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FOOD SHOPPING

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
17th Street Farmers Market
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-646-5733

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Charlottesville City Market
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-970-3371

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
South of the James
The South of the James Market is an open-air, producer-only market where farmers and artisans sell locally grown and handmade items. It promotes sustainability and healthy food options for all in the central Virginia region, along with accepting SNAP benefits as part of its mission to “Feed RVA.” The market is open year-round on Saturdays, rain or shine.
Address:
Forest Hill Park, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-814-2373

Wine Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-9232

Wine Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Corks & Kegs
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-0816

Wine Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Once Upon a Vine
This award-winning wine shop caters to every palate with wine at fair prices and quality service. Once Upon a Vine is known for having the largest selection of Virginia wines in the state, as well as other Virginia products. The shop hosts two events a year: a customer appreciation party in May and Oktoberfest in September.
Address:
4009 MacArthur Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-726-9463

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Ellwood Thompson’s
Ellwood Thompson’s is a small, independent, local, organic market that feeds the soul of the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and high-quality food and product choices. It helps consumers stay health conscious and provides many educational resources and shopping solutions by supporting local brands, local organizations, and nonprofits.
Address:
4 N. Thompson St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-7525

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

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

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Stella’s Grocery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-912-1561

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
For the Love of Chocolate
Founded in July 1993, this chocolatier provides a wide variety of chocolates from around the world as well as treats handmade close to home. This is a great place to find old favorites, discover new delicacies, and purchase some excellent gifts and treats for your loved ones. 
Address:
3136 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-5645

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Gearhart’s
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-972-9100

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
The Frenchman’s Corner
Address:
Culpeper
Phone Number:
540-825-8025

Grocery Store

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Kroger
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:

Grocery Store

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Publix
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:

Grocery Store

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Wegmans
Wegmans is a regional supermarket chain that raises the bar on the shopping experience: the best quality; a spectacular abundance of choice in grocery, dairy, frozen, and household items; restaurant-quality prepared foods; beautiful stores and displays; and a nearly telepathic level of customer service. 
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
434-529-3200

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Pearl’s Bake Shoppe provides irresistible baked goods, while inspiring and recognizing the full potential of employees to help lead a socially conscious business. Try the chocolate chip cookies, cheese straws, cupcakes, cake pops, éclairs, and lemon bars. There are also vegan and gluten free options.
Address:
5811 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-2253

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Shyndigz
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-938-3449

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Westhampton Pastry Shop
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-4413

RESTAURANT

Pizzeria

RESTAURANT

3rd
8 1/2
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-8505

Pizzeria

RESTAURANT

1st
Bottoms Up Pizza
Bottoms Up Pizza, a staple of historic Shockoe Bottom’s restaurant scene and a Richmond favorite, has specialized in deep-dish gourmet pizza since 1990. Visit this classic spot to try a specialty pizza with your choice of traditional red sauce, Parmesan white sauce, or specialty sauce. The toppings overflow generously, and the beer is plenty.
Address:
1700 Dock St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4400

Pizzeria

RESTAURANT

2nd
Mary Angela’s Pizzeria
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-2333

Italian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Angela’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-288-7483

Italian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
Edo’s Squid
Hidden in the bustle of a college campus, Edo’s Squid is a coveted date spot known for its fine dining and authentic Italian dishes. The atmosphere is dimly lit and lively, with diners relishing in seconds of red sauce pastas, hanger steaks, and seafood galore. Insider tips: Make a reservation, check the daily special, and try the tiramisu.
Address:
411 N. Harrison St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Italian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
Mamma Zu
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-4205

Indian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Anokha Cuisine of India
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-360-8686

Indian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
Lehja
Located in an unsuspecting corner of Short Pump Town Center, Lehja offers traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary flair by chef Sunny Baweja, a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic. The restaurant elevates ethnic food with style—upscale hospitality, quality ingredients, and an extensive wine menu are the cornerstones of this award-winning restaurant.
Address:
11800 W. Broad St., Suite 910, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-1111

