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Richmond recs needed, some restrictions

Hi Richmond Hounds,

I will be visiting Richmond this weekend with my chow-ish 5 year old daughter, meeting up with my not-so-chowish father and stepmother. My daughter is used to eating out, is very daring about what to eat, and behaves. My parents also behave, but aren't so daring. I'm interested in trying something really wonderful, but want to make sure that it isn't daunting for my parents, and that it isn't a place that will feel uncomfortable with even a well behaved child (I realize that for some people, just having a kid in the room ruins the atmosphere). One day we'll be having an early dinner, and then the next we'll have a late lunch. I am not interested in brunch food. Aside from that, I would love any recommendations. We'll be staying on E. Broad near the Universities, parents a little closer to the Fan. Thanks very much in advance for any and all ideas.

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  1. I think Comfort would be perfect. Another place to consider is Six Burner which recently started serving lunch.

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    Six Burner Restaurant
    1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Thanks so much Janet. I'll check them out online. Appreciate the help.

    2. I second Comfort, and early at Edo's Squid would avoid the noise. You can make reservations there. Millie's is another wonderful choice, and will be close by, as is LuLu's, which, it looks like, may have some name appeal to your daughter!! All of those are child friendly, with wonderful food for you two and "non-intimidating" menus for the 'rents.

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      Edo's Squid
      411 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA 23220

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      1. re: nyctripper

        comfort, lulu's, and stronghill(no one else gives it any love but i work on the boulevard and go there fairly often and haven't been disappointed except once years ago - the summer squash blue cheese soup i had last week was yummy) have all been places i've liked with my kids. i love six burner - and while i confess i haven't seen their lunch menu - i can't imagine doing dinner there with my two.

        1. re: nyctripper

          Yes, Lulu would probably love going to a place with her name (although of course she feels some ownership on it!). I really appreciate all these recommendations.
          Foodwise, I honestly don't have to worry about Lulu's tastes at all. I'm more concerned with the midwestern parents (nothing at all against either midwesterners or parents!) who always put me into a slight tizzy when it is time to cook for them. Thanks to everyone for helping me make this enjoyable for me AND for them.

          1. re: LulusMom

            all these places will have things for the parents.
            I have a "midwestern" ex-husband and six burner was a place i couldn't take him - too picky. and my kids could probably EAT there... but atmosphere wise i'm not certain i would feel comfortable. of course my current 5 year old is a boy. even well-behaved, boys are different! :)

            have fun! let us know what you end up with. believe it or not, old original bookbinders was not as boring as i thought and did a great job with kids. lovely space and will be LOVED by the midwestern traditional parents. we ate there as a family for good friday this past year. the jefferson is classic richmond - and although it's fancy it's a hotel... so it can handle kids. i have had both very good and ok meals at lemaire - but perhaps more up your alley, tj's has some great things and isn't as fancy. still fun to check out the hotel though.

            www.lulusrichmond.com

            http://www.stronghillrestaurant.com/

            http://www.comfortrestaurant.com/

            http://www.bookbindersrichmond.com/

            http://www.sixburner.net

            http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/dining_...

            1. re: AMFM

              I really wanted to stay at the Jefferson, but just got back from a long trip to Spain, and spent more than I had expected, so I'm saving on the hotel and ready to splurge on dinner if need be instead. But next time! And I'll be sure to report back on where we go. Luckily they're usually pretty good at letting me pick the places.

              1. re: LulusMom

                I recently had a great meal at Millie's and I was eating there with picky and non-picky eaters. The atmosphere here is relaxed and I feel like dining with a well-behaved kid would be totally fine. I had a steak topped with cheese, watermelon and asparagus. It was well cooked and unique, and less adventurous diners were able to get dishes like shrimp n' grits or the steak without the funky toppings.

                I also think Comfort is a good suggestion.

                Another idea for late lunch might be The Black Sheep. There are standard sandwiches, but also some fun stuff if you like to try different things.

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                Black Sheep
                901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220

                1. re: princsoreo

                  Black Sheep is a great idea (and one I always forget...).

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                  Black Sheep
                  901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220

                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                    see i NEVER went there when i was married because there was nothing there my ex would eat. i like it a lot. don't get me wrong. but i guess it depends on how picky your picky eaters are. i hope yours are better than mine was :) still nothing on this menu the meat and potatoes picky no veggies man would eat. we never went to millie's either. i've been since though. :)

                    http://www.theblacksheeprva.com/downl...

                    1. re: AMFM

                      Unfortunately blacksheep's website currently has no menu, so I can't really tell.

                      1. re: LulusMom

                        really? it had a pdf fo download a few days ago - but it was the february one. maybe they're updating.

        2. My father talked to a Richmond native who nixed Comfort based on "no booths and it is very loud." Sort of disappointed, but most certainly don't want to cause a stir. Now pushing Lulus and Six Burner.

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          Six Burner Restaurant
          1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

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          1. re: LulusMom

            It is loud, but it has booths. Ah well, I understand on sometimes just going with the flow!

            1. re: LulusMom

              Comfort has booths.....Lulu's is likely to be as loud (or louder) than Comfort as the space is more open and some of the booths are in the middle. Six Burner is quiet.

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              Six Burner Restaurant
              1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                I'm ALL for Comfort. But I really don't want to push if someone has made them uncomfortable about the place. Drag though.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  That sucks. Comfort is great and they would totally enjoy the food (my husband is sort of non-chowish and he loved it).

                  1. re: MandalayVA

                    Luckily it is not a huge drive, so maybe we can make a weekend of it when my husband is around and then I can force the issue (he's easy - trusts me to choose).

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      if it makes you feel better, i think comfort is great for what you're looking for here - to appeal to foodies and non-foodies. but each time i go i'm less impressed so don't feel terrible you're not going.

            2. Six Burner is not necessarily quiet. My husband and I were there one night when what looked like a wedding rehearsal party came in, all late-twenty-something, and they got very loud very quickly. The manager was nice enough to move us.

              I've been to LuLu's and maybe it's just me, but it didn't strike me as a kid-friendly place. Then again I was there for dinner, it might be different at brunch which is their more popular time (and I know you're not interested).

              I second (third?) Black Sheep and Stronghill, but I'd like to add the Franklin Inn in the Museum District and Kitchen 64 up the Boulevard from Stronghill. The food's a little less precious at both places but there's something for everyone and the atmosphere is good. The Franklin Inn just reopened so no website yet.

              http://www.kitchen64.com/index.php

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              Black Sheep
              901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220

              Six Burner Restaurant
              1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

              Kitchen 64
              3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

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              1. re: MandalayVA

                Kitchen 64 is a good idea. Not the best food ever, but solid and is great for a diverse cast of characters. Farther into Northside, the recently opened Mill on MacArthur was very good when I went there for lunch and has a something for everyone menu. Tastebuds is great also....but may be too out of the box for the parents.

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                Kitchen 64
                3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                  i thought about kitchen 64. i bring my kids and it's a great kids and grownups happy place but to warn, it's not fancy... so if you're looking for a nice-ish dinner (or they are), it's really casual. the food would definitely fit the bill though.

                  and good to hear franklin inn is good. i work close by there and have been wanting to try it.

                  i REALLY don't think the food is anything to write home about (in fact i have posts on here complaining about it) but if no one has mentioned it, you might want to consider can can - for lunch especially. it's ok with kids. the menu is easy - and they do ok with simple things. and the atmosphere is charming. it's also conveniently located near things you might want to do,
                  i guess what we should ask isn't just what kind of foodies are they... but how traditional are they otherwise. because black sheep (again i love it, i'm just warning you because i'm from the midwest and feel like i know your plight) is really a dive on kind of an ugly street. i think cute inside but not pretty to get too. if they are very suburban, they might not like the experience... independent of the great food. or at least you might want to know. my in-laws would be unhappy if i took them there. they're from suburban ohio and non-foodies. if yours are scared of comfort.... i think they'll hate it. sorry. but i just want to warn you.

                2. re: MandalayVA

                  Another vote for franklin inn, but it's very small... Be warned about table availability

                  1. re: BostonCharles

                    have to try there soon.

                3. brand new so no opinions on my end, but the same comfort food style as comfort - and they won't have already been scared away.

                  http://www2.richmond.com/entertainmen...

                  1. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the help I've gotten from all of you. Given how close Richmond is (and that stay I want to make at the Jefferson), we'll have to go up again when my husband is around, and try the places we don't get to this weekend. We're booked for Six Burner at 5:30 tonight (fingers crossed it is quiet enough) and Lulu's for lunch/brunch tomorrow. I'll let you know the various opinions. Again, thanks so much.

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                    Six Burner Restaurant
                    1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

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                    1. re: LulusMom

                      i think those are great choices. i've had amazing seafood at six burner.
                      and i know you think you want lunch food, but some of the brunch dishes are great at lulu's. if they still have it on the menu... we've been known to each get savory brunch dishes and then split a red velvet waffle among a bunch of us for dessert. seriously yummy. :)

                    2. Thanks so much to everyone for the help. We dined very well in Richmond! Six Burner was exceptional. Everyone was happy. My step mother and I both started with the arugula salad with beets, goat cheese and pecans. Very happy (although please people, can you tear the greens into bite size pieces?) with that. Lulu and my father shared the deviled eggs with ham. SM got the braised short ribs and they looked and smelled incredible, and again, she loved it. Dad got the crab cakes, another big hit. I got the fried oysters (and I had a TOUGH time deciding ... so much good sounding stuff), and was in heaven. Lulu had an appetizer as her main course - fried green tomatoes with blue cheese aioli. She loved it too. Very much a big hit. Too full for dessert.
                      Lulu's was a bit on the loud side - the music was pretty loud, and my SM asked them to turn it down. This didn't happen. I didn't order well, but everyone else was thrilled, and my bites from Lulu's plate were great. I would go back again knowing what I know now. I ordered the Moroccan eggs, and asked for them runny. I like spicy food, and love the flavors of northern africa. Seems the only one that made it into my dish was cinnamon. Lulu, on tasting the garbanzo beans said "tastes like cookies." And the eggs were rock hard. But the wonderful waitress quickly brought me a poached egg that ran all over the place, and that helped a lot. Lulu got the chicken chiliquelies (I just know I'm spelling this wrong) - great. Dad got the huevos rancheros, I was jealous. SM got the omelet with spinach, cheese and something else (sorry! can't remember), and it came with a side of nicely roasted potatoes and asparagus. So overall another hit (just stay away from the Moroccan eggs if you are expecting cumin or spiciness). Thank you all. I can't wait to get back to Richmond to try more.

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                      Six Burner Restaurant
                      1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

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                      1. re: LulusMom

                        Glad it went well (aside from the egg issue)....I love the fried oysters at Six Burner! Glad it was an overall success.

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                        Six Burner Restaurant
                        1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          If you are going to stay at the Jefferson you might want to try Chez Foushee. If a fun little place just a couple of blocks away at the corner of Foushee and Grace. Nice casual. They are mainly known for lunch i think, but have added weekend dinners and Sunday brunch. The lemon cake is di-vine. Lunch $10-$15, dinner $20-25, with sometimes a 3-course prix-fixe option. fun drinks. more of an adult vibe, but kids are welcome. http://www.chezfoushee.com/

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Six Burner's fried green tomatoes are the bomb. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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                            Six Burner Restaurant
                            1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220