Scott Johnston

Richmond, VA

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I am spending more and more time in Richmond Va and have noticed we do not have a thread on wonderful city.

Look here for information on one BBQ place http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?showtopic=38

I had a great meal at "The Hard Shell" located downtown on Cary Street. I started off with Calamari, fresh, fried, lightly dusted with corn meal.
My main meal was a pasta and seafood dish. The seafood was fresh, pleantiful and full of flavor. The light tomato and basil sauce was a perfect accompliment to this dish.

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There's also some funky cuban place that has pretty good food in the Fan. .. . It used to be an old grocery store. I'm way more into the space, clearly. But, I would go back just for that place. If you ask anyone, they'll know what you're talking about.

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There's also some funky cuban place that has pretty good food in the Fan. .. . It used to be an old grocery store.  I'm way more into the space, clearly.  But, I would go back just for that place.  If you ask anyone, they'll know what you're talking about.

Havana 59. They have a neat roof top area too.

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There's another small place downtown near the farmer's market, I think it's called Zuppa or something like that. It has awesome sandwiches and soups. I've only been there once, but my mom loves it and goes all the time.

I grew up in Richmond but we went to so many chains growing up (since I lived on the "South Side" in suburbia) so I'm trying to think of nicer places.

Sam Miller's in the Bottom is consistently good. And speaking of the Bottom, Bottom's Up Pizza has always been one of my favorites. And speaking of pizza, if you're into hole in the wall, family owned and operated, delicious pizzerias, check out Candela's at the intersection of Huguenot and Robius Rd. in Midlothian. My family probably eats there once a week and my brother practices speaking Italian with the owner/cook.

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I highly recommend Acappella , (Church Hill Area), it's in the Patrick Henry Inn, 2303 Broad Street, , which looks like a small B&B. Their cuisine is German/Italian. They have a wonderful outdoor patio garden area for al fresco dining, it is very cozy and makes you feel like you are in a different world. Here's their website: http://acappellaonthehill.com/index.htm

It is one of our favorite restaurants in Richmond.

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Havana 59.  They have a neat roof top area too.

Havana 59 is in the bottom.

I think the poster is referring to Cuba Cuba, in the fan on Park Ave.

It's excellent.

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Italian food fans should definitely check out Mama Zu's.  It's in a somewhat shady part of town, but the food is really good, reasonably priced, and served family style.

http://www.jeffkelso.com/Restaurants/MamaZu.htm

I also enjoy Mama Zu. Short on atmosphere, but the food is good and cheap. The owners of Mama Zu are related to the owners of Ristorante A.V. (a son, I believe?)

And they also own Edo's Squid in Richmond, which I have not been to, but have heard good things about.

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Havana 59 is in the bottom.

I think the poster is referring to Cuba Cuba, in the fan on Park Ave.

It's excellent.

Havana 59 is in the bottom, But unfortunately it has never reopened following the flooding in the Bottom from tropical storm Gaston over a year and a half ago. Sadly, that storm really wiped out business in the Bottom. However, I am hearing that Havana is planning to reopen soon, so hopefully they'll get back on their feet. I always enjoyed the food, drinks, and open air dining there.

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we've just moved here and live in The Fan district. there is a take-out only place owned by the same group that does mama zu and edo's...its called 8&1/2 and it's on Strawberry St ...guessing 300 block north. best thin crust real Italian style pizza i've had.

Acacia ...www.acaciarestaurant.com is on West Cary...about 3300 blk and chef was a F and W best new chef winner a few years ago...tues. nite all bts. wine with 2 entries (or their 3 course $19.95 prix fixe) are 1/2 price!! run, don't walk!

BBQ...i'm not an expert, but we took out from buz and neds last evening some pulled pork and slaw and if it gets any better in Richmond, let me know!! it's on about the 1100 blk of N Boulavard (3000 blk West)

we've only been here a couple weeks but, seems to be a decent dining scene...i'll up date as we discover good eats!

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I never plan road trips well. I get stuck in traffic more times than not, pick the wrong EZ Pass lanes heading up north, and tend to pass up dining opportunities in favor of car snacks along the way. But this weekend was different. I left my sister's place around 3:30, and realized that if traffic wasn't awful, I would hit Richmond around dinner time. Millies! If I drove fast, I might even beat the lines for this unassuming little shack located on the corner of 26th & E. Main in the shadow of the old Lucky Strike factory. Lucky Strike indeed - not only did I pull into Richmond at 6:00 on the dot, but I found a parking space directly across the street from the restaurant and was seated whereever I wished in the tiny dining room (my parents have never been so lucky on their attempts to dine at Millie's Diner).

The menu changes daily, with only one or two dishes remaining as signatures of the chef, who is slaving away at a tiny Vulcan stove & grill in the front corner of the restaurant for all to see. Chefs who complain that they don't have adequate storage or prep space in their kitchens need to take a pilgrimage to this tiny alter of good eats. I ordered a bowl of the Soup of the Day - a colossal portion of Beluga Lentils with carrot, celery, onion, potatoes and a hint of curry. Absolutely delicious. I followed the soup with a creative crepe of confit - duck confit wrapped in a delicate scallion crepe served with a refreshing green papaya salad. The salad's crisp acid balanced the rich crepe perfectly. Having filled up on way too much food, I opted to pass on dessert (besides, I had plenty of snacks in the car).

