One Year of Sharing Dishes

I don’t know if you’ll believe it — we can’t — but it’s March 14th and that means we’ve been doing this whole blogging thing for a full year now! One-hundred and twenty-six blog posts later and a million calories later (OK, we don’t know how many calories, but its a lot), we haven’t killed each other yet and we can’t wait to see where the Richmond food scene will take our taste buds in year two.

It seems like just yesterday we decided to pull the trigger and claim our little piece of the internet and we’ve had a blast, in large part due to all of you. Can you believe we’ve had readers from ALL fifty states?! We love hearing your suggestions and feedback for more places for us to try. We hear you and we can’t wait to visit some of your favorite spots and try some of your favorite foods!

It’s been so much fun telling you all about our favorite spots around Richmond, our travel adventures and our random musings on our favorite recipes, cute dog pictures, podcasts, shopping finds and more. We love sharing our weekly dose of food news with you every Wednesday in our What’s Happenin’ Wednesday posts, and we’re thankful to the Richmond restaurant community that has welcomed our many questions with open arms.

In just one year, there have been too many memorable moments to name — from getting a behind the scenes look at Mrs. Yoder’s to taste testing at Gearhart’s to trying all of the things on the menu at East Coast Provisions thanks to the generous Mike Ledesma. If Kelsey wasn’t doing the #Cook90 challenge, we could celebrate today with a glorious dinner somewhere, but instead we’re going to tell you the 10 most memorable meals we’ve had in the past year, in Richmond and beyond.

La Barbecue

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I would fly to Austin, Texas just to have La Barbecue for lunch. Texas folks aren’t kidding when they say barbecue is the real deal there. Just one visit to La Barbecue was enough to convince me of that. After waiting in line for a few hours it felt like we ordered just about everything on the menu, and 11 months later I’m STILL thinking about the brisket and sausage and the bobby sauce I dipped my bread in. It was an added bonus that one of the employees gave me a behind the scenes look at the brisket smoking, a 14 to 16 hour process that is worth every minute. – M

merroir angels on horseback

Merroir

Let’s just say there’s a reason Merroir is featured prominently in the new Virginia Tourism video promoting some of the best things in Virginia. Picture perfect location on the water, delicious food, great drink list…Merroir has just about everything I want in a restaurant. I only make it to this spot in Topping, Virginia two or three times a year, but vacation mode starts the minute we hit the gravel parking lot. Everything on the menu is delicious, but I go back time and time ago for – no surprise here – the oysters of all varieties. They are delicious whether they are served raw, roasted or all “dressed up” like these Angels on Horseback baked with herb butter and Edwards Ham. – M

the clam shack 48 hours in maine

The Clam Shack

Apparently I have a thing for restaurants on the water, but The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine is another spot that made it into my top meals of the year. The lobster rolls here were so incredible and warranted every ounce of publicity and attention this restaurant has racked up over the years. Lobster rolls here come served up with mayonnaise and butter and are perfectly enjoyed with the fresh squeezed lemonade that’s available for sale in front of the restaurant. – M

Tompkins Square Bagels NYC

Tompkins Square Bagels

New Yorkers know how to make a darn good breakfast sandwich, and Tompkins Square Bagels makes one of the best. We stopped here for breakfast on the first day of our visit to New York City back in September, and I’ve been craving this breakfast sandwich ever since. We ordered an everything bagel that came stuffed to the brim with with bacon, egg and cheese and it was so simple but so, so heavenly. A well-executed breakfast sandwich on a New York bagel is the stuff food dreams are made of, my friends. – M

Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

The matzoh ball soup, the schlubby fries, the blintzes, what isn’t there to love about Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen located in the heart of downtown Richmond. This cozy spot feels like an old friend every time I slide into a booth here (which isn’t quite as often as I would like!) and I’m usually thinking of when my next visit can be before I’ve even left. I spend forever looking at the menu whenever I come here because I want just about everything on it, but whatever you choose, you really can’t go wrong at Perly’s. Unless you don’t order the matzoh ball soup. – M

La taqueria carnitas burrito - San Francisco

La Taqueria

I am still dreaming of this carnitas burrito at La Taqueria more than eight months after visiting San Francisco. If you’re planning on visiting the Mission District anytime soon, do yourself a favor and add this to your must visit list. The melty cheese, creamy refried beans, and salty carnitas, omg I am salivating just thinking about it. And even better this meal cost less than $10, which is hard to come by for lunch in SF. Pro tip: order it dorado style and they’ll toast it on the flat top for you. – K

