Little Grill Collective – Mexi Night
In case you don’t already know, Little Grill Collective (621 North Main Street) is a staple of the Harrisonburg food scene and known for its dedication to locally sourced ingredients and made from scratch recipes. But have you heard of Little Grill Collective’s beloved Mexi Night that runs every Tuesday?
Mexi night at Little Grill has come to define the restaurant’s dedication to authenticity. Every Tuesday night for the past 20 years (a score!), Little Grill recreates the recipes of Josephina, a former employee who first began preparing meals out of her home for members of the community and became so popular that Little Grill asked her to come in and recreate those recipes one night per week. Her dishes (and therefore the Mexi night staples) include two tacos (1 bean, 1 potato) topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and parmesan cheese, one cheese enchilada, a side mexi salad, and rice and beans.
What does a potato taco taste like you may say? Let me tell you, it tastes like love wrapped in the warm hug of soft tortilla. Also, did I mention that Mexi Night is All You Can Eat, meaning your plate will never be empty?!? Deal of the century.
Mexi night is a homage to all things beautiful and right in the world, nestled at the intersection of community and food. For more information on Little Grill Collective, visit their About Us page or watch the video below created by JMU students in 2008 regarding their history and beginnings.
Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza, the hotly anticipated downtown restaurant at 80 W. Water Street featuring local ingredients, handmade pasta, and the only wood fired (900 degree!) oven in town, is now officially open for business. Last night, food and drinks were open to the public and the response was overwhelming with an absolutely packed house.
Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza – Bread freah out of the oven!
Bella Luna is housed in the Livery building, a new renovation project by Matchbox that will also feature 12 loft apartments and Shabby Love furniture, a prominent furniture retailer out of Orange, Virginia.
Stay tuned to Matchbox Downtown for updates on Bella Luna and any special offers/coupons in the future.
Amanda Cannon talks about foodBARfood, her new restaurant venture with Jeff Minnich located at 126 West Bruce Street. Amanda discusses her downtown roots, foodBARfood’s concept and cuisine, and explains what it means to be a modern restaurant owner in the Valley.
For more information on foodBARfood check out their Facebook page and stayed tuned to Matchbox Downtown for updated construction photos and opening event details.
Local businesses throughout Harrisonburg have experienced tremendous growth and success throughout the past decade and no industry has reflected that growth quite like the restaurant industry. Downtown Harrisonburg in particular has become a beacon for food lovers and restaurant owners by offering a wide variety of cuisines across 20 different restaurants, all within walking distance of one another.
In response to this growth and the demand to know more about Harrisonburg, the city has created www.visitharrisonburgva.com as a way for people to learn more about the city and get excited about the Valley as a whole. This video perfectly encapsulates the variety and breadth of Harrisonburg’s food scene and is highly recommended viewing for anyone looking to understand why people are so thrilled to be a part of Harrisonburg and downtown in particular.
The Official Visitor’s Guide to the city of Harrisonburg is now available!