Richmond, Virginia is in the midst of a serious foodie revolution. Craft breweries, artisan bakeries, mixology hotspots, independent coffee houses and inspired farm-to-fork eateries are popping up all over Virginia’s capital city, giving this southern gem a surprisingly hipper, Pacific Northwest vibe.
In recent months, publications like Frommer’s and the New York Magazine have touted Richmond’s emerging food-driven culture. It’s also gotten the attention from well-known chefs from around the country: Top Chef alum and popular DC restauranteur Mike Isabella is set to open Graffiato 2 in downtown Richmond later this year.
All this is notable for more than just the sake of having really good food to eat. In truth, the popularization of Richmond’s food scene is actually revitalizing some of the rougher parts of the city. Neighborhoods like Church Hill and Broad Street’s Arts District are finding new life because chefs are taking a chance and opening up buzz-worthy culinary destinations in these lesser frequented areas.
Perhaps the best footnote to Richmond’s culinary story is that the the restauranteurs and chefs are incredibly supportive of each other and dedicated to making Richmond a cooperative of high end food artisans. I think that positivity really does influence the quality of the product, and after spending the past few days in Virginia’s capital, let’s just say that I ate (and drank)… a lot.
I’ll be putting together a comprehensive “DC Road Trip to Richmond” itinerary, but in the meantime, enjoy these food-pornerific shots of the absolute best things I consumed last weekend in Richmond.
Crispy ham-cured pork ribs with Alabama white sauce ($11) at Pasture (416 E. Grace St., 804-780-0416)
Pimento Cheese dip with ritz crackers ($5)… also at Pasture.
The beer sampler ($12) at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (2408 Ownby Lane, 804-420-2420)
House-made charcuterie ($10) at Heritage (1627 W. Main St., 804-353-4060)
A cocktail ($9) at the Roosevelt (623 N. 25th Street, 804-658-1935)
Cappuccino ($3.25) at Lamplighter Roasting Company (Multiple locations… I visited the one at 116 S. Addison St., 804-728-2292)
The roasted brussels sprouts salad ($8) at Lucy’s (404 N. 2nd St., 804-562-1444)
A pint of Brown Ale ($5) from Legend Brewing Co. (321 W. 7th St., 804-232-3446)
The Polenta bread ($5.75) from Sub Rosa Bakery (620 N. 25th St., 804-788-7672)
A tasting (typically $7) at Blue Bee Cider (212 W. 6th St., 804-231-0280)
Caneles ($.90) at WPA Bakery (2707 E. Marshall St., 804-716-9797)
The “Dealer’s Choice” cocktail ($11) at the Rogue Gentlemen (618 N. 1st St., 804-477-3456)
The Perfect Egg and Cured Salmon small plate ($9) at Dutch and Company (400 N. 27th St., 804-64-DUTCH)
LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS! I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR FAVORITES, AND ANY MUST-TRY DISHES OR RESTAURANTS THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED.
**Disclaimer: Some of my meals and beverages were provided complementary. All opinions are my own.**