Full of local flavor, Blacksburg is home to some of the best eateries in the New River Valley. With the recent change in seasons, numerous cafes and restaurants in the area have updated their menus to complement the fall weather. To find where these seasonal treats are, just follow the smell of pumpkin pie and apple spice.
Looking for a refreshing treat as cool as fall? The Jamba Juice located in Turner Place at Lavery Hall recently added a limited time fall special to their smoothie menu. The Pumpkin Smash is a new drink that includes natural ingredients such as real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Although made as a smoothie, this drink has a similar likeness to a sweet, swirled frappe that tastes just like grandma’s pumpkin pie.
Frosty Parrot and Rita’s
For off-campus options of an icy and sweet treat, both Frosty Parrot and Rita’s Italian Ice are also serving their latest fall flavors. Blacksburg residents can take a bite out of the Parrot Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt or Rita’s Pumpkin Pie frozen custard, made from pumpkin pie filling.
The Blacksburg Farmer’s Market
To experience a wide variety of fresh autumn foods, the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market is a great place to start. There you can find concoctions like yam biscuits with pumpkin butter, applesauce with caramel icing, pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin pecan ice cream and ginger pumpkin ice cream sandwiches. Putting a new spin on the classics, vendors at Under the Green Umbrella have taken a twist on what is normally apple cider by instead using pumpkin ingredients. The pumpkin cider made by this vendor is organic, inexpensive and can accompany one of their pumpkin cranberry chocolate chip muffins. Their neighbors at the Les Delectable booth also sell pumpkin muffins, which seem to be a popular fall trend.
Bollo’s Cafe & Bakery
If you so happen to miss the farmer’s market, just a few streets down is Bollo’s Cafe & Bakery. This is a great place to go to relax with a cup of coffee and some freshly baked sweets. Bollo's has pumpkin and apple pies, apple spice cupcakes with a maple frosting option, and apple spice walnut bread — all homemade and delicious!
Just around the corner from Bollo’s and owned by the same family is Gillie’s, which has vegetarian cuisine and some seafood. This is a great place to taste fall’s fresh sweet potatoes. New on the Gillie’s dessert menu is their special sweet potato pudding and sweet potato pie.
Our Daily Bread Bakery and Cafe
Our Daily Bread Bakery and Cafe is another bakery in the area that has fully incorporated fall specialties to their menu. Our Daily Bread not only has a variety of baked goods, but also serves popular fall drinks as well. Here you’ll be able to find cider and their version of a pumpkin spice latte. Their bakery offers anything from a simple pumpkin pie to other pumpkin creations you may not have tried before. New baked goods include pumpkin rolls, pumpkin and cranberry bars and even a pumpkin cake.