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!
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 ingredients.
I could eat the braised kale by the spoonful and the slow roasted pork shoulder is so flavorful and tender, you can tell with every bite the care that went into preparing it. The only bad thing about this sandwich? I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring myself to try anything else on the menu at Secret Sandwich Society.
Fried Chicken at Tanglewood Ordinary
I’ve been wanting to try Tanglewood Ordinary ever since reading the restaurant’s wonderful review in the Richmond Times-Dispatch this past summer. I made a reservation for a recent Saturday night and Taylor and I headed out for some homestyle cooking.
We opted for the family-style dining option, where for $15.99 a person we enjoyed an all you can eat meal that included fried chicken, pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, collared greens, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and biscuits. Everything was delicious, but the fried chicken was the most memorable part of the meal. Even if it seems a bit off the beaten path, you won’t regret a trip to Tanglewood Ordinary.
Just about anything on the menu at Cava
I know I’m not the only one excited that Cava is finally in Richmond, with a first location open near VCU and a few more locations on the way. I love Mediterranean food in general but there is just something so satisfying about being able to build my own mini pitas or bowl with greens and grains and whatever toppings my heart desires. Speaking of toppings, my order at Cava usually goes something like this no matter what protein or base I’m getting that day: ALL of the pickled red onions, feta and olives topped off with some combination of crazy feta and tzatziki.
Oh yeah, and I can’t go to Cava and not get one of their specialty juices. Usually drinks on a restaurant menu are an afterthought, especially when they are non-alcoholic, but these juices are just another thing that make Cava’s menu shine. I haven’t visited since they launched their spring juice menu (they switch out seasonally) but I already have my eyes on two I want to try: the strawberry mint lime juice and the grapefruit + mint raspberry shrub.
Donuts from Mrs. Yoder’s
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans on Mrs. Yoder’s donuts (and donuts in general) here at Let’s Share A Dish. I only have one of these donuts every so often – which is probably a good thing for my health — but every time I do, I am reminded of JUST how good they are.
I enjoyed one recently on the day that the donuts returned to the South of the James farmers’ market for the season, splitting the donut with a friend who had never had one of these special donuts before. We each took a bite and just looked at eachother, acknowledging without saying a thing that we were eating one of the best things we might ever taste. Warm and dripping with icing, nothing beats a fresh Mrs. Yoder’s donut. Lucky you, you can get one every Saturday at the South of the James farmers’ market.
As much as I love visiting vineyards and breweries and enjoying their ambience, I’m not someone who drinks beer or wine all too often. I much prefer a cocktail or cider, opting for something a little bit fruitier or sweeter. My preference quickly changes, though, if a Stiegl Radler is on the menu.
This grapefruit beer brewed in Austria is my beer of choice most anytime of the year, but especially in the spring and summer months once warm weather hits. It’s not too sweet OR too tart and the grapefruit flavor is totally natural. It’s just a refreshing drink that goes down (almost too!) easy. If you’re like me and don’t think there’s a beer out there you’ll like as much as you like cider, I encourage you to give this one a try if you see it on a menu or spot it in a store. Richmonders, Stiegl Radler can be somewhat hard to find though its local availability seems to be increasing in the last year or two. I’ve always had luck finding it at Total Wine!
What’s the best thing drink or dish you’ve enjoyed lately? Would love to hear in the comments below!