Total bill for dinner with a small glass of wine came to $42 with tax & a way too generous tip (the endorphines were pumping from the happy meal which made it difficult for me to add correctly...oh well, it was worth it!).

Maybe I should start taking more side trips like these! If you're passing through, Millie's Diner is most definitely worth the delay!!!

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Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue is my favorite barbecue joint north of Alabama. Wonderful meat, wonderful sides, micro brew beers, what's not to love? Their greens are the best I've ever had, anywhere, and the mac and cheese is to die for. Pork spare ribs, baby back ribs, beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken. They grill their garlic bread, make sure you get some! A trip to Richmond is not complete without a trip to Buz and Ned's.

Comfort restaurant -- new Southern cuisine -- if you are a big fan of Southern style cooking, this place is pretty much wonderful. Every entree comes with two or three sides (your choice, three sides are a couple of dollars more than two sides), and you can get a vegetable plate (some of the vegetable dishes have pork).

I had the fried catfish with mac'n'cheese, greens, and fried okra as sides. Mac'n'cheese excellent, the greens do not compare to Buz and Ned's, the okra was a revelation, fried whole. Excellent corn bread. This will be added to my list of "musts" in Richmond.

After complaining endlessly about the lack of really good Southern/soul food in the DC metro area, I am throwing in the towel and heading to Richmond when I have a "soul food jones."

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Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue is my favorite barbecue joint north of Alabama. Wonderful meat, wonderful sides, micro brew beers, what's not to love? Their greens are the best I've ever had, anywhere, and the mac and cheese is to die for. Pork spare ribs, baby back ribs, beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken. They grill their garlic bread, make sure you get some! A trip to Richmond is not complete without a trip to Buz and Ned's.

Comfort restaurant -- new Southern cuisine -- if you are a big fan of Southern style cooking, this place is pretty much wonderful. Every entree comes with two or three sides (your choice, three sides are a couple of dollars more than two sides), and you can get a vegetable plate (some of the vegetable dishes have pork).

I had the fried catfish with mac'n'cheese, greens, and fried okra as sides. Mac'n'cheese excellent, the greens do not compare to Buz and Ned's, the okra was a revelation, fried whole. Excellent corn bread. This will be added to my list of "musts" in Richmond.

After complaining endlessly about the lack of really good Southern/soul food in the DC metro area, I am throwing in the towel and heading to Richmond when I have a "soul food jones."

Richmond sure does have some good 'cue joints! I miss that.

Have you tried Croaker's Spot in Jackson Ward? They put the "soul" in Soul Food!

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Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue is my favorite barbecue joint north of Alabama. Wonderful meat, wonderful sides, micro brew beers, what's not to love? Their greens are the best I've ever had, anywhere, and the mac and cheese is to die for. Pork spare ribs, baby back ribs, beef ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken. They grill their garlic bread, make sure you get some! A trip to Richmond is not complete without a trip to Buz and Ned's.

We met up with family this weekend at Buz and Ned's. We were early and the place hadn't opened but that didn't stop a line forming outside. It was wonderful. Satisfied the 2 South Carolinians and one semi-Texan. They pulled off both pork and beef bbq. We ate the porkbaby back ribs (huge), beef brisket sandwich and a pulled pork sandwich. The greens had little cubes of bacon and was suprisingly our favorite side. Mac & Cheese was good with the slightly crispy cheese from baking. It was by far the thinnest cut of brisket I've seen but all in all a great meal. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Richmond's annual Brunswick Stew Festival is tommorow, Saturday Nov. 4 from 11am to 4pm. This was always a favorite of mine. The stews range from good to outstanding. You can also stock up on your favorite after 2pm. Prior to that, samples only are sold for a buck a piece.

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I also enjoy Mama Zu. Short on atmosphere, but the food is good and cheap. The owners of Mama Zu are related to the owners of Ristorante A.V. (a son, I believe?)

And they also own Edo's Squid in Richmond, which I have not been to, but have heard good things about.

The food was quite phenomenal from the appetizers all the way through to the dessert. Probably the best meal I have ever had in Richmond. We had mouth-watering duck, lamb, gorgonzola pasta, the crab appetizer, and a few other dishes I can't even remember (there were 6 of us). However, we had such a bad experience with the owner(?)/host, that I will not go back. The best food in the world is not worth being treated like crap while you wait for a table.

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Jaimaica House near VCU's campus is pretty good for cheap Jaimaican food. I like it better than The Jerk Pit, which is farther west on Broad St.

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A new gelateria just opened in Richmond, selling gelato, sorbetto and some baked items. Sorry, I haven't been down there yet, so I don't know if it's any good, but it's worth a try. Yeah, OK, so it's a plug for a friend of mine. But hey, it's gelato.

