NEED A QUICK REC?

This is your quick reference guide when you need a recommendation for a specific event or when you just want to eat! 


WE'RE IN LOVE, LET'S DINE LIKE ROYALTY
[special occasion dinners, fancy]

1. Stella's
2. Edo's Squid
3. Dutch & Company
4. Maple and Pine
5. La Grotta
6. Acacia
7. L'Opposum
8. Lemaire

LEAVE THE SPOUSE AND KIDS AT HOME, GNO
[mostly fancy, great spots to celebrate]

1. Secco Wine Bar
2. Barrel Thief
3. Lemaire Happy Hour @ The Jefferson
4. Shyndigz Desserts
5. Quirk Hotel
6. Rappahanock
7. Can Can
8. Beijing On Grove

I DON'T WANT TO DO DISHES
[sit-down meal, great food, no fuss]

1. The Hill Cafe
2. Galley
3. 23rd and Main
4. Lunch or Supper
5. Saison
6. Commercial Taphouse
7. Sabai
8. Rapp Session

PANTS OPTIONAL BRUNCH
[casual, quick, great food]

1. Joe's Inn
2. The Sidewalk Cafe
3. Fancy Biscuit
4. Weezie's Kitchen
5. The Continental Westhampton
6. 821 Cafe
7. Strawberry St Cafe
8. Dots Back Inn

THE COCKTAIL LIST
[very, very well-crafted cocktails]

1. The Rogue Gentleman
2. Jasper
3. Sabai's Speakeasy
4. Laura Lees
5. Southbound
6. Pasture
7. Brenner Pass
8. Amuse

ME & MY TOP 8 FRIENDS WANT TO EAT TOGETHER
[good for groups, fun, mix of casual and fancy]

1. Demi's
2. Casa del Barco
3. The Daily Kitchen & Bar
4. Postbellum
5. Peter Changs
6. Mekong
7. Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
8. Havana 59

HELP, I WANT TO GO TO HAPPY HOUR BUT PAYDAY ISN'T TIL TOMORROW
[dive bars]

1. Cary St Cafe
2. Curbside
3. Bamboo
4. Metro Bar & Grill
5. Buddy's
6. The Grill
7. 3 Monkeys
8. Starlight

NEED FOOD ASAP
[great food, fast-casual]

1. Goatocado
2. Union Market
3. Alamo BBQ
4. The Naked Onion
5. 8 1/2
6. Ellwood Thompson's
7. Cappola's Deli
8. Rosita's Taco Shop

ANIMALS ARE FRIENDS, NOT FOOD - GUEST LIST BY AUSTIN KITCHEN @RVAFITFOODIE
[vegetarian/vegan friendly, mostly fast-casual]

1. The Pit and the Peel
2. North End Juice Co
3. The Daily Kitchen & Bar
4. Goatocado
5. Ellwood Thompson's
6. Ipanema
7. Fresca on Addison
8. Sabai

FANCY BRUNCH
[celebrate a special occasion, fancy]

1. The Jefferson
2. Millie's
3. The Roosevelt
4. Heritage
5. Stella's
6. Max's on Broad
7. The Broken Tulip
8. Little Saint

GO SHAWTY, IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY
[fun spots to celebrate, casual]

1. The Circuit Arcade Bar
2. Triple Crossing Fulton Hill (bocce ball, arcade games, cornhole)
3. Greenleaf Pool Room
4. Quirk Rooftop
5. Kabana
6. The HofGarden
7. The Diamond (Flying Squirrels Baseball)
8. Beer is the Answer

BALLIN' ON A BUDGET
[between fancy and casual, budget-friendly]

1. Bacchus
2. Toast
3. Branch & Vine
4. East Coast Provisions
5. LEVEL
6. Tarrant's
7. Helen's
8. Garnett's Cafe

SUPPORT LOCAL GROWERS
[farmers' markets]

1. South of the James: Saturdays open year-round 8am-12pm noon (Summer hours) check with @growrva for Fall/Winter/Spring hours
2. Carytown Farmers' Market: Sundays 11am-3pm **New location: City Stadium (where the Kickers soccer team plays)
3. Birdhouse Farmers' Market: Tuesdays 3pm-6:30pm
4. Lakeside Market: Wednesdays 9am-3p, Saturday 9am-12pm
5. 17th St Farmers' Market: undergoing some exciting renovations, returning Spring 2018!?
6. St. Stephen's Farmers' Market: Saturdays 8am-12pm noon
7. The Veil Brewing: Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month May through September

DINNER WITH KIDS - GUEST LIST BY STEPHANIE GANZ @SALGANZ
[great food & beverage options that are also family friendly]

1. Laura Lee's
2. Comfort
3. Mekong
4. Lemon
5. Carini's
6. The Daily
7. Boulevard Burger & Brew
8. Southbound

 

COMING SOON: 


MY OUT OF TOWN GUESTS WANT TO "SEE THINGS"
[where to take your parents, friends, or random strangers when they are visiting from out of town]

COFFEE SHOPS
[self-explanatory]

MY DOG IS MY DATE
[bring fido, these spots are pet friendly]

ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT
[dessert-oriented, great to celebrate]

EAT AROUND THE WORLD
[authentic international food]
 

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