Best of Virginia Winners

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Best Caterer

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A Sharper Palate
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-553-0495

Best Caterer

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Groovin’ Gourmets
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-868-8900

Best Caterer

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Mosaic Catering + Events
After starting as a casual café 20 years ago, Mosaic has expanded to include a full-service catering and event planning business offering cuisine, light design and rentals. If the business has learned anything in the past two decades, it’s that the best things are often the simplest— to this day, its most popular dish is the signature smoked gouda pimento cheese.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-525-2190

Best Barbecue

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AlamoBBQVa.com
Address:
804-592-3138
Phone Number:

Best Barbecue

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Buz and Ned’s
Pig out on award-winning barbecue sandwiches, brisket and baby back ribs along with classic homemade sides like fresh country greens, hush puppies and Cajun fried corn at this Richmond institution, featured on both Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Travel Channel’s Man v. Food.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-6055

Best Barbecue

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Q Barbecue

Best Local Craft Brewery

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Ardent Craft Ales
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-1605

Best Local Craft Brewery

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Devils Backbone
Address:
Roseland
Phone Number:
434-361-1001

Best Local Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Since the beginning of Richmond’s craft beer craze, Hardywood has made a name for itself with quality beer brewing and community engagement. Hosting local Richmond bands, beer release parties, and music video screenings for Richmond film collective Good Day RVA, the brewery is a do-not-miss destination for anyone interested in creative brews and RVA’s diverse local culture.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-420-2420

Best Italian Restaurant

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Azzuro
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-1509

Best Italian Restaurant

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Edo’s Squid
Hidden on the second floor of a restaurant-heavy block near Virginia Commonwealth University is Edo’s Squid, a favorite Richmond stop for Italian cooking. Popular dishes include the rockfish, composed of a filet roasted in olive oil, salt and pepper; shrimp fra diavolo; and, of course, Edo’s fresh-never-frozen calamari.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Best Italian Restaurant

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Mamma Zu
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-4205

Best Winery

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Barboursville Vineyards
Barboursville Vineyards has received accolades for its high quality wines and for founder Gianni Zonin’s daring to produce such wine in Virginia, a feat unmatched even by founding father Thomas Jefferson, for whom the noted Octagon red is named. Enjoy Barboursville wine with dinner at the vineyard’s Palladio Restaurant, or stay for the weekend at its 1804 Inn.
Address:
Barboursville
Phone Number:
540-832-3824

Best Winery

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Keswick Vineyards
Address:
Phone Number:
434-244-3341

Best Winery

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Veritas
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8000

Best Wine Shop

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Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Café
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-9232

Best Wine Shop

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J. Emerson
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-8011

Best Wine Shop

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Total Wine & More
The folks at Total Wine really do mean it when they say “total,” whether it’s in the shop’s selection or their knowledge of wines, beer and spirits. For those a little overwhelmed by the number of choices, the store offers weekly wine and beer tastings, plus wine and spirits classes to help you discover new favorites.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-323-5866

Best Pizzeria

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3rd
Belmont Pizza
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-888-9861

Best Pizzeria

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Bottoms Up Pizza
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4400

Best Pizzeria

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Waterstone Fire Roasted Pizza
Pizza is usually the purview of more casual haunts, but Waterstone’s pizza serves up decidedly less humble pie. Its upscale gourmet version of the Italian classic is sophisticated and smart. Pair unusual pies like the lemon pepper chicken pizza with a gourmet appetizer for a full meal—and be sure to finish with the tiramisu.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1515

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

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Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-204-2387

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

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Carl’s
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:

Best Local Ice Cream Shop

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Gelati Celesti
This decadent, small-batch maker of “heavenly handmade ice cream” is opening a fourth location near Bow Tie Cinemas in Scott’s Addition, where it will offer popular flavors like creamy chocolate decadence and salted caramel. It’s one more good reason to take the day off and catch a flick.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-2100

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

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Black Hand Coffee
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-855-0800

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

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Brewed Awakening
Address:
Danville
Phone Number:
434-483-2138

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

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Lamplighter Roasting Company
While enduring the summer heat, stop by one of Lamplighter’s three locations for a refreshing cold-brew coffee. Hungry? Popular sandwiches include the Quilt (a BLT made of woven bacon strips, red onion and mixed greens, topped with garlic aioli) and the Goat Herder’s Daughter (grilled leeks, asparagus, goat cheese and fennel on fluffy focaccia).
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-728-2292

Best Food Truck

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Boka Tako Truck
Lunch at 9th and Cary streets wouldn’t be the same without the Boka Tako Truck. An RVA staple, the business comprises three trucks, two carts, two restaurants (Boka Grill and Boka Tako Bar) and a booming catering business. Wherever you find them, enjoy Boka’s gourmet braised beef brisket with crispy potato and chimichurri or kimchi and bulgogi tacos.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-928-2652

