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Antevius Nov 9, 2010 08:38 AM

Hello, Hounds. I am travelling from Cleveland to the Richmond area on 11/19-11/21 to go to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Charlottesville on 11/20. As the majority of the hotels in Charlottesville were booked (and those that weren't were charging exorbitant prices for mediocre lodgings) I decided to book a hotel west of Richmond instead.

I'm looking for a good restaurant to take my girlfriend to on Friday evening, 11/19, for a romantic dinner. Price is not an issue. She does not eat red meat or pork (but she loves bacon - who doesn't?), but will eat chicken, shrimp, pasta dishes, and salads. I do not discriminate when it comes to food at all. I wouldn't mind eating somewhere that's a Richmond staple, or has some sort of signature dish that I won't be able to find back home.

I've done a bit of research on this site and others, and have decided that we would go to 821 Bakery Cafe for breakfast on Saturday morning, and Millie's for brunch on Sunday morning. Saturday will be spent checking out various sights in Richmond, before driving to Charlottesville for the show. And we will be heading back to Ohio after we eat on Sunday morning.

So, what say you, hounds? Any good recs for Friday evening? Are my breakfast choices good? Any other places I should try to visit during my short stay? Thanks!

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821 Bakery Cafe
821 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220

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    princsoreo Nov 10, 2010 01:15 PM

    Go to Julep's! It has an intimate atmosphere, fantastic regional food mixed with a bit of Southern and Louisiana flair, great cocktails and great service. I think this trumps comfort by far, plus you have to have a reservation there. And, I still think Lemaire is a little stuffy. Julep's is modern, elegant and fun all at the same time.

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      AMFM Nov 11, 2010 03:42 AM

      i forget about there. good idea.

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        AMFM Nov 26, 2010 03:13 PM

        so i finally went to juleps for the first time on wednesday and it was fabulous. all three of us loved everything we had. charming atmosphere as well.
        would be back in a heartbeat.

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      AMFM Nov 9, 2010 05:33 PM

      having moved here from cleveland i would steer you toward comfort or acacia or lemaire for diners because they tend to have more southern flair - and i know that that is hard to get in cleveland. only lemaire is at all romantic though.

      like millie's for brunch. or black sheep.

      1. MandalayVA Nov 9, 2010 09:03 AM

        I personally haven't been but I've always heard great things about Lemaire in the Jefferson Hotel. Prices are fairly reasonable and if you're looking for a romantic atmosphere I've been told it can't be beat. I have eaten at SixBurner on Main Street--my husband and I went there for our anniversary. The only drawback is that it can get a little noisy but the waitstaff will gladly move you to a quieter area, and the food is delicious. And get to Millie's EARLY, it fills up fast. If for some reason you can't get into Millie's you can also try Comfort in the Jackson Ward section on Broad Street, that also has a very good brunch.

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          Janet from Richmond Nov 9, 2010 10:00 AM

          I don't think Comfort serves brunch any longer. Another good alternative if Millie's is slammed is Lulu's which their "sister" restaurant of sorts.

          For a romantic restaurant, I would suggest Sensi. Lemaire is a good choice as well.

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