Headed West. In local news, new tenants are headed to Regency Square Mall, including Regal Cinemas, Chipotle and MOD Pizza. You can read all of the details over at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. And, there’s more: Robey Martin has info on other developments west of Short Pump in this article for Richmond Magazine. Just in time for Memorial Day. It’s true, you can now try your hand at making a Shake Shack cheeseburger at home with this recipe that TastingTable shared on their website from the new cookbook Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories. The best part? The recipe for ShackSauce is also included. What’s that sound? I’ve been getting more into podcasts lately and have found them a good way to make productive use of the time I have in the car every day on my ride to and from the office. I’ll be honest, the ones I’ve been listening to have nothing… View Post

If you’re lazy like me but still want a garden full of fresh veggies. I saw these cute little seed packets on a recent episode of Shark Tank and I’m obsessed. I like the idea of gardening, but who really has the time. I think I am going to order the Grow Your Own Taco SeedSheet, which includes cilantro, arugula, scallions and radishes. Restaurant news round up. Eleven Months, the spot brought to you by the folks behind Don’t Look Back, just posted hiring information on Facebook which means the opening date can’t be too far away. If you follow Bon Appetit on Instagram, you might’ve seen a peek at the status of Brenner Pass which looks like it might be opening in the next month or so. Frontier — brought to you by the owner of Alamo BBQ — is shooting for a September opening date. And Athens Greek Tavern (on Robinson)… View Post

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. In a recent What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, we mentioned that we would jump at the chance to be ice cream judges for Gelati Celesti for a friendly flavor competition they were holding among their four locations. Well, consider us lucky, because they invited us to be judges and we had a blast sampling different ice cream flavors and voting for our favorites. The winner was Scott’s Addiction, a nutella ice cream with biscotti pieces throughout. Definitely worth a try if you see the flavor on the menu on your next visit to Gelati Celsti! Not only bad things come in threes. Johnny Giavos announced last week that he is opening not one, not two, but three new spots in the Richmond area – a restaurant in Forest Hill, a gourmet market in Scott’s Addition and a coffee shop in Stratford Hills. You can… View Post

We put our taco taste-testing skills to good use to share with you some of the best tacos in Richmond. It’s worth noting that there are many other great taco spots in Richmond that didn’t make this list, but hey, we could only eat so many tacos –we’re seriously considering doing a part two. The places we picked are worth a visit and as you’ll read below — offer much more than just tacos. From pupusas to fresh guacamole to sopes, we were in heaven checking these places out. Best Tacos in Richmond Don’t Look Back Located in Carytown, Don’t Look Back is a great place to visit whether you’re craving a taco or a margarita. The menu is simple, mostly focused on tacos with a few other offerings including burritos, quesadillas, nachos and Frito pie. With summer quickly approaching, you’ll be happy to know that Don’t Look Back has a patio located behind the restaurant.… View Post

Richmond was recently named to Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities for Brunch. In fact, RVA ranked number six on the list and I’m in full agreement — Richmond is a great town for brunch. But Travel and Leisure (and its readers) failed to mention one of the best brunches in town. Don’t get me wrong Metzger and Southbound deservedly made the list — I’ve been to brunch at both restaurants and was extremely impressed. But, Shagbark is also doing something special. (Note: Lucy’s is probably also deserving of its mention, I just haven’t had a chance to make it over there for brunch yet.) On a recent trip (aka on Easter Sunday — which was a date chosen accidentally), I was smitten with everything that came out of the kitchen at Shagbark. And it didn’t hurt that the weather was beautiful and we were given the option of… View Post

Live your best sandwich life. One of my all time favorite food trucks in Richmond is the Sammich truck. Usually you can catch them at SOTJ for a breakfast sandwich or around town during the week (think Hardywood and at The Martin Agency). And now you can grab a sandwich on the go from Outpost Richmond. Three varieties are currently available, now including this vegan sandwich that can only be described as beautiful. Brookland Park Boulevard is on fire (in a good way). Towards the end of last year, Richmond BizSense did a deep dive into Brookland Park Boulevard being a diamond in the rough, and some were even wondering if the area was going to be the next Scott’s Addition. Well, eight months later, new developments keep rollin’ in. Things sort of got worse before they got better with Street Car Cafe’s sudden closure. But since that news broke, Lunchonette Northside opened, Black… View Post