Best Food Truck

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Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-400-3663

Best Food Truck

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Goatocado
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-464-8226

Best Steakhouse

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Buckhead’s Chop House
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-750-2000

Best Steakhouse

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3rd
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-378-0600

Best Steakhouse

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Shoemakers
It’s clear that Shoemakers knows steaks—its house specialties include classic steak au poivre and filet mignon grilled to order. With any steak, enjoy a side of garlic and chive mashed potatoes, with the option of a drizzled béarnaise, fromage, or peppercorn sauce. Add a Caesar salad for an extra flavorful flourish.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Burger Joint

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Burger Bach
Just what is a “Bach” (pronounced “batch”)? It’s a New Zealand version of a beach house. Put “burger” in front of that and you have Richmond’s answer to a gourmet burger bar—one that serves organic grass-fed beef and lamb patties and unusual fresh-made dipping sauces like jalapeño remoulade.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-1305

Best Burger Joint

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Carytown Burgers & Fries

Best Burger Joint

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3rd
CitizenBurgerBar.com
Address:
434-979-9944
Phone Number:

Best Chocolatier

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Cao Artisan Chocolates
Address:
Lynchburg,
Phone Number:
434-847-2970

Best Chocolatier

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For the Love of Chocolate
LovChoc.com, 804-359-5645
Address:
Phone Number:

Best Chocolatier

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2nd
More than 80 jars of candy-by-the-pound line the walls of For the Love of Chocolate
Address:
with shelves and cases of candy, confections and baked goods that range from gourmet chocolates and fair trade chocolate bars to cookies, international candies, and even more unusual items like chocolate pasta and Italian absinthe candy.
Phone Number:
Charlottesville

Best Local Sandwich Shop

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2nd
Chiocca’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-3228

Best Local Sandwich Shop

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Coppola’s Deli
Serving Carytown since 1982, Coppola’s Deli aims to provide its customers with an authentic Italian deli experience—serving wine, cheese, deli meats, and sandwiches and subs, of course. Pop by for a cheesesteak, or, for the deli purist, the popular Industrial sub, a salami and Capicola ham sandwich topped with peppers and provolone on a fresh-baked roll.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-6969

Best Local Sandwich Shop

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Garnett’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-367-7909

Best Gourmet Grocery Store

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Ellwood Thompson’s
Ellwood Thompson’s offers a selection of locally sourced nutrient-dense prepared food and local beers on tap that you can either sit and sip in the Beet community space, or as you shop the store’s wide variety of organic and local produce. Free nutrition counseling sessions can be arranged with Ellwood’s resident health coach.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-7525

Best Gourmet Grocery Store

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Fresh Market
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-3190

Best Gourmet Grocery Store

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3rd
Libbie Market
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-6414

Best Asian Restaurant

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2nd
Fat Dragon
Address:
Richmond,
Phone Number:
804-354-9888

Best Asian Restaurant

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1st
Mekong
Everyone garnishes a bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) a little differently. At Mekong, pho is served with a side of lime, bean sprouts and chili peppers, so you can create your own symphony of flavors. Get hands-on again with Mekong’s roll-your-own-spring-roll grilled platters. The restaurant also features an impressive 60 beers on tap and about 200 more in bottles for the true-brew connoisseur.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-8929

Best Asian Restaurant

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Peter Chang’s China Cafe
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-1688

Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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Heritage
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-4060

Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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The Rogue Gentlemen
You can’t get more creative than a customizable cocktail. Just choose two words (like “herbal” and “sweet”) and your favorite spirit, and a Rogue Gentlemen bartender will create a delicious quaff to your specifications. Prefer your drinks by-the-book (or menu)? The bar has a daring selection of drinks rotated seasonally, along with a selection of beer and wine.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-477-3456

Most Creative Cocktail Menu

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The Roosevelt
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-658-1935

Best Bar

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2nd
Latitude Seafood Company
Address:
Midlothian

Best Bar

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MekongIsForBeerLovers.com
Address:
804-288-8929
Phone Number:

Best Bar

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Shoemakers
While you’re staying at the Craddock Terry Hotel, meet your dinner date for happy hour at Shoemakers for a wide selection of fine wine, beer and specialty cocktails, including a selection of martinis such as Shoemakers Classic served “moldy”—garnished with a splash of olive juice and a gorgonzola stuffed olive.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Seafood Restaurant

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Latitude Seafood Company
Address:
Midlothian,
Phone Number:
804-379-8100

Best Seafood Restaurant

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Rappahannock
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-545-0565

