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.


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


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  1. 1
    Michelle C

    We drive over an hour after a work day just for Hogshead Cafe!! My fav – Nashville Hot Chicken tacos! They have the best fresh food, we’re never disappointed, super friendly staff, small place that the locals know about, and we’ve decided we’re “locals” now. Go, eat, love!!!

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    You’ve got to try Hogs Head when you come to RVA. If you are undecided on what to get, I recommend the nachos. They are the best in the city.

  3. 3

    Hogshead Cafe is a must try. The food is always fresh and consistently out of this world. Who knows, if you try it you may just move to Richmond so you 2 can become a regular. Going tomorrow to take family visiting from FLA.

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    Pam Miller

    Definitely visit Hogs Head Cafe! Amazing food every single day! Awesome entrees, great homemade southern side dishes with a twist & delicious desserts!

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    Sandy T

    I’m just an average person, not a culinary critic, but the food at Hogshead Cafe is anything but average. It is the best food I’ve ever put in my mouth. Their standard menu puts them in a class with the best BBQ joints out there, but their chalkboard specials and homemade sides elevate them well beyond a BBQ joint. The recipes are mouth watering. You could eat lunch and dinner everyday for a week and never eat the same thing twice. But you’d want to eat the same things, again and again, because sometimes you just can’t get enough of a great thing!!! Check out Hogshead when you visit RVA, you will be glad you did!!!

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    Patty Michalak

    Alton, I am a food snob. Yes a true foodie. If you don’t go to Hogshead Cafe in Richmond Virginia, you are truly missing out. This is not just another barbecue joint. Although the ribs fall off the bone, and the barbecue is superb, the sides are to-die-for, everything is homemade. Everything. You must try the asparagus fries, the broccoli bake, the squash bake. Holler when you’re there, if you want some good company!

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    If your a sushi fan you must try Sticky Rice the Godzirra and Sticky Balls are the best! Add a bucket of tots with their spicy dipping sauce and your in heaven. For the best authentic Cuban food try Kuba Kuba owned by Manny Mendez. Their entrees are incredible but you must have their Mom made (seriously made by Manny’s Mom) Tres Leche cake. It’s a secret family recipe and is the best in the planet.

  8. 10

    Shyndigs for dessert is a must! Everything on their menu will make you want to slap your momma. My favorite is the salted chocolate caramel cake, but their daily specials are consistently out of this world.

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    Seriously you have to go to Hogshead , best find in RVA !! Love those Pork wings and Hogdog , it’s always so hard to choose what is the best in this place …because it is all good . Homemade love on a plate , desserts are a must have ! delicious

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    Be sure to try Hogshead Cafe on your next trip to Richmond! Hands down the best BBQ & Brisket in Richmond! The homemade sides are also delicious, especially the yams and baked apples & sweet potato fries! Service is great too!

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    Be sure to try Hogshead Cafe on your next trip to Richmond! Hands down the best BBQ & Brisket in Richmond! The homemade sides are also delicious! Service is great too!

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    Caroline Williams

    Hogs Head Cafe is hands down one of our favorite places to go. Get there early so you don’t have to wait. Of course, if you do, have a Hogarita and enjoy! Each dish prepared is excellent and will keep you wanting to come back again and again. The specialities are listed on the board to the left when you walk through the door. The atmosphere is cozy and will soon become a favorite place to eat in Glen Allen Va.

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    Heritage is my favorite spot in town for dinner! Shrimp crackers and fried Broccoli are the best. Breakfast is Greenbriar cafe. Everything is so fresh and the coffee is great. #ABRoadeatsRichmond

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    Hogs head Cafe is one of the best restaurants in Richmond. Not only are their ribs the best and meatiest I’ve ever had, they have awesome gumbo(I’m from Louisiana so I know good gumbo), excellent greens, the best scalloped potatoes, and the hog limeade is off the chain!!! Please put this place in the spotlight!!!

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    You have to eat at Hogshead Cafe. They have the best barbeque, but their sweet potato fries with the maple dipping sauce is awesome! I have eaten there twice this week and I live on the other side of the river.

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