DeLuca Gelato, 1362 Gaskins Rd., 2 miles south of I-64 exit 180.

http://www.delucagelato.com/

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Maybe I should start taking more side trips like these! If you're passing through, Millie's Diner is most definitely worth the delay!!!

Millie's Diner, at the bottom of Church Hill, is really the only restaurant in richmond worth a damn, as far as food goes. Tiny, funky and always attempting something yummy. The wine list is damn good, too. As for atmosphere, Can Can Brasserie, which modeled itself on Balthazar in NY, which modeled itself on any number of actual French brasseries, has a the longest zinc bar I've seen anywhere and a straight French wine list put together by the most knowledgable wine guy in town, Bob Talcott. The food is hit or miss, but it's still fun. For sushi and an excellent sake selection, i'd recommend Osaka Steak and Sushi. Yes, the name is unfortunate, but the sushi is correct and the owner, Chris, is a real sake fanatic. I recommend the "divine droplets". Oh, yeah: lunch at Kuba Kuba is fun, too.

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Welcome to DR.com, rockshrimp! Can we look forward to more Richmond-area intel from you in the future? And that screenname...a Dixie Crossroads fan perchance?

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After moving my little girl (ok - Dad - she's not so little any more, sigh) into her new Apt. in the Fan District, I took her, her roomates, boyfriend and another ex-boyfriend to dine at Can-Can. We were early, and it was Sunday (I gather a slow night in Richmond since this was the fourth place I called with the previous three being closed), they had no trouble expanding my original reservation for 4 to 7 diners. Can Can does a good approximation of a Parisian bistro The bar is indeed long and welcoming. The wine list (at least the one by-the-glass) is exclusively French and well priced with variety. Oysters, Moules, cold Lobster and other crustaceans available. My wife and I had hangar steaks in a rich wine sauce which wwere delicious, and I didn't hear any complaints from the kids bout their entrees. Desserts, while standard (creme brulee, chocolate mousse, etc.) were well prepared and presented. The service was quite well-executed -- not too rushed but attentive when we were ready to move on. My wine glass was kept filled.

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There's another small place downtown near the farmer's market, I think it's called Zuppa or something like that. It has awesome sandwiches and soups. I've only been there once, but my mom loves it and goes all the time.

We rolled into Richmond at lunchtime on our way home from a trip to Chapel Hill. We didn't have a particular restaurant destination in mind, but found a place to park near Zuppa. It had the right kind of vibe, so we went in. And were VERY glad we did. Veggie-teen ordered a chocolate shake made with house-made ice cream, that she declared was the best chocolate shake she'd ever had. I tasted it and about swooned. Good chocolate. REALLY good chocolate. Most of those kind of things are made with cheap chocolate syrup and don't appeal to me one bit. But I really had to restrain myself from taking it away from her--not that she would have allowed herself to be separated from it. I had a "cuban" sandwich made with house smoked pulled pork on house made bread and a cold tomato-mango soup with crabmeat. Jonathan had a pulled pork bbq sandwich with she-crab soup. The pork--the same meat in both sandwiches, with different condiments-- was succulent and flavorful, and the sourdough bread was slightly crusty and not at all heavy. A superior sandwich. The she-crab soup was the only slightly discordant note in the meal--over thickend and a bit gluey although flavorful. Veggie-teen had a house salad that was remarkably generous for $5. We shared a piece of warm maple pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, that was freshly made and delicious. A real bargain, to boot. What a great place.

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Anyone been to the Strawberry Street Cafe? Looks cute but is it worth the trip for a family brunch?

My sister, bro-in-law & the kids are meeting me & the parents halfway for my dad's birthday brunch next Sunday. We need a place that's yummy, affordable & kid friendly (read: 3 & 1 year old)...oh, and reservations would be nice!

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Anyone been to the Strawberry Street Cafe? Looks cute but is it worth the trip for a family brunch?

My sister, bro-in-law & the kids are meeting me & the parents halfway for my dad's birthday brunch next Sunday. We need a place that's yummy, affordable & kid friendly (read: 3 & 1 year old)...oh, and reservations would be nice!

I've been to Strawberry Street a few times, but not recently. Nothing crazy or mind-blowing here (soups, salads, sandwiches, omeletes), but I'd say it would be pretty good for what you are looking for (though I haven't lived in Richmond in years, and when I did, I wasn't so much into food). They are known for their "bathtub" salad bar. Sunday brunch is prime time for Strawberry Street, so I'd definitely try to get reservations.

How much of a trip are we talking here?

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Anyone been to the Strawberry Street Cafe? Looks cute but is it worth the trip for a family brunch?

My sister, bro-in-law & the kids are meeting me & the parents halfway for my dad's birthday brunch next Sunday. We need a place that's yummy, affordable & kid friendly (read: 3 & 1 year old)...oh, and reservations would be nice!

Strawberrry St. is a wonderful place and great for brunch. The kids will love the bathtub salad bar and I highly recommend the sun-dried tomato bisque! If you like it as much as I do-get some to go at the Strawberry St. market next door. It's truly one of the places I miss (as well as the Fan itself).

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