Local food is a natural in Harrisonburg, Virginia, located in the middle of actual farming country in the Shenandoah Valley, and Local Chop and Grill House makes the best of it. It's located in an old produce warehouse that has been repurposed to apartments this beautiful restaurant. The space is divided into intimate dining areas on different levels, a popular bar, and a large outdoor seating area under roof. The real fun of this place is the menu. You can customize your local duck, trout, or beef with three different rubs, 14 different sauces, and then two sides. Our family reunion table passed around plenty of tastings. All the meats were cooked perfectly. My local trout with "Shenandoah Growers Garden Rub" and "Yuzu Vinaigrette" sauce was wonderful, as was my wife's filet with basil aioli. There were a few misfires, such as oddly bland polenta and risotto. and a mango BBQ sauce that tasted like plain Hoisin. But we had a great time, and with 8 family members packing decades of old rivalries, that's saying something. When family gets together, you really appreciate spacious, comfortable seating and a laid back atmosphere. And an outstanding bar menu didn't hurt at all. There was a great selection of microbrews at only four dollars for a nice big glass, and several of us declared the $8 mojito the best we've ever tasted: pale green and suffused with subtle fresh mint and lime. The service was friendly but slow, but frankly we were enjoying the menu, drinks, and atmosphere so much it didn't matter. This is definitely the place to take your parents when they come to James Madison University to visit you. Entrees are $19-$29, with two big sides, and the drinks are a bargain.
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