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CookbookQueen Aug 8, 2011 11:22 AM

I am a southern foodie will be visiting Richmond for work next week, mid-week, and need dinner recs. My budget is $50, not including drinks. I am a female in my early 30s, so I would like a place where I could go and sit at the bar and have a nice meal without being hounded. The alternative is a nice restaurant where I can get takeout. I will probably stay at the Berkeley, but I am willing to take a cab somewhere if the food will be worth it (though I'd like to eat somewhere that's reasonably near the Berkeley, maybe a 5-10 mile radius). I have seen recs for Black Sheep, Sensi, Kuba Kuba, Millie's, etc., but can't make up my mind. Your hep and recs are appreciated!!

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Black Sheep
901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220

Kuba Kuba
1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

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    nyctripper RE: CookbookQueen Aug 8, 2011 01:26 PM

    I would strongly recommend both Acacia Mid-Town and Six Burner, both of which have $25-ish 3 course prix fixe. Also, check out Comfort and Edo's Squid, although there really is no bar to speak of at Edo's. A really cool place with both a neat vibe and awesome food is Pescado's China Street. Kuba Kuba is a great place as well, but it's small and your clothes will smell up your hotel room. Good food, but I'm just saying... I would stay away from any place near the Berkeley, other than its dining room (Tobacco Co, Peking, Sam Millers, etc).

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

    Sam Miller's
    1210 E.Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219

    Pescados
    13124 Midlothian Tpke, Midlothian, VA 23113

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

    Kuba Kuba
    1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

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      jeanmarieok RE: nyctripper Aug 11, 2011 07:31 AM

      We had an excellent dinner at Six Burner last night. The prix fixe is only available Mon-Thursday before 7 pm, so watch your timing. Having said that, we had a non-prix fixe dinner last night with three shared appetizers, a couple of glasses of wine each, entrees, and two shared desserts for 4 people for $223, which isn't much higher than your $50 budget. The fried green tomatoes were very good. They also have a 5 course tasting menu for $45.

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

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      princsoreo RE: CookbookQueen Aug 9, 2011 12:42 PM

      I really like Bistro Bobette, which isn't too far from Berkeley. It is French with a twist. I think you'd feel okay eating at the bar there, but not sure how much of a taste of Richmond-style food it is, but I like it.

      I might also consider the bar at Julep's. It's a short cab ride away. You might want to call, but I'm pretty sure you can eat at the bar there. You'll be close on the budget, but I'm pretty sure you'll stay under. I also think Millie's is really good. I ate dinner there for the first time recently and was very impressed with my food.

      If you are from the south, I doubt you'll be impressed by Comfort. I think it's traditional southern food and a kind of high price point.

      For lounging with wine and inventive small plates, you might want to check out Secco. The bartenders are extremely friendly and I'd feel totally comfortable hanging at the bar there and snacking until I got my fill.

      Also, if you want cuban fusion-ish food, I do like Kuba Kuba. Yes, it is small, but there is a counter for eating at, and if you go mid-week I doubt you'll have to wait. Edo's would be tough for eating at as a solo diner, but there is 8 1/2 for Italian takeout. I think you can find the menu on Facebook...

      Just a few thoughts!

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      Kuba Kuba
      1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220

      Edo
      22299 Exploration Dr Ste 402, Lexington Park, MD 20653

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        jeanmarieok RE: princsoreo Aug 11, 2011 12:08 PM

        I think Julep's is walkable from the Berkeley.

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          AMFM RE: jeanmarieok Aug 11, 2011 03:58 PM

          there. you might want to cab it home depending on time. the neighborhood can get iffy. wish it wasn't true, but...

          why i heard they're moving.

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          jeanmarieok RE: princsoreo Aug 14, 2011 06:46 PM

          I think Bistro Bobette is closed next week, for vacation.

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            AMFM RE: jeanmarieok Aug 14, 2011 08:26 PM

            now that you mention it... that does sound right. and unfortunate.

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          Janet from Richmond RE: CookbookQueen Aug 10, 2011 12:30 PM

          All of the recommendations so far are good ones. I would also add the bar at Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel. Sensi also has a great bar and good staff.

          I agree with nyctripper to avoid Tobacco Co, Peking, Sam Millers, etc. That cannot be stressed enough.

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          Sam Miller's
          1210 E.Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219

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            AMFM RE: CookbookQueen Aug 11, 2011 05:32 AM

            agree with the good recs. i am a 30 something year old female who's been known to eat alone at bars and likes a hip vibe and awesome food so out of these...

            skip comfort. cute. overrated food. get a drink there.
            recently LOVED bistro bobette. cool vibe and everything i had was divine. the truffle ravioli was one of the best things i have ever eaten and i don't normally like rich food - took me to the edge and not over. and paired with the asian tuna (both small plates) and a rose it was perfect.
            others listed i like are acacia midtown and juleps and six burner (although i haven't eaten at the bar and don't know if you can here). and i have eaten at the bar at sensi and it was fun. the vibe at pescado's china street is also great (food - caribbean/seafood - is also good too) and very single/bar friendly. most places in richmond are pretty great if you bring a book. i do it all the time when my ex-husband has the kids. and everyone's friendly. in fact there's a great independent bookstore right across from bistro bobette in the shockoe slip where you can go first - and both of those are close to the berkeley. :)

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              AMFM RE: AMFM Dec 10, 2011 08:23 PM

              I just wanted to update that i went back to bisto bobette with a friend and again had an insanely delicious meal. top to bottom. and he is an out of town food snob who was blown away. says it was in his top ten meals of all time (and that list includes all the biggies). just wanted to put it back out there so that if you haven't been you know to go. :) a gem we have in town!

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                jeanmarieok RE: AMFM Dec 11, 2011 04:40 PM

                Bisto Bobbette is at the top of my must try list - thanks for the review!

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                  AMFM RE: jeanmarieok Dec 16, 2011 07:24 PM

                  let me know what you think! i hope it's great. i always hate the fear of overraising expectations...

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                    jeanmarieok RE: AMFM Dec 16, 2011 07:35 PM

                    I've heard a lot of good things about it - I am looking forward to it!!!!! I have stuff at the Virginia St Gallery (across from Morton's) and I keep passing Bistro Bobbette.

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              AMFM RE: CookbookQueen Aug 11, 2011 04:00 PM

              oh and how do you list a place? because i notice the place list has pescados - which is NOT the same as pescados china street. same owners. totally different vibe and food. i like one and not the other.

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                AMFM RE: CookbookQueen Sep 4, 2011 01:11 PM

                so i finally got to cafe rustica last night and loved it. another great place to add to my richmond list. and a place to tell people to make certain to tell people to save room for dessert. yum!

                oh and speaking of pescado's. there's now ironfish by pescados in the short lived white anchovie space in the west end. if anyone gets there report! :) as a resident of the area who wants good places nearby, i'm hoping for the best.

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