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