Coming from Charlottesville, which I believed to be the mecca for foodies, I was hesitant to feel out the Richmond dining scene. But oh, was I in for a treat. Food connoisseur spots in RVA are truly incredible here. Recently U.S. News & World Report listed Richmond as one of the “8 Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities” in the world. I am still discovering new spots everyday as the food scene is on an exponential growth trajectory, but I will share with you a few places and my favorite item to order at each local spot!
Breakfast: Pit and Peel
Their acai smoothie bowls are a filling but also healthy start, with the perfect balance of indulgence, peanut butter and dark chocolate chips, and the practicality of chia seeds and fresh fruit for the “most important meal of the day”.
Brunch: Savory Grain
If you can pass up the mind-blowing Krispy Kreme French Toast, try their Savory Trash Plate. It might not sound appetizing or even look particularly pretty but this schmorgesborg of hash browns, bacon, caramelized onions, peppers and a fried egg, drenched in sausage gravy and topped with a stuffed jalapeno embodies all that is the weekend brunch. Plus the Savory Grain has live jazz every Sunday morning.
Lunch: The Daily
Chicken Panini with a side of Brussels sprouts
This organic eatery in the heart of Carytown is a crowd pleaser for sure. They have an extensive menu, great for vegans or vegetarians, and they have great dishes for every meal of the day. The Daily is great for any meal of the day.
Coffee Break: Lamplighter
Brown Sugar Latte
You cannot go wrong with a regular cup of Joe from here, the coffee is strong and well balanced plus the cafe environment embodies the eccentricity of local Richmond. If you are interested in a more whimsical drinks try their Brown Sugar Latte.
Warm weather: Kabana Rooftop Bar
When you are on the 20th floor of one of Richmond’s hippest rooftop bars, why not order the froze?
Alternative weather location: GrandStaff & Stein
Be sure to look up the password to this new speakeasy before heading out to Shockoe Bottom (passwords are posted weekly on Facebook). Enter through the bookcase to a golden age inspired speakeasy with delectable Moscow Mules.
Dinner: East Coast Provisions
Flavor explosion of fresh crab paired with creamed corn, pearl onions, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and haricot vert. This dish will not disappoint those with adventurous palates. Great date night spot and patio when the weather is nice.
Salted Chocolate Caramel Cake
Branded as “five inches of salty goodness”, this number one seller at Shyndgiz, Richmond’s first dessert only restaurant, might send you into diabetic shock, but it is worth every bite. Insider tip: every Thursday is buy three for the price of two at Shyndigz.
Donuts: Sugar Shack
Tastes Like A Samoa
As both a Girl Scout cookie and a hard-core donut lover, Sugar Shack blew my mind with this sweet treat creation. Sugar Shack’s selection varies quite a lot, but I have never walked out of there unhappy. The only disappointment is in my self-control when I walk out with a dozen donuts just for me.
This thin crust Napolitano style pizza is served with scissors for cutting it up. Do not forget to ask for the spicy olive oil to drizzle over the pie for absolute Italian perfection.
I have yet to mention any of the incredible food trucks that are revolutionizing Richmond’s noteworthy foodie scene, and still my mouth watering. To summarize:
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” -George Bernard Shaw
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