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

Good things come to those who wait. Rappahannock Restaurant is opening its doors again on Thursday after a fire closed the restaurant for six weeks. Head to their Facebook page where you can like or comment on their most recent post to enter a giveaway for $100 and then open your OpenTable app to make a reservation to celebrate the restaurant’s return with the staff, which is returning entirely intact after the hiatus. Bonus: If you visit on Thursday, there will be $1 oysters for your dining pleasure. Cheers to a decade. No doubt about it, the South of the James Farmers’ Market is one of our very favorite Richmond activities, we even did a post last year on our 10 favorite market vendors. The market turns 10 this year and Stephanie Breijo over at Richmond Magazine has the scoop on how the market has grown and what it looks like… View Post

After a brief hiatus, the latest 5 Bites and Sips post is up on the blog today featuring items from some of my favorite recent dining adventures! If you missed the first or second post in this series, don’t fret, you can give them a read here and here. The Taft at Secret Sandwich Society I first sang the praises of The Taft when we had the chance to get a sneak peek of Secret Sandwich Society before the restaurant opened to the public back in November — you could say this sandwich had me at hello. But, this menu item is one I’m not planning to part with anytime soon. Why is this sandwich so darn good? Made up of slow roasted pork shoulder, rosemary mayo, braised kale and provolone on a toasted baguette, every individual element of this sandwich is done to perfection and perfectly complements the other… View Post

Dream job = ice cream flavor judge. Gelati Celesti just put out an open call for judges for its spring ice cream flavor contest and I want to know where to sign up. If you want to be in the running for this prestigious job, fill out an entry form at one of Gelati Celesti’s four locations by April 18. Must be available on the evening of April 25th for the spring tasting event. The keyword here is new. ICYMI: Pop’s Market on Grace has new Saturday hours, now open 9 to 5. And Union Market just debuted its new spring/summer menu — that melon and prosciutto salad is calling my name — and its patio has a new look. Get your game plan together, restaurant week is almost here. Meg mentioned Richmond Restaurant Week in last week’s What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, and we’re set to visit Laura Lee’s (also see: the RTD’s… View Post

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday With the opening of Red Cap Patisserie, the Fan District has another bakery to call its own. You can read more about this French-inspired bakery owned by Martine Wladar in The Richmond Times-Dispatch. I need to plan a visit because swooning over the bakery’s Instagram photos is only going to tide my sweet tooth over for but so long. Speaking of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, did you know you can get a digital subscription to Richmond’s daily newspaper for only $8.99 a month? We’re big fans of local news here at Let’s Share A Dish and after some sad layoffs at the Richmond Times-Dispatch this week, it’s an important time to support local journalism. We talk a lot about restaurant closings and openings in this space, but we also like to celebrate when one of our favorite spots has been around a good long time, so here’s my official… View Post