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Hi all,

I will be hanging out with my friends in Midlothian, VA, but I expect that I will be going in and out of Richmond as well. Any suggestion for food? Like barbecue or anything really. I am very open-minded when it comes to food. I eat anything from Chinese to Japanese to Afghan to Cajun to Jamician...etc. Thanks. Oh yes, a unrelated food question. I heard that Richmond is not safe, and that I should not walk alone on the street after dark. Is that really true or is that an exaggergration? I have been to many other big cities, San Francsico, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Denver, Toronto....etc. Is Richmond really unsafe? (Because I am considering just walking around at night from restaurants to bars to whatever)

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  1. Richmond is like a lot of big cities. There are areas that are unsafe, but for the most part, they aren't areas you or I would likely be venturing. My daughter lives near the VCU campus and there has been a rash of robberies that have given the city a black eye recently. The city has stepped up the police presence, and the past couple of months have been better. I live in Midlothian, and there is a real reluctance to venture downtown, and I don't understand it. I sometimes have to drag my friends out of the 'burbs...

    In Midlothian, I have recently had good meals at Belle Vie (french) and Sushi O - both near Huguenot and Midlo Turnpike. I like Flyin' Pig (BBQ) a lot (in Brandermill). Q BBQ gets a lot of love from this board, too, but not one of my favs.

    In Richmond, I've recently loved Secco (wine bar), Heritage, Pasture, Rooster, Proper Pie (New Zealand savory pies), Subrosa Bakery, Arcadia, and Mama J's (yummy soul food). Heritage, Pasture and Rooster all have really exceptional everything, and fun cocktail menus,too

    Check out some of the menus online - Subrosa and Proper Pie are lunch or take away spots, and may only have facebook pages.

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    1. re: jeanmarieok

      Wow, thanks for all the information. I don't know if I will get time to visit all of them, but I really appreciate all the information. I think I tried a placed for Buz and Ned with my friend today. He actually lives very close to Q, but he and his son thought Buz and Ned is a bit better. I also went to the Confedrate White House museum today.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Buzz and Ned's was a good choice, I think their BBQ is at least a solid representation of VA BBQ, and better than average.

        If you are looking for fried chicken take-out , Lee's Chicken (Broad near Boulevard) is one of my favorites...

    2. I live and work in Midlothian and venture into the city for dinner very often.

      Taste of India at Robious and Midlothian Tpke has solid Indian food (the best in town is at Lehja in Short Pump IMO), Sushi-O, Wild Ginger and Belle Vie all have solid offerings.

      I have no qualms going into the city at night and our favorite places are Edo's Squid, Millie's Diner, Comfort and Black Sheep.

      I'm going to be contrary on The Flyin Pig. I went recently and was sorely disappointed. I work less than a mile from there and was hopeful for a new lunch place. The black beans were good as was the slaw, but the BBQ pork was dry and tasteless and the two sauces I tried tasted sweet and bland.

      I love Q, especially for pulled pork. Buz & Ned's has good q, but I don't go there because of issues I have with the owner.

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      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        <because of issues I have with the owner.>

        :) I hope it is not a political reason. :) Recently, someone and I were talking about a Chinese dim sum restaurant (Joy Tsin Lau) in Philadelphia, and the other Chowhound member said that he/she does not go to Joy Tsin Lau because of the restaurant owner did fundraising for a certain political figure.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          No, it isn't :-)

          I wrote a criticism years ago on a forum regarding service i received at his restaurant and he sent me a scathing email assassinating my character and also his competitors (in their case in regard to food).

      2. Thanks guys. I just drove back from Virginia. I had a wonderful time. I visited the Civil War Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, had a great time with my good friend. I wanted to try Mama J, and planned to, but circumstance did not permit it. However, I visited the Heritage for brunch. I ordered the Chicken and Waffle and had a English Breakfast (an alcoholic drink). The drink was good, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Chicken and Waffle. It is a very good twist of the traditional Chicken and Waffle. The price was very reasonable too. Recently, I went to Toronto, and had some good foods there, but everything is much more expensive in Toronto, and I didn't had anything there would surprised me as much as Heritage. The restaurant has a very young and vibrate feel to it. It, very much, reminded me my graduate school day in Berkeley, California.

        We tried to stop by Wild Ginger the first night actually, but it was crazily packed, so we went to a Mediterranean across the parking lot (10 steps away). It is ok, I suppose. Although I am far from a sushi expert, I have had many traditional to modern style sushi from San Francisco to Vancouver, so Wild Ginger may not surprise me as much as the Heritage.

        Next time, I will definitely try the Mama J and one more Barbecue place. Oh yes, I bought the barbecue sauce from Buz and Ned. I like Buz and Ned fine, and really like the various sides, but I was disappointed that everything come in as sandwiches. I wish I can just get a plate of pork or a plate of beef brisket and not sandwiches. I also wish that I get to pick my barbecue sauce, but I wasn't.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Q has plates of pulled pork, brisket and chicken. They also have very good smoked wings and their collard greens are some of the best I've ever had.

          We love the brunch at Heritage also. I've had the chicken and waffles and last Sunday had the bagel with house smoked salmon which was one of the best brunch dishes I've had in a long time. I am anxious to go there for dinner soon.

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            Oh cool. I love all kind of greens, collard greens, turnup greens...etc. Unfortunately, I won't be in Virginia for another 6 months or so, but there were so many other things I wanted to visit too. For example, I barely walked through half of the Virginia Museum of Arts before I had to meet up with my friend.

            Thanks to Jean and Janet. Q is actually very close to where my friend lived and where I stayed. In fact, he opted for Buz and Ned because Q was too close. Also because he thought Buz and Ned is a touch better.