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Second The Rogue Gentleman rec. It is better than Rose's Luxury in my opinion. Especially if you enjoy craft cocktails.

Thanks for the suggestion. We're probably going to do Rappahannock again, but the cocktails look great. Maybe post-show depending on how late they stay open mid week. I am going to a death metal show at the canal club actually. Hopefully I survive the experience.

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We were huge fans of the cocktails at both Rogue Gentleman and Saison.

I'd also strongly recommend the Roosevelt for dinner. It was our favorite meal when we were in Richmond earlier this year. Just fantastic.

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Thanks for the suggestion. We're probably going to do Rappahannock again, but the cocktails look great. Maybe post-show depending on how late they stay open mid week. I am going to a death metal show at the canal club actually. Hopefully I survive the experience.

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I was in the Glen Allen area on business the last couple of days and had take-away dinner last night from Cheng Du restaurant on West Broad Street in Henrico, out towards Short Pump (home of Peter Chang's restaurant, which people compare this place to). I just stumbled on it online, looking for sources of dinner, and started reading the menu, finding all these dishes that you just don't see on the typical lousy American-Sichuan restaurant menus. Then I looked at some Google and Yelp reviews, for what they're worth, but people were saying some really intriguing things, and posting some pretty alluring pictures (on Yelp). Most of the reviews were very strongly and plausibly favorable, and the unfavorable reviews mostly complained that the General Tsao's Chicken and the Fried Rice weren't up to par. Anyway, I placed an order on line for pickup. I ordered the spicy cucumber salad, the "Boiled Fish in Hot and Spicy Chili Sauce", and the "Chong Qing Spicy Chicken". I drove over to pick up the order, and the service was very strangely harried, especially given that the restaurant was at most half full at 8 pm on a Friday night. I ended up having to wait about ten minutes for my food, even though it was already packed up and ready to go. Anyway, I took it back to my hotel, and had a little feast. The cucumber salad was only so-so, but the other two dishes were superb. The chicken was a dry-fried dish, with morsels of chicken coated in rice flour or corn starch or something and fried till slightly crisp, and tossed with a prodigious amount of dried red chilies, plus garlic and sesame seeds and I don't know what else. Delicious. The boiled fish was soup-like, with lots of chunks of soft, moist, fresh-tasting fish of unknown type in an explosively tasty liquid, with various bits of vegetable. The food was nicely hot without being searingly so; I gather they'll tone the heat up or down on request. The three dishes came to about $42 including tax and tip, and could easily have served five people. I had a second dinner of it this evening, and there's still a lot more than half of it left. I'd love to return to this place, especially to dine in with several adventurous companions, but that would mean cultivating some adventurous companions and coaxing them all down to Richmond, which is unlikely to happen.
 

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I just a spent a night on a business trip in Richmond and wanted to leave two quick recommendations: the Quirk Hotel for an excellent and hip hotel stay, and The Lab by Alchemy for excellent coffee with a knowledgeable barista. They use a rotating variety of roasters; it was Philadelphia's Reanimator when I was there.

I'm not recommending you go out of your way for Pearl Raw Bar. We had a nice dinner in their outdoor space, but the bites of everyone's fish I tried were variously too sweetly sauced or subobtimally cooked. And when we ordered two oyster samplers, the waitress left without identifying which varieties were which--a service mistake anywhere, but particularly regrettable at a raw bar.

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I will be visiting Richmond for a weekend in Virginia. Do the recommendations in this thread still stand, or does anyone have any updates on the local restaurants?

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Basically everything posted within the past year looks to still be valid except for Magpie. They closed towards the end of 2015, but Owen Lane opened Vagabond a few months ago, and won chef of the year at the local restaurant awards. L'Opossum was probably the best meal I've had this past year, but the acclaim it has gotten has made getting a reservation a little more difficult,

I'd be happy to help out if there's anything more specific you're looking for, gibmrm.

Here's the list of this year's winners

http://www.styleweekly.com/ShortOrderBlog/archives/2016/02/22/vagabonds-owen-lane-wins-chef-of-the-year-at-the-2016-elby-awards

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Basically everything posted within the past year looks to still be valid except for Magpie. They closed towards the end of 2015, but Owen Lane opened Vagabond a few months ago, and won chef of the year at the local restaurant awards. L'Opossum was probably the best meal I've had this past year, but the acclaim it has gotten has made getting a reservation a little more difficult,

I'd be happy to help out if there's anything more specific you're looking for, gibmrm.

Here's the list of this year's winners

http://www.styleweekly.com/ShortOrderBlog/archives/2016/02/22/vagabonds-owen-lane-wins-chef-of-the-year-at-the-2016-elby-awards

Many thanks. I will be in Richmond for 2 nights, so basically will be having 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. I am particularly interested places that have/use local dishes, cuisines, products. Coming from Europe, I am less keen on going to 'European', 'French', 'Italian', and so on restaurants, even when they might be some of the best in town, just because I can eat those types of cuisines relatively easily. So with that in mind, if you have any other recommendations, let me know.

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Many thanks. I will be in Richmond for 2 nights, so basically will be having 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. I am particularly interested places that have/use local dishes, cuisines, products. Coming from Europe, I am less keen on going to 'European', 'French', 'Italian', and so on restaurants, even when they might be some of the best in town, just because I can eat those types of cuisines relatively easily. So with that in mind, if you have any other recommendations, let me know.

