You may think that between working in the same office and doing this blog together, we see each other all the time, but that’s not always the case — especially during the busy summer months. In fact, opposite travel schedules meant that we basically weren’t in Richmond at the same time for the entire month of July. You better believe that when we both landed back in RVA, it was reason enough to celebrate and we decided to check out another spot on our “Where to Dish Next” list.
We lucked out with a beautiful and somewhat cool summer evening, and opted to enjoy a meal on the patio at East Coast Provisions, a seafood restaurant in Carytown formerly known as Water Coastal Kitchen. The space was recently re-branded and renovated by the team at Richmond Restaurant Group, which is a group of six restaurants including The Daily, Pearl Raw Bar, The Hill Cafe and both locations of The Hard Shell in addition to East Coast Provisions.
On our recent visit to East Coast Provisions, we were lucky enough to snag a spot on the patio during happy hour. Needless to say, we were already in a good mood and we hadn’t even had any food or drinks yet.
I had taken a peak at the menu online before we arrived and I knew that choosing just a couple things to eat was going to be hard. I’m not even someone who LOVES seafood, and I was impressed by the expansive selection of both seafood and non-seafood options.
While we were looking at the menus, Mike Ledesma, executive chef of the Richmond Restaurant Group, brought out a few dishes for us to try. We sampled the rabbit pate with blueberries and crostini, grilled endives with sea salt and mascarpone cheese and the hamachi crudo with grey salt, picked cucumber, red onion and jalapeno. My favorites were the hamachi crudo, which was so fresh and light, perfect for summer and the grilled endives. Look for a few of these items to appear soon on the regular or specials menus.
After all that food, I was no longer starving, so I decided to order something “small” off the happy hour menu. The ECP sliders, available only during happy hour, come three to an order and at $6 they feel like a steal. They are by no means small and they are packed with flavor. Topped with arugula, pickled onions, smoked cheddar and a horseradish peppercorn aioli, they would be perfect as a meal (with the edamame or truffle fries) or even to share. I’m a big fan of restaurants that have food and drink deals during happy hour (evidence here), so I can’t wait to go back. Drink specials during happy hour include $4 glasses of wine, $3 well drinks, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2 off draft beer and $2 off select craft cocktails.
And let’s not forget about cocktails. Meg and I both sipped on craft cocktails off the happy hour menu, the Bubbly Fizz — elderflower, prosecco and lemon — and the Sailor on Leave —vodka, grapefruit, lemon and house made grapefruit bitters — both were perfect for a summer night on the patio. – K
This was my second visit to East Coast Provisions, and I haven’t been disappointed on either visit — the food and service were great both times. Some menus just have all of the things I want to eat, and this is one of them!
My favorite thing on the menu is one of the small plates, the PEI mussels. The creamy broth has a good bit of spice to it and is made up of white wine, sriracha, butter, cilantro, garlic and shallots, it is down right delicious. If you get the mussels, I have two pieces of advice: Ask for an extra piece of grilled bread because you’re going to want to sop up all of the delicious broth, and make the mussels a meal by ordering another item off the small plate menu, the truffle parmesan fries. You’ll end up with your own version of Moules-frites, and I promise you’ll be happy.
On this trip to East Coast Provisions, Kelsey and I also tried the smoked salmon small plate, which is served with a deep fried 5 minute egg, Crème fraîche, caviar, red onion, dill and crostini. The deep fried egg was a fun play on the way smoked salmon is usually served.
Though it’s going to be hard for me to order anything but my favorite mussels and fries combo when I go to East Coast Provisions, I must admit I’m eager to try out the simply grilled menu, which includes your choice of either rockfish, salmon, mahi, shrimp or lobster tail seasoned and grilled and served over mixed greens or with roasted potatoes & broccolini. – M
If you visit East Coast Provisions
East Coast Provisions serves lunch, brunch and dinner. In addition to their standard menus, they offer a kids menu, sushi and raw bar menu and a great beer, wine and cocktail list. The restaurant is located at 3411 W. Cary St in the heart of Carytown, and it is open from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. – Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday. If you’re looking for a deal, happy hour is offered Monday – Friday from 4 – 6:30 p.m and the menu includes both food and drink specials.
Reservations can be made via OpenTable or calling the restaurant, but the patio space can’t be reserved. Parking can be difficult in this part of Carytown, but you still shouldn’t have to park more than a few blocks away at most.
All in all, East Coast Provisions is a place that will please the simplest and most adventurous of palates. If you’ve been, we’d love to hear your favorite thing on the menu in the comments below. We’re already planning our next visit!