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Richmond - dinner and brunch?

dinersaurus Apr 28, 2009 12:21 PM

I'll be in Richmond on a Saturday night, leaving Sunday afternoon. I'm looking for recommendations for a nice place to eat, but not too expensive. Around the low $20's -ish for entrees. I plan to be around the Fan that night.

Also, looking for a good brunch spot.


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    AMFM RE: dinersaurus Apr 28, 2009 08:26 PM

    millie's is the classic brunch spot.

    my favorite place to eat that's pretty much in the fan is acacia. a few entrees are above that but not many,


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      Janet from Richmond RE: dinersaurus Apr 29, 2009 05:00 AM

      Agree with the Millie's brunch recommendation, but be prepared to wait (have a mimosa or Bloody Mary and settle in, if you are dining alone, the spots at the bar are first come first served) and IMO their Devil's Mess is the single best brunch dish in Richmond. Acacia tends to get expensive in a hurry in my experience and the service unfortunately is their weak spot, but the food is great. I love Six Burner, but they can have service issues also. If you like Thai food, there are several good places in Carytown (Thai Diner Too, Mom's Siam) that are very reasonably priced and you can head down to Bev's for some post dinner ice cream and walk around Carytown. CanCan is good also and has a great bar and funky atmosphere.....they are good for brunch also. While a bit of a dive, Kuba Kuba has very good food and an excellent brunch as well and is very reasonably priced.

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        hopkid RE: Janet from Richmond Apr 30, 2009 10:06 AM

        Going with Janet's recs, my vote would be for dinner at Six Burner and brunch at Kuba Kuba. Both are in the Fan.

        I'm surprised she didn't also recommend Edo's Squid and I'll also throw out Mamma Zu. The former takes reservations which you will need on a Sat. No reservations taken at the latter. I'll also add The Black Sheep and Comfort as dinner recommendations.

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          Janet from Richmond RE: hopkid Apr 30, 2009 11:05 AM

          Well, I can't recommend Edo's all the time ;-) Black Sheep is good for dinner or breakfast (I find it more breakfasty than brunchy) and Comfort is a good one also...they now have Sunday brunch also, but I have not been, so I have no idea if it's any good or not.

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            hopkid RE: Janet from Richmond Apr 30, 2009 01:07 PM

            I didn't know Comfort had started brunch on Sundays. Will have to check that out. Thanks!

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        dinersaurus RE: dinersaurus Apr 30, 2009 06:23 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions. Everything sounds good. I'm intrigued by Kuba Kuba, but I see that they don't take reservations. I'm not sure if that will work out for us on Saturday night. How long is the wait on a Saturday night?

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          Janet from Richmond RE: dinersaurus May 1, 2009 05:26 AM

          Pretty long as it's a small place...if you do an early dinner you might be okay. You could call ahead and see what the wait looks like.

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          AMFM RE: dinersaurus May 1, 2009 05:55 AM

          oh and i just had brunch this weekend at kitchen 64. cute, not too far and the huevos rancheros were fabulous.

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            princsoreo RE: dinersaurus May 4, 2009 01:46 PM

            I love the brunch at Mezzanine. It's delicious!

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              dinersaurus RE: dinersaurus May 5, 2009 02:12 PM

              Thanks for the suggestions. I had a very enjoyable 24 hours in Richmond. I had no idea how nice it is. We were downtown, the Fan, Carytown, and some of the Western burbs.

              For dinner we did Cancan because they took reserations and didn't want to end up waiting at Comfort or Kuba Kuba. We enjoyed it, the food was good, and they had some nice mixed drinks. Although, it doesn't deviate from the bistro template kit (here's your zinc bar, French flag, menu with bistro font and a year's supply of hanger steaks). Still, we would gladly return. It's a formula that I don't tire of.

              We also went to Kuba Kuba for brunch and loved it. We dug the funky vibe. It was the perfect spot to nurse a hangover and enjoy some very satisfying brunch grub. I'm now a convert to their cafe con leche.

              Can't wait to go back and try all the other places listed.

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                Janet from Richmond RE: dinersaurus May 6, 2009 05:21 AM

                Glad you had a good trip......I love the French Onion Soup, Cheeseburger and fries at Can Can. Not exactly heart healthy but sure is comforting.

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                slcraft RE: dinersaurus Mar 2, 2010 04:53 AM

                Regarding the Six Burner recommendations: Richmond Times Dispatch, January 7, 2010 **** … Chef Philip Denny “has upheld Six Burner’s highly praised culinary reputation while giving this cozy Main Street eatery’s menu a conservative taste of his style.” In six years, Six Burner has become “a consistently enchanting culinary gem.” Dana Craig

                Richmond Magazine, January 2010 - One of the 25 Best Restaurants … “talented chef Philip Denny… presents his fare so beautifully that it is essential to take a moment, admire, breathe in the enticing aroma and then dive in.” Hollister Lindley

                You also can't go wrong with Davis and Main, White Dog, or try the new Gibson's Grill for dinner, it is getting raves. Another standard in the Broad Street area is Comfort or Tarrants, both consistent and affordable.

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