I haven't been to Edo's Squid in about three years, but it was truly a wonderful experience when I went - the squid itself is wonderful (order off the chalkboard "specials" menu), and the atmosphere is just *fun*.

I prefer the newer Buz & Ned's Barbecue to the original, even though it's slightly away from downtown - plus, you'll get to see the largest ceiling fan you've ever seen.

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Killing some time before dinner we wandered into Once Upon a Vine (MacArthur Avenue location).  This store is bare bones but has a very nice beer selection and an aisle dedicated to Virginia wines.  Owner Bob Kocher claimed they carried the biggest selection of Virginia wines in the state, and it seemed like if a Virginia winery had a state distributor they carried it.  They had 6 or 7 different varieties from Barboursville, including Octagon 2013 ($56).  We picked up a bottle of their Viognier 2014 ($20) and a bottle of their Trummer's Chardonnay, which they produce for Trummer's on Main ($11).  If you are jetting through Richmond and like Virginia wines, then you should check out Once Upon a Vine, pretty easy off/on from I-95, no more than a 5 minute detour.

The Mill on MacArthur is a neighborhood restaurant that DC sorely lacks.  Nothing fancy, basically looked like a dressed up garage space, super kid friendly, very low-key restaurant.  The menu is your basic American fare: soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and selection of entrees and nothing over $20.  In fact you could get an app and a sandwich for under $20.  The food was solidly decent without being great.  Definitely one of those restaurants where you find a couple of items that you like and order them over and over again.  I enjoyed the Not My Job Brown Ale from Midnight Brewery in Rockville (although that appears to be Rockville in the Richmond area).    

 

 

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If you go to Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond (and I recommend that you do) you must try the pierogi. We enjoyed several wonderful dishes in this delightful little restaurant, but that one was hands-down the best. The eatery's tag line is "rustic, seasonal, German-influenced food, wine and cocktails." The best dishes we tried were German-influenced. One of my favorites was Mette, with Rugbrot, cherry and smoked paprika. This generous portion of well-seasoned, minced, raw meat served with Danish rye bread was fantastic.

The not-so-German dishes, like my halibut with fig, gnocchi and pistachio entree, were not nearly as good. The halibut was okay, but overcooked and dry. The gnocchi, which was fresh and fabulous, saved this dish for me. The next time I go to Metzger Bar and Butchery,  I will  try a German-influenced main dish.

The cocktails we ordered were interesting and delicious. I particularly enjoyed my refreshing "Maiden Voyage," made with gin, Riesling, Cappelletti, grapefruit and lime.

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44 minutes ago, DIShGo said:

If you go to Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond (and I recommend that you do) you must try the pierogi. We enjoyed several wonderful dishes in this delightful little restaurant, but that one was hands-down the best. The eatery's tag line is "rustic, seasonal, German-influenced food, wine and cocktails." The best dishes we tried were German-influenced. One of my favorites was Mette, with Rugbrot, cherry and smoked paprika. This generous portion of well-seasoned, minced, raw meat served with Danish rye bread was fantastic.

The not-so-German dishes, like my halibut with fig, gnocchi and pistachio entree, were not nearly as good. The halibut was okay, but overcooked and dry. The gnocchi, which was fresh and fabulous, saved this dish for me. The next time I go to Metzger Bar and Butchery,  I will  try a German-influenced main dish.

The cocktails we ordered were interesting and delicious. I particularly enjoyed my refreshing "Maiden Voyage," made with gin, Riesling, Cappelletti, grapefruit and lime.

Chef Brittanny Anderson was a 2017 Semifinalist for a Mid-Atlantic James Beard Award. Given that this was the only restaurant in Richmond up for a mid-Atlantic award in 2017, I have to gently disagree with the nomination. Don't get me wrong: Metzger Bar and Butchery is a *great* neighborhood restaurant - and it has absolutely broken ground in its Union Hill neighborhood - but I'm not quite comfortable with it being nominated for a Beard Award, and the halibut - which was brazenly overcooked - is as good a reason as any. I agree with DIShGo both about the German-oriented dishes, and also the cocktails - if I lived anywhere near here, I'd come often: It's worth a visit if you're in Richmond. Perhaps most significantly, the two Pierogies we had were the single finest Pierogies I've ever eaten, anywhere (I realize this may be considered more Polish than German, but it doesn't matter - they were sensational). The Schweinhaxe was, literally, a chicken-fried pork shank - the first I've ever seen.

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Looking back at these pictures, I'm remembering the dinner more fondly than I did after we left the restaurant - we should have quit before the entrees because we were *stuffed* - we over-ordered on purpose because neither of us had ever tried Metzger before. This restaurant has great potential, and if only the entrees could have been lightened somehow - and I'm not sure how - I'd already be itching to visit again (I'm not being critical of the entrees because we were full; they really were quite heavy, and the pork shank - good as it looks - was actually somewhat bland, albeit masterfully fried). The crudo was flat-out *beautiful*, but it, too, didn't come across as well on the palate as it did on the eye.

And yes, those gnocchi with the halibut were *great*.

Truth is, if the purpose of the nomination was to call attention to this little gem-of-a-restaurant, then I'm all for it. Metzger deserves your business.

Apr 11, 2016 - "Owners of Metzger Bar & Butchery Opening New Restaurant in Scott's Addition" by Karri Peifer on richmond.com

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