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Jak's Bagels, Richmond, VA

Well, Jak's finally opened up in Carytown. Very disappointing. Bagels are misshapen globs of...something. Which I could live with, if they were any good. They aren't. Very doughy texture, overpoweringly yeasty, and without the kind of crispy outside that a good bagel should have. Even toasted it was not just not good, but outright lousy. My wife and I had been waiting for this place to open for MONTHS. Sigh. We really need some good bagels here. Bodo's should move in from c'ville, they'd make a killing...

Feb 11, 2011
nola mike in Mid-Atlantic

Live Crawfish in Virginia/Richmond/anywhere?

yeah, i had tried them. special order at $6.50/#, which is more expensive then just ordering it on the internet and having it shipped. for comparison, it's usually around $1-1.50/# in new orleans. sigh.

Sushi in Richmond

a little more expensive then the fan places.

Best Sandwich in Richmond?

i'll second (fifth?) chiocca's. i like the atmosphere. very friendly people. the wait isn't so bad when sipping $1.50 PBRs. they grill oysters during the day for games apparently as well. my only gripe is the smoke. i can't wait till richmond goes smoke free.

Sushi in Richmond

Probably the best sushi i've had in Richmond is Osaka off of river rd. We just tried Momotaro, a new place between careytown sushi and mom's siam, and it was very good. We went to akida once and thought it was pretty good as well, though the platter lacked variety. Others i've talked to say the food is hit or miss. Is it out because of food quality or size?

Live Crawfish in Virginia/Richmond/anywhere?

I'm trying to find a source for live crawfish in the Richmond area, though i'd be willing to drive. I know I can get them online, but it's pricey, and I would like to have boils at least semi-regularly.

Happy hour in Richmond?

Home Team Grill:
mon-fri 4-7pm: $2 beer
tuesdays: 1/2 price burgers
$2.75 sam adams during red sox games.

Happy hour in Richmond?

I've been trying to find a source for happy hour drink/food specials in Richmond, only to realize that apparently it's against the law to advertise them (are they afraid that i'll have some food with my beer?). I saw someone attempt to start a similar thread last year without success, but at least I'll try to update this as I come across more specials (I know sticky rice and 3monkeys have something, but can't remember at the moment what they are...)

anyway, if anyone knows of anything worth mentioning, please post...

richmond--whole foods type store?

just moved to richmond, and am looking for a whole foods-type store (or even better, something like the dekalb farmer's market in atlanta). looking for something that:
isn't outrageously expensive (whole foods is expensive, but staples like bulk foods, spices, cereal, etc help even it out).
has their own brand of good food (this also relates to point 1)
is fun to shop at. yup, i'm a sucker for a clean store and samples.
has good stuff. again, whole foods usually has good produce and meat/fish. more expensive, but worth it IMHO.

tried ukrop's and was severely disappointed. all the expense of whole foods without a good store brand or as good a selection.

Richmond meal itinerary for the weekend?

had a great time--i still haven't had a bad meal in richmond, i'm looking forward to moving.
1. had pizza at mary angela's on saturday. very good, reasonably priced, fun time.
2. brunch the next day at lulu's. very good, great home fries.
3. dinner at si. this was fantastic. bacon wrapped dates, spectacular mussels, scallops. hummus fries also tasty. steak was good, nothing unusual. squid wasn't great, although the black rice was good. beet salad was too salty for me, and unexpectedly served hot. my mom liked it though.
4. bagels at cupertino's the next day. eh. i wasn't impressed, didn't strike me as any better than einstein's, and it seemed like it was located at the end of the earth. might as well keep going to bodo's in charlottesville.

looking forward to more eating in the future (i'm getting worried i'll be putting on my new orleans weight that i've managed to lose in birmingham...)

Bham - live Mudbugs

yes, fresh seafood and meat market. i ended up getting them there for my boil a few weeks ago--they were surprisingly good.

Apr 22, 2008
nola mike in Central South

Richmond meal itinerary for the weekend?

Ok, coming to richmond for the weekend to look at houses--i may be moving there. i'll need 2 dinners (one of which should be somewhat nice), 2 breakfast/brunches, and maybe a random lunch. last time we went to cancan for brunch, and liked it enough to return for dinner that night. here's what i have so far, based on reading the board:

1. dinner: looking at comfort for one night; other night is open. Millie's? Kuba Kuba? Dogwood grill?
2. brunch: saw that millie's has a good brunch, so maybe we can do that instead of dinner there. i'm dying for a good bagel, which unfortunately looks hard to come by; cupertino's has had some good reviews here.

also saw nice things said about 3rd st diner; don't know which meal would fit in best here.
any other suggestions? i'll likely be moving to the fan/museum district, and don't like to typically travel too far, so restaurants in that are would be preferred. thanks!

Bham - live Mudbugs

just checked prices...$2.79 at sexton's and the place across from mcdonalds (fresh seafood and meat market). $1.89 at my favorite place in new orleans right now :(

Apr 02, 2008
nola mike in Central South

Bham - live Mudbugs

I was JUST about to post the same question! thinking about having a boil in rhodes park this weekend...

Apr 02, 2008
nola mike in Central South

Birmingham Pizza

ok, i've been lurking for a while, but feel obligated to comment here.
davenports: they cut their pizza into little squares. that should be enough to steer you clear, as some pieces are gooey cheesy unmanageable squares, while others are tiny pieces of misshapen crust (who would do that to pizza?). in addition, it's overpriced and mediocre at best. it seems that people who have grown up in bham/eating davenports are the ones that like this.
dave's: this pizza was ok, but horrendously overpriced. for 2 people, a pie with 1 beer each and split a salad was $55-60 after tip. yeah, we had a few toppings on the pizza, but still...
new york pizza: not quite new york pizza, but the best NY style pizza that i've had in bham.
bettola: this is fantastic, neopolitan pizza. definitely not your traditional NY pizza, but it is certainly reminiscent of pizza in naples. the pizzas are a bit small, but really not any more expensive than what should be the cheaper pizza places. also good apps, deserts, and atmosphere.
bottega: i've tried to get it a couple of times, but the wait is always too long. i'll give it another shot.
rocky's: not terrible, but not great either. also overpriced (seeing a trend here?)
cosmo's is decent (again, not fantastic); their atmosphere for brunch is great, with a nice bloody mary bar.

Feb 17, 2008
nola mike in Central South