to Virginia’s founding and before. Virginia’s Native Americans thrived on harvesting oysters and other aquatic foodstuffs and sending it along foot and river tradeways to take it far inland.
Later, colonists incorporated fresh water fish and seafood into their diets and foodways, embracing the Christmastime and New Year’s oyster soup traditions, chowder recipes, and fish-based stews and condiments. And enslaved blacks developed freshwater fish and seafood culinary styles that went on to influence the entire Virginia food culture, all of which reached deep into Virginia through established trade routes.
So eating seafood in the Valley is not only not new, it’s actually very very old. That’s why there’s been so much buzz and excitement in welcoming Blu Point Seafood Company, the newest restaurant concept from the owners of Zynodoa. They’re doing a Virginia-meets-New England shore fusion take on seafood.
In a beautiful space that anchors the west end of downtown Staunton you can find a hip bar, kitchenside seating, and a large dining room with an open air feel along with a beautifully tranquil interior at Blu Point. Best of all as far as shopping with us is that they’re just one block away and currently open for dinner at 5pm. We hear that maybe soon they’ll do lunch, too. So give them a shot if you’re shopping with us at the end of the day and try the ceviche — yum!
The Green Room
Do you sense a color theme here? Blu Point, Green Room?
Actually, the two restaurant concepts aren’t related but they’re just across the street from one another, again, at the Beverley and Lewis Street corner that anchors the upper end of downtown.
The Green Room is a charming and cozy little space with a sophisticated Mid Century Modern design aesthetic tailor made for indulging in a rotating list of wine, beer, and cider along with a small and thoughtful menu of light bites. The space is broken up into a busy bar, a lounge seating area, and various sized tables.
So where did the name The Green Room come from? It’s because two former and current American Shakespeare Center actors thunk up the restaurant and, you know, the place where actors prep is called “The Green Room.” Makes sense and it’s cute!
Currently they’re mostly a night spot (and offer wine and beer as market items to go) but since they’re open at 11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, the word on the street is that they might do a weekend brunch. That’s good news because anyone who knows Staunton knows that if there’s anything we need it’s more places doing interesting brunches because we’re behind the eightball on good brunches here. So I say bring on your avocado toast, Green Room, and the sooner the better!
The 411 on 101
Finally a new poke bowl eatery is open on the corner of West Beverley and Central, again just a stone’s throw from the Staunton Antique Center. They’re called The 101 because…wait for it…their address is 101 West Beverley. Okay.
So for lunch and dinner in a small quiet eatery with a taste of fresh, fresh, fresh and a concept of “make your own bowl” this is a great option for a different kind of lunch in Staunton and one that you can customize to meet your dietary needs.
Probably most akin to Laughing Bird Pho, just down the block from us the other way, this newest Asian-inspired eatery is helping to expand the international culinary influence in little old Staunton.
Let Us be Your Guide
I hope this little round-up of what’s happening in Staunton will help make your visit to Staunton Antiques Center even more exciting by giving you lots of lunch and dinner options that are super close to us when you’re shopping with us.
But also download my full guide to antiquing in the area*. It’s free and will give our Washington, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Roanoke friends (and those coming from even further) lots of insight on making a destination antique shopping plan that includes great eats and fun watering holes.
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center
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