AB Road Eats: Richmond


There is something incredible happening with the food scene in Richmond. I want to thank everyone that fed me while I was there.

COFFEE

Lamplighter Coffee: I had the pleasure of sitting down to a cup of coffee with Richmond Magazine’s Stephanie Breijo at this establishment (well recommended by Stephanie). I went to their Addison location and really liked the environment and outside seating.

LUNCH

Sally Bell’s Kitchen: A friend of mine said I couldn’t leave Richmond without trying Sally Bell’s. This eatery has been serving patrons for almost nine decades. And while you might think a boxed lunch is simple, Sally Bell’s is everything but. I ordered three different boxes (because how could I try just one) — ham, turkey and chicken salad — and enjoyed them all. My personal favorite is the homemade potato salad.

The Black Sheep: Another recommendation of Ms. Breijo’s was this very busy lunch spot. They’re know for their sandwiches so large they call them battleships (I split one sandwich with four people). I ordered the USS Roanoke: Sliced turkey rolled around sliced provolone. griddled and then topped with crispy procuitto, arugula, peppadew peppers and a mixed fruit mostarda on a toasted french baguette.

Saison Market: Driving a little further down on the same street I stumbled upon Saison Market. I liked this place. I liked how it was set up. And I certainly enjoyed the food and coffee. I ordered a chicken biscuit (only available for breakfast, but I got lucky) and a cup of nitro coffee (carbonated coffee). Good stuff is happening here.

Proper Pie Co.: I have to talk about this little pie shop twice. The first is to rave about their savory pies, which were hearty and so comforting. I ordered two: Roasted Lamb and Vegetable and Pork Chili Verde. I don’t know which one I liked better. All I know is I want more.

AFTER-SHOW

Pasture: Fans on both Facebook and Twitter raved about this restaurant. I ordered several things from the menu including the potato and ham soup, house pickled vegetables and my favorite, the salt and vinegar pork rinds. Those were some of the best pork rinds I’d ever had.

SWEETS

Sub Rosa Bakery: These guys are hardcore. The bakers here are milling their own grain and culturing their own yeast. If you want good bread in Richmond, I recommend you come here.

Proper Pie Co.: I had to separate this recommendation for this simple reason: their savory pies are out-of-this-world, but their pumpkin pie is the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had in my life. That’s right, best ever. Not only is the consistency creamy and not too sweet, but they top it with a salted caramel. If you’re in the area, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not trying a slice of this pie. I will also go on to say you should probably try the coconut cream pie too. Yes. Get both.

Images © Alton Brown, 2014

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    • 4
      Justin

      Sorry, “Kuba Kuba” is the proper spelling. You have to try their pulled pork with black beans and fried plantains. Man, now I’ve got to get to Kuba Kuba!

  1. 5
    Butch

    A few of my favs…
    Biscuits at Early Bird Biscuit Co.
    Mrs Yoder’s Doughnuts
    Don’t Look Back tacos (if they’re open, after their recent fire)
    Demi’s (Mediterranean)

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    Rebecca

    Seems like you got a good bunch of suggestions here. I have to disagree with Carytown Cupcackes thought and instead send you to Pink Bell Cake House on the other end of Carytown. Their cake is moist, BUT NOT OVERLY SWEET and the Buttercream is the best I have had. No driyng out of the cake either…. not that that would be a problem since you will have eaten it by then.

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    Rebecca

    Seems like you got a good bunch of suggestions here. I have to disagree with Carytown Cupcackes thought and instead send you to Pink Bell Cake House on the other end of Carytown. Their cake is moist, but overly sweet and the Buttercream is the best I have had. No driyng out of the cake either…. not that that would be a problem since you will have eaten it by then.

  4. 11
    Michael

    For dessert you have to go to Shyndigz! Unparalleled cakes, pies, and other desserts. High quality and great service!
    They also have the Fancy Biscuit next door which is delicious for breakfast/lunch!

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    Margaret Carney

    Be sure to stop by Hog’s Head Cafe!! You won’t be disappointed!
    Also, the chicken and waffles with Sriracha concoction/syrup (not sure what’s in it but it’s magical!!) at 3 Monkeys is not to be missed!!

  6. 13
    Karen

    Hogshead is a must. Oyster tacos are amazing but it truly doesn’t matter what you order…..you will not be disappointed. Food is fresh and delicious. Never had a bad meal once and I’ve been dozens of times. You have to try this place.

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