Now we’re into our fourth installment of GOOD EATS RVA, filled to the brim with restaurant news, new menus at local eateries, chef series and more. If you’re still among the few who missed RVA Magazine’s launch of GOOD EATS RVA, head over here to read up on it.
Just as before, we’ve got a huge helping this go around, so make some more room on your plate and pull up a chair and get ready for some GOOD EATS.
Richmond’s 2nd Annual Brunch Weekend
BRUNCH!!! Even if you’ve only lived in Richmond for a short time, you know how obsessed we are with brunch. Just step outside Sunday mid-morning on Main Street or Carytown or check out the line down the block at Millie’s diner and you can see everywhere is out getting their brunch fix. Luckily, last year Richmond dedicated an entire weekend to it, and there are a ton of restaurants involved ready to serve your hungry, hungover body.
Julep’s New Southern Cuisine
Richmond’s 2nd Annual Brunch Weekend will kickoff Friday at 5 pm at Southern Railway Taphouse and continue through this weekend. Local restaurants have created special menus with 10 percent of proceeds going toward VCU Massey Cancer Center. Some of the restaurants include The Daily Kitchen And Bar, 3 Monkeys, Savory Grain, The Betty on Davis, and Max’s on Broad. You can get more details and a list of all the restaurants here.
North End Juice Co. adds New Specials and Juices
North End Juice Co., a new sidewalk juice bar and walk-up window on North Cleveland Street serving fresh-pressed juices, acai bowls, smoothies, to-go salads, has some awesome new specials and new jucie creations which include Watermelon Gazpacho and Green Detox. Check out them menu and juices below.
Rapp Session reopens after fire, Rappahannock Restaurant remains closed
After a horrible fire at oyster and seafood restaurant Rappahannock Restaurant that forced it and its sister restaurant next door Rapp Session East Grace Street to close at the beginning of March, they are making progress. The oyster bar Rapp Session reopened March 9 and has resumed regular hours. Rappahannock is still closed.
Burger Bach taking over Wells Fargo in Carytown
Carytown burger joint Burger Bach is moving just down the block from its location at the corner of N. Thompson and West Cary streets and taking over the former Wells Fargo building at 3426 W. Cary St. The restaurant needed more space and will open in the 2,100 square foot building in June, according to Richmond BizSense.
Hattie Mae’s Southern Kitchen now open at Willow Lawn
Hattie Mae’s Southern Kitchen is now open at Willow Lawn in the former American Taproom space. The restaurant opened on the 15th and serves up southern specialities like hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, peel & eat shrimp, catfish, chicken and waffles and more. See the full menu here.
Saadia’s Juice Box and Yoga Bar opens
Saadia’s Juice Box and Yoga Bar opened in the heart of Jackson Ward at 402 1/2 N. 2nd St. on March 3rd. On our menu you can find healthful concoctions of smoothies, raw juices, salads, wellness shots, teas and coffee. The shop also offers yoga and meditation classes. You can find their menu and yoga class schedule at the link above. I also suggest following them on instagram @saadiasjuicebox because they’re posts are drool-worthy.
RVA Food Truck Mean Bird to open in former StickyToGoGo space
Sarah and Mike Moore, owners of local fried chicken and vegan fried chicken food truck Mean Bird will open a storefront in the former StickyToGoGo spot in April. The space will be mostly takeout, a few seats for dining and a market carrying specialty foods from RVA artisans. You can read more in our interview with them here.
A look at Richmond’s Willie Byrd Dark Chocolate Sauce
RVA Mag recently profiled the women behind Wille Byrd Chocolate Sauce, a business that’s been selling four types of sauces to Richmond for the last three years, but began as a family recipe from the owner Scottie Phillips’ grandfather. It was passed down to her and her sister after her grandfather, the original Willie Byrd, died in 1994. They now sell four types including Peppermint, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, and Sea Salt Caramel at Libbie Market, Ellwood Thompson’s, Whole Foods, For the Love of Chocolate and Stella’s Grocery locally as well as 35 stores across Virginia and a few in Atlanta. You read up on how they got started here.
Long read: After 22 years, Cary St. Cafe’s owner has nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
Wed Editor Brad Kutner had the chance to sit down with Robyn Chandler, the longtime owner of Cary St. Cafe and find out her back story, how she managed to get involved with the hippie bar known for its regular live music and how she’s managed to keep it successful.
You can check RVA Magazine’s interview with Chandler here.
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Photo Credit: Richmond Brunch Weekend