1. Mama J’s
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.
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
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
Croaker’s Spot is a bustling, recently revamped spot in Jackson Ward known for whipping up the “soul of seafood.”
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
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
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 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.
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
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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