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Try the Tender Filet and Crab Cake at Shoemakers American Grille

While it’s easy to get a thrill from the shiny new hot spots popping up along Lynchburg’s Bluffwalk, there is something to be said for the timeless appeal of a local favorite that can be relied on for its classic dishes and elegant ambiance. Since 2007, Shoemakers American Grille has been serving up the finest steaks, freshest seafood and tempting desserts to Lynchburg residents and beyond.

Go all out and order one of the most popular dishes on the menu, the filet and crab cake. On a recent visit, the Midwestern beef is prepared to perfection—medium rare.

It’s so tender there is no use for the accompanying steak knife. The delicate crab is Maryland Blue, and the cake is seared with a panko crust. General Manager Jen Reilly suggests this luscious combo would be perfectly paired with a glass (or two?) of BR Cohn Pinot Noir or Trefethen Cabernet.

If you have a sweet tooth and a little more room, Jen tells me the Chocolate Blackout Cake “is the richest, most decadent chocolate cake” she has ever had. It is the perfect way to finish your meal. If you’re not in the mood for chocolate, she recommends the cheesecake. Executive Chef Roger Murphy is from New York and promises, “It is wonderfully authentic!”


By Rachel Dalton

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