Indian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
Lemon Cuisine of India
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-204-1800

Barbecue Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
BBQ Exchange
Address:
Gordonsville
Phone Number:
540-832-0227

Barbecue Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
Buz and Neds
Address:
Locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-6055

Barbecue Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue
With roots in Texan tradition, artisanal techniques and flavor combinations elevate this central Virginia barbecue. This year, expect new menu items like pulled chicken sandwiches and house-made smoked vegan sausages.
Address:
3201 W. Moore St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-528-5648

Ice Cream Shop

RESTAURANT

3rd
Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-204-2387

Ice Cream Shop

RESTAURANT

2nd
Carl’s
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:

Ice Cream Shop

RESTAURANT

1st
Gelati Celesti
Gelati Celesti carries a tradition of handmade, small batch, premium ice cream made from quality ingredients. In addition to its 24 house favorites and more than 85 flavors that are rotated throughout the year, the shop offers made-to-order ice cream pies and cakes. Each shop will also hand-pack your favorite flavors to go.
Address:
Locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-525-5596

Coffee Shop or Roaster

RESTAURANT

2nd
Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-687-9443

Coffee Shop or Roaster

RESTAURANT

3rd
Hyperion Espresso
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-373-4882

Coffee Shop or Roaster

RESTAURANT

1st
Lamplighter Coffee Roasters
Lamplighter is a small market specialty coffee roaster with a passion for education, cycling, and ethical sourcing. With three locations, it is one of the resident leaders in Richmond’s growing coffee culture. Enjoy a full espresso bar or drip coffee while basking on the patio. The roaster also offers wholesale for businesses.
Address:
Locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-447-2648

Outdoor Dining

RESTAURANT

3rd
Blue Mountain Brewery
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8020

Outdoor Dining

RESTAURANT

2nd
Portico Restaurant & Bar
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-784-4800

Outdoor Dining

RESTAURANT

1st
The Boathouse
The restaurants’ outdoor dining areas wed the city’s impeccable waterfront views with authentic, locally sourced cuisine. Enjoy the vibrant city among luscious greenery and calming water, the perfect getaway with patio dining and outdoor bars. The Boathouse also hosts private events and weddings with catering by The Boathouse culinary team.
Address:
Locations in Hopewell, Midlothian, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-622-2628

Sandwich Shop

RESTAURANT

2nd
Bodo’s Bagels
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-977-9598

Sandwich Shop

RESTAURANT

1st
Secret Sandwich Society
This sandwich spot opened in 2016, carrying on the mission of mystery with secret menu items, supper events, and menus. Fan favorites include the Hoover, Adams, and the Rover. Secret Sandwich Society emphasizes sustainability in the business by utilizing wind power and environmentally ethical practices. The business plans to add more vegetarian and vegan options in 2020.
Address:
501 E. Grace St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4777

Sandwich Shop

RESTAURANT

3rd
TASTE
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-362-0504

Food Truck

RESTAURANT

1st
Boka Tako Truck
Boka Tako Truck offers an exquisite fusion of global flavors with seasonal ingredients. The goal is simple—amazing food served with a twist. Takos with a K, because these aren’t your ordinary “tacos.” This year, Boka Tako plans to have seasonal, chef-inspired takos throughout the year.
Address:
2557 Sheila Ln., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-928-2652

Food Truck

RESTAURANT

3rd
Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-215-3275

Food Truck

RESTAURANT

2nd
Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen
Address:
Richmond area
Phone Number:
540-395-5213

Steakhouse

RESTAURANT

1st
Buckhead’s
Buckhead’s provides an intimate gourmet experience with a menu that boasts braveheart beef au poivre or fromage, alongside fresh lump crabmeat béarnaise. The wine list offers more than 700 labels, as well as a large selection of single malt scotches and small batch bourbons to pair with your meal.
Address:
8510 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-750-2000

