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Feb 14, 2009 07:57 AM

ISO the best Sunday night dinner option (Richmond, VA)

Any chance someone can steer me in the right direction for one of Richmond's better options for a Sunday night dinner? I'm fearing the worst after seeing so little come up on Chowhound after searching under "Richmond."

Requirements: great value. can be moderately or higher priced. but, very good quality food as much as possible. Type of food less important but, to not boil the ocean, maybe something that's either mediterranean (italian, french, spanish), "new american" (the tougher to categorize but I think most know what I mean--uses local/good ingredients to create delicious food that defies easy labeling) or asian (I'm a bit more skeptical there'd be great asian in richmond so maybe Euro or American will be better options? I defer to those that know the town!). finally, it has to be a place conducive to quite discussion.

Thank you for any help you can offer!

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  1. I really enjoyed my meal in December at Millie's Diner (it's not a diner) during a visit to Richmond. Try doing a search for title:Richmond on the South board. Comfort is also good.

    1. If you like Cuban food try Kuba Kuba on Park Ave. They're open for dinner on Sundays. It's a small neighborhood place, nothing fancy, but good Cuban food.
      If you like Cuban, want a little more upscale and bigger menu, and can go on a Tues - Sat night try Havana '59. Big portions, great Cuban food, both traditional and some more inventive Cuban-inspired creations.

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      1. re: FarmerC

        Definitely Millie's!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. re: NXS

          i love comfort, sensi, lulu's, acacia.
          unfortunately ONLY lulu's of that bunch is open on sundays and they're only open for brunch 10-3.

          patina grill is pretty good and it's open but it's away from town in short pump.
          had a nice meal at TJ's at the jefferson hotel (beautiful spot) recently and they're open.
          sundays are hard in this town! even all our favorite divey places are closed.

          1. re: AMFM

            oh another one - also more out in the west end. dd33 asian bistro looks to be open sundays and i've had some great meals there.
            pricey though.
            the others i listed as open both have websites that you can google too.

            1. re: AMFM

              The dd33 website says open M-Sat???

              1. re: NXS

                oh sorry. where? i didn't see that. i saw an "all nights" thing. bummer.

                oh - at the bottom. totally missed it.

      2. For Sunday night dinner our two regular places are Millie's Diner and Edo's Squid. Comfort is not open on Sunday evenings. Edo's takes reservations...Millie's does not but on Sunday evenings that generally isn't an issue.

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        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          Can Can Brasserie and The Black Sheep are also open on Sundays although the latter is only open until 8pm.

          1. re: hopkid

            And CanCan has a Sunday night burger special....yum. Black Sheep is a good idea also (for an early dinner).

          2. re: Janet from Richmond

            Cafe Rustica is also open and has a Sunday night special. For Asian, Mekong is always a strong contender, and they're open on Sundays.

            I'd second the votes for both Edo's and Millie's. And Can Can is a definite favorite.

            Mezzanine is a recent entrant, and they're open on Sundays too.

            1. re: ImpoliticEye

              Cafe Rustica is very good....I am not as enamored (okay not enamored at all...hehehe) with Mezzanine as many are and believe it is highly overrated (much like Dogwood Grill and Frog and the Redneck were back in the day).

              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                Finally went to Mezzanine last night and had a very underwhelming experience. At every step, it seemed like the meal could have been so much better with a little more attention from the kitchen. The review is on my blog.

                1. re: ImpoliticEye

                  Glad to see someone agrees with me! I will check out your blog...I have a Richmond Food Blog also.

            2. Another spot open on Sundays is Si Tapas: The food is tapas style but pretty good. It can get noisy on Fridays and Saturdays, but I think you'd be good on Sunday.

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              1. re: princsoreo

                Wow, good to know that Si Tapas is open on Sundays!

                1. re: princsoreo

                  We had an odd experience (don't know how else to describe it <g>) when we went to Si....tapas (tapases? <g>) we're paced well and were either very good or not good at all. The black rice is a "must get". I think our experience suffered from inadequated service (which can really affect the tapas experience). This was a while back though and the kinks may have been worked out.

                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                    My feeling on Si is that it is over-priced for what I want tapas to be. Tapas should be fun and tons of small plates that leave you happily sated. Unfortunately I walked out of Si feeling like I had paid a lot of money for a very small amount of food.

                    And, yes, the reserve Tempranillo we had was great, but $50 great, I'm not sure...

                    1. re: ImpoliticEye

                      I like that they allow you to make your own wine flights. And, I think you've just got to be careful with what you order. Make sure to complement some of the meat dishes that are smaller with larger items like the chickpea fries.

                      1. re: princsoreo

                        We had a great experience at Si. We went early - Friday after work. I thought everything we ordered was delicious, and a perfect amount of food. Service was good, too. I didn't find it overpriced - not that it was a bargain, either. Good to know they're open on Sunday. We have a hard time finding Sunday lunch sometimes in these parts...

                2. My Richmond picks:
                  1) Lulu's--owned by Millie's people; cheaper than Millie's--great nouveau southern food; I think Comfort pales in comparison to Lulus or Millie's.
                  2) Millie's--always inventive and funky
                  3) Bacchus--roasted sirloin is some of the best meat I've ever had

                  Haven't been to Havana 59 since it reopened but both Havana and Kuba Kuba have fun atmosphere and very good food.
                  Last I knew you could not make a reservation at Edo Squid or Mama Zu's and could end up waiting a ridiculously long time for average and oversalted pasta dishes.

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                  1. re: VAfoodie

                    Edo's Squid happily takes reservations...even for a party of 2.

                    1. re: Janet from Richmond

                      i have to say i finally ate at edo's last week. it was good but not worth all the hype imho. bummer. :(

                        1. re: Janet from Richmond

                          we had: fried skate wing (awesome), squid with lemon, garlic, & arugula (good garlicky sauce but seriously chewy), i had eggplant parm (good but not the best i've had at all), friend had gorgonzola pasta (i tried and didn't like and i love the ingredients), hubby had shrimp fra diavolo (which he said was just ok - i didn't try). other's i didn't try or hear about. i know i was supposed to try the rockfish but plain fish - when i had just had fish because of the friday lent thing at stronghill just wasn't singing to me. the canoli was good (i love them) and hubby's espresso gelati was great. i'd go back. it was good. but admittedly to their disservice i had super high expectations.

                          oh and i've been enjoying your blog now that i've found it. and was especially glad to find the west end tags and read that you do tuckahoe seafood. it's close to me and i knew nothing about it. great to hear!

                          1. re: AMFM

                            Our go-to meals at Edo's are the veal marsala and the spaghetti carbonara...sorry you were disappointed, but I know how that goes..btdt <g>.
                            I grew up in the West End (went to Tucker, my Mom worked at Regency) and still am very fond of it, especially the older portions. And since I live off 288, it is now pretty convenient. One place I am wanting to go to is Italian Kitchen West on Broad Street just west of Hungary Spring. As a child we went there every Friday night for dinner and loved it and I'm afraid if I go back and it disappoints I will be devistated...LOL

                            Thanks for reading my little helps keep me out of trouble.

                    2. re: VAfoodie

                      Keep in mind that Kuba Kuba is only open until 8pm on Sundays. Also, neither Mamma Zu or Havana 59 are open on Sundays.