Plow brunch

Plow

The Plow at Plow in San Francisco is everything you could want for brunch and more. Everything on the plate was outstanding, but for me two things really stood out. The pancakes and the Nueske’s bacon. These might be the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten and if I could eat Plow’s lemon ricotta pancakes all day I would. The Nueske’s bacon had a smokey flavor unlike any bacon I had ever had and I’ve been craving it ever since. If you plan on going, get their early. It gets packed, quick. Be patient, enjoy the cool San Francisco breeze and keep reminding yourself it will definitely be worth the wait – K

Xi'an Famous Foods Beef Noodle

Xi’an Famous Foods

Confession: I love spicy food. I also love noodles (I will eat ALL of the pastas). Xi’an Famous Foods had been on my radar for quite a while and I was giddy when Meg and I ate here together in September when we made a quick trip to New York. We came, we saw and we conquered this plate of spicy & tingly beef hand-ripped noodles. This dish was the kind of spicy that gets you addicted, and I just kept eating and eating. My only regret is that after a marathon day of eating, we weren’t members of the clean plate club at Xi’an Famous Foods. – K

L’opossum

Waiting and anticipation can either be your friend or your foe. In the case of L’opossum it is your friend because good god the food there is good. I can count on one hand the number of meals I’ve had in Richmond that hold a candle to the experience that I had at L’opossum. Everything from the cocktails to the appetizers (we had escargot btw) to the entrees were incredible. Filet Mignon of Beef “Swellington” was probably my favorite dish of the evening, and I think I would’ve licked the plate if I knew no one was watching. – K

Southbound brunch duck hash

Brunch at Southbound

You had me at duck hash. It is so hard to pick just one thing to eat at Southbound brunch, so just do what I did and pick three things to eat (and share — if you have too). #Firstworldproblem, solved. The common thread to successful dishes during Southbound’s brunch service: bacon hollandaise, which is probably something you didn’t know you needed in your life, but the more you know. You can thank me now for showing you the light. Oh, and do yourself a favor and order a cinnamon roll or two for the table, I promise you won’t regret it. -K

As you can tell, it’s been one delicious year and we’re looking forward to the next one! If you enjoy following along with us here, don’t forget we’re also on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

Here’s to year two!

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As I write this post, I’m 12 days into the #cook90 challenge, meaning I’m almost halfway there (if you missed my recipes from week one, check them out here)! And I have to say, cooking this much is kind of exhausting, especially when you do not have a dishwasher. There are always so. many. dishes.

During week two of the challenge, I tried to eat healthy during the week (keyword: tried) and saved indulging for the weekend. I also added a cast iron skillet to my cabinets full of cheap pots and pans and so far I am loving it. I’ve used it almost every day since it came in the mail (thanks, Amazon).

#Cook90 Week Two: My Favorite Recipes

The Beyond Burger. One of my coworkers had recently been raving about the veggie burger that isn’t a veggie burger and after hearing the founder’s story on a podcast (oh the power of marketing) I set out to find the Beyond Burger at my local Whole Foods. If you’re used to the typically veggie burger — the kind that’s made out of well, vegetables — this burger might have you confused. It looks, cooks and (almost) tastes like real meat. It even left behind grease in the pan. It even stays pink in the middle thanks to beets! I would definitely eat again. Also the key to a good burger — Martin’s Potato Rolls.

Overnight Oats with Tahini

Overnight Oats with Banana, Maple Syrup and Tahini. I bought a jar of tahini at Trader Joe’s months ago with every intention of making a tahini vinaigrette with it and never got around to it. So when I ran out of peanut butter last week and was craving some overnight oats I knew I had hit the jackpot with this recipe from Bon Appétit. I didn’t follow their instructions for overnight oats because I typically stick to a 1 to 1 to 1 ratio of oats, greek yogurt and almond-coconut milk. This combo makes super think oats, but you can always add extra milk when you’re ready to eat to get it to the consistency of your liking. I also added a scoop of protein powder for some added nutrition. The maple syrup tahini sauce was super easy to make and perfect for a creamy bowl of cold oats. Add this one to your breakfast rotation and you won’t be disappointed.

Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma. This recipe from the New York Times was super simple and packed with flavor. I used this chicken to top my salads for lunch for the week and chicken pitas. This will make your house smell delightful, if roast chicken is your kind of thing. And the turmeric gives the chicken a lovely bright yellow color. I paired this with a chickpea, tomato, cucumber, feta and pickled onion salad over a bed of mixed greens. For the dressing I made another batch of the honey balsamic vinaigrette I mentioned last week. Full disclosure for the chicken pitas I cheated and purchased Sabra cucumber dill yogurt sauce instead of making my own tzatziki sauce, and surprisingly it was really good.

Cheesy Monkey Bread. You can probably tell but the healthy recipe portion of this post is over and we’re onto the good stuff. This was honestly the easiest recipe I’ve made so far and I want to share it with the world because it was so good. Not healthy, but perfect for any upcoming March Madness parties you might be attending. All you need is pizza dough (I used my favorite Idle Hands dough), cheese, butter, spices, garlic and shallots. I highly recommend cooking this recipe in a cast iron skillet so that the sides and bottom of the bread gets all crunch and crusty. Yum.

Mushroom Cheese Ravioli with Rosemary Butter Sauce. This is by far one of the most ambitious recipes I’ve made in recent memory. Thankfully I had a partner in crime in the kitchen (thanks Nicky!) that made making this time intensive recipe all the more enjoyable. We even got a little crazy and made our own ravioli dough. None of the steps for this mushroom, cheese ravioli recipe were particularly hard, but it did take us two hours from start to finish. We added bacon to the rosemary butter sauce because why not, and used some flour to thicken the sauce a bit. I would not recommend making this on a week night, if you’re going to make your own dough. Totally worth it though to put the time into this dish, there was so much flavor in this dish and the fresh herbs really made a difference. I cannot wait to finish eating the leftovers.

Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies. When I came across this recipe from Broma Bakery mentioned on Food Network’s Snapchat channel (yes, I’m one of those people who actually uses Discover), I just about squealed with excitement. The cookies from Levain are my all time favorite, I’d probably make the trip up to New York City just for a bite of these gooey cookies, but now I don’t have to! I whipped up a batch of these and froze about half of the dough for safe keeping. These babies are massive, but it is hard to tell in photos so that’s why I included the photo with the champagne cork for scale. I think the only thing that’s missing are the walnuts which you could always add if you wanted that extra crunch.

Here’s to the next 18 (17 by the time this post goes up) days!

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#cook90: Yogurt Bowl

I’m nearly a week into the Epicurious #cook90 challenge and good news, I haven’t given up — yet. If you missed my post on #cook90 you can read the details here. During week one, it has become clear that meal prep is the key to success. Prepping things ahead of time means it’s easy to turn down temptations. In the first week alone, I was invited to attended two lunches and because I had a fridge full of lunches ready I didn’t feel tempted to use any of my cheat meals. Full disclosure at one of the lunches, I did eat dessert (after I ate lunch at my desk) so that I wouldn’t feel completely left out.

Carnitas three ways

Gimme Some Oven Carnitas

One of reasons I’m doing #cook90 is to try cooking new things, the first thing on my list was carnitas. I followed this simple and easy recipe from Gimme Some Oven that you can make in your slow cooker. I love a good recipe that you can set and forget. The trick to this recipe is crisping the carnitas in the oven after they finish cooking in the slow cooker. From that one recipe I was able to make three different meals: enchiladas, a polenta bowl and nachos. Note: I halved the recipe — there’s no way I could eat four or five pounds of pork.

Enchiladas carnitas

The enchilada recipe also came from Gimme Some Oven, and even included a homemade enchilada sauce. Making the sauce was so much easier that I thought it would be and so so good — goodbye store bought enchilada sauce!

Carnitas polenta bowl

Next up the polenta bowl, which was sort of inspired by the carnitas sopes at Saison Market here in Richmond. I layered polenta (I used the store bought tube, because hey, I already made enchilada sauce and carnitas this week), cuban style beans and fire roasted corn from Trader Joe’s, carnitas and cheese and topped it with a fried egg.

Nachos

Last but not least, I used some of the remaining carnitas to make nachos. Finding different ways to use the carnitas I made early in the week kept things interesting and meant I didn’t get bored of eating the same protein over and over again. When you’re only cooking for one, this is often a challenge I run into since many recipes are written to serve two, four or six people.

