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Richmond, VA's Best Take-Out Fried Chicken
New categories will be added regularly
Just because of the nature
of the fried chicken category, you have to include some chains in this
list (though Lee's and Golden Skillet aren't exactly multi-national
||2200 W. Broad
St (804) 355-1059
|Leeeee...., Lee, Lee, Lee,
Lee Lee Lee Lee Lee Lee Lee Lee Lee, We're talkin' f'in Lee.
Original recipe. He cast a spell a spell on me.
Rd (804) 233-0388
once dominated the Richmond landscape (see
history). Now, most of them are gone (lots of converted
Chinese restaurants or car dealerships). A few survive and
keep the legacy alive (I like the Jahnke Road one). Magical
breading-pressure cooker recipe! The Big Skillet chicken sandwich
is probably the best fast food chick sandwich in town.
|| 3000 3rd Ave
Special thanks to Jocelyn's
Corner and whine
me, dine me for reminding us of this Richmond treasure.
Tough neighborhood (bullet-proof glass), but worth getting shot at for
their fried chicken and world-famous $2 Big Chick sauce (hot sauce and
mayonnaise). "The Second Best Thing You Ever Ate!" Get the
Avenue Hopewell, VA (coming soon)
Carolina fried chicken love coming soon to the RVA.
Honorable Mention (in order of
likey White House Rolls n Wedges),
RIR...getting a box of chicken w fried apple pie and watching Nextel track
testing without earplugs <no parking issues...pull right up to the
entrance> is one of my great pleasures in life)
a lot of new ones have been popping up
Best Richmond Fried Chicken
Buffet: Tanglewood Ordinary (2210 River Road West.
804-556-3284) or more of a hike, Michie
Tavern (683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 977-1234) near Monitcello
chicken joints in Virginia-DC:
(2316 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach (757) 463-2530) Deep fried
biscuit! You gotta be kidding me. AWESOME! | Wayside Takeout (2203 Jefferson Park Ave,
Charlottesville, VA 434-977-5000). Right by Scott stadium; old school
fried chicken | Georgia
Brown's (327 Tennessee Ave NE, Washington, DC). near the
White House. High brow, low country. Pricey fried chicken but
ohhhh so good. The bread basket with biscuit, corn bread, and
Georgia butter is the best in the world.
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"If I had an out-of-town guest,
where would I take them?" (sticky)
Brunch at TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel
|| 101 W Franklin St (804) 788-8000
off Richmond's crown jewel by taking your guest to the
mother of all Sunday brunches at
the Jefferson (reservations really recommended). A lot of
hotels around have tried to copy the concept (the Langham in
Boston comes to mind), but nothing beats the Jefferson Sunday in
terms of indulgence and visual spectacle.
||501 S Pine
St (X Spring) (804) 788-4205
for pound, the best dine-in restaurant in Richmond (food
quality/freshness, variety, portions, price, and, yes, even the
hole in the wall ambiance)...Son of the legendary AV
Ristorante in DC, Zu's is every bit as good any of the
"red sauce" restaurants in all the 5 boroughs of New
York City. Go to Edo's Squid (Mamma Zu's younger,
more handsome brother) if the line is too
long or you don't have AMEX, check, or cash...
W Broad St (804) (804) 780-0004
lot of out of town guests will ask "Take me to an authentic
Southern place" (whatever that means). Comfort is
invariably where I take them to not only show off good Southern
comfort food (at a reasonable price), but to demonstrate, that we're not all backwater
here amongst all the great Broad St art galleries.
||2603 E Main St (804)
is universally regarded by national food critics as a
"must-eat" restaurant in Richmond (specifically, their
omelets, the infamous Devil's Mess). What they are able to do with their
"kitchen" is mind-blowing. It is a great starting
point brunch spot if you want to show your guest around historic
Church Hill (and the James River view where Richmond was
named). Also, unlike in other cities, where you go to a
restaurant to gawk at celebrity diners, here the celebrities are
actually waiting the tables. Interestingly, Millie's is not on my top 50 list.
Yogi Berra once said of a popular restaurant: "Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded!"
