Saturday, June 12, 2010


Check out our list of restaurants dedicated to supporting local farmers and seasonal eating!

Sprout Market and Cafe'- 1 N. Morris St.Richmond
An ever changing menu of local food from local sources, all at a great price. Based on amazing sounding ( I have not yet been there) salads, soups, and sandwiches. Owned and operated by RAFSC member and Renew Richmond founder. Open for lunch, Tuesday – Sunday 11am-9pm. Phone:(804) 592-5771 For the Most up to date info on their menu, gallery exhibits, and market products check out their facebook page.
An update from June 11, 2010 said they were busy making cheese for their first brunch service on June 12th. They carry products from lots of our favorite area producers like Agriberry Farm, Avery's Branch Farms, Manakintowne Growers, Night Sky Farm Goat Cheese PATTI CAKES!

Aziza's: Wining Best Restaurant of the Year award, creating amazing cream puffs as well as providing yummy vegetarian fare...what more could you ask? Of the many, many rave reviews here is one I enjoyed.
Lunch weekdays, Brunch on Sundays 11:00-2:00, Dinner Thursday, Friday and maybe now Saturday nights as well.
2110 E. Main St.

3433 Cary Street
Mezzanine was named Style Weekly's 2009 restaurant of the year. Clicking on the Mezzanine website takes you directly to Style Weekly's You- Tube video about the restaurant. A hot spot for a time, Mezzanine has gotten mixed reviews from RFC members and friends. The food is not always spot on, but will set you back a bit. 804.353.2186

5:00-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday; bar stays open until 2 a.m.

Lemaire: 101 West Franklin st. inside the Jefferson Hotel. The restaurant that carries the name of Thomas Jefferson's' own French chef, under took a complete overhaul, and emerged to be named one of Esquire Magazines best restaurants of 2009. The new atmosphere is relaxed with a dressy, casual vibe. No coat and tie required. The new menu has a focus on fresh local ingredients. With consistently good ratings and a beautiful atmosphere that makes us feel relaxed, and pampered. You can hang at the bar or lounge and sip on fantastic "pre-Prohibition era" cocktails or just a well done version of your usual favorite. One we like is called The Bees' Knees. Cocktails are served with dishes of smoked almonds and nice olives, all at a price that is less than many more trendy spots in the area. Richmond Times Dispatch Review full of info.
Breakfast: Saturday 7 am to 11 am, Sunday 7 am to 12 pm
Dinner: Monday through Sunday 5 pm to 10 pm
Lounge: Monday through Sunday 4 pm to 12 am (last call may be made as late as 1:30am on Friday & Saturday)

Balliceaux :
203 North Lombardy St., Richmond
Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30-2:00
Dinner Monday-Saturday 6:00-10-00

Savor: 201 West 7 street
Serving coffee, breakfast, and lunch Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
With Fourth Friday Wine Dinners at 6:30 pm by reservation only
Sunday 5:00-9:00

Iron Horse: 100 South Railroad Ave., Ashland
Lunch, Dinner and Bar
(804) 752-6410

The Urban Farm House: Coffee and Coffee drinks, breakfast menu, salads, soup, sandwiches and dinner fare. All menus feature some locally grown and produced foods. Wine and Beer.
Shannon recommends the Q Bleu Chicken for $10. A panini style barbecue chicken sandwich with a delicious vinegar sauce, red onions and blue cheese. It came with chips and some rather dry looking carrot sticks, but still it was delicious and it was more than I could eat. A six dollar glass of Melbec brought my total to $17. Erin got the 1/2 Grilled Cheese with the Roasted Red Pepper and Lime Soup. She loved both and kept trying to get others to take a taste of the soup. The 1/2 grilled cheese was at least as large a your average whole grilled cheese and it was made with fresh chopped chives. The setting is very open, airy and comfortable. Huge windows and doors line the front letting in light and provide a nice people watching spot. There were not many customers when were were there on a Thursday evening, but there was a nice group around one round table at the windows, and several people there by themselves doing work or reading. When we at there are food was ready quickly. Our wine was pour immediately for us so we could sip our wine and wander around checking out the items for sale on the shelves that line the walls. The service was great. The staff patient and friendly. Plus you could buy laundry detergent or canned tomato sauce on you way out!
Located across from Richbrou, and right near The Martin Agency. If your going after 3:00pm and worry about finding parking in the area there is a parking deck within a block of the farmhouse that provides $3 parking after 3:00.
Monday-Thursday 6:30am-9:00pm, open until 10:00 on Friday
Saturday 7:30am-10:00pm
Sunday 7:30am-9:00pm

Cafe Rustica:
414 East Main Street, Richmond
(804) 225-8811
2001 W Main Street
Monday-Saturday 11:00am -9:00pm
In the spot of the old European Market.
Check out our post here.
Juleps- Warm and elegant atmosphere. I have yet to have a meal here, but the homemade drink that use homegrown herbs from their garden are incredible. We're unclear on the "local" status of their dinner menu, but every single thing on the menu makes me want to go there for dinner the first chance I get! No prices given for the appetizers, soups, or salads. Entrees run between $18-$30...thus the drinks only approach so far.
Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-10:00
Reservations Suggested, 804-377-3968
The Belly Timber Tavern: Located at the corner of Plum and Main. We checked out this place a few weeks ago on two separate occasions. The atmosphere is casual. Parking is easy to find. The music was a bit too loud, but I may be just getting old. The menu was intriguing with bacon wrapped hard boiled eggs, wood oven fired pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Nearly all are vegan, like the Sloppy Jane, or can be made vegetarian or vegan.... and we're not talking the old Burger King Vegetarian Burger twist. The service was also timely, and it was fun to actually be able to see our pizzas being cooked. The menu highlights Manakintowne Specialty Growers, local chicken, and Twin Oaks tofu.
Serves Lunch and Dinner, Full Bar
1501 West Main St.