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#4201 RVA-Is-The-Best

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:56 PM

A new Pakistani/Indian restaurant is coming to Towne Center West.

KABAB GRILL will open (if not already open) in the big large strip mall I'm guessing near the Blue Ridge Mtn. Sports.... that area, while hated by urbanists (like me) is really well built and nicely landscaped. i'm going there cause I'm Indian though.... :rofl:

http://www.downtowns...-in-short-pump/

 

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:44 AM

I think it's the same Kabab Grill that went out of business between the Lowe's and Chesterfield Town Center. The food was okay, but I couldn't get past the paper plates and plastic forks.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:23 AM

Dana Craig took a week off from her restaurant reviewing and, happily, is back on the job at the RTD.

Perhaps lured by pleasant memories of Zuppa which had occupied the New Orleans style building at 18th and East Franklin Streets, she selected its present tenant called MARGARITAS CANTINA for this week's review. After two visits, she awarded the quasi Mexican eatery one-and-a-half stars.

But don't give up on The Bottom, Dana. Former associates of Millie's should be close to opening Tio Pablo on Franklin near 17th. And I'm anxious to read your assessment of a new restro-lounge called 2113 on East Main between 21st and 22nd Streets.

From today's RTD:

http://www2.timesdis...nti-ar-1730508/

MARGARITAS CANTINA
Dana's rating: One-and-a-half stars
101-107 North 18th Street (diagonally across Franklin from the excellent Julep's)
804/225-0331
@MargaritasRVA
Noise level: Average to high
Tab for two: $35

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

There are rumors of a new Spanish/Italian restaurant to be called MAXIMO's coming to 14 North 18th Street in Shockoe Bottom.

The building is between McCormack's Irish Pub and Julep's and I believe it was a chic bar for a while that was praised for its upscale decor.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:43 AM

MINT, the new sibling of Julep's, is aiming for an opening on March 19th in The Fan.

MINT,by owner Amy Cabiness, occupies the space once known as Davis and Main. When Mark Brandon and Barry Pruitt opened Davis & Main a couple of decades ago it was one of the first to establish West Main Street as a "restaurant row."

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

News from Deveron Timberlake's "Short Order" column in the current Style Weekly (with a few added comments by me:)

Richmond restaurant mogul Johnny Giavos launched the latest in his chain called THE CONTINENTAL at 5704 Grove Avenue and had jam-packed houses during what was billed as "soft" openings.

2113 is the name of the new restro-lounge in a former jail next door to the old mansion that, until fairly recent years, housed The Henrico County Court House at 22nd and East Main Streets. 2113 is the actual address of the new bar/lounge/restaurant on East Main between 21st and 22nd Street. Its nearby neighbors include Aziza's; Honey White's; Globehopper, Station 2, Sette, Sensi and Old Original Bookbinder's. Future plans for the 2113 concept are to expand in the city with, possibly, Jackson Ward as the next location.

M BISTRO, at Rocketts Landing, is starting lunch service.

INGRID's BAKERY has opened at 2104 West Cary Street. -- Which bring me to list existing and new-ish food services along West Cary between The Boulevard and Belvidere Street:

From west to east:

CARY STREET CAFE, 2631 W. Cary
ACACIA, 2601 W. Cary
SELBA, 2416 W. Cary
FRESCA ON ADDISON (actually on the corner which would be 2300 W. Cary Street)
BOGARTS, 1903 W. Cary
LITTLE MEXICO, 1328 W. Cary
ELEPHANT THAI, 1100 W. Cary
821 which still calls itself 821 even though it has moved a few doors west to 825 West Cary
MOJO's, 733 W. Cary

And there's a teaser in the window of 815 W. Cary that advertises SWEET FROG, but doesn't say its opening a shop there. (The building is owned by Ed Vasaio of Mamma Zu.)

So, West Cary is rivaling parallel West Main Street as a restaurant/bar row.