Steakhouse

RESTAURANT

3rd
Hondos Steakhouse
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-968-4323

Steakhouse

RESTAURANT

2nd
Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-643-6900

Burger Joint

RESTAURANT

1st
Burger Bach
This gastro pub strives to provide all-natural, organic, hormone-free products at an affordable price point without sacrificing flavor. Products are sourced from ethical and sustainable businesses worldwide, with meats from New Zealand, seafood from North and South America, Southern hemisphere wines, and local craft beers. The restaurant plans to open several other locations in Virginia. 
Address:
Locations in Charlottesville and the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-359-1305

Burger Joint

RESTAURANT

2nd
Carytown Burgers & Fries
Address:
Locations in Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-5225

Burger Joint

RESTAURANT

3rd
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
Address:
Locations in Richmond, Charlottesville
Phone Number:
804-285-1758

Mexican Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Casa Del Barco
Address:
Locations in Midlothian, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-775-2628

Mexican Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
En Su Boca
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-0768

Mexican Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
Mexico Restaurant
Mexico Restaurant provides a festive, family-oriented atmosphere that ensures fresh Mexican cuisine, “creating a fiesta for your mouth!” It prides itself on bringing the wealth and breadth of Mexico’s cuisine to thousands of customers throughout the region. The restaurant chain will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Address:
Locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-320-1069

Seafood Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Edo’s Squid
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Seafood Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
Rappahannock
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-545-0565

Seafood Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
The Boathouse
The Boathouse first opened in 1988, welcoming each guest with warmth and a fine dining experience unlike any other. With four locations, the locally sourced kitchens offer classically Southern shrimp and grits, incomparable crab cakes, and much more—all alongside breath-taking waterfront views.
Address:
Locations in Hopewell, Midlothian, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-622-2628

Asian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen & Bar
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-354-9888

Asian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
Mekong
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-288-8929

Asian Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
Peter Chang
This Szechuan-style restaurant has chef Peter Chang’s devotees flocking from all over to savor its pepper-spiced dishes. Each restaurant offers traditional Chinese fare that caters to a multi-cultural learning experience. New additions to the menu include Jigfin Crispy Pork Rib and Peking Roast Duck.
Address:
11408 W. Broad St., Glen Allen; 2816 W. Broad St., Suite A, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-728-1820

Restaurant for Vegans or Vegetarians

RESTAURANT

3rd
Goatocado
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-464-8226

Restaurant for Vegans or Vegetarians

RESTAURANT

2nd
Ipanema Cafe
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-213-0190

Restaurant for Vegans or Vegetarians

RESTAURANT

1st
The Daily Kitchen & Bar
The Daily Kitchen & Bar focuses on health conscious, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible fare. All products are organic and all natural, and dishes feature local ingredients. Try the vegan calamari made from hearts of palm.
Address:
2934 W. Cary St., Richmond, 12201 W. Broad St., Henrico
Phone Number:
804-342–8990

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Joe’s Inn
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-2282

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
Mason-Dixon Cafe
Mason-Dixon Cafe is a Southern-comfort foodie haven “where the locals really eat” and revel in chef Kelly Hunt’s quality creations. The eatery offers breakfast all day, with favorites like shrimp and grits, as well as lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 
Address:
2100 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-371-1950

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
The Jefferson Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-649-4609

Restaurant

RESTAURANT

3rd
Kuba Kuba
Address:
Locations in Henrico, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-8817

Restaurant

RESTAURANT

1st
Stella’s
Built upon roots that span Richmond’s restaurant history, this is where locals come to share unctuous pastitsio, Meze Ora, and togetherness. The restaurant also boasts three gourmet markets in Richmond, carrying specialty products and prepared food fresh from the kitchen.
Address:
1012 Lafayette St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-2011

Restaurant

RESTAURANT

2nd
Vintage Restaurant & Pub
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-317-1206