Half Way House
||10301 Jefferson Davis Hwy (804) 275-1760
not in my Top 50 (just too pricey), but the historical charm
of this place is undeniable. Built in the 1700s, a who's who
of dignitaries have dined here (everyone from George Washington to
Robert E Lee). Again, another place to take your annoying
guest who is demanding an "authentic" Virginia
restaurant (and you don't feel like schleping to Williamsburg).
at Hanover Tavern;
Coupons/Half off Restaurant Promotions
(some might be outdated)
- Food and Wine Across America: Richmond, VA July 2007
- GQ: The Short Order: Chef Jason Alley's Guide to Richmond, Virginia 2011
Times: 36 Hours Richmond | 2003
Times: 'Harlem of South' Revived in Richmond, Va. 2011
Time: Richmond’s Old South Roots Are Never Far Away
June 1, 2007
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Richmond is a Virginia town rich in history April 2011
48 Hours in historic Richmond, Virginia
August 6, 2010
From famine to feast: Virginia's capital is rich with America's
and Leisure: Flower Power Richmond, VA
- Wall Street Journal:
Barbecue and Beyond: In Richmond, Va., down-home cuisine is elevated to something more
August 23, 2009
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- Washington Post: Richmond RoadTrip
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11653 W. Broad St (804) 360-0477 | 6808 Woodlake Commons Loop Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 739-6442
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Gayton Crossing (804) 741-4111 | 1266 Alverser Plz, Midlothian VA (804) 594-0355
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These restaurants are getting
lots of heat and buzz from media and bloggers (100% unscientific method). Usually, this list
consists of new restaurants or restaurants with new chefs or menus. Note:
I'm not necessarily endorsing any of these:
Class of 2012
11424 W Broad St Glen Allen, VA 23060
Chef" brings authentic Sichuan flavors right next to Wally
2907 W Cary St Richmond, VA 23221 (x S Sheppard St)
(804) 355-8623 Don't call it a
comeback. Coal pizza.
416 E Grace St Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 780-0416
Jason Alley. Act II (just like Empire or Godfather).
Camden's Dogtown Market
201 W 7th St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 745-6488
Market-Restaurant hybrid featuring really home-made sandwiches
(every component from bread to pickles to cured meat).
Burger Bach 10 S Thompson St Richmond, VA 23221(x
Ellwood) New Zealand hamburgers. Band meeting...
3325 West Cary St Richmond, VA 23221 (x S Dooley Ave) (804) 355-2200 Stealthy
good lunch only place that's starting to get critical notice.
623 N 25th St Richmond, VA 23223 (x M St) (804) 658-1935
Super-teamup of Lee Gregory and Kendra Feather.
New Southern packs em in.
1012 Lafayette St Richmond, VA 23221 (x Wythe Ave) (804) 358-2011
Stella's V3.0. Classic textbook opening.
Portico 12506 River Rd Henrico, VA 23238 (804) 784-4800
Prettiest restaurant in the metro area. Future rehearsal
Sapori Ristorante Italiano
3513 Festival Park Plaza Chester, VA 23831 (x W Hundred Rd) (804) 425-4628
The token Chester pick. Italian gem got a rave
review from RTD
and a reliable source on Twitter.
Editor's Personal Hot List (places
that I'm currently digging/catching my fancy)
Way Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 379-0600 Just that no-frills,
old-school Chinese restaurant that seems to be a dying breed.
Props to Yelp/Droid for making me hip to this little gem in the land
of big-box Midlo. What do I order? All the boring
9127 W Broad Street, Suite A (804) 346-0184 Authentic
Brooklyn slices. What else can you ask for? Finally,
getting the media recognition. New renovations in the works...
27 West Broad
St Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 780-0086 There's some serious
creativity coming out of that open kitchen.
Andrade's International Restaurant
7 Bollingbrook Street Petersburg, Virginia (804) 733-1515 If Petersburg wasn't such a hike, I'd go
here once a week. Peruvian-influenced Mexican with the freshest
ingredients. Bar-none, best Latin American restaurant in the 804
(and despite the white table cloth, this place is actually very
8052 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294 (804) 747-9573
Of all the sushi choices out there (and there has been an
explosion. Sushi is the new Chinese), I oddly seem to be returning
back to this old standby. The itamae is an old school chef from
Fiesta (coming soon) 7568 W Broad St Merchants Walk Shopping Center
(in the old Taqueria del Sol location) Peruvian charcoal goodness
has arrived North of the River. Rejoice!!!!
Bella Italia 6407 Iron Bridge Rd (804) 743-1116
I really think they have the best pizza south of the river.
