Lynchburg restaurant offers food options for people with rare tick disease

Takeout menu includes deep-fried turkey chops and catfish

A taste of Southern cuisine is coming to the Hill City.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Offering a taste of Southern cuisine in Lynchburg, For the Love of Soul opened on Oakley Avenue on Thursday.

Owner Tina Washington started the business out of her home in 2019, but now she has a new place to dish it out.

The takeout menu includes deep-fried turkey chops smothered in onions and gravy, deep-fried catfish, rice, cabbage and green beans.

It is meant to be a healthier alternative for those who suffer from Alpha-gal, a rare disease that comes from a tick bite.

“The person who is bit by the tick cannot eat any beef, lamb, goat, any type of mammalian meat and sometimes even their by-products. Some people are even sensitive to sugar because it is filtered through bone char,” said Washington.

The location is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until the restaurant sells out.

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Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.