Saucy's Walk-Up's staff invites ambling diners to the window carved into a repurposed shipping container for walk-up orders of tender meats and sides bathing in homemade sauces. Mix and match quarter-pound bun stockers of pork, chicken, and beef before filling in flavor profiles with generous side helpings of potato salad, coleslaw, or a sweet bean trio's flavor medley. Sweet and fizzy soft drinks rinse away any residual vapidity of the palate, just as napkins wipe away any crumbs or napkins stuck to cheeks.
When shooting on-location, some extras and production-crew members for the movie Lincoln searched for a place with Southern hospitality in which to unwind between takes. They found it in The Bistro at Market and Grove?alongside a tapestry of Southern charm.
Nestled in a small one-story house, The Bistro's casually eclectic interior?self-described as "shabby chic"?is filled with charming antiques and other homey touches such as mismatched plates. Each day, the dining room, bar area, and seasonal outdoor patio fill with culinary aromas that conjure both the European countryside and the coastal American south. The chefs add punch to burgers with toppings of artichoke or spicy saut?ed shrimp, drape chicken in garlic or zesty orange sauce, and drizzle beef medallions in a glaze of brandy-peppercorn reduction. Though they often devise seasonal specials, they always showcase dishes based on their signature crab-cake recipe.
Demolition Coffee’s menu of gourmet ground coffee, freshly baked pastries, and specialty sandwiches delights patrons and has caught the attention of reporters from the Progress-Index and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The acclaim is due to expertly brewed espresso beverages, sandwiches featuring freshly baked bread, and salads accented with original toppings, such as caribbean chicken. Additionally, Progress-Index reporter F.M. Wiggins lauds the spacious café’s interior as “unique,” with recycled materials “that carry over the 'demolition' theme and the community atmosphere.” Beneath high wooden ceilings and surrounded by refurbished brick walls, wooden tabletops are scattered about the WiFi–saturated seating area to invite leisurely sipping, and regular live music provides entertainment for workaday-coffee cups.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Swift Creek Mill Theatre has been delighting audiences with theatrical productions since 1965. Housed in what is believed one of the oldest grist mills in America, Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents well known musicals, dramas and comedies for families and adults. A buffet dinner is available.