This week in Richmond restaurant news.
11 Months, the rotating restaurant concept brought to you by the owner of Don’t Look Back and New York Deli, is now open in Carytown. It’s opening theme: BFFs. Seriously. Soft open hours through the weekend. Yaki, in Jackson Ward, appears to be days away from opening — it just got its ABC license — and we cannot wait to taste all of the yakitori. The Capital Ale House owners are planning to open a beer garden/restaurant in the Woodlake Commons Shopping center (in Midlothian) later this summer. And also in Midlothian, Chesterfield County’s first Mellow Mushroom is set to open in June. Look at you go Midlo, look at you go.
An avocado toast article, but probably not the one you saw floating around Facebook.
If you’ve ever ordered avocado toast in a restaurant and thought to yourself this is amazing but why am I paying $11 for half an avocado smashed on toast? Here’s your answer. P.S. If you’re in San Francisco, or planning a visit, I highly recommend the avocado toast at Cafe St. Jorge. But only if you bring me back a slice!
On the other side of the coin, Richmond is home to some delicious cheap eats.
Richmond Magazine’s latest cover story was all about the cheap eats. And they even included some of our favorites, like the pupusas from Shelly’s Food – Comida Latina, the bagel sandwiches at Black Hand and the battle ships at Black Sheep. And Stephanie Breijo has us dying to try Pop’s Dog’s & Ma’s Burgers, the 16 ft. x 16 ft. diner in Lakeside. She’s been doing God’s work taste testing a variety of chili cheese fries options at Pop’s and we salute her for it.
For what it’s worth.
The people have spoken and Style Weekly’s Best of Richmond list has been released. You’ll find the results from this year’s reader’s poll for a variety of categories from burgers to doughnuts and brunch to favorite Richmond chef. See if your favorite spots made the cut here.
Step up your Memorial Day Weekend game.
Grilling season officially kicks off this weekend — okay realistically it probably kicked off weeks ago — and if you’re looking to impress your friends and family over the weekend here are a few things to get you started: when to grill with the lid open or closed, apparently wine coolers are back and these are the one’s worth trying, the best use cases for gas vs. charcoal (I thought the answer was always charcoal?), and 13 tips for improving your grilling from BBQ experts.
In weird food trends made popular by you guessed it, Instagram.
What to add to your calendar
If Saturday Farmers’ Markets aren’t for you.
The Scott’s Addition Farmer’s Market kicks off this Sunday at the Veil. Drink a brew while you shop, we hear they have good ones, and stock up on fresh produce and meats for Monday’s grilling festivities. You can expect vendors like Stock Provisions, Agriberry, Nate’s Bagels and Ninja Kombucha.
I want to ride my bicycle.
Breakaway RVA’s second ride of the season is tomorrow! Join your fellow community members to explore RVA and make Richmond a more bike friendly city. Routes range from 3-5 miles and will take place throughout the city at 6 p.m. Find the nearest starting location and sign up here.
Sour beer lovers, where you at?
Confession: I love sour beers. Really they are the only style of beer I consistently like no matter the brewery, and Ardent has teamed up with O’Connor (a brewery in Norfolk) for a Gose release on June 3. Added bonus: ZZQ and Aloi will be on site feeding hungry beer drinkers.
Go early, or suffer in the crowds.
That is the advice I always give when someone asks me about Broad Appetit. Can you believe my favorite Richmond Food Festival is just a week and a half away! Here’s the 411: $3 small plates, some of Richmond’s best restaurants, come hungry, leave full and it all benefits our local food bank — FeedMore.
Speaking of events with delicious foods benefiting a good cause.
The food and drink line up at the Brewer’s Ball (on June 1) this year looks fantastic, as always. Some of the participating breweries include Triple Crossing, Isley, Ardent and Steam Bell, and some of the participating restaurants include Rappahannock, Southbound, Heritage and Mosaic. The night’s festivities benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are $75 and include food, drink and parking.