Last month I introduced 5 Bites and Sips I’ve Been Loving Lately, saying I’d be back every so often with recommendations for a few dishes around RVA that are definitely worth checking out. As promised, I’m back again today with February’s edition. If you missed the first post, you can check it out here!
Spicy Thai Fried Green Beans at Boulevard Burger & Brew
These spicy Thai fried green beans from Boulevard Burger & Brew are a perfect happy hour snack, and the large portion size means they are great for sharing with a group of friends. Priced at $5.95, this is an appetizer that won’t set you back too much. I recommend ordering them with some kind of dipping sauce — I go with ranch — but Boulevard Burger & Brew offers a number of dipping sauces on their menu, including bbq, honey mustard, chipotle mayo, boulevard secret sauce and horseradish mustard, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Oh yeah, the restaurant definitely isn’t kidding when they call this snack spicy. The batter on these green beans has an interesting kick that might take a minute to hit you, but before you know it you’ll be reaching for your water glass before your next green bean, which you will do on repeat until these are gone — these green beans are addictive. If you plan to visit, Boulevard Burger & Brew is located at 1300 North Boulevard, just down the street from the newest location of Gelati Celesti.
Matzoh Ball Soup at Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s winter or there’s been a sickness going around town, but I’ve been craving the matzoh ball soup from Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen, located at 111 East Grace Street, on an almost daily basis. The soup is made with herbs, chicken, vegetables, schmaltz, and of course, a matzoh ball. The soup comes in two sizes — a cup for $5 and a bowl for $9 — and like most things served up at Perly’s, the portion sizes are quite generous, enough so that I’ve been able to take home leftover soup on several occasions. I speak from experience when I tell you this soup is just as good the next day.
Every spoonful of this soup is comforting and soothing, perfect for a cold or rainy day, a weekend morning — or really any day at all when soup is calling your name.
Number 52 at The Fancy Biscuit
No question, my favorite item on just about any brunch menu is the eggs benedict. Sure, sometimes I go for a sweet option like pancakes or french toast, but there’s just something about poached eggs and hollandaise sauce that gets me every time. So when I saw that The Fancy Biscuit basically had a biscuit version of eggs benedict on the menu, I was sold and there was no questioning what I was going to order on my first visit to the restaurant, which is located at 1831 West Cary Street.
The Number 52 is one of the signature biscuits on the menu, and the dish includes country ham, pepper jack cheese, a poached egg and siracha hollandaise, all on top of a perfectly buttery biscuit. The dish is priced at $7.59, and in my opinion, it’s the perfect portion – not too big and not too small. I left feeling content but not overly full — and like I wanted to go back sometime to do it all over again.
Confession: I tried the sausage & black pepper honey pizza at Tazza Kitchen as a first time visitor to the restaurant for brunch with friends. Tazza has been on my list of places to try for quite some time, but for some reason or another, I just hadn’t made it to either of the restaurant’s Richmond locations.
Let’s just say I’m glad I righted my wrong and visited Tazza, because this pizza is not only one of my favorite bites I’m loving lately, but one of the best pizzas — if not foods — I’ve ever had. The pizza is made with aged provolone and fresh mozzarella cheese, and at $13 it’s the perfect size for one really hungry person or for two people to share. It’s available on the brunch AND dinner menu, so you can get your fill of this pizza no matter what time of day you visit Tazza. Tazza Kitchen has two locations in the Richmond area, one in Short Pump and the other in Midlothian, so no matter where you live, this pizza shouldn’t be but so far from your stomping grounds. Which is a really, really good thing.
Just about any smoothie (or smoothie bowl) from North End Juice Co.
If you saw our recent post on North End Juice Co., you know Kelsey and I are both big fans of the new spot in the Museum District. The walk-up window and juice bar located at 718 N. Cleveland Street offers a wide array of items on their menu, including a number of smoothies and smoothie bowls. I’d recommend every single one I’ve tried so far, and one of my new goals is to try them all. It’s the perfect place to grab a healthy breakfast or a quick snack during the day.
What are some dishes you’ve been loving lately around Richmond? I’m still on the hunt for the best Caesar salad in town. Would love to hear your recommendations (or what you’re in search of!) in the comments below!