If there’s anything that Americans love to do, it’s go out to eat. And who can blame them? There’s always something special – and tasty – about sitting down to a delicious meal that’s brought to you piping hot with an ice cold beverage along side. So much so, the restaurant industry produced $683 billion in sales last year alone, according to the National Restaurant Association.
There are nearly 1 million restaurants in the United States today, based on industry estimates, so there’s not a chance you’d ever be able to visit every one of them even if that were your life’s work. But if you live in Richmond and want the best cuisine Virginia’s capital city has to offer, look no further than the following five fine food establishments:
When you think of Asian cuisine, you probably don’t consider Richmond as the city that sets the American standard, but you may think otherwise after dining at Mekong, located on West Broad Street. Mekong is where Far East taste sensations come to life, serving as the city’s hub for Vietnamese specialties like cha gio chay, sup hoanh thanh – better known as wonton soup – and banh mi sandwiches. It also specializes in its beer selections, as its website references. Mekong has been dubbed Style Weekly’s pick for Richmond’s Best Asian Restaurant several times over the years.
Virginia is home to Southern living and cuisine, and the eatery that “graces” Grace Street epitomizes Southern hospitality. Richmond Magazine calls Pasture an oasis for down-home country food that effectively blends the conventional with the unorthodox, putting a spin on favorite dishes without sacrificing taste sensations Southern foodies have come to love. Taste-tantalizing appetizers include pinto bean dip with tortillas, pimento cheese on Ritz crackers, and red wine jelly pork meatballs.
Lunch or Supper
Described a classic southern smokehouse that’s tucked away in RVA’s latest up and coming neighborhood of Scott’s Addition, surrounded by local breweries, local produce, and local farms, LUNCH.SUPPER! utilizes all that Richmond has to offer to bring you our version of a homegrown experience. Since 2012 they’ve been received by the community as one of the first modern eateries in the historic neighborhood.
Visitors to Richmond stay at The Jefferson Hotel for dwelling accommodations when on business or vacation, but they may not leave it after dining at Lemaire, which is located inside on West Franklin Street. Renovated in 2009, Lemaire has been a Richmond landmark for cuisine that’s inspired by the Old Dominion State’s heritage, including farm-to-table specialties like free range Joyce Farms chicken breast, the Lemaire house ground “barnyard” burger, and caraway dusted jumbo sea scallops.
Bottom’s Up Pizza
Some say that if you’ve been to one pizza place, you’ve been to them all. Those that do clearly haven’t tasted what’s coming out of Bottom’s Up Pizza’s ovens, a company that frequenters say is their top destination for the best pie in town. Conveniently located at 1700 Dock Street, Bottom’s Up is a multi-time selection for Best Pizza in Richmond by Style Weekly, calling their slices “not for the faint of heart,” serving up the thickest pieces of cheesy, saucy goodness that will have you screaming for more. Its signature pizzas include remocaldo renegade, maggie malay, and chesapeake, which is topped with fresh crab meat and sweet onions.
Bring your appetite for what these Richmond eateries are serving up – you won’t be let down.