Now, after all that, here's Deveron's column from the current Style Weekly:

http://www.styleweek...ent?oid=1682631

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:17 PM

I love all the new choices for nights out, and its great to see that strip of Cary coming to lfe - hopefully someone will develop the massive city compex on the south side of Cary soon, its a great old building that would make cool apartments. Ive been on a tear and tried several new places lately -

Selba is top notch, everything was great and I like the garden room in the back. Acacia was delicious but the service disappeared halfway through dinner and our group was annoyed by their rules against splitting up checks. Pasture was my favorite - impressive food, service, and vibe. I was skeptical of the small plate only thing but ended up loving it because we just got several things and shared (I never knew brussel sprouts could taste that good). Arcadia was also very nice - a bit higher end than Cafe Gutenburg (although I loved that place). I hope they do well, that's such a strategic corner. Oh yeah - and a shout-out for the Whiskey Bar on Robinson!

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

THE PARKSIDE CAFE has announced on its facebook page that it will "temporarily close."

The restaurant, at the bend in the road where Semmes Avenue becomes Forest Hill Avenue, was highly anticipated during its pre-opening phase and received generally good notices.

From today's Richmond Biz Sense:

http://www.richmondb...-parkside-cafe/

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:43 PM

Dana Craig's RTD restaurant review this week is of a town house on Main Street in The Fan called LOCAL EATERY & PUB that specializes in Irish cuisine with a nod to American collegiate tastes.

In addition to Irish stew, bangers and shepherd's pie, the kitchen also puts out beef stroganoff, mac 'n' cheese and lots of sandwiches -- all at reasonable prices.

The busy bar provides appropriate beers and ales by the pint as well as whisky.

One of the unique "sides" Dana enjoyed was fried turnips which she says are reminiscent of fried green tomatoes.

Close to the VCU campus (as is another new restaurant called S$mple), THE LOCAL is building an enthusiastic following.

There's a photo of the house containing the restaurant, but no slide show.

From today's RTD:

http://www2.timesdis...cal-ar-1748404/

THE LOCAL EATERY & PUB
Dana rating: Two-and-a-half stars
1106 West Main Street in The Lower Fan
804/358-1862
Twitter: @TheLocalRVA
Noise level: High
Tab for two: $36

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:56 AM

Coleen Curran lists the restaurants she'd gladly wait in line to enter.

From Richmond dot com:

http://www2.richmond...eat-ar-1741521/

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:14 PM

Karen Newton is (I think) the gal who pens the intriguing blog titled "I Could Go On and On and On...." Occasionally she writes for other publications including River City Rapids and Style Weekly.

Today, she shares her opinion of a new restaurant on West Main Street in The Fan. It is PEACOCK'S PANTRY which Karen likens to a private dinner party in a gussied up home.

The restaurant serves only three nights a week and offers brunch on Sundays. Background music is swing and old standards and the menu would probably appeal to old folks like myself.

From the current Style Weekly:

http://www.styleweek...ent?oid=1672581

PEACOCK'S PANTRY
1731 West Main Street
804/732-3333
http://www.thepeacockspantry.com


Here's another luke-warm review of PEACOCK'S PANTRY.

Jon and Leah Nelson rated it with two-and-a-half stars.

From today's Richmond dot com:

http://www2.richmond...iew-ar-1750498/

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:18 AM

A soft opening for the highly anticipated CONTINENTAL WESTHAMPTON is to take place this week.

Here is Richmond.com's take on it: http://www2.richmond...ton-ar-1735356/
And RVANews' take on it: http://rvanews.com/f...n-the-air/57485

Richmond.com also features a few neat looking photos of the new eatery, and RVANews also includes some bonus news regarding CARYTOWN CUPCAKES and MINT.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:37 PM

More than 75,000 people work in downtown Richmond and many of them like to pick up lunch at one of the food carts and carry it back to the office -- or maybe, on a nice daay, nosh on a park bench. :)

From RVANews:

http://rvanews.com/f...t-culture/57510

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:16 PM

More than 75,000 people work in downtown Richmond and many of them like to pick up lunch at one of the food carts and carry it back to the office -- or maybe, on a nice daay, nosh on a park bench. :)