Last Update: Jun 13, 2010
Richmond Good Life's Top 25 Best Restaurants in Richmond, Virginia
This is the editor's list for
"Best of Richmond" Restaurants. This list is alphabetized
(ie, not rank ordered), and the restaurants range in diversity from very
cheap to very expensive. As the website doesn't accept outside advertising
or free meals, this is simply an unbiased
look at the personal taste of the author (note: think of
this list as a Zagat's based on one survey. The author will never be
mistaken for a vegetarian, restaurant critic, nor even a true foodie; instead, liking really
simple, basic dishes <beef, chicken, pork, seafood, pasta, rice, bread, potato>
prepared with excellence--rich peasant/prole food). Some other
caveats: couldn't care less about "locavore" unless it makes the
dish taste better (which it usually does but not always). This list is mostly designed for out
towners who don't trust that hotel or airport guide underwritten by advertisers and looking for a
decent meal (the locals already know where the good
This list will get updated at the end of the year.
401 Strawberry Street, Richmond, VA 23220
(x Stuart) (804) 358-8505 (Fan)
restaurant named after a Fellini movie is OK by me. Best
subs (fresh Billy bread, top imported meats, & free monster potato
wedge; Italian and Roast Beef particularly stand out) and
pizza (garlicky w fresh mozzarella) in Richmond by a monumental landslide. Also, when on
the menu (rare), best chicken noodle soup (cures colds), beef stew, ricotta
cake, and cannoli in
town. The food is so
good there, it makes me cry. Take-Out only w authentic Italian
groceries. Probably, my favorite Richmond restaurant.
6135 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
(X Labrook) (804) 231-5388
Korean food goodness. There's actually a garden in the back where
they grow fresh vegetables and spices. Like Mama Zu's, they've been doing it before
it was "cool." Try the lunch sampler platter
to get a lay of the land. Interestingly, the best wings in town
(KFC...Korean Fried Chicken). I don't get when I hear there's no
decent Korean in Richmond. It's right there hidden amongst the strip
clubs and bodegas.
| Andrade's International Restaurant
7 Bollingbrook Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 733-1515 MEXICAN-PERUVIAN
starts with (free) really fresh chips and the most original and tasty
salsa in town. And from there, it goes uphill! God Bless the
Mexico's of the world for bringing us super fast/value-priced Mexican, but the
downside is that everyone seems to copy their model leaving the Mexican
scene in Richmond kind of homogeneous. Andrade's is a Godsend for their
original take on Mexican as well as their core Peruvian saltado dishes. Worth the drive, no doubt.
Dr Richmond, VA 23233 (x W Broad) (804) 360-8686 (Short Pump)
the amount of restaurants per square mile (mostly chains), Short Pump is
surprisingly barren of decent fare. The two Indian restaurants (Anokh
and Leija) save this sprawling sector big time. By giving you
soup or salad, extra sides, and dessert, Anokh edges Lehja in regards to
bang for your rupee.
Anthony and George’s
7505 Staples Mill Rd Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 266-4182 (Dumbarton)
warp, man. The
lovable Greek steakhouse diner by the Amtrak station. You're
getting a lot of value for the money. Ten dollar Delmonico lunch
special is a steal. They have some of the finest fresh cut french
fries and, possibly, the best Philly cheese steak. Also,
underrated for breakfast on the weekends.
414 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
(x 4th St) (804) 225-8811 EUROPEAN-COMFORT
is what you call a savvy local's local restaurant. The value to
quality-creativity-deliciousness ratio may easily be the highest in
Richmond. Chef Andy Howell seems to always be ahead of the trend curve having
literally invented what's now called the "fan restaurant" back
in the 90s. With Rustica, he again cleverly anticipates what we didn't
know what we really wanted by bringing Richmonders hearty-portioned
European comfort food (familiar and unfamiliar) at super fair menu prices.
| Capriccio Pizza
Suite A, 9127 W Broad St, Richmond, VA
23294 (Tuckernuck) (804) 346-0184 PIZZA BARGAIN
established themselves as the best NY slice restaurant in all the five
counties. Bensonhurst trained owner knows how to make pizza the
right way. Stick with the plain cheese and tomato sauce and be
| Chicken Fiesta
7748 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 320-1112 (Southside Midlothian)
7568 W Broad
St Richmond, VA 23294 (804) 755-1112 (Near West End)
rotisserie chicken (con arroz) at an unbelievable price. Taco salad
with shredded chicken is the best in this genre (you can never go wrong
with coal-fired chicken). A popular spot for both
foodies and undocumented homies. Now NOTR!
