I’m a big fan of Richmond’s Northside, particularly the Bellevue neighborhood. Something about this part of town just feels friendly and comfortable, almost like you’re going back in time to a place where things move a little bit slower and people are a little bit nicer. Because of that, Taylor and I often find ourselves enjoying time in the quaint neighborhood, whether it’s to dine at one of the many Bellevue restaurants, admire the charming houses that line the streets or pay a visit to neighborhood market Little House Green Grocery.
It’s worth noting the convenience of Bellevue’s dining scene: four of our favorite places to go are on the same street just a few hundred feet away from each other. No joke, it’s the perfect set-up for a progressive dinner.
We spend a lot of time on MacArthur Avenue enjoying these unique and delicious Bellevue restaurants.
Dot’s Back Inn
Known for its appearance on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Dot’s Back Inn is what brought me to the Northside for the first time when I moved to Richmond. My first visit to this neighborhood spot didn’t disappoint. Five years later Dot’s is still among my most frequented restaurants, especially when the weather is nice and I can enjoy their patio, which is is one of my favorite places to enjoy a meal outside.
Everything on the menu is good, but I visit again and again for the burgers and the seafood. The specials menu is filled with different seafood options every day, and the fried oysters are out of this world. If you time your visit right during the summer months, there’s a good chance you’ll find a soft shell crab sandwich or fried green tomato caprese on the menu and if you do, you’ll definitely want to include both in your order.
One of my favorite things about Dot’s? It has a definite “cheers” vibe, and it’s a place where everyone is friendly, from the owner to the servers to the other people that are there enjoying a meal.
Morsels on MacArthur
Every neighborhood needs a place to get your sweet fix, right? Morsels on MacArthur is that place in Bellevue. Morsels opened just over a year ago, offering specialty baked goods and late-night desserts. The menu includes both standard items and specials that change weekly.
Morsels does have a few seats inside the shop, but it’s also a great place to stop in and grab dessert to go. Offerings include everything from peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes to white chocolate raspberry bars and cupcakes served layered in a cup. My personal favorites are the mud drops, a mix of brownie and cookie doughs covered in chocolate, and the billionaire bars, a candy bar like treat with chocolate, peanut butter, nougat, peanuts and salted caramel.
If you’re looking for something for a special occasion like a wedding or a birthday, Morsels also does specialty orders and speciality cakes.
Omega Grecian Restaurant
Without a doubt, Greek food is one of my favorite types of food — everything is just so fresh and flavorful. So when Omega Grecian Restaurant restaurant recently invited us to come check out their restaurant on MacArthur, I was pretty excited to give it a try — especially when a quick look at the Yelp reviews showed a few people saying this restaurant gives Stella’s a run for it’s money.
When Taylor and I went we found that Wednesday means meze night, where they offer happy hour and appetizer specials from 5 p.m. to close. We started our meal with complimentary warm freshly baked bread that came with olive oil and seasonings for dipping. We shared a few things from the menu including the Greek salad, Greek spaghetti and two items off the meze menu, the saganaki and calamari. Everything we had was delicious, down to the tzatziki sauce that was served with the calamari.
From the cozy atmosphere to the stand out food, we agreed over dinner that eating at Omega felt akin to a mini vacation. I’m already planning my next visit so I can try the chicken kebabs and Grecian slaw, and I’m thinking Omega will quickly become a regular spot for us.
The Mill on MacArthur
Anyone who knows me well knows that I like to have options when eating. I think it’s fun — though sometimes challenging — to choose between different items on a great menu, so much so that I sometimes even hang on to a menu after I’ve ordered, just to think about what I could get the next time. For me, The Mill on MacArthur has one of the best menus in town. Full of locally-sourced ingredients, it’s filled with items that put a unique twist on old favorites.
On a recent visit with friends, our table enjoyed everything from the house-cooked chips served with a fresh-made French onion dip to the baked sweet potato filled with a fresh-made sweet corn & black bean mixture made with cilantro, cumin & red onions drizzled with a sriracha-lime sour cream. I took the opportunity to make my own pasta dish and combined vermicelli pasta with a lemon sage sauce and parmesan crusted chicken, a combination that did not disappoint.
In addition to being a great dinner option, The Mill at MacArthur also serves up one of my favorite brunches in town on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Do you know about another Northside spot we should try? Let us know in the comments!