Best of Virginia Winners

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Restaurants

Pizzeria

Restaurants

3rd
8 1/2
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-0812

Pizzeria

Restaurants

1st
Bottoms Up Pizza
The artisanal pizza experience at Bottoms Up Pizza knows no bounds in terms of creativity. With a medley of red, white, and specialty sauces and a variety of toppings, diners can customize their pizzas or savor signature creations. One menu item that catches the eye is the Chesapeake, a pizza adorned with fresh crab meat and Old Bay seasoning.
Address:
1700 Dock St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-644-4400

Pizzeria

Restaurants

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

Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Anokha Restaurant
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-360-8686

Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Lehja
This stylish haunt blends traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist. The eatery charms with a California-style outdoor area and a wine cellar. Complemented by a diverse menu featuring entree delights like Duck Salli Boti and dessert specialties like Lehja’s Signature Pistachio Kulfi, it’s an atmosphere suited to both business and private dinners.
Address:
11800 W. Broad St. Suite 910, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-364-1111

Indian Restaurant

Restaurants

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

Coffee Shop or Roaster

Restaurants

1st
Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Company
This roasting company stands out in Virginia’s coffee scene with three welcoming cafes. Sip on its acclaimed blends, such as