200 West Broad St Richmond, VA 23220
(x Jefferson) (804) 780-0004 (Downtown)
really says it all. Homemade, fresh, and good portions. See
left side bar.
22900 West Cary St Richmond, VA 2322 (x North Colonial) (804) 359-6969 (Carytown)
Richmond's best traditional full-service deli (more Italian than Jewish)
featuring Thumann's meats and cheeses.
| Croakers Spot Restaurant
1020 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224
(x 11th St) (804) 269-0464 (Southside-Manchester) AMERICAN-SOUL FOOD-SEAFOOD
Buppie Comfort. Fried lake trout is the city's best. New location in
the South Sayiid!
411 North Harrison St Richmond, VA 23220 (x Grace) (804) 864-5488 (VCU Downtown)
ITALIAN-COMFORT-SEAFOOD-STEAK BARGAIN (if you stick
Italian seafood joint has the best mussels in town (try
Thursdays)....Actually, the best seafood restaurant in town in
general. It's not fair as they also have the best steak in Richmond (seriously). The Karl can kill vampires better
than Buffy. Finally,
they don't gouge you on the wine. Great food, great people.
12617 Jefferson Davis
Chester (804) 768-6382 (Southside-Chester)
|I have always
been a huge fan of hibachi places (Kabuto, Osaka, Sakura,
etc). This restaurant has taken all the grilled dishes of
these pricey joints and stripped out the theatrics (flying knives
and volcano onions). Same kinds of dishes at half the price!!
Truly, my dream restaurant realized.
| Lehja Restaurant
11800 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233
(Short Pump Town Center) (804) 364-1111 (Short Pump) INDIAN
has emerged as the best Indian restaurant in Richmond (ingredients, taste,
presentation, ambiance). Always a good sign when you your fellow
diners include H1B workers enjoying themselves.
21 N 17th St Richmond, VA 23219 (x E Franklin) (804) 343-9771
(Shockoe Bottom) AMERICAN
Redux. One of the better overall restaurants in Richmond.
Desserts are the best in Richmond (I'm a fanboy of their Strawberry
| Mama Cucina
4028 Cox Rd Glen Allen, VA 23060 (x W Broad) (804) 346-3350
Cucina is not quite Zu but if you're in
the West-End, skip the Olivigiannotucci Gardens and head here
instead. Fantastic red sauce restaurant. One notch belt buckle portions and
homemade taste like a
501 South Pine St Richmond, VA 23220 (x Spring) (804) 788-4205 (Oregon Hill)
owner is a food genius. Two of his other restaurants are on
this list. Legendary Italian "hole in the wall" restaurant
is as good as it gets. See
left side bar.
Three Chopt Rd Richmond, VA 23229 (x Ridge) (804) 285-1899 (West End) AMERICAN-COMFORT
a chili and onions hot dog be gourmet? Yep. All around
solid menu. Thalheimer cake for dessert.
Pescados China Street
13126 Midlothian Turnpike Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 379-7121 (Southside)
St Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 644-3474 (Oregon Hill) SEAFOOD
like Pescados. Never
in a million years would you think that one of Richmond's best seafood
restaurants is located in a non-descript strip mall in the Midlothian
suburbs. Their new Oregon Hill location has literally made Spring Street the best restaurant road in Virginia (no kidding). I'll give
Midlothian the edge since they're OG and still the only location serving
the shrimp blue chip app. The banana cheesecake in kiwi is
2222 E Cary St 101 Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 648-3463
(Shockoe Bottom) STEAK-ITALIAN
is the best steakhouse (locally owned or mega chophouse chain) in
Richmond. Period. Standout pasta, too.
6701 Lake Harbour Dr Midlothian, VA 23112
(x Hull) (804) 639-9089
too authentic/exotic here, but really solid, old school 50s style
Best Chinese Sunday buffet in town.
W. Main St (804) 358-0645 (Fan) AMERICAN /GREEK-COMFORT BARGAIN
portions and friendliest of staffs. Some swear by the hummus
1 W. Broad
St (804) 225-0035 (Downtown)
This is the neighborhood bar and grill for downtowners.
