Plus other stuff, we guess!
Photo via Salty’s Ice Cream
STR8 OUT OF ETHIOPIA
It’s hard to stop the Nile from doing it’s thing, and the news that the Nile’s current home, Portrait House, would close in the middle of December had some wondering if this would be the end of the restaurant’s over ten-year, multi-location history. But no! Church Hill People’s News reports that the Nile will settle into the former Str8 Out of Philly space at 306 N. 29th Street in the Spring. The location will serve as a prep kitchen and a takeout/grab-and-go spot, according to co-owner Yoseph Teklemariam.
DELIVER ME FROM HUNGRY
Richmond’s food delivery options are getting sweeter and breakfastier thanks to two local businesses. Salty’s Ice Cream offers an ice cream subscription service with optional home delivery. And if the holidays aren’t exactly the time when you need someone to deliver an emergency quart of eggnog-with-speculoos-cookie ice cream, well then, our holidays sound vastly different.
If you’re the type to rush out of the house, slurping down a last desperate gulp of coffee and forsaking a complete balanced breakfast, StaxRVA wants to come to your rescue with breakfast sandwich delivery, a magical-sounding concept that makes me almost wish I still worked downtown because that’s precisely what I’d be doing during those three boring hours between arrival and lunch time. StaxRVA will get their start operating out of the Red Eye Cookie Co/ location, which is where creator Kristen Cabbot was first inspired to pursue the idea. The menu will include a selection of breakfast sandwiches on onion rolls, bread, and bagels; plus coffee and juice.
YOU DON’T KNOW BEAU
This very night, saunter over to Barrel Thief and brush up on your Beaujolais-sipping skills with Booth Hardy and fellow wine nerds between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. “A lot of people know about Beaujolais Nouveau, which, while sometimes good, is mostly just schticky,” says Barrel Thief owner Hardy. “It’s the young release of the previous vintage, so grapes harvested in September-ish are fermented and bottled for release on the third Thursday in November (Beaujolais Day).” Hardy adds, “The red grape varietals are different in Burgundy and Beaujolais–Pinot Noir for Burgundy and Gamay for Beaujolais. Gamay will never reach the pinnacles of quality that Pinot Noir has and does, but it can be an extremely delicious substitute that costs way less money. Basically, it’s a very versatile and delicious wine that doesn’t get much respect.”
THE JACK IS BACK
The Jackdaw announced another pop-up on November 29th. They’ll be back at Shoryuken Ramen with dumplings, noodles, congee, and deep-fried bao for one night only! Call 804.855.4246 to save your spot.
SIP: GULP JUICERY’S INGA JUICE
Available at all three Lamplighter locations, Gulp Juicery’s Inga (named after a character in Young Frankenstein!) is a serious juice, with Vitamin A-laden sweet potato, antioxidant-rich green apple, and the autumnal flavors of sage, thyme, and cinnamon. These are small-batch juices, so get ’em while you can! (and then start wishing for more.)
BITE: HISPANIA BAKERY’S PEPPER JACK EMPANADAS
Have you been craving Hispania Bakery’s empanadas, guava cheesecakes, and almogrote for, like, a year now? That’s because the baker, Maria Onsel, has been on hiatus, but lucky for us, that hiatus is over! You can find all the Spanish-inspired treats from Maria Onsel on the shelves at Union Market and Little House Green Grocery (FYI: LHGG delivery is Friday morning), but I suggest getting them quickly and stocking up so as to avoid any further heartbreak.