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Richmond


"The food scene here has just really exploded in the past three years."

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Richmond


"The food scene here has just really exploded in the past three years."

Today, there are a host of great chefs in this wonderful city who continue to push the envelope and essentially challenge each other to be better everyday.
— Chef Walter Bundy of Lemaire

MORNING | Coffee

Photograph courtesy of Lamplighter

Photograph courtesy of Lamplighter

Black Hand + Lamplighter

"There are some really cool coffee places in town now. We serve Black Hand Coffee at the restaurant. Lamplighter Roasting Company is a really fun coffee shop and they have a few locations. They make cool stuff and all their coffee is roasted in-house. It’s also female-owned and I like to support that."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

BLACK HAND
3101 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221 | T: 804.855.0800 | blackhandcoffeeco.com

LAMPLIGHTER
1719 Summit Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
116 South Addison Street, Richmond, VA 23220
26 N Morris Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.447.2648 | lamplightercoffee.com


MORNING | Breakfast

Photograph courtesy of Sub Rosa Bakery

Photograph courtesy of Sub Rosa Bakery

Sub Rosa Bakery

"They have a huge wood fired brick oven and make interesting Turkish loaves. They also make the best croissants I’ve ever had in my life (and I’ve eaten a lot of croissants.) They also make a light rye sourdough loaf. We buy our rye bread from Sub Rosa Bakery for the restaurant."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

"They have a wood-fired oven and the croissants are crazy good (chocolate is my favorite.) They just have that toasty, melty, crunchiness that you can only achieve in a wood-fired oven."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

620 N 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
T: 804.788.7672 | www.subrosabakery.com

The Black Sheep

"They do great breakfasts with smoked fish. They have a pretty wide selection and are known for their big sandwiches -- they are giant baguette sandwiches."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

901 W Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.648.1300 | www.blacksheeprva.com


SHOPPING

Photograph courtesy of Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

Photograph courtesy of Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

DONUTS | Richmond Farmers Market

"Richmond is really experiencing a boom in the farmers market world. South of the James is the original and my favorite farmers market. It reminds me of the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC because of the size and the long lines of tents. It’s a weekly event.

If you head to the market, you have to get donuts from Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. An Amish family has a food truck and all the little Amish kids sell the hand-made yeast donuts."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

Forest Hill Park, New Kent Avenue & W 42nd Street, Richmond, VA 23225
www.growrva.com

BUTCHER | Metzger Bar and Butchery

"During the day Metzger is a butchery, but at night, watch out, they serve some fantastic, rustic German influenced food. Their chicken liver mousse with grilled Sub Rosa bread is insane! Also try their rabbit with black truffle is crazy good."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

801 N 23rd Street, Richmond, VA 23223
T: 804.325.3147 | www.metzgerbarandbutchery.com

Photograph courtesy of Little House Green Grocery

Photograph courtesy of Little House Green Grocery

GROCERIES | Little House Green Grocery

"The owner Jess moved down from Brooklyn to open this market about two years ago. It’s just beautiful and they sell gorgeous things. They have a great selection of produce and locally-made items and food. You can buy a huge selection of wet jars, little tote bags, and all kinds of nifty stuff."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

1227 Bellevue Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
T: 804.262.7474 | littlehousegreengrocery.com

PROVISIONS | Yellow Umbrella

"David Whitby has taken over what his father started as a roadside seafood truck stand and turned it into the best place to buy seafood in town. He also sells wine, local meats and cheeses, fresh farmers market vegetables, etc. It is deserving of a visit."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)
 

5603 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
T: 804.282.9591 | yellowumbrellarva.com


BRUNCH & LUNCH

Millie’s Diner

"This is a classic Richmond restaurant that has been around a long time. Their brunch is the standard in town. They are known for their Devil’s Mess, which is a big spicy Southern breakfast [an open-faced omelet with spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic,
tomatoes and mild curry, finished with melted white cheddar and avocado]."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

2603 E Main Street, Richmond, VA 23223
T: 804.643.5512 | milliesdiner.com
BOOK A TABLE


LUNCH

Photograph courtesy of Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue

Photograph courtesy of Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue

Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue

"I always seem to gravitate to this place when I want a BBQ fix. Who wouldn't when good old Buz took down Bobby Flay in a cook-off? I thought the barbecue was the best thing here until I watched my son destroy a t-shirt of his sucking the remaining meat off the beef ribs. I had to try them and I will say that I keep coming back for those wonderful freaks of nature."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

1119 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230
T: 804.355.6055 | buzandneds.com

Lulabelles Cafe

"This is a tiny little place on Patterson that does everything from scratch and it shows. They put out some great sammies and their sides are so comforting (potato salad, mac-n-cheese, kale slaw, collards, deviled eggs)."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

5714 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
T: 804.658.3617 | lulabellesrva.com


AFTERNOON SNACK

Photograph courtesy of Gelati Celesti

Photograph courtesy of Gelati Celesti

Gelati Celesti

"I would think that if you are out that way, this would be the place to swing in for some fabulous, heavenly house-made ice cream. I work out so I can eat ice cream. That's the story and I'm sticking to it. My favorite would have to be the ‘Just Ask’ -- try it and you'll see."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

8906 A West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294
T: 804.346.0038 | www.gelatiicecream.com

Sally Bells Kitchen

"It has stood the test of time and is in a time warp. The deviled eggs and Smithfield ham rolls are amazing. For an afternoon treat, head here for some of their famous cupcakes and tarts."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

