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wellfedred Jul 22, 2008 03:45 PM

So I love all the normal great Fan spots...but what is new & great in Richmond? I was at a party last week & heard all the single/child-free folks talking but forgot to take notes as I was chasing my toddler around. I'll be in Richmond a lot for work for the next few months (childfree) so was wondering what I should try? I think i remember names like Moshi Moshi & LuLu's dropped...but they might have been talking more bar-scene.

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    Janet from Richmond RE: wellfedred Jul 23, 2008 05:18 AM

    Lulu's is new and owned/operated by the Millie's crew...it's sort of Comfort meets Millie's. The Black Sheep is very good and new as is Cafe Rustica. Verbena is getting mixed reviews but we had a very good dinner and brunch there. I would not recommend Moshi Moshi. My favorite place right now in Richmond (as far as high end) is Sensi downtown.

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      wellfedred RE: Janet from Richmond Jul 23, 2008 06:55 AM

      Thanks...Black Sheep---yes! That is 1 of the names they were talking about! Sensi also. We ended up going to Moshi Moshi last night. Did not like the atmosphere, at all plain & random---and A/C insufficient-very steamy inside. Food was pretty good, not fabulous...seared filet mignon with a dipping sauce, a cucmber mango salad that was pretty skimpy on the mango, & a tasty assorted raw fish platter with some of it marinated. Some interesting international beers--not that I am a beer expert in any way shape or form but I enjoyed a white ale from Japan I think. I'll let you know if I try more of the new spots.

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      AMFM RE: wellfedred Jul 23, 2008 03:22 PM

      agree with janet. best meals i've had without my kids (granted their aren't many!) have been sensi and comfort. both great in the last 3 months.

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        wellfedred RE: AMFM Jul 27, 2008 10:43 AM

        Well, we have our own Comfort now down in Tidewater so I don''t need it when I am up there anymore-yeah, so good. I wanted to go to Black Sheep but they were closed due to "unplanned renovations" so we went to Verbena. Service was very slow to get started but once he finally came over he was on point the rest of the night. Loved the sweet-spicy-salty popcorn to start. Then we had the grilled asparagus salad-very good. The carpaccio-very very paltry portion-the peach chutney was very good on the bread but I did not understand it with the carpaccio. The I had the duck-delicious-perfectly cooked-the skin crackled in the mouth & then melted away, enjoyed the sweet potato hash & the grilled bok choy that came with as well the duck leg dumpling was more of a wonton.

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          agoldman RE: wellfedred Jul 28, 2008 01:44 PM

          I just went to Verbena for the first time and had the same duck entree. My whole experience there - good wine, dinner and dessert - was lovely, and I'll definitely be back for more!

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          VaPaula RE: AMFM Jul 30, 2008 05:20 PM

          Funny that you mention that paltry portion at Verbena. We were just there Friday(2nd time for us) and my friend ordered the carpaccio and I couldn't believe it! I'm used to it taking up space on the whole darned plate! He didn't complain, though.

          Four of us had another great meal at Verbena, I'm happy to say.

          We still have lots of restaurants to try here, we just don't get out for dinner much (too much $$$). Lunch is a different story, but we have been challenged by weekend lunches - lots of the places I really want to try are not open for lunch on the weekend.

          We did check out Cafe Caturra last weekend - I liked it.

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            Janet from Richmond RE: VaPaula Jul 31, 2008 05:39 AM

            The Black Sheep is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday except Monday.

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          AMFM RE: wellfedred Jul 28, 2008 02:30 PM

          going to lulu's tomorrow night with another couple who want to go. will let you know. hoping to do black sheep and cafe rustica (esp) at some point.

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            AMFM RE: AMFM Jul 30, 2008 07:54 AM

            really enjoyed lulus last night. the decor is fine but didn't blow me away. the place is loud but so were we so that worked out fine!
            the lobster/crab fritters were great. i had the spring chicken (roasted) with collards and au gratin potatoes. very comfort esque. yummy. my friend had the sesame seared tuna (likely the other dish i would've ordered) and it was awesome as well and VERY different. the men both had pasta dishes they liked but i didn't try either.
            the chocolate espresso cake was a nice few bites of sweet for us all to share - and homemade tasting.
            sat out with yet another bottle of wine at cafe gutenburg afterwards. a nice night and place to go. would recommend. was very busy (this is lulus) on a tuesday night.

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              Weespxx RE: AMFM Aug 14, 2008 07:23 AM

              Cafe Caturra is a great coffee / wine bar with a small and limited, but tasty menu and many wines by the glass - and bottle. A new one is opening next week or so in the Libbie-Grove area - big patio right next door to St Catherine's. When I was at the one in Midlothian a month ago, I had a wonderful made-to-order Spanish cheese plate, a bowl of roasted red pepper soup, fabulous sour dought bread and two lovely glasses of red wine (I cannot for the life of me remember what they are). And they have Wi-Fi. A great place for a casual meal and either to hang out with friends or alone.

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                AMFM RE: Weespxx Aug 14, 2008 12:53 PM

                you have to wonder though if it will become an after school hangout very quickly! i still remember the place (still discussed on cincy chow threads) we'd go from my high school days! :)

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                  VaPaula RE: Weespxx Aug 15, 2008 05:43 AM

                  We just tried the Midlothian location a couple weeks ago and liked it a lot. We'll be going back for sure. Great service, too.

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                    Janet from Richmond RE: VaPaula Aug 15, 2008 06:04 AM

                    They also have great bathrooms..........LOL I want to stop one morning and try a breakfast sandwich.

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