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Spoonfed (4917 Grove Avenue, 804-644-3339) shop and catering is newly open on a quiet stretch of Grove Avenue in the Near West End. They serve Illy coffee throughout the day as well as ten different prepared entrees and side dishes, soups, meats, cheeses and a line of jarred preserves, vegetables and dry goods. They also sell beer, wine, and fresh flowers. A few small tables outside will be perfect as the weather warms up. Look for the fairy lights and black and white striped awning.
The Fanhouse (2526 Floyd Avenue, 804 -612-8888) in the old Verbena space is full of sleek lines, mood lighting, and beautiful people. Their menu focuses on Asian-inspired cuisine which, when wafting over to me from the nearby table, was smelly at times (but then, I don’t like seafood). Menu prices are $4-$12 for small plates and $12-$28 for entrees. A giant painting of Lady Godiva on her horse looks over the downstairs, made up of booths, an L-shaped bar, and several two-tops. The spacious upstairs allows Fanhouse to have two different atmospheres if it wants, and the crowd leans dressy. Wait staff was attentive, and general manager Joe Jenkins came over to welcome us. The place was hopping but not packed on a recent Saturday night, as bar crawlers found it a welcome respite from the cold and the usual crowds of Robinson St. Last weekend they played Dave Matthews Band and other folksy pop-rock, which I enjoyed, but it didn’t seem to match the sexy atmosphere of the place.
Even though I only popped in for a moment to get warm last weekend, McCormack’s Whisky Grill & Smokehouse (204 N. Robinson Street, impressed me right away with its bar-to-ceiling shelves of liquor awash in mirrors and lights. Bartenders were wearing “cash only” T-shirts and I didn’t see a tap for beer or any bottles, so we’ll see how those kinks work out. Initial reviewers say that their smoked BBQ sandwiches are excellent