Dessert

RESTAURANT

2nd
Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-2253

Dessert

RESTAURANT

1st
Shyndigz
From humble beginnings, Shyndigz has grown into one of Richmond’s go-to dessert spots. The café will be hosting its first Run for Cake 10k on Oct. 25 to celebrate 10 years in business. All donations and net proceeds will go to More Than Nets, Eastern Shore Project, and No Kid Hungry VA.
Address:
1903 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-938-3449

Dessert

RESTAURANT

3rd
Sugar Shack Donuts
Address:
Locations in North Chesterfield, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-278-5900

DRINK

Distillery

DRINK

2nd
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-373-4555

Distillery

DRINK

1st
Belle Isle Craft Spirits
Belle Isle Moonshine gives moonshine its rightful place along other spirits on back bars and in homes across the country. Its goal is simple—to make products that are easy to drink, taste delicious, and are light on calories and sugars. The distillery will be releasing a new canned cocktail flavor this year.
Address:
615 Maury St., Richmond
Phone Number:

Distillery

DRINK

3rd
Silverback Distillery
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-7070

Winery

DRINK

1st
Barboursville Winery
This 900-acre vineyard offers layers of spectacle, history, and enchantment, together with wines that are Virginian in resources and northern Italian in perspective. Enjoy a wine tasting in the library with classics like Octagon, cabernet franc, or viognier reserve, have dinner at Palladio, and book an overnight stay at the 1804 Inn and Cottages. 
Address:
1765 Winery Rd., Barboursville
Phone Number:
540-832-3824

Winery

DRINK

2nd
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Address:
North Garden
Phone Number:
434-202-8063

Winery

DRINK

3rd
Trump Winery
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-977-3895

Cidery

DRINK

2nd
Blue Bee Cider
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-231-0280

Cidery

DRINK

1st
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Every batch of Bold Rock Hard Cider is made from local Blue Ridge mountain apples and crushed and crafted by cider makers in Virginia and North Carolina. The patio offers expansive views of the Rockfish Valley, while the interior of the cider barn exudes comfort and hospitality. Visit for a pint, flight, or bite.
Address:
1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford
Phone Number:
434-361-1030

Cidery

DRINK

3rd
Buskey Cider
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-0100

Brewery

DRINK

3rd
Blue Mountain Brewery
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8020

Brewery

DRINK

2nd
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Address:
Roseland
Phone Number:
540-602-6018

Brewery

DRINK

1st
Hardywood
Hardywood officially began its mission to brew with purpose in late 2011. The original location is now a 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom, while the West Creek location is a 60-barrel destination brewery. Hardywood is currently overhauling its downtown location, including relocating the brewhouse into the taproom and adding enhancements to the patio and interior.
Address:
2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond – 820 Sanctuary Trail Dr., Richmond
Phone Number:
Hardywood.com

Bar with the Best Atmosphere

DRINK

2nd
Can Can Brasserie
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7274

Bar with the Best Atmosphere

DRINK

1st
Q Rooftop Bar
This chic two-terrace rooftop bar offers craft cocktails, beer and wine on tap, top-shelf liquors, elevated street fare, and unbelievable views. In 2020, Q Rooftop Bar will be releasing different cocktails based on murals in the Make Space Artists guest rooms. All proceeds will go toward charities.
Address:
201 W. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6040

Bar with the Best Atmosphere

DRINK

3rd
The Jasper
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Cocktails

DRINK

3rd
Little Nickel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-230-8743

Cocktails

DRINK

1st
The Jasper
A concept bar designed by bartenders, The Jasper delivers high-quality cocktails. No speakeasy pretentiousness, no smoke and mirrors—just full pours and honest prices. The menu is split between house drinks and seasonal specialties, and also offers apps and snacks. This year the bar will host more pop-ups, including the popular Miracle holiday event.
Address:
3113 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:

Cocktails

DRINK

2nd
The Roosevelt
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-658-1935
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