Nice takeout pizza parlor ("Tarrantino's") in the back is an extra
| Wise Choice
Rd Rockville, VA 23146 (804) 749-3335 (Goochland ) AMERICAN-GAS
at the parking lot. All pickup trucks and 18-wheelers. Salt of
the Earth take-out gas station with fried chicken, yeast rolls, potato
wedges, and breakfast sandwiches as the blue-collar standards. I
probably eat here more than any other place in the Richmond Metropolitan
An astute person might say
"how in the heck does Roy's Big Burger rate the same as La Grotta?"
For my internal calculations, I use the value formula of
quality/satisfaction AND cost. There is a time and place for expense
accounts and Mondavi-Rothschild, Opus One Meritage; and there is a time and place for the change in
your car ashtray and Snow Creek Berry Boone's Farm. Again, I love every one of these "second 25"
2601 West Cary
St (804) 354-6060 (Fan)
closest thing we have to a "celebrity chef" in town. A few
years back, Chef Reitzer was voted by Food & Wine as one of the "Best New Chefs of
Acacia recently closed its doors in Carytown. They will re-open
soon at 2601 W Cary (See Website for details)
| Amici Ristorante
3343 W. Cary St.
bet if you're looking for upscale Italian in Carytown. Nice patio.
2 N Meadow St
(X Main). (804) 355-9919 (Fan)
little pricey, but this Fan joint serves up great dishes and desserts. Starts
you off with these amazing yeast rolls that'll remind you of Henrico
County elementary school cafeteria (that's actually a good thing). Also, try their chocolate chip
cookie/ice cream dessert if available.
Ave (804) 354-9999 (Museum)
tattooed biker chick waitresses and cheap Tex-Mexican food is a deadly
3120 W. Cary
St (804) 358-7274 (Carytown)
your eyes and you'll swear you're in Paris. The interior designer
got every last detail correct. Francophile paradise.
Rd (804) 222-0715 (East End)
of Richmond's oldest family Italian restaurants (along with Rosa's and
L'italia). One of your best bets around the airport. Stick to pizza.
W. Main St (804) 353-6641 ( Fan)
the carolina wings as an appetizer. Killer burger and cole
slaw. Everything here is good.
Classy atmosphere. Popular with the creative performance
5310 Chamberlayne Ave (804) 515-8890 (Northside)
hidden gem. Serves an awesome NC style BBQ sandwich (sweet,
spicy, vinegary) patterned after Ralph's in NC. Could
be Richmond's answer to Sylvia's, Roscoe's or Harold's (if more
people find out).
E Cary St (804) 643-2333 (Downtown-Shockoe Slip)
Best seafood restaurant in Richmond. Sophisticated interior.
Eddie's Alabama Ribs and BBQ
11129 Three Chopt
Rd (804) 270-RIBS (West End)
finest BBQ. Buttered buns and bbq-sauce cole slaw give the sammiches the final touch!
Also, their IBCA Championship Chicken is as good as a chicken dish gets
(very unique cooking process).
The Hill Cafe
E. Broad St (804) 648-0360 (Church Hill)
restaurant symbolizes Church Hill. Very comfortable, good
1580-B W. Koger Center
Blvd (804) 378-3394 (Southside)
buffet is awesomely good and affordable. Their flat bread is soo tasty.
1218 E. Cary
St (804) 644-2466 (Downtown-Shockoe Slip)
|The town's premiere high-end
| Mai Sushi
7019-G Three Chopt
Rd (804) 288-5030 (West End/UR) JAPANESE-SUSHI
Located in the Village Shopping Center "cave." Dark sushi
place tries harder. White rabbit candy at the end of the meal.
9704 Gayton Rd
(Gayton Crossing Shopping Center) (804)
741-3120 (West End)
is crack cocaine, and I'm a clucker.
at Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse
Rd (804) 537-5250 (Hanover Courthouse)
historical location. Kitchen is captained by one of Richmond's
"Mount Rushmore" chefs, Michelle Williams.
Old Original Bookbinder’s
E. Cary St (804) 643-6900 (Downtown-Tobacco Row) AMERICAN-SEAFOOD
"chain" from Philly is a great steak/seafood
establishment. Area's best clam chowder.
| Osaka Sushi & Steak
5023 Huguenot Rd
(River Road II Shopping Center) (804) 288-8801
(Near West End- River Rd)
whatever reason, the sushi is better at the River Rd location. Eat
raw fish and rice amongst the yuppies.
111 E. Grace
St (804) 649-2779 (Downtown)
place is old school. Where grizzled reporters from the Times
Dispatch gather for familiar diner food.
