Today’s post is the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series on Let’s Share A Dish. The game plan? I’ll check in every month or so with a list of a few dishes from different spots around town that have really hit the spot.
My hope is that these posts will serve as a helpful guide as you’re mapping out your weekend adventures, planning how to entertain out of town guests or simply trying to treat yourself with a delicious meal from a local restaurant. Without further ado, here are 5 bites (well, 4 bites and 1 sip) that I’ve been enjoyed lately around RVA!
Chicken Salad Club at Westwood Fountain
When I first moved to Richmond, I was happily surprised that there were little breakfast and lunch spots located within both Westwood and Westbury Pharamacy. I found something about it to be so cute and southern, and then it was just a extra bonus when their food was pretty good, too. I’ve been to Westwood Fountain, located at 5823 Patterson Avenue, a number of times, and I head there whenever I’m craving an inexpensive breakfast or my favorite item on the menu, the chicken salad club. This sandwich is made with homemade white breast chicken salad, lettuce, tomato, bacon and provolone – I order mine sans tomato – and it comes served with chip or your choice of another side for a small upcharge. This sandwich will only set you back $7.59, and it’s big enough that you’ll likely find yourself with some leftovers to enjoy the next day.
Szechuan Cold Mixed Noodles at Peter Chang in Scott’s Addition
I’ve raved about these noodles before on Let’s Share A Dish, and I’m sure I’ll rave about them again. They’re just that good. And even better, these babies are cheap, as an order only costs $3. It’s not a tiny portion either, you could order this and one other thing from the Dim Sum & Snack portion of the menu at Peter Chang’s in Scott’s Addition and be quite content for a light meal. (Disclaimer: this photo is from an event where the noodles were being served family style, so I can’t promise your order will be quite this big!)
Be warned, these noodles definitely have a bit of a kick but if you like spice, you’ll be a big fan of these. And so will your wallet. If this has changed your mind on your lunch plans for today, you can head on over to Peter Chang in Scott’s Addition which is located at 2816 West Broad Street.
Italian Grinder at Pop’s Market on Grace
Confession: I don’t have a photo of my own because I couldn’t wait to bite into this sandwich as soon it made it’s way to the table, so instead I’ll share with you the picture that made me want one in the first place.
Food envy is real, my friends, and within days of seeing the above post from Tim Vidra on Instagram, I had lunch plans at Pop’s Market on Grace. Funny how that happens, isn’t it?
I’ll say it, this was the best Italian sandwich I’ve had in quite some time if not ever. From the freshly made bread to the just right ingredients, this grinder really is a perfect combination. It’s not a cheap sandwich at $12, but it IS a huge sandwich, and it could easily be shared with a friend or enjoyed for leftovers the next day. I’m already planning my next visit, and I might just have to check out the Cuban on my next visit to this downtown spot located at 415 East Grace Street.
Just about any cocktail at Sabai
Maybe it’s the friendly bartenders, or the effort they put into carefully crafting every cocktail on the menu, but I’ve never had a cocktail I haven’t liked at Sabai, a Thai restaurant located at 2727 W Broad Street. They offer 10 or so cocktails on their rotating drink menu, and the variety is enough that most palates can find something that they’ll enjoy. If you ever visit and you see that the Mr. Chuvez cocktail on back on the menu, please let me know! It’s my favorite.
It’s worth noting that many of the cocktails are served with fun “extras” like little umbrellas or fun straws, so if you’re looking for a place to leave the winter weather behind for a little while, one drink at Sabai and you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a beach. The cocktails at Sabai range in price from $8 to $12, a little bit more than you might pay for your average cocktail — but then again, these aren’t your average cocktails.
Greek Salad at Joe’s Inn
If I had to guess, Joe’s Inn, located at 205 North Shields Avenue in the Fan is probably the restaurant I’ve been to more than any other in Richmond. (Apparently, it’s also one of the few restaurants where I’ve never taken a picture of my food.) There’s the cozy factor, the breakfast served all day, the massive beer list…there’s just something about Joe’s Inn. One of my favorite things about this spot is the delicious Greek salads they offer. And let’s be honest, it would be untruthful if I said this is just something I’ve been loving lately, because I’ve been loving the Greek salad at Joe’s Inn since the first time I stepped into this restaurant in 2011.
The greek salads are on the menu in three different sizes – mini, small and large – but in my mind the mini is really a small, the small is pretty big and the large is huge, a salad that’s big enough to serve a whole family. The salads come with with onions, feta cheese, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes, and Joe’s housemade vinaigrette dressing, which is hands down my favorite Greek dressing in all the land. Bonus: if you want to add some protein to your salad, the grilled chicken is out of this world.
Are there any dishes that you’ve been loving lately that I should check out before my next post? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!