708 W Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.644.2838 | 
sallybellskitchen.com


COCKTAILS & DINNER

Photograph courtesy of The Roosevelt

Photograph courtesy of The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt

"This is one of my favorite restaurants in Richmond. The chef is Lee Gregory and he’s a James Beard Award nominee. He is super talented, especially working with Southern food. Similar to what Sean Brock is doing in Charleston, he is using really cool Southern regional ingredients. It feels like you are eating at your best friend’s house. They do a Southern poutine with house-made fries covered with sausage, gravy,  pimento cheese, with pickled green tomatoes that is crazy. It’s a gut buster, but it’s delicious. They also do a really amazing smoked jerk chicken wing with a hot Alabama white sauce."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

"What else needs to be said. Lee Gregory is a great guy, but an even better chef. He has done amazing things to help this city move forward with his unique cuisine."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

623 N 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
T: 804.658.1935 | rooseveltrva.com
BOOK A TABLE

Photograph courtesy of Heritage

Photograph courtesy of Heritage

Heritage

"This is a such great restaurant. The chef (Joe Sparatta) is from New Jersey and he and his wife make all kinds of different food. Some of it is crazy molecular-y. They serve a lot of really delicious house-made pastas. Mattias Hägglund is their bartender and he does incredible twists on classic cocktails. It is probably the most popular cocktail bar in town."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

1627 W Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.353.4060 | www.heritagerva.com
BOOK A TABLE

Saison

"I love this really cool little spot in Jackson Ward. They do a combination of authentic Oaxacan and Southern food and their cocktail program is super special. The cocktails are just nuts, crazy awesome. They have a nitro cold brew coffee on tap. Their beer program is crazy and they have a market next door where they sell beer. It’s a really fun place."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

23 W Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.269.3689 | www.saisonrva.com
BOOK A TABLE


DINNER | Quintessential

Mamma Zu | Photo Credit: Tom Woodward [Flickr]

Mamma Zu | Photo Credit: Tom Woodward [Flickr]

Edo’s Squid + Mamma Zu

"This is the most quintessential of Richmond restaurants. It’s a Richmond institution that’s been here for about 30 years. It’s a dingy little place above a sub shop near the VCU campus and it is packed every night. They put out some of the most consistent, yet simple Italian food. They have a Scungilli Insalata that is amazing. It has tons of herbs, shallots, and garlic. It’s really pungent and bright and I love it. They also do make a whole roasted fish that is delicious and the pork chop marsala is very classic Italian food.

Mamma Zu is the sister restaurant to Edo’s Squid. You can’t mess with them; they are standards of Richmond dining."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

"Sorry but Ed's veal sweetbreads are something dreams are made of. I continue to return and tell myself I am going to order something else and every time those damn sweetbreads end up in front of me. Go figure. I also like being cool and ordering the white pizza that isn't even on the menu."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

EDO'S SQUID | 411 N Harrison Street, Richmond, VA 23220 | T: 804.864.5488
MAMMA ZU | 501 S Pine Street, Richmond, VA 23220 | T: 804.788.4205


DINNER | Upscale

Pimento Cheese at Lemaure | Photograph courtesy of Lemaire

Pimento Cheese at Lemaure | Photograph courtesy of Lemaire

Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel

"They serve classic, old school, Southern food. Walter Bundy is the chef and he’s a hunter, so there’s tons of game. His venison dishes are really incredible. He does a venison dish with hand-foraged blackberries which is crazy."
FED Pro  >  Chef Brittany Anderson (Metzger Bar & Butchery)

The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.649.4629 | www.lemairerestaurant.com
BOOK A TABLE


DINNER | Chinese

Peter Chang China Café

I know a lot has been written about Peter but for good reason. To think that this roving, where is he gonna be next chef set up camp here in Richmond, we are truly blessed. If you love spicy, Szechuan style cuisine, this is your place. Everything from the dry fried eggplant (with mind numbing Szechuan peppercorns and cilantro) to the Hunan fish with fermented black beans, you can't go wrong. It has become an addiction.

11424 W Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060
T: 804.364.1688 | www.peterchangrva.com


DINNER | Seafood

Velvet Soft Shell Crabs | Photograph courtesy of Acacia

Velvet Soft Shell Crabs | Photograph courtesy of Acacia

Acacia

"Dale and Aline do such a great job. Whenever my wife and I can find the time to get out, Acacia is a go-to. Dale is known for his ‘velvet’ soft shell crabs from Urbanna, VA. that he personally goes and picks up and for good reason. He has a deftly touch with seafood. He is such an artist with food and flavors. Trust me."
FED Pro  >  Chef Walter Bundy (Lemaire Restaurant)

2601 W Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220
T: 804.562.0138 | www.acaciarestaurant.com
BOOK A TABLE

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Stay

HOTELS | Tablet Hotels -- book a hotel.
APARTMENTS | Airbnb -- book an apartment.

Getting Around

LOCAL TRANSIT | GRTC.

Museums

ART MUSEUM | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY | Virginia Historical Society.
POE MUSEUM | Edgar Allen Poe Museum.

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The Pros


The Pros


BRITTANNY ANDERSON

Chef and co-owner of Metzger Bar & Butchery.

WALTER BUNDY

Chef at Lemaire restaurant.

 
 

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