Jun 18, 2015

Virginia is For Lovers

What started out as a visit to our friends at Rappahannock ended up being a blossoming romance with a new city. Had we been better versed in the depth of the Richmond food scene, we would have allowed ourselves more time for our culinary adventure. Here are our must-eats to prevent you from making the same mistake we did, (we ended up changing our flight to keep eating and drinking and taking all of Richmond). So save a long weeekend for this trip, or just get flight insurance.

Dutch & Company – 400 N 27th St. (Church Hill)

Caleb Shriver and Phillip Perrow’s new(ish) neighborhood gem is a tiny restaurant with giant flavors and a lesson in precise technique. There’s no better deal than their three-course prix-fixe at $28 for an appetizer, entree and dessert. May we recommend the Perfect Egg, Rabbit (Loin & Belly Roulade, Meatball, Pierogi), and the Honey Pot!

The Roosevelt – 623 N25th St. (Church Hill)

Lee Gregory is our kind of chef serving our kind of food. His elevated take on southern classics is one of the most innovative in the country. We almost died over the Gnocchi with Lamb Chorizo Ragout & Littlenecks. Thank goodness the Flounder with Sticky Rice and Curried Peanut Sauce saved our lives. Treat yo’self to the Stagg Manhattan (trust us, it’s worth it!) or a bottle off the list featuring only Virginia wines.  (Brunch on Sunday)

The Magpie – 1301 W Leigh St. (Carver)

Owen Lane and Tiffany Gellner’s spot may be RVA’s best kept secret. A top destination for chefs when they’re out of their own kitchens. We loved everything, but the House Made Sausage with Pear Butter, Bleu Cheese, Mint and Pistachio, as well as the Venison with Popcorn Grits are two standouts! Next time, we’re going for brunch and ordering the Savory Bread Pudding made with Sugar Shack Donuts! (Brunch only on Sunday)

Rappahannock- 320 E. Grace St. (Downtown)

In October, Zagat named Travis Croxton (who owns Rappahannock with his cousin, Ryan), number 14 on its list of the "24 Restaurant-World Power Players.” One step into the restaurant and you’ll understand why.

He’s managed to transport the magic of Chesapeake Bay dining into the center of downtown RVA. He also managed to snag Dylan Fultineer, a baller chef from Chicago’s Blackbird, who has created a menu that’s a seafood lover’s dream. (Closed Monday; opens at 3 PM on weekends)

Rogue Gentleman – 618 N 1st St  (Jackson Ward)

This pre-Prohibition speakeasy specializes in “craft libations with house-made bitters, sugars and oils,” which falls right into our wheelhouse of consumption. We were crazy for the punches and the selection of barrel-aged cocktails. Bonus: They have Fernet Branca on tap!