Richmonders, get excited: Secret Sandwich Society, a spot known for quality sandwiches, salads and starters, is opening the doors of its first Richmond (and Virginia) location within the next few days, and this new restaurant is one that you’ll definitely want to have on your radar.
The soon-to-be open location at 501 East Grace Street is the second Secret Sandwich Society location in the United States, the first opened in Fayetteville, WV in 2010. We were lucky to get a sneak peek of the new spot last week where we had the chance to enjoy a few menu items and check out the space.
Speaking of the space, the Richmond location will seat 108 people, with this location being much larger than the original Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville. With close proximity to The National and other downtown attractions, it will be a great spot to grab a bite to eat before a show or after work with friends. The bar will be a focus of the Richmond location with options including beer, wine and craft cocktails, all of which you’ll be able to find on special during the daily happy hour.
We had a chance to try items from almost every section of the menu, which is only slightly different from the menu at the Fayetteville location. We kicked things off with starters, including fries topped with a melted homemade pimento cheese that has now earned a spot at the top of the list of pimento cheeses I’ve had the chance to try. It was perfectly creamy with just the right kick. Along with the fries, we also had a chance to try the homemade ketchup, just one of the many sauce offerings at Secret Sandwich Society, joining a lineup of sauces like roasted garlic mayo, rosemary mayo and french onion dip.
We followed up on the pimento cheese fries and chicken wings with a few different salad selections, the perfect chaser after two more indulgent dishes. We tried the Lucy, a spinach salad with green apples, spiced cashews, red onions and blue cheese in a green goddess dressing, and the Abigail, a mix of chopped kale, parmesan and buttered bread crumbs in a lemon ceaser dressing. At many restaurants, salads are items you might order because you feel like they are an option that’s good for you, but I would come back time and time again for these salads – they were that good.
Last but not least, the sandwich selections. Secret Sandwich Society has sandwiches AND burgers. While we didn’t get to try them all (we were so stuffed) one of our favorite sandwiches was the Taft, with slow roasted pork shoulder, rosemary mayo, braised kale and provolone on a toasted baguette. So. Much. Flavor. Everyone can get excited about kale when it’s served with roasted pork and melty provolone cheese. Overall, the wide selection of sandwiches and burgers are perfect for groups with even the most picky eaters.
Owners David Bailey and Tashia Bailey hope to partner with as many local companies as possible on their food selections. Their commitment to quality ingredients is evident throughout the menu, from the house salad dressings to the homemade ketchup.
Want to get in on the secret?
Secret Sandwich Society will be open Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Happy hour will be offered daily from 3 – 6 p.m., and specials during happy hour will include $1 off drafts, $2 off select starters and snacks and $5 select wines and featured cocktails.