From RVANews:

http://rvanews.com/f...t-culture/57510


Those are some neat pictures! :good:The 75,000 workforce statistic was quite shocking to me, really, but from all of these pictures, it seems Downtown is full of these neat little meals on wheels vans and is very vibrant and full of people. It is just what the doctor ordered :thumbsup:

Also, I have eaten food from Hunan Cafe's lunch express cart before. The picture of the cart just reminded me of my spring roll and everything.... I'm glad that RVA is full of these little restaurants.... if Richmond counted the food carts as restaurants, we'd have like 200 or 210 restaurants in downtown (including Financial District, Shockoe Bottom, Shockoe Slip, Canal Walk area, Capitol Square, Monroe Ward, Jackson Ward, VCU Medical Center area, and City Center, from Richmond Magazine's 2012 sourcebook) :tough:

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

Johnny and Katrina Giavos, and Katrina's mother Stella, have established a restaurant empire in Richmond with THE SIDEWALK CAFE, KUBA KUBA, 3 MONKEYS, KITCHEN 64, STELLA'S and THE CONTINENTAL. They also opened and operated GIBSON'S GRILL in The National Theatre before turning it over to new owners.

The next generation of the Giavos clan, Constantine, is now establishing a name for himself in the Richmond restaurant scene while mingling with cafe society and show folks in New York City.

From today's Richmond dot com:

http://www2.richmond...vos-ar-1753853/

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:43 PM

Deveron Timberlake's lead story in her current Short Order column is about the recently rejuvenated restaurant called LUNCH at 1213 Summit Avenue in Scott's Addition.

Back in the early '70s a friend of mine named Jake Rothman opened a hot dog restaurant in the building that now houses HAVANA 59 in Shockoe Bottom. The building is directly across the promenade from ROSIE CONNOLLY'S PUB on North 17th Street. It was only one story high at the time (HAVANA 59 added 3 levels.)

When one of the disasterous hurricanes swept through Richmond (I believe her name was Agnes) Jake's hot dog space was flooded to the ceiling. About 50 of his best friends (including myself) spent the Sunday after the storm cleaning out the mud and Jake re-opened soon after.

But he didn't stay long in The Bottom. He opened a diner in one of the back streets of Scotts Addition where he remained as proprietor until his death.

I bet a quarter Jake's diner and LUNCH are one and the same.

From the current Style Weekly:

http://www.styleweek...ent?oid=1685828

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:38 AM

The word "hana" (or derivatives of it) is often found in the names of Japanese restaurants. I believe it translates to "rose."

The latest one is HANAMI SUSHI in the Shoppes at Innsbrook.

Dana Craig found it very much to her liking in today's RTD and awarded it 3 stars.

From today's RTD:

http://www2.timesdis...shi-ar-1766128/

HANAMI SUSHI
Dana's rating: 3 Stars
4040-H Cox Road (Innsbrook Shoppes)
804/270-3289
http://www.hanamisushiva.com
@Hanami SushiVA
Noise level: Low
Tab for two: $48

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:42 PM

When sporting events occur in the City (which is frequent), hotel occupancy rates climb above 80%.

Local restaurants reap benefits, also.

From today's RTD:

http://www2.timesdis...tor-ar-1771220/

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:50 PM

Next to New York City, Savannah celebrates St. Patrick's Day probably more than any city in the country. It's a mad house down there and hotel rooms are hard to come by.

But Richmond does a pretty good job of letting loose on the Irish saint's birthday. They have something called "Shamrock the Block" in Shockoe Bottom.

Richmond dot com has compiled their list of bars where you're sure to have a good time. A notable exception to their list (and every body else's) is OFF THE HOOKAH. The operator of To-the-Bottom-and-Back buses says he hauls hundreds to that multi-level, Egyptian themed bar in The Slip every weekend.

Here's the article from Richmond dot com:

http://www2.richmond...ide-ar-1733241/

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:57 AM

MINT in the former Davis & Main is the newest restaurant in The Fan and it has been packed during its soft opening phase.

Meanwhile, the proliferation of dining and entertainment spots in The Fan has stretched the parking problem to its limits.

Is the former GRTC car barn a possible answer?

From NBC12:

http://www.nbc12.com...urants-increase




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