Harrisonburg’s culinary district is founded on farm-to-table cuisine sourced from fresh, local ingredients. Boost your new year with these five healthy dining options that will nourish your body and mind.
Village Juice & Kitchen
Village Juice & Kitchen opened its doors in Harrisonburg in November of 2021, bringing delicious and healthy fare to the Friendly City. The restaurant prides itself on offering nutrient-packed meals that are mother earth approved and free of artificial ingredients. Menu items include made-to-order smoothies, smoothie bowls, and salad bowls that can be customized to your taste and dietary preferences, while cold pressed juices and nut milks provide a nutritious boost for health nuts on-the-go. These superfoods will make you feel like a superhuman.
Mashita’s Korean-inspired cuisine delivers classic cultural flavors and exciting new combinations. Believing that food nourishes the body and soul, chef Mikey Reisenberg and his team source many of their ingredients from vendors throughout the Shenandoah Valley and prepare each meal from scratch. The restaurant offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, as well as the opportunity to customize meals with a variety of sweet, savory or slow roasted proteins. Since its opening in 2013, the restaurant has received multiple awards, including being voted “Best Food Truck” by readers of the Daily News Record, Rocktown Weekly, and Virginia Living Magazine. The restaurant recently expanded to include additional seating and a sixteen foot bar to allow more guests to enjoy their offerings, as well as seven multicades to bring entertainment to their dining experience.
PULP Acai Smoothie Bar
PULP Acai Smoothie Bar is a laid back, inviting space serving organic smoothies, creamy pesto sandwiches, and flavorful acai bowls. After traveling around the world on his bike, owner Tim Richardson discovered the rich taste and benefits of acai, a berry grown in the Macapa region of Brazil. The berry provides nourishment for active bodies and is packed with omega fats, protein and dietary fiber, making it a natural fit for cyclists and others who embrace an active lifestyle. All berries are sourced ethically through a company offering a positive economic exchange and sustainable way of life to family farmers in Brazil. The murals all along the walls of the building honor the farmers Tim met along his journey.
A Bowl of Good
A Bowl of Good is a cozy, counter-serve cafe serving internationally inspired cuisine. Its menu features wraps, salads and breakfast bowls with exciting and invigorating flavors. Onwer Katrina Didot was among the first in the Shenandoah Valley to offer locally and regionally sourced meals, citing her interest in providing the community an option for health-focused meals with unprocessed ingredients. A Bowl of Good has gone on to receive several awards and was recently voted “Best Restaurant for Vegetarians and Vegans” from the Virginia Living Best of Virginia in 2021 and “Best Healthy Options” and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” from the Best of the Valley in 2020.
BoBoKo Indonesian Cafe
BoBoKo Indonesian Cafe serves traditional Indonesian fare inspired by the flavors of the tropical islands. Owner and chef Hotiman Ridwan grew up in the Bandung west-java provice of Indonesia and developed a passion for cooking at a young age. His experiences working with his parents in the farmers market and travels throughout the United States and France have inspired his restaurant’s offerings. BoBoKo offers many vegan and vegetarian options, using plant-based foods such as tofu, tempeh, and fresh vegetables. The restaurant proudly sources its vegetables from a local producer and uses antibiotic free chicken.