Mosaic Kale-Farro Shrimp Salad Copy Cat

Kale Farro Shrimp Salad Copy Cat

I am not a big salad person, although I do end up eating them for lunch at least a couple of times a week (usually begrudgingly). And I rarely eat a salad for lunch when I’m at a restaurant, but the kale-farro shrimp salad from Mosaic is my exception. Why you might ask? Well, this salad is full of goodies —roasted sweet potatoes, dried blueberries, grilled shrimp, toasted almonds — served over a bed of kale, and dressed with a balsamic smoked honey vinaigrette.

I don’t have a grill and it’s early March so I didn’t grill the shrimp, but I did marinade it in this flavorful and simple roasted garlic herb sauce. Seriously, so easy (as long as you have a blender or food processor) and it adds so much garlicky goodness and bright lemon flavor. In addition to the garlic sauce I also tried my hand at making this honey balsamic vinaigrette from Martha Stewart, and made it a little creamier with the addition of a dollop of greek yogurt. After realizing how easy it is to make dressings from scratch at home, I’m not sure I’ll ever need to buy it from the store again.

Keeping lunch and breakfast simple

Easy healthy breakfast - Yogurt bowl

As I eased into more thoughtful and unfamiliar cooking last week, I also made sure to stick to a few staples so that I didn’t get overwhelmed. For breakfast that meant making a few yogurt bowls — plain greek yogurt topped with shredded unsweetened coconut, sliced banana, blueberries, Kashi organic cinnamon harvest cereal, flaxseed meal, a scoop of peanut butter and a drizzle of raw honey.

And for lunch, my go to recently has been a plate packed with avocado toast, chicken sausage and half a roasted sweet potato. I did get a little fancy with my avocado toast this week.

Avocado toast lunch

Idle Hands’ Eps bread replaced my typical sprouted bread from Trader Joe’s and instead of just using avocado and spices I layered flavors starting with chive and onion cream cheese, some of the garlic herb sauce I mentioned earlier and smashed avocado.

Now I’m on to the next week, if you want to share your favorite recipe with me you can still do that here, I’m sure that on week three I’ll start running out of ideas!

P.S. Any other food bloggers out there excited for the time change on Sunday? I cannot wait to have natural light in my dark apartment so that I can actually take some decent photos of my dinners. Hence why the carnitas photos are so dark and the lunch/breakfast photos in this post are so much lighter and brighter!

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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.

Sausage & Black Pepper Honey Pizza at Tazza Kitchen

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.

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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!

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Gelati Celesti Boulevard Richmond

Ice cream lovers, get excited, because the Scott’s Addition location of Gelati Celesti opens to the public today at noon! And if you stop by on opening day, you might be treated to something special… 😉

The new shop is located at 1400 N. Boulevard, at the corner of Boulevard and Norfolk Street. It has all the ice cream you’ve come to know and love, along with industrial, yet inviting feel we’ve come to expect in Scott’s Addition. This is the fourth and largest location to date.

We had a chance to check out the sweet new digs at a preview event last night, and even Governor Terry McAuliffe was there to celebrate the success and growth that Gelati Celesti has experienced since opening in 1984.

We couldn’t resist doing an ice cream taste test so we could share a few of our favorite flavors with you from the menu. We’re also pretty excited about the retractable garage door, which was open on this unseasonably warm February night.

Most Popular Gelati Celesti Flavors

1. Chocolate Decadence. The number one best seller for the past 30 years, comparable to brownie batter.

2. Just Ask. White Chocolate-based ice cream mixed with creamy peanut butter and oreo chunks.

3. Salted Caramel. It’s just like it sounds!

Meg’s Favorite Gelati Celesti Flavors

My favorite Gelati Celesti flavor of all time is Just Ask, but I decided to branch out for the purpose of this taste test – M

1. Mango Sorbetto. Straight up mango, as fresh as it gets! As delicious as this tasted in February, I know it will taste even better on a hot summer day.

2. Buskey Hard Cider. I love hard cider so much I had to try this flavor, and it’s amazing how much the flavor came through! If you’re a cider fan, give this one a try.

3. Baklava. I thought I would like this one, I just didn’t know how much! Now if we can just get the Richmond Greek Festival to serve it at this year’s festival.

Kelsey’s Favorite Gelati Celesti Flavors

1. Don’t Ask. When I saw this on the menu, I couldn’t help but ask about it. Made with chocolate decadence ice cream, Golden Oreos and peanut butter, it’s basically the opposite of Meg’s all-time favorite Just Ask.

2. Praline and Cream. My all-time favorite Gelati Celesti flavor is cinnamon, but it’s seasonal and wasn’t on the menu. This was the closest flavor they had to cinnamon and I loved the added crunch from the praline.

3. Coffee and Cream. This coffee ice cream is for the latte lovers out there. It is not nearly as strong as the Dark and Dark Blanchard’s flavor ice cream or the Ironclad coffee flavor — although both are also delicious.

You can visit the new Scottt’s Addition location of Gelati Celesti Monday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

What’s your favorite ice cream from Gelati Celesti? Tell us in the comments below!

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Sometimes, you don’t know a dining scene is missing something until that something comes along. That seems to have been the case with North End Juice Co. where even in the cold February weather, things are Busy with a capital B — and they’ve been that way ever since this walk up window opened up to customers just two months ago on December 3.

Located at 718 N. Cleveland Street between West Franklin Street and Park Avenue in the Museum District, this small but mighty juice bar and restaurant is cranking out an impressive assortment of empanadas, smoothies, smoothie bowls and you guessed it, juice (plus about a million other tasty items)!

Seven days a week you’ll find brothers Cliff and Channing Miller — and sometimes a few more smiling faces — behind the counter, taking customer orders, and juicing and blending every drink to order. The restaurant itself is very family friendly and accommodating to kids of all ages. And they’re keeping things in the family with the space next door, too. Their mom, Debra Miller bought the space that formerly housed Cakes by Graham, to open her Richmond location of Incredible Edibles Bakery which specializes in wedding cakes. We were even told that they’ll soon be serving up ice cream out of the Incredible Edibles Bakery space, once the weather warms up!

If you plan to visit, North End Juice Co. is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Select menu items are available at markets throughout town including Cleveland Market and Outpost Richmond.

North End Juice Co. Vegan Ceviche

North End Juice Co. Richmond

The Dish

Everything at North End Juice Co. is made in house and made to order, and it shows through in the quality of every single item on the menu. Specials are offered every single day, so even if you’re a regular to this Museum District spot, there will always be something new for you to try. And everything on the menu is reasonably priced, too, with offerings ranging from $1.50 to $8.

My favorite thing I’ve had the chance to taste at North End is the Butch Trucks smoothie (yes, named after the drummer from The Allman Brothers Band) made with peaches, strawberries and fresh pressed apples. I already have my eye on the pimento cheese and baked empanadas for my next visit. And as someone who’s currently battling a cold, I’m thinking about stopping by ASAP for The Medicine Man shot, 1.5 oz of ginger, lemon, orange juice, honey and apple cider vinegar.

The best advice I can give you about North End Juice Co. doesn’t have to do with what’s on the menu —  because it’s all good — but with the timing of your visit. Get there early, and you’ll have the best chance at everything on the menu being available. No matter when you go, the service from the Miller brothers will be top notch, exactly what you would hope for from your walk up neighborhood spot.

-M

I’ve visited North End Juice Co. on a few cold mornings — thankfully they have heaters to keep you warm while you wait — and I cannot get over how big the ham, egg and cheese croissant is. The flaky buttery croissant dough paired with the warm egg, melted cheese and salty ham makes for the perfect hand-held comfort food. And even though it is huge, it’s really hard not to eat the whole thing in one sitting. It’s just that good. It’s too bad it isn’t good for you. To balance things out I like to wash the croissant down with the Bee’s Knees smoothie (mango, almond milk and honey) or the Greengo, a fresh pressed juice comprised of cucumber, kale, spinach, apple, celery, lemon and ginger.

Stuffed croissant at North End Juice Co. richmond

I’m also partial to the cajun chicken salad, which is not a sandwich but a tub of chicken salad that you can take home with you. The cajun spices definitely give it a kick. It is very peppery (in a good way) and almost reminds me of a few buffalo chicken salad recipes without the blue cheese. I love the added crunch from the crisp the celery and red onion.

Cajun chicken salad
If I’m attempting to be somewhat healthy, I’ll pick up a tub and use it in my salads at home or just eat it like a dip with some everything pretzel chips.

Oh and Hazel loves North End Juice Co. too! She’s trying to step up her model game so she can be featured as NorthEndJuiceCo’s Instagram #Dogoftheday.

-K

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