The restaurant world is a circle of life. Here are the newest eating options to explode onto the scene, while some others stole away quietly in the night.
TALLEY’S MEAT ‘N’ THREE
Talley’s Meat and Three opened in the former Estilo space at the Village Shopping Center this week. Owned by Jessica and Josh Bufford, this very family-friendly restaurant focuses on the essentials-rotisserie chicken, Cheerwine-smoked brisket, smoked turkey, and the like, with the usual line-up of sides, served in ample, loving portions as though you were visiting your Granny over winter break and she was convinced that “you’ve been wasting away at that fancy school of yours.”
Kokonut Grill is the newest restaurant to take a run at the 1201 W. Main Street space. Their menu focuses on Koko Rice Boxes, which include a scoop of rice AND a scoop of macaroni salad. From there, you can add any your choice of meaty (or not-meaty) topping from A to J (“A” being teriyaki grilled chicken and “J” being sweet chili tofu). The menu also includes sandwiches, wraps, and a very intriguing dessert menu featuring shaved ice, yam balls, and something called a peanut pancake that you can bet I will be trying.
Named for owners Lisa and Robert Ratliff’s three daughters, Lakeside’s new Zosaro bakery offers custom cakes and cupcakes as well as specialties from their native Australia. If you’ve already been initiated in Kiwi baked goods, you know that means ANZAC cookies, lamingtons, and mud cake. And if you haven’t been initiated, now’s your chance!
RAY’S OTHER PLACE
From the same people who brought you Ray’s Italian Ice in the West End comes Ray’s Other Place, a casual dinner and brunch spot located in the corner of the same shopping center as Ray’s first venture (3061 Lauderdale Drive).
MAPLE & PINE
The lovely new Quirk Hotel, located at 201 W. Broad Street, is now open, and that means its restaurant, Maple & Pine, is also open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef David Dunlap, formerly of the Ashby Inn, offers a New American menu for Richmond’s modern destination hotel, with dishes that sound both classic and innovative, and I for one, cannot wait to try them all.
STRAWBERRY THAI AND MORE
This new Strawberry Street Thai takeout and delivery spot opened quietly at the end of September. While they’re focusing on Thai classics like satay and curry for now, the “more” will come soon in the way of Korean and Japanese items, which according to their website will include, “Pho or Ramen, Bulgogi & kimchi sub, Gai Yang and Crispy Duck,” all made from scratch. ABC on-off!
WHITE HORSE TAVERN
Westover Hills’ newest watering hole is open for business. The original team behind Commercial Tap House, James Talley and Jim Dickerson, focused their energy and vast beer knowledge on the 3410 Semmes Avenue location, previously home to Island Venture Restaurant and Panchino Carribean & American Restaurant. The menu is all about hearty British pub fare and the bubbly brew necessary to wash it down. Lunch service starts TODAY!
SO LONG, FAREWELL
We lost a Five Guys, the Forest Hill one, and there was much lamenting in Southside. Mezzanine announced their plans to close and did so at the end of the month after seven years in Carytown. And Tastebuds, the Northside dining destination, shuttered its doors after a ten-year run.