Philip’s Continental Lounge
Grove Ave (804) 288-8687 (Libbie-Grove)
same menu has been around since the 50s (probably, the same
grease, too). Fried chicken is
what I order.
9212 Stony Point Pkwy
Point Fashion Park. (804) 253-0492 (Southside)
only national chain on the list. Two reasons (1) The Chinese
restaurant scene in the 804 is lacking (2) Wonton soup and Great Wall of
Roy’s Big Burger
5200 Lakeside Ave (804) 262-8775 (Northside-Lakeside)
hamburger institution in Lakeside.
421 N. Strawberry
St (804) 353-6860 (Fan)
bath tub salad bar featuring their famous curry chicken salad. If a
good soup is in the kettle, then you're really in business.
1725 E. Main
St (804) 643-6500 (Downtown-Shockoe Bottom) JAPANESE-SUSHI
Hippest sushi joint in town (ie. Clever dish names and Caucasian
9033 W Broad St (X Tuckernuck) (804) 747-7422 (West End) CHINESE
is the best, traditional "mom n pop/Christmas Story" Chinese
restaurant in town...Stick with their Broad St location.
| Young Bin Kwan
7437-B Midlothian Turnpike (804) 675-0511
kept secret in Richmond. If you are a carnivore, you will
love flame cooked Korean kalbi prepared on your table.
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Just not in my personal top 50.
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|Carena's Jamaican Grille
7102 Midlothian Tnpk (804) 422-5375
When two of Richmond's most prominent chefs combine forces, you get some
serious kitchen magic. This is what "dreadneck" fusion dining should be all
about. One reader notes that they literally have dem "best
conch fritters" in the United States (outside Jamaica)
10400 Ridgefield Pkwy (804) 651-4108 (inside the Exxon) (West End) HOT DOGS
I love this place, myself. Reader notes: "Joey’s has natural
casing snappy reds that are right on target for the perfect dog. His Chili
is also a Greek sauce which is also authentic to what I find in Upstate
NY. Anyways food for thought - right? To me - there’s nothing better
than to get 3 “All the way” at Joey’s" Another reader notes
"The dogs at Joey’s are true dogs with a proper natural casing(I
believe they are specially made from Hormel), the chili is far superior
(and quite different) from that of Melito’s. Further, it is the water
steaming that gives the simple bun that “squishiness”" And
another reader notes: "I travel a great deal with my job, and no
matter where I go, I search to find the local dog, always in search of a
great dog. My travels, both work and pleasure, have also included many
places around the world, and so far Joeys slogan, “Best dog on the
planet” holds up in my book."
814 N Robinson
St (off Broad) (804) 359-8036 (Museum) JAPANESE-SUSHI
Sushi O.G.: One of the most beloved Sushi places in our town (the one
by the Science Museum) that really started the whole Richmond sushi
craze. Limited seating.
6400 Horsepen Rd
(off Broad) (804) 673-2233 (Near West End) CHINESE
The most authentic Chinese restaurant in town specializes in Dim
Sum. Sister restaurant sits right in the heart of DC's
Chinatown. This is a "chefs go there" restaurant as they
have some pretty exotic stuff (off the non-English menu). All they need
now are dead chickens in the window, and they're complete.
1601 Park Ave
(X N Lombardy) (804) 355-8817(Fan) CUBAN
Richmond's lucky to have two really good Cuban places (one
neighborhoody and one upscale) in Kuba and Havana
10392 Leadbetter Rd, Ashland, VA (804) 550-3888 AMERICAN BAR/GRILL
"Fan bar" in the Hanover Air Park. "Best meatloaf
in town (Mondays)."...Another reader raves about the porkchop,/sweet
potato/apple sauce dish.: "Caramelized yumminess"
| Rowland Fine Dining
2132 W. Main St (X Shields)
(804) 257-9885 AMERICAN -FUSION
"Any list of the top restaurant in Richmond ought to include this one. We're
addicted to Virginia's paella and the lamb shank. Not to mention the scallop
appetizer and the calamari and arugula salad. Check it out: it may make you
rearrange your list!"..."I have to agree That Rowland Fine Dining is one of the best restaurants in Richmond."
| Benny's BBQ
2919 Hathaway Rd Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 320-7447 BBQ
"Another small, neighborhood joint on Hathaway Rd at the intersection of Forest Hill Ave. They have great
bbq, but they are known for their sides (black eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, sweet potato casserole [best I have ever put in my mouth- don't tell my grandmother], and other southern treats). They rotate their sides, so they have different ones on different days. Also, they have a peanut butter bbq sauce that you can only get upon request! It may sound a little funky, but trust me, it is good. Finally, they have Legend's on draft- a must for any good Richmond restaurant."
