Find your inner "foodie" with a culinary adventure in Martinsville-Henry County! From award winners to locally produced wholesomeness, there is something that will tickle your taste buds in MHC.
Dippers Ice Cream
Dippers Ice Cream, recently named the 2014 Virginia Tourism Corporation Culinary Madness Champion, specializes in homemade ice cream that's made daily with fresh sweetened cream and the finest ingredients. There's something for everyone's sweet tooth, with a rotating menu of 18 unique flavors that they make fresh with their own recipes. The menu includes fresh made waffle cones, specialty milkshakes and floats, sundaes, banana splits, homemade sauces and more.
After four weeks of competition, Dippers Ice Cream was named the Culinary Madness Champion after competing among 76 dishes from around the state of Virginia. Through public online voting, their Peanut Butter Bang Sundae won with 70% of the final votes. The Peanut Butter Bang Sundae consists of a freshly baked chocolate cake cup filled with homemade Peanut Butter & Brownie Explosion ice cream and topped with homemade hot fudge and peanut butter sauces. Come enjoy the "Dippers Experience" which begins with premium ice cream and ends with a big smile and a lot of fun.
Checkered Pig BBQ
Family owned and operated and with over ten years of experience and know how, Checkered Pig BBQ takes pride in starting with the finest quality meats. Their meats are pit cooked daily using slow-smoke over real hardwood to achieve tenderness and flavor. Come discover the delicious pork, beef brisket, ribs, chicken, and more at the Checkered Pig. The delicious bbq of the Checkered Pig has been showcased on the Food Network and has won many awards including being named Grand Champion at the Jammin' Pig BBQ Music Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Get the best of delicious BBQ and southern hospitality at Checkered Pig!
Fenderz is the 1950's restaurant of the 20th Century. They use fresh, local beef patties topped with the freshest produce to deliver a taste of heaven to your table. In addition to burgers, Fenderz has a variety of menu items including hotdogs, salads, and homemade onion rings that were named "best onion rings on the NASCAR circuit" by Steve Post, MRN host and food blogger. If you are having a sweet tooth, try the Homestead Creamery ice cream in a cone, cup, shake, malt, sundae or float.
Hooper's Pasta Sauces
Paul Hooper of Martinsville, Virginia is the man behind the delicious, homemade pasta sauce, Hooper's. His sauce gained popularity in Martinsville-Henry County and by popular demand he launched a business. Paul found a site that he could use, installed a commercial kitchen and started making a variety of tasty flavors including Marinara Angry Tomato, Basil-Licious, Marinara (featured in the March 2009 edition of Southern Living Magazine) and more! The sauces can be purchased locally at Janice Cain Stationery...and Gifts! and Rising Sun Breads.
Uptown Sweets, located in the Uptown Martinsville shopping district, can provide you with any type of sweet that you need! They specialize in cakes, cake pops, cookies, and gourmet cupcakes but also offer a variety of candies and other sweet treats. Each day, the bakers whip up a dazzling array of cupcake flavors including Peanut Butter, Strawberry Cheesecake, Thin Mint, Orange Creamsicle and Birthday Cake, just to name a few. If you are looking for a creative cake, Uptown Sweets will create a custom design that is unique to you. If you can dream it, they can bake it.
The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog
Named among the top 35 hot dogs in America, the Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog begins with the bright red Jesse Jones hot dog. Each dog comes wrapped in wax paper and served with chili, onions, mustard and slaw. Although this is the "classic" presentation, you can choose from a variety of toppings for your hot dog. More than 50,000 hot dogs are sold at Martinsville Speedway each race weekend. Put 'em end to end and that's about the length of nine laps around the track. Come to Martinsville Speedway to experience this delicious NASCAR tradition.
There are lots of great things to eat in Martinsville-Henry County and we want to hear from YOU! Tell us about your favorite dish to eat and where to find it in the comments section below.