2476 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Magnolia Foods identify themselves as “a premier gourmet deli, specialty food and wine shop.” This deli, located on Rivermont Avenue, features cheeses, baked goods, fresh locally made fare for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, as well as a specialty gift and grocer, purveyor of interesting wines and beers, and maker of special occasion and wedding cakes. This gastronomically eclectic shop offers a small indoor dining area or dining on the semi-enclosed patio which is a favored location during the autumn for people-watching on the always busy and historical Rivermont Avenue.
While we could feature many of the scrumptious options available at Magnolia Foods, we were guided to the Curry Chicken Salad with Mango on
Pumpernickel Bread. This sandwich set itself apart with its bold marriage of savory spice (earthy, bright curry) and sacchariferous fruit (sweet mango); the
large chunks of chicken, curry and mango blend to make a scrumptious chicken salad sandwiched between two dense, dark slices of pumpernickel bread. Our lunch came with the addition of chips and two peanut butter cookies.
We came for lunch, but we can never visit Magnolia Foods without enjoying our favorite fare, the couscous salad and cappuccino brownies. The couscous salad (seasonal) is an explosion of Middle-Eastern flavors and savory feta cheese, and a perfect accoutrement to any entrée. The cappuccino brownies have a beautiful hint of cappuccino without sacrificing the dense, chocolaty flavor of the brownies. I challenge you to find a meal that would not be made more perfect with this lovely finish!
Personally, we like Magnolia Foods because they carry hard to find ingredients and interesting selections from around the world for the local foodie to explore. Our guilty treat is the eclectic and exotic chocolates from Vosges Chocolates, which, to our delight, are also carried at Magnolia Foods.
The long-established Magnolia Foods is a fresh and unique favorite for locals and must be visited by any true foodie for their unique groceries and rich tasty offerings.