| Bernie's Sub and Pizza Shop
415 North Ridge Rd Richmond, VA
23229 (804) 285-2777 AMERICAN/SUBS
"A great sub and pizza joint in the Ridge Shopping Center on Ridge Rd in between River and Patterson. Another place where the decor has really old dust caked all over. Don't let that fool you. This place might actually be hit or miss. I say that because you can't get your sandwich the way you want it (with minor exceptions). They make their stuff the way they want to, and if you don't like it, don't come back. Thats what I love about the place. I suggest the Italian with all the hot and sweet peppers."
| Café Rustica
414 E. Main St
(x 4th St) (804) 225-8811
"Could use another person busing tables and seating people...The
food was great though...seafood/pasta dishes were yummy!"
425 North Belmont Ave Richmond, VA 23221 (804) 355-3228 AMERICAN/SUBS
"A Richmond institution. My grandfather used to go sneak beers here when he was in high school. They have awesome sandwiches (I suggest anything with pastrami), a good beer selection (at a great price) and if you are lucky, you might even get to see a neighborhood drunk get kicked out. Decor has not changed since the restaurant's inception."
| Cielito Lindo
4702 Forest Hill Ave Richmond, VA
23225 (804) 233-3022
"A mexican restaurant on Forest Hill Ave near Forest Hill Park and Westover Hills Blvd. It is in a little building with an awesome deck that used to be a cheap Asian takeout. They probably can seat more on the deck than they can inside. It is the perfect definition of a neighborhood joint, and it is one of very few restaurants that does not show up on google maps when you do mexican restaurant searches (a very good sign). They have some standard Tex-Mex fare, but they also have a number of items that you can't get at every other mexican restaurant in America."
| El Paisano
2601 Turner Rd (804) 276-8103
(Southside) GUATEMALAN/ MEXICAN
To be researched.
59 16 N 17th St (804) 780-2822
(Shockoe Bottom) CUBAN
Mojitos are great and the Paella is delicious and a plentiful portion!!
| House of Vietnam
3402 Pump Rd
(off Broad) (804) 364-1888 (Short Pump) VIETNAMESE
Isn't it weird that Short Pump has the densest number of restaurants in
the region, yet there's nothing really good. House of V is an oasis
in this desert of chains.
| Jerusalem Market & Deli
7226 Hull St.
Rd. Richmond, VA 23235 (Southside) MIDDLE EASTERN
To be researched. Reader notes that they have "great falafel &
| Joe's Inn
205 North Shields Ave Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 355-2282 AMERICAN
|"Another Richmond institution on Shields Ave in the fan. The food is awesome, the location is great, and the atmosphere is cool. The baked spaghetti is probably their specialty, and it is my favorite item on the menu."
Short Term Town Center, Suite 910
11800 West Broad St Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 364-1111 (Short Pump) INDIAN
Gorgeous temple of Indian food. A rare gem not normally seen in big
3336 N Boulevard Rd (804) 358-0064 (Northside) AMERICAN
"I have to vote for Kitchen 64...great atmosphere, great patio, yummy sweet potato fries."
3456 Lauderdale Dr (804) 364-7077
(West End) INDIAN
Southern food. Southern India, that is...Literally, the spiciest restaurant in Richmond...whatever, you do, keep water near.
3345 W Cary St (804) 3345 W Cary St (804) 353-2333 (Carytown) PIZZA
"Best pizza in Carytown" has a lot of fans out there! One reader
notes, "Mary A's brings the finest ingredients and the best
pizza tossers, which really makes a huge difference in the overall taste
of the pie."
6004 W Broad St
(804) 288-8929 (Near West End) VIETNAMESE
Darling of the restaurant critics. Another one of those "chefs go
there" establishments. I personally am a big fan of their clay
pots and rocket shrimp. They have a great beer selection.
| Mom's Siam
2811 W. Cary
St (X Colonial) (804) 359-7606 THAI
There's just not
enough Thai restaurants in Carytown.
1217 Bellevue Ave (804) 266-0043 AMERICAN
"That has also become one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Good atmosphere and great food."
| Restaurante Amigos
6835 Midlothian Tpke Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 674-4237
To be researched.