For a small town in Virginia Forest with a population of only around 10,500 people punches way out of its class when it comes to quality eating establishments. This is a destination that will reward those who choose to explore both the town and its surrounds with an eye towards enjoying some wonderful cuisine.
If you are in the neighbourhood of Forest here are some great choices to start off on your journey towards culinary enlightenment in this wonderful corner of Virginia.
1. The William Henry Steakhouse.
A short drive from Forest this exceptional steakhouse in Lynchburg offers great menu choice and a welcoming ambience. However, it is not only the prime USDA steaks that offer great taste. Seafood options are also on the table and the wine list offers some truly wonderful choices. The eight-ounce Filet Mignon is a delight and the Chateaubriand to share is an ideal choice for two when romance is in the air and a hearty appetite is present. The whole Maine Lobster is worth the hefty market price. For those who want to spoil themselves the Chateau Lynch Bages from France is the perfect accompaniment to red meats. In fact, the entire extensive wine list is worth perusing very carefully.
2. Shoemaker’s Grille.
Another quality choice just outside of Forest this restaurant offers treats such as the blackened, seared ahi tuna and the wonderful 16-ounce Ribeye. The onion rings also deserve special mention, as does the ‘Kona Coffee-rubbed Filet Mignon’. This is a fine dining destination that is perfect for special occasions such as anniversaries. It also receives rave reviews for the quality of its wine list.
3. Rocca Bar Ristorante.
If you fancy a little Italian cuisine while in Forest a stop at nearby Lexington’s Rocca Bar Ristorante is highly recommended. the restaurant can be found on the second floor of the well known Robert E. Lee Hotel. It overlooks the picturesque Lexington high street. Relaxing at the bar or in the lounge prior to being seated reveals a cocktail list that makes this a favorite post-work stop with locals. If you want to add even more enjoyment to your meal then a perusal of the wine list will pay dividends. If you are in the mood for pasta then try the ‘Gnocchi Con Ragu’. Those who want to enjoy top-shelf seafood should dive into the Frutti di Mare with mussels, shrimp and calamari in a white wine and fresh saffron infused tomato sauce.
If you are the vicinty of Forest set aside some time to explore the culinary options of both the town and its surrounds – you will be glad you did.