Patience will be rewarded. This week’s updates on the #RVAdine scene include bagels, barbecue x2, and breaking news one of our favorite chefs. Nate’s Bagels, which has been poppin’ up all over town for about a year will be officially opening his own shop at the corner of Cary and Allen in the Fan this winter. In barbecue news, major progress on ZZQ in Scott’s Addition has happened seemingly over night. Over in Manchester, the owners of Inner City Blues Carolina BBQ in the East End will be opening Pig and Brew. And last but certainly not least, Chef Mike Ledesma announced yesterday that he’ll be opening a new restaurant in the old Joy Garden space in Scott’s Addition, but don’t get too excited, the yet to be named place won’t open until 2018.
The brains and taste buds behind some killer cookies. If you’ve ever had the fortune of patronizing a Milk Bar location, you know it’s good. Christina Tosi, the CEO of Milkbar, is a Boss with a capital B and you should read this long form piece by Eater on her
because I said so. After reading, tell me you don’t want to hop on the train up to NYC to try crack pie or one of her other insanely rich treats — I dare ya. Oh, and here’s a sentence I lol’ed at, “Tosi hasn’t gone after former Milk Bar employees who have erected copycat bakeries. She’s simply quietly lost respect for them while she’s gone on to develop new techniques.” BURN.
Attention Tailgaters. Football season is now in full swing (Go Hokies!) and that means it is time to step up your tailgating routine. There is no excuse for dry burgers and rubbery hot dogs. If you’re looking to improve your grilling skills, check out these 10 tips for better burgers from Serious Eats. I can vouch for tip #6 there’s nothing worse and an underseasoned, bland burger. And for all those still mourning the loss of Stroops, the New York Times did a taste test of hot dogs, so that you don’t have to. Spoiler alert: the winning dogs are sold exclusively at Whole Foods.
Drooling over these dishes. Is it just me or are Richmond’s restaurants, makers and food trucks stepping up their Instagram games lately? A couple of “dishes” caught my attention last week: (1) Nightingale Ice Cream’s chocolate espresso ice cream sandwich (making a comeback this fall), (2) Gaucho’s Peruvian style fried rice with braised pork, (3) and Yaki’s fried chicken don.
Laser pointers in the kitchen? David Uzzell is the saucier at Marcel’s, a fine dining restaurant in Washington, D.C. And to get his attention his fellow coworkers must often use a laser pointer to get his attention. Why? Because David has been deaf for almost his entire life. Read his story over on The Salt, a blog from NPR.
What to add to your calendar
Festivals, festivals and more festivals. This weekend St. James Armenian Church is hosting the 59th (yes, you read that right) Armenian Food Festival. I’ll take all of the meat pies, please. And if you’re a planner, the RTD has a great guide to all of the Festivals (food or not) happening in September, here.
Pups on the patio. Venture Richmond is hosting its second Dog’s of Downtown happy hour, Thursday at Max’s on Broad. Check out their new patio and the Maggie L. Walker Statue and enjoy the gorgeous weather we’re expecting for Thursday. Fido is welcome (obviously) and there will be food/drink specials, plus free pup portraits!
Last sips of summer. This Friday, Trapezium (down in Petersburg) is releasing its award winning fruit beer, the Strawberry Blonde Ale. If you haven’t made the short trip yet, hey guys it is only a 30-minute drive, you should definitely make the trip soon. There will be live music and some stellar pizza too.
Planning ahead. Mark your calendars for the second annual Current art fair, September 28 – October 1 at Main Street Station. If you have not had a chance (like me) to check out the newly renovated event venue, now’s your chance! And you’ll get to see some fantastic art curated by some of Richmond’s best local galleries (fo free). VIP preview tickets are also available, more details here.