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Apr 7, 2008 03:22 PM

Ode to Sticky Rice. Richmond now need safe?

Thank you Richmond for a really good night at Sticky Rice. If we had a place like this in DC I would be there all the time, the good food and casual atmosphere together were excellent. We gourged ourself with lettuce wraps, sticky wings, edamame, sushi and then also got to sample the mongolian beef and chicken stir fry that people at the table got. The mongolian beef would be hard to pass up even for the really awesome sushi. Anyway it was a good time.

Now I need a lunch/dinner recommendation for this weekend, am going with two non-hounds who will eat more safe than I do (they eat a lot of chicken what can I say). We are going wedding dress shopping (I think perhaps at Saks or another huge wedding dress shop think it might be named on Broad St.???) but I will travel for good food. Any recommendations for something nice, not necessarily top of Richmond but must be very nice for the MIL and SIL to be. Someone told me Strawberry St. Cafe in Richmond was good, but I trust the hounds above all else, thanks from a DC hound.

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  1. I agree, Sticky Rice has a fun atmosphere but I've always found their sushi to be sub-par. The tater tots are always great though!

    People love that bathtub salad bar at Strawberry St, and while it is a Richmond landmark of sorts, the food is really very ordinary. I would recommend Can Can, located in Carytown. Great atmosphere and service, wonderful French brasserie-style food.

    1. I like Can Can, too. But I'd probably go to Kuba Kuba for lunch, for one of their great pressed sandwiches, and either Edo's Squid or maybe Millie's for dinner. There was one more place, but I can't remember the name. I drove past on Sunday and thought - we need to get there again soon. It's catty-corner from what used to be Soble's, and is now Starlite, I think - anyone know what I'm talking about?

      If you are a group of girls, and are looking for a really fun, crazy brunch - Godfrey's is a lot of fun. The drag queens are terrifically entertaining, the drinks great and the food pretty good. But you need a reservation, ASAP. They book up quick

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      1. re: jeanmarieok

        If they are into chicken, they will be SOL at Edo's. Edo's doesn't serve chicken. For 'safe' Strawberry Street definitely qualifies. Also Edo's is very loud and boisterous and that can be off-putting for some folks (maybe her MIL, but I could be off the mark). The first place that came to mind for dinner is Lulu's or Comfort and I would suggest Comfort for lunch also. Millie's is great but is definitely out of the box for conservative eaters.

        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          I agree with Comfort. It's good, unique food but will please less than adventuous eaters. It's Southern food with an upscale twist. For something a little nicer, Julep's is a really good option too and they take reservations. Three Monkeys in the Fan is another spot with a good menu and good martinis if you want dinner and drinks (they also have a good brunch). If you go to Bella Rosa (the bridal spot on Broad) Baker's Crust in Short Pump Town Center is a pretty good lunch spot. It's a small chain, but they've got yummy soups, salads and sandwiches to please all palettes.

          1. re: princsoreo

            that's it - Three Monkeys - that's what I couldn't remember.

            1. re: jeanmarieok

              there's a bridal store at Broad and Lauderdale - jingles. if you are there, patina grill further down lauderdale is good. no lunch though. might be too adventurous. i know hounds have differed on this one but i've had three good meals (all dinners) in the past year. others who've dined with me have liked it too. malabar - indian in the same shopping center - is fab (and has lunch) but i'd guess definitely too out there.
              if you are out at bella rosa (on broad) - there's another one right by costco too - the best places in the west end are likely bistro r and chez max - but i don't know if either fit the vibe you're looking for. this area of town is more chains for young families or classics for older folks/romantic date night. not really hip! i wish a few like that would move in though! :) there's definitely a market.

              bistro r says they do a casual lunch - i'm never doing business lunches out that way but there are a lot in the area so it might be worth checking out. nice menu - looks very bridal-y! :) and better than the chains around there i'd think.


              oh and if you're at saks (therefore at stony point) i think that brio is the best chain place to eat. unless you want the heavier flemings. you'd have to get back in the car a bit for anything else over there.

              1. re: AMFM

                This was many years ago, but when my Mom died I wasn't up to having people at the house after the service and called Bistro R and they stayed open for us (between lunch and dinner) and served us a lovely lunch with lots of (much needed) wine. Because of location, I don't go there as often as I should, but it's one place that has never disappointed me.

                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                  so funny - i didn't have your post when i was posting! maybe they won't seem stuffy at all! :)

                2. re: AMFM

                  Brio is great for lunch (and dinner, but nice lunch places tend to be a challenge around here). Azzurro does a nice "ladies lunch" also.

            2. re: Janet from Richmond

              I went to Comfort based on the recommendation of Janet and others on a trip from NYC down to NC, and had a lovely dinner - I think it would work well for your group. It's casual, but very nicely done.


          2. Thanks all for the recs will start looking at your suggestions, yea unfortunately I can't have out there food, needs to be pretty safe in a nice environment for the MIL to be. We take them to pretty upscale places in DC and will try to push the envelope some, but she always orders the safe things on the menu.

            No Drag Queen brunch, they would be appalled, although I have been to one here in DC. They just are very conservative ladies...

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              Comfort isn't out there at all, but southern food in a casual but contemporary atmosphere. How is she in regard to steakhouses? If she likes that kind of thing Buckhead's on Patterson Ave @ Parham Rd may be nice or Old City Bar and Grill downtown near the Farmer's Market. If she likes French Bistro type of places, Chez Max on Patterson or Bistro R on Broad may be options to consider.

              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                They will do steak, thankfully, so that might be an option. Will check out Comfort, Chez Max and Bistro R as I know they will both eat French food. Thanks all this is very helpful.

            2. I like Sticky Rice in Richmond, been there twice. So I noticed a few months ago when driving from Baltimore to work in D.C. that a building on H Street NE near 10th or 11th Street has been painted with the same unmistakable white on black logo as the Sticky Rice in Richmond. As you know, that's the real urban fringe, but there are a few businesses in a state of development. Whether these guys will ever open I don't know. The windows are covered with kraft paper. It could be that they're taking it slow with the money or something.

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              1. re: jkosnett

                Jkosnett- Thanks for the heads up I will cross my fingers. That could be my new favorite DC spot, we don't have a lot of that type of fusion, especially in a casual atmosphere. And if you happen to walk by or get more info post on our board! Will do the same.

                  1. re: jkosnett

                    Daily Candy says you are right and they are open on H St., between 12th and 13th, all I can say is see you there ;)

                  2. re: ktmoomau

                    Just an update that Sticky Rice DC is profiled in the 3/3/09 Washington Post Going Out article.

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