11 Richmond Spots For Southern Cookin’

By Martha Gill, Content Manager

1. Mama J’s


Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, 415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
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Born and raised in RVA, Mama J based her neighborhood restaurant on the tradition of going to Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner, combining a warm and friendly atmosphere with outstanding service and freshly prepared foods like pan-fried catfish, candied yams, and homemade cobblers.

2. Pasture


416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
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Pasture combines traditional elements of Southern dining with their passion for all things local. Their menu is packed with Virginia cheeses, meats and fish, and vegetables. An extensive craft beer list also features a variety of brews, all coming from east of the Mississippi.

3. Southern Kitchen

southern kitchen

1726 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
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The “Mouth of The South” does not mess around when it comes to good eats. Their menu is loaded with Big Mama’s Chicken, Corn Beef Has, Po’boys, Southern toast – you name it, they have it. If you can save enough room for dessert, you will not be sorry ordering a slice of Sweet Potato Pie.

4. Croaker’s Spot


1020 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224
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Croaker’s Spot is a bustling, recently revamped spot in Jackson Ward known for whipping up the “soul of seafood.”

5. Comfort


200 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
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Comfort is a meat and three style restaurant that focuses on local farming and from-scratch cooking while putting hip twists on their menu. The restaurant also has an impressive spread of first-rate whisky.

6. Grandma’s Soul Food


3825 Walmsley Blvd, Richmond, VA 23234
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This hidden, hole-in-the-wall is one of Richmond’s best kept secrets. Their food is created just how Grandma’s is, serving up classical Southern eats with lots of love.

7. Sweet Teas

sweet teas

1700 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
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The fellow bookend of the Southern Kitchen, Sweet Teas menu is very Southern traditional with the Chicken and Waffles being a top-selling dish. Their collection of teas certainly live up to their name, especially the fresh peach.

8. Family Secrets Restaurant

family secrets

5310 Chamberlayne Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
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This hidden gem has a “right at home” atmosphere with warm hospitality and comfort-food dishes. From the chicken wings to collared greens to warm mac-and-cheese, it truly is a family secret how their whole menu can be so tasty.

9. The Roosevelt

the roosevelt

623 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223
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The Roosevelt features inventive twists on their menu while still maintaining an unquestionably Southern identity. Dishes pair seamlessly with their all-Virginia wine list, rotation of regional beers, and selection of craft cocktails.

10. Send-A-Chef

send a chef

1303 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224
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Although Send-A-Chef is a fully-functioning catering business, their restaurant location in Manchester cooks up some of the best soul food in Richmond. The spot is best known for the “Ghetto Burger” – a perfect paddy with onions, peppers, and cheese on Texas Toast. They also have a buffet-style meal every Sunday that will knock your socks off.

11. Inner City Blues

inner city

3015 9 Mile Rd, Richmond, VA 23223
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This Inner City Blues will give you nothing to cry about. A safehaven of Carolina-style BBQ and Soul Food, their old fashioned, home cooking includes their delectable fall-off-the-bone smoke ribs. Yum!

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Martha Gill, Content Manager

Martha Gill hails from Richmond VA. You can likely find her hanging on the James River, reading a book on the Lawn at UVA, or stuffing her face with Mexican food at restaurants across the nation.

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