Best Seafood Restaurant

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Shoemakers
Seafood and steak lovers alike are in luck on Friday and Saturday nights, when specials at Shoemakers often include a choice between elegantly served lobster and prime rib. That doesn’t mean it skimps during the week, either—the popular restaurant’s oven-roasted crab stuffed trout over asparagus risotto entrée and crispy calamari with lemon aioli will satisfy any day.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Farmers’ Market

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Lynchburg Community Market
Address:
Phone Number:
434-455-4485

Best Farmers’ Market

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South of the James Farmers’ Market
Running year-round in Forest Hill Park, this producer-only market offers goods ranging from local produce to hand-thrown pottery. While there, be sure to grab a latte at Alchemy Coffee’s trailer and a fresh-made sourdough donut from Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, a popular food truck run by an Amish family.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-814-2373

Best Farmers’ Market

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St. Stephen’s Farmers’ Market
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-2867

Best Breakfast Restaurant

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Market at Main
With an authentic 25-foot pressed tin ceiling and wooden floors hewn from the planks of an old Lynchburg tobacco warehouse, Market at Main may conjure the 1920s, but the menu is fresh and modern. Breakfast staples include a fried green tomato BLT, sweet potato pancakes, 6-ounce center cut steak and eggs, and Market’s riff on a classic: pulled pork Benedict.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-847-9040

Best Breakfast Restaurant

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McLeansRestaurant.com
Address:
804-358-0369
Phone Number:

Best Breakfast Restaurant

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Millie’s
Address:
Richmond

Best Place For Brunch

General

3rd
Market at Main
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-847-9040

Best Place For Brunch

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Millie’s
You wouldn’t expect a line out the door for a storefront as unassuming as Millie’s, but it’s worth the wait for soft scrambled eggs with lobster and hollandaise, and the diner’s open-faced frittata, a curried concoction called the Devil’s Mess. No worries if you’re feeling impatient—you can order one of Millie’s pint-size Bloody Mary’s or mimosas to enjoy while you wait.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-643-5512

Best Place For Brunch

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The Jefferson Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-8000

Best Mexican Restaurant

General

1st
Mexico Restaurant
Mexican food doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy food, as the Garcia family well knows. Their restaurant offers authentic Mexican dishes with fresh ingredients, options for those with dietary restrictions, and unusual dishes like avocado fries—breaded and fried slices of avocado served with a white sauce.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-320-1069

Best Mexican Restaurant

General

3rd
Pepe’s
Address:
Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-272-0920

Best Mexican Restaurant

General

2nd
Plaza Azteca
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-888-9984

Best Outdoor Dining

General

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Portico
Address:
Richmond,
Phone Number:
804-784-4800

Best Outdoor Dining

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Shoemakers
Ideally situated on the James River, Shoemakers’ patio provides the perfect backdrop for a superb dining experience. The former tobacco warehouse, now part of the Craddock Terry Hotel, is in the heart of the city’s metropolitan dining scene, with masterfully crafted meals as well as its modern exposed brick interiors and convenience to the city’s Bluff Walk.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Outdoor Dining

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3rd
The Daily Kitchen and Bar
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-342-8990

Best Bakery

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RichmondFrenchBakery.com
Address:
804-355-0666
Phone Number:

Best Bakery

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Sub Rosa Bakery
Address:
Richmond,

Best Bakery

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Westhampton Pastry Shop
Westhampton Pastry, in business since 1952, does things the old-fashioned way, right down to its décor, and more importantly, its recipes. Pick up the popular melt-away coffee cake or glazed donuts for a weekend morning—arrive early to get them when they’re hot out of the oven.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-4413

Best Restaurant

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Shoemakers
Shoemakers was once the home of one of Lynchburg’s most successful shoe factories, but the restaurant’s current reputation for top notch surf and turf (and notable desserts) may well eclipse its prior fame. Shoemakers serves classic American cuisine, including filet and fish specialties like an eight-ounce filet mignon paired with either jumbo Cajun shrimp or a crab cake.
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1510

Best Restaurant

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Stella’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-2011

Best Restaurant

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2nd
Vintage at the Inn at Willow Grove
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-317-1206

Best Dessert Menu

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Shyndigz
You may argue over where to go for dinner, but we bet you’ll agree that Shyndigz is the place for dessert. Towering slices of salted chocolate caramel cake, Butterfinger Wow pie, peanut butter pie, and pecan streusel bread pudding are some of the treats waiting for you to eat in, or carry out at the new Shyndigz 2go located a couple of doors down.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-938-3449

Best Dessert Menu

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The Cheesecake Factory
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-4300

Best Dessert Menu

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2nd
The Desserterie
Address:
Midlothian,
Phone Number:
804-639-9940
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