All about the restaurant weeks. Do you own a bike? Do you live near one of the new RVA Bike Share stations? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you have no reason not to participate in Richmond’s first Bike Restaurant Week, hosted by Sports Backers. See the list of participating restaurants here, and reserve your spot before the specials end on September 21. It’s time to start making a game plan for the restaurant week you don’t have to bike to, the list of the restaurants participating in this fall’s Richmond Restaurant Week was released earlier this week. Restaurant news from across the river. Things are happenin’ over in Manchester (finally)! One of Meg and I’s favorite lunch spots is Plant Zero — my go to order is the kickin’ chicken wrap — and did you know they’re now doing dinner? Style Weekly’s Karen Newton has all of…

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Patience will be rewarded. This week’s updates on the #RVAdine scene include bagels, barbecue x2, and breaking news one of our favorite chefs. Nate’s Bagels, which has been poppin’ up all over town for about a year will be officially opening his own shop at the corner of Cary and Allen in the Fan this winter. In barbecue news, major progress on ZZQ in Scott’s Addition has happened seemingly over night. Over in Manchester, the owners of Inner City Blues Carolina BBQ in the East End will be opening Pig and Brew. And last but certainly not least, Chef Mike Ledesma announced yesterday that he’ll be opening a new restaurant in the old Joy Garden space in Scott’s Addition, but don’t get too excited, the yet to be named place won’t open until 2018. The brains and taste buds behind some killer cookies. If you’ve ever had the fortune of patronizing a…

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Sound the alarms! Guys I have been stalking Chairlift for a good six months, like literally. I would walk by the storefront with Hazel every couple of weeks to just see if there was any progress and the day is finally here! The cafe that’s attached to Brenner Pass opens today (at 8 a.m.). YAY! You can expect many coffee, desserts and charcuterie photos on the letsshareadish Instagram page in the future. Let me tell you a bit about my favorite show to binge on Netflix. If I’ve had a conversation with you in the last three months, odds are I’ve either somehow worked the Great British Baking Show into our chat, or I’ve spent time plotting how to tell you about how much I love it without sounding insane. And while the show is full of all.of.the.baking.drama — like is that soufflé going to fall — the drama that’s been happening in…

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It feels like there’s a national day for almost every food now, and tomorrow (August 23) is no different. It’s National Cuban Sandwich Day! And you better believe I will be celebrating — because who can resist a melty, savory pressed sandwich that’s filled with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and dill pickles. In researching the origins of the Cuban, I found that both Tampa and Miami claim to be the hometown of this tasty treat, but I have to hand it to Tampa, Florida for legally establishing the Cuban as the city’s signature sandwich. Now, I’m going to muddy the waters even more and make a bold claim. One of my favorite places to grab a Cuban here in Richmond is not from Kuba Kuba (although if I do want to go traditional, this is where I go). I’m sort of obsessed with Alamo BBQ’s take the sandwich and…

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The Rogue Gentlemen has been on my so-called RVA happy hour bucket list since it opened more than three years ago. I’m not sure what kept me from visiting, but I sure hope it isn’t another three years before I find my way back. The interior of the space was brighter and airier than I had imagined and the small outdoor patio space is perfect for those warm (but less humid) evenings as Richmond slowly transitions from summer to fall. What can I say, I’m a sucker for comfortable patio furniture (think couches) and some string lights. If the weather is cooperating, I highly recommend ordering a night cap after your meal (or in my case snacks) and taking your drink(s) outside. As a whole, the restaurant almost feels like you’re at home or in your friends home. Let’s start with the drinks When I visited, the restaurant had recently…

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