If The Restaurants In Downtown Harrisonburg, VA Each Had Their Own 'One Tree Hill' Character

If The Restaurants In Downtown Harrisonburg, VA Each Had Their Own 'One Tree Hill' Character

Having trouble picking a restaurant downtown to attend? Choose one based on your favorite character from "One Tree Hill."

Downtown Harrisonburg, VA is known for its up and coming diverse food scene. What better way to introduce some of the city’s amazing restaurants than through the cast of "One Tree Hill"?

1. Local Chop & Grill House - Brooke Davis

This restaurant offers exquisite food prepared with locally produced ingredients. Perfect for Brooke Davis, a mature, high-class successful woman, this fine dining experience can be enjoyed in the main dining room located in the renovated City Produce Exchange Building. The menu features hand-selected, high-quality dishes. The Local Bar, featuring 18 rotating drafts, wine, and signature cocktails, offers an array of drinks for any occasion.

2. Union Station - Hayley James Scott

Known for its historical architecture, Union Station takes customers on a journey through time with photographs of Harrisonburg’s history and literature written by Nancy Bondurant Jones and Dale MacAllister, decorating the restaurant. Just like Haley, a down to earth, family-oriented kind of girl, Union Station provides gracious hospitality and quality food.

3. The Golden Pony - Lucas Scott

If you know anything about Lucas’ character in "One Tree Hill," you know that he’s a pretty relaxed, easy-going kind of guy. He loves to write and read literature. The Golden Pony offers a relaxing environment for customers with an art gallery, outdoor patio, live music/DJs, and pinball machines. A full menu consists of scratch-made American dishes including pizza, burgers, salads, and subs and an amazing brunch on the weekends.

4. The Little Grill Collective - Karen Roe

Karen’s Café owned and run by Karen Roe has a similar “homey” and welcoming feel to The Little Grill. This small restaurant is consistently rated as a top breakfast and vegetarian spot in downtown Harrisonburg and serves locally-sourced breakfast specials made from scratch that are unique to the Grill. This restaurant is run by a collective of worker-owners, who each have the opportunity to manage the restaurant for a set period of time.

5. Finnigan’s Cove - Nathan Scott

After his first date with Haley along the waterfront, Nathan is definitely a fan of Finnigan’s Cove, as it’s home to many seafood lovers and late-night snackers. The restaurant is responsible for providing outstanding fresh seafood. Known for their “Munchies Menu,” which is available until 1:30 am, Finnigan’s is well known to many college students in the area who get late night cravings.

6. Brickhouse Tavern - Dan Scott

Known as the successful car salesman with his own business and star basketball player back in his high school days, Dan Scott is well known around Tree Hill. Also highly involved within its community of Harrisonburg, Brickhouse is a family-run restaurant that works with local businesses and organizations to create a personal dining experience. Serving Italian-American cuisine, this restaurant is welcoming of many regulars and newcomers.

7. Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Lounge - Peyton Sawyer

As a lover of edgy music and art, Peyton is characterized as “an old soul” and has an interesting way about her. Known as an edgy coffee shop/restaurant/club/ music & art venue, the Artful Dodger isn’t your typical food hub. They serve everything from local beer and handcrafted coffee to breakfast to salads and wraps. There’s an event scheduled just about every day that offers something for everyone who passes through.

8. Heritage Bakery & Cafe - Deb Scott

As a co-manager of Karen’s Café, Deb has the loving and motherly personality to run a cute and cozy business like Heritage. Run by a mother and daughter duo, this little bakery & café offers freshly baked goods and light breakfast and lunch dishes that use simple and local ingredients. Sunday Tea is scheduled once a month and can be enjoyed among friends.

9. Macado’s- Keith Scott

A dearly loved character on the show, Keith acts as a father figure to nephew Lucas Scott. He has his own auto body shop and teaches Lucas about cars as he grows up. A dearly loved restaurant among college kids in Harrisonburg is Macado’s. Known for its diverse collection of cartoon, antique, and sentimental décor, Macado’s offers a selection of reasonably priced sandwiches, subs, entrees, and a bar serving specialty drinks with unique names.

10. L & S Diner Whitey Durham

Known for his wisdom and Southern lifestyle, Whitey is a beloved basketball coach and source of advice to his players and friends. Known for its authentic 1960’s southern diner atmosphere, L & S Diner is located in a building that looks like an old train car. This cozy and welcoming breakfast spot offers to counter seating where customers can seat themselves and enjoy a hearty “homey” feeling breakfast.

Cover Image Credit: Lindsey McEvoy

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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