Food News: 5 new restaurants, COTU turns one, and weird foods

As many new restaurants as adorable cheetah cubs. Can you even handle it!?

Beagle’s BBQ, which I’ve written about before, has now opened a carryout spot on hallowed restaurant ground: the former location of Dixie Chicken. If we had to replace some of the tastiest fried chicken in the city, I guess its OK that we replaced it with smoked meats. Hills and Heights has a few more details.

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My Noodle, Richmond’s newest noodle bar, opened this week in The Fan. My Noodle can be hard to find as it’s hidden under the apartment building in the northwestern corner of Stuart Circle. Early reviews of My Noodle are positive, so next time you’re in the area, stop by and take a chance on My Noodle.

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Cafe Verde opens today! The bright green storefront, located at 1810 E. Main Street, will focus on cupcakes and tacos. Which, if I’m being honest, is what I focus on most days anyway. I really appreciate it when someone creates an entire business focused on my specific needs.

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LEVEL, which was for a quick second known as NEXT, has also opened in The Fan. They’ve got Richmond’s first iBar which glows and does weird things when you touch it—color me intrigued.

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American Tap Room is now open at Willow Lawn, and Near West End News has some of the details and a couple of pictures. This is ATR’s fifth location, the other four are located in NOVA. Come for the large pretzel tower contraption thing, stay for the $3 drafts during happy hour (Monday- Friday, 4:00 – 7:00 PM).

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This Friday, Center of the Universe turns one years old, a fact that is hard to believe! COTU (still the best abbreviated brewery in Virginia)1 brews some of my favorite Virginia beers, and we’re lucky to have them just a short hop from RVA. They’ll celebrate this Friday through Sunday by rolling out some new beers, jamming with some live music, and continuing to be generally awesome.

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Everyone’s favorite porn-store-turned-taco-shop is now offering a happy hour featuring various specials and deals Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Save some bucks, put cheap things in your mouth!

  • $1 off all beer & wine
  • $4 rail drinks & micheladas
  • $5 house margaritas
  • $2 tacos
  • $6 nachos
  • $2 dollars off ALL burritos
  • $.50 wings!

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Who would have thought you could have an entire show about eating things that nobody really wants to eat? Americans, that’s who! Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern stopped by Richmond this past summer to film a segment involving Jason Alley and cicadas. Which, sure. has the details.

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  1. Which, whenever I say it aloud, I always think about Klaatu barada nikto (the Evil Dead version, naturally). 
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  1. Ross Catrow loves En Su Boca, his family, Richmond, and beer (in that order). Are you one of the owners? The coverage En Su Boca gets is 100 to 1 over practically any other place.

  2. Because that place is awesome.

  3. Louis on said:

    Cupcakes and tacos down in VCU? Why don’t they just call the place, “Dude, I scored some great weed”?

  4. The happy hour prices at en Su boca reflects what the prices probably should be.

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