Live your best sandwich life. One of my all time favorite food trucks in Richmond is the Sammich truck. Usually you can catch them at SOTJ for a breakfast sandwich or around town during the week (think Hardywood and at The Martin Agency). And now you can grab a sandwich on the go from Outpost Richmond. Three varieties are currently available, now including this vegan sandwich that can only be described as beautiful.
Brookland Park Boulevard is on fire (in a good way). Towards the end of last year, Richmond BizSense did a deep dive into Brookland Park Boulevard being a diamond in the rough, and some were even wondering if the area was going to be the next Scott’s Addition. Well, eight months later, new developments keep rollin’ in. Things sort of got worse before they got better with Street Car Cafe’s sudden closure. But since that news broke, Lunchonette Northside opened, Black Hand Coffee is officially roasting coffee beans with a cafe in the works, Lamplighter has an offer on a property and two sisters are turning an auto repair shop into a restaurant — Dixie Bell’s.
Puppers and doggos are a 12/10. DoggoLingo is a real thing people and if you need a pick me up this week I suggest reading this article from NPR on the internet trend that you might’ve missed. Hazel is of course is of course a h*cking good girl.
Happiest of hours. High on my happy hour to do list is Flora. One, because it is super convenient to my apartment and two, because they’re running some awesome deals. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. you find half price Pacificos and $2 off draft beer, wine, cocktails and small plates. I want the chilaquiles, like now, and I’m hoping this frozen hibiscus grapefruit sangria wasn’t a one time deal.
821 cafe is officially a teenager! The restaurant just steps from VCU’s Monroe Park Campus recently celebrated its 13th anniversary. They also recently unveiled a new spring menu (sign me up for the fried zucchini tacos) and a revamped outdoor patio.
Another day, another best of list. Richmond was recently named to Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities for Brunch. Richmond, Va. ranked number six, featuring mentions of Southbound (I can vouch), Metzger Bar and Butchery (co-sign) and Lucy’s (need to try). Richmond wasn’t the only Virginia city to make the list, Norfolk came in at number 15.
What to add to your calendar
One night only? On Thursday, May 4, Stock Provisions is hosting a ramen pop-up (OMG!) at the Veil Brewing Company. They’ll be slinging all the nood(el)s, both of the veggie and pork variety and bonus points because the pork is coming from Autumn Olive Farms (fancy!). Join them from 6-9 p.m. but plan on going early in case they sell out. See you there?
Good things come in threes. Gold Cart is hosting its third pop up event on Sunday, May 7 and they must’ve known that Richmond made Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities for Brunch, because you guessed it, they are taking on brunch. Everything on the menu sounds amazing and if you’ve ever wanted to have brunch at Pasture, here’s your chance. The Jean Claude Van Brunch Gold Cart pop-up is happenin’ on Sunday May 7th and starts at 11:30 a.m.
The O.G. Virginia Hopped Cider. This weekend, Blue Bee Cider (the first hopped cider made in Virginia) is hosting the Virginia Hopped Cider Festival to celebrate the beverage’s growth throughout the Commonwealth. Eleven Virginia hopped ciders will be available, and entry to the festival is free — although a $15 ticket will get you a flight of five Virginia hopped ciders, three glasses of cider or a ticket to a Grand Tasting class. Camden Dogtown Market, Continental Divide and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches will be on site with food and there will also be art and live music. Pro tip: pack sunscreen it is going to be a scorcher this weekend.
This is your final reminder. It is Restaurant Week in RVA! $4.17 of every RRW meal at participating restaurants will be donated to the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Make plans and go enjoy a three course meal for a great cause, you have no excuses, there are 40 restaurants to choose from.