Billy Jack’s Shack, Hardywood heads west and more. A second restaurant from the owners of Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint is set to open in Richmond this spring, Billy Jack’s Shack. Described in Richmond BizSense as Jack Brown’s on steroids, I’m already excited. A ribbon cutting for Hardywood West Creek took place this week, with brewing expected to start in late February. Last but not least, the 2018 Elby award nominations are out, so take a look and see if any of your favorite spots made the cut.
The first new menu item in over a decade. Last week, the internet was abuzz with the news that with the new year, In-N-Out was introducing a new item to its very limited menu for the first time in 15 years — hot chocolate. Available at all 328 locations, the beverage is served with mini marshmallows on the side. The most recent item on the menu prior to cocoa? Lemonade, which made its debut back in 2003. You can thank me later if this is a Jeopardy question at some point down the line!
Speaking of Jeopardy…and totally unrelated to food news, have you all heard of the app HQ Trivia? Some friends introduced me to it recently, and I’ve gotta say, I’m hooked. You can find more details on the game here, which had over a million people tune in to play for the first time ever this past Sunday.
Snow-friendly recipes. Thankfully, temperatures are finally going up here in Richmond, but you’re going to want to file this recipe collection called Cooking for the Storm from The New York Times away for the next time a snowstorm hits. Soups, stews, roasts and baked goods all make an appearance, they’ve included all of the snow day essentials!
I’m joining the bandwagon. The avocado toast bandwagon, that is. I don’t know why, but it was just never something I got into. New year, new me I guess because I am ALL about it this year — I think I’ve made it three times in the past week. I’ve gone pretty simple so far, with toast, a fried egg, mashed avocado and hot sauce with salt and pepper, but if you’ve got any must-try combinations to recommend, please let me know in the comments below.
Is the glass half empty or half full? Food Republic put together a list of food predictions for 2018, and there’s something for everyone on the list, whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist. One of the positive predictions is an increased appreciation of the longstanding neighborhood restaurant (something I think we can all get behind!) and one of the negative predictions is that alcohol prices will increase. You can see more thoughts for the year ahead here.
What to add to your calendar
Hidden Figures at The Byrd! One of the best movies I’ve seen in recent years is playing at The Byrd on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., and I highly encourage you to go see it if you haven’t watched Hidden Figures yet. Bonus: tickets are way less than you would pay at the normal movie theater, and The Byrd offers much more to look at!
They say the third time’s the charm. And an event supporting VCU Massey Cancer Center, Richmond Brunch Weekend, is coming back for the third time this year on March 24 and March 25. Richmond restaurants, if you’re reading this, there’s still time to get involved. The rest of you, just save the date for a weekend filled with brunch.