Between C'Ville and Richmond
After years of being a frequent contributor on the Manhattan board, I'm new to the south and looking to expand my culinary roots. I moved down down to C'ville for grad school in August and this week I'm picking up my girlfriend from the Richmond airport. We're trying to figure out where to eat after I pick her up, only requierments are no BBQ (will be a bit too late and a bit too hard on the stomach). Some initial thoughts are Edo's Squid and The Hard Shell; although an off the beaten path somewhere off of 64 would be great as well - all suggestions are welcome!
I'd try the Edible Garden. It's a little off the beaten path of 64 in Goochland. The focus is on local, farm fresh fare.
I also second Comfort, Millie's, and Croaker's Spot.
You may also want to look into Da Lat and Mekong. Cheap and wonderful Vietnamese with an amazing - and very fair priced - beer list. Mekong is the original, Da Lat is the off shoot.
if you are interested in further out on the 64 because you'd just like to be further along when you eat...)
DD33 bistro at cox and broad (westerre pkway really) is very good. asian fusion. only warning: i ate there again last night and by 10:00pm it had been SO long with us the only ones in the place that we felt we had to leave. so it might not be the best choice for late night weeknight dining.
patina grill is out at lauderdale not far from broad (and the short pump mall). i know it's had mixed reviews but between last july and april i had 3 good meals there.
i have friends who love enzos but i thought it ridiculously overpriced for the quality. (at the goochland exit
more in town, i love comfort and sensi. had a recent good casual meal at lulu's too which isn't too far off the 64.
sensi is definitely the fanciest.
Edo's Squid has great buzz and a few people have recommended it to me (but I haven't had a chance to figure out whether their tastes match up with mine to know whether I think I want to listen to their recommendations, generally speaking....if that makes sense).
I wish I had more suggestions for you out on 64...but its a pretty desolate area. How late will she be getting in? Perhaps something more on the Richmond side of things?
And, welcome to Charlottesville, its an interesting spot for a Chowhound in many ways. Of course, having just come back here from San Francisco a few months ago, I think I can empathize with your coming from New York.
re: Janet from Richmond
Janet - thanks. Was looking into Edo's but it seems more itallian than traditional seafood. Sensi is also more itallian, right?
One place place that looked great with tons of character is Croakers - is the food there any good? I was thinking Comfort or Croakers might be just what we're looking for.
Edo's has great seafood....fried oysters, calamari, 'squid, white beans and arugula' and the seafood selection (rockfish, salmon, tuna, branzino) varies daily and the whole branzino fish is wonderful and all of the seafood is seasoned well, broiled or grilled and cooked perfectly and served with olive oil and garlic pasta or penne marinara. For fried fish, Croaker's Spot is very good and Comfort does a very good fried catfish. Sensi is fancier and is Italian inspired but also has some good seafood dishes...their salmon is some of the best I've ever had, but it's not "southern fried fish" if that makes sense.
This isn't helpful in terms of your current request, but have you tried the Thai place - Thai Siam, between C'Ville and Amherst:
I highly recommend it - after Sri in Queens, the best Thai food I've had in the U.S. Best of luck to you in grad school.
Thai Siam Take-out 4137 Tye Brook Hwy (Colleen) Arrington, VA 22922
4137 Tye Brook Hwy, Coleen, VA 22922