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Quick lunch not far from 95 near Richmond

cook262 Jan 21, 2012 06:42 PM

Driving from Philly to Georgia and usually find ourselves near Richmond at lunchtime. Since we are trying to get to Georgia before it gets too late, we are looking for fast food that isn't "fast food". Are there any quick, delicious lunch places with easy on/off in Richmond? We usually stop for about 45 min total around lunch. The place could even be somewhere with good takeout that we could order ahead and pick up to eat in car while continuing the drive. We like all kinds of ethnic foods but also appreciate a good BLT.

Thanks for any help.

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    AMFM Jan 21, 2012 10:13 PM

    The boulevard exit in Richmond is a pretty fast on/off. Buz & Ned's BBQ is pretty famous right there. People go back and forth on how good it is but it's not fast food fast food and it's there so it fits the bill. Will keep thinking. Not a lot of great places really close to the highways... at least not that I can think of.

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    1. re: AMFM
      Janet from Richmond Jan 22, 2012 08:09 AM

      The big issue with Buz & Ned's is that depending on the time they arrive, it could not be a "quick" stop. They get slow (and ruder) when things get busy.

      Like you, nothing else is coming to mind as a quick stop off of 95.

      1. re: Janet from Richmond
        PenskeFan Jan 25, 2012 06:56 PM

        Totally agree. you could wait 45 minutes just to order the food at Buz and Ned's . That is why I have stopped going there. I have some hopes for the new location, if it ever opens. At least that one is not too far from my work (10 minutes or so)

    2. MandalayVA Jan 22, 2012 07:57 PM

      (time to pimp my neighborhood)
      Get off at the Broad Street exit, make a U-turn at the second left (after the first light) and come east into Church Hill. There's Alamo BBQ on Jefferson Avenue--yep, it's built to look like the Alamo and has great Texas BBQ, blows Buz & Ned's away (also really good fish tacos). There's also House of Homemade on 27th and Marshall that makes great sandwiches. You can call ahead to both to pick up. Both of these are within a mile of 95, you can get your food and be back on the road within five minutes.


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        Janet from Richmond Jan 23, 2012 05:34 AM

        Great recommendations Mandalay!

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          AMFM Jan 23, 2012 09:54 PM

          funny how i never think of something so simple as making a uturn there. :)
          nice. didn't know the second one.

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            MandalayVA Jan 26, 2012 08:49 AM

            House of Homemade's only been open for a few months and is a little off the beaten path so I'm not surprised it's not well known. Maybe it's not the Bottom or downtown but Church Hill has gotten some quality eating recently--Alamo, HoH, OMG Cafe, and the Roosevelt.

          2. re: MandalayVA
            cook262 Feb 29, 2012 12:49 PM

            We stopped at House of Homemade last week. It was a good, not amazing, lunch. I had the curry chicken salad sandwich which had a nice flavor. SO had the proscuitto and goat cheese sandwich. It's hard to know what to say. Neither of us thought lunch was incredible or that we just HAD to stop again on our way down but we'd both go back. One of the main reasons is you could tell that good quality ingredients were used. It's a fun little shop with some interesting items and it did fulfill the 'pick it up quick and go' requirements.

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            foodjack Jan 24, 2012 04:43 PM

            Ok. This might be a little out of the way, but not too much. If you get to Petersburg on I-95 just south of Richmond, you can pick up Rt. 460 east. Go about 8 - 10 miles to Waverly, VA. There is a BBQ place called Cowlings BBQ on Rt. 460 that is very good. From Waverly, you can take Rt. 40 back over to I-95. Mapquest it; it really isn't too far out of the way. Their BBQ is smoked on location, and we love it.

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              kayandallie Jan 28, 2012 09:50 AM

              If you do make it as far as Petersburg, take the Washington St exit off 95. Go to 2nd light and take a right on S Adams. Go to 2nd light and take a right onto Bank St (at an old used car lot, across from the police station). Go down to the second block and you'll see Demolition Coffee on the left. Great sandwiches, great coffee, and it's fast and just a few minutes from the interstate.

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              1. re: kayandallie
                AMFM Jan 29, 2012 08:03 AM

                agree. demolition coffee is great! cute spot and nice food/pastries too.

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                cook262 Jan 29, 2012 07:42 AM

                Thanks everyone! I will probably be trying many of these recs. We will be making this journey by car several times a year and this gives us something to look forward to as a way to break up the long drives. Will report back as we try them. Our next trip is likely to be in about 2 weeks.

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                1. re: cook262
                  hokie2009 Feb 9, 2012 05:53 AM

                  Don't forget Bill's BBQ on The Boulevard near the Diamond baseball park. It's a Richmond institution. Get Minced Pork Sandwiches and a Limeade. Use the Hot Sauce on the BBQ. It's mustard powder based and it's the best. Easy, easy, easy on/off.

                  I drove by Alamo yesterday and it looked to be closed for renovations.

                  1. re: hokie2009
                    MandalayVA Feb 9, 2012 06:12 AM

                    Yes, Alamo is temporarily closed, they'll be opening up again in a couple of weeks. And you may like it but I would NEVER recommend Bill's BBQ for anything other than the limeade. That meat has never seen smoke; I highly suspect they boil it.

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                      wlesedd Feb 15, 2012 09:21 PM

                      Alamo is back in business. Best BBQ in Richmond!

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                  PenskeFan Feb 9, 2012 06:29 AM

                  How about Roy's Big Burger on Lakeside? Its a stand, but I hear it is really good. It may even be open on Sunday now (it being closed on Sundays is why I never have gotten a chance to eat there because all the times I previous went by, it was closed. That is, at least , when I wasn't in the neighborhood because I was meeting someone or going out to eat somewhere else already.

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                  1. re: PenskeFan
                    MandalayVA Feb 10, 2012 11:42 AM

                    It is good and not far from 95 but the lines are ridiculous and the OP wants to eat and go within 45 minutes, which isn't happening there.

                    1. re: MandalayVA
                      PenskeFan Feb 10, 2012 06:54 PM

                      It may depend what day they are traveling on. I was there on a Saturday and there were very few people in line. Unfortunately I had an appointment at the (serviceable) restaurant across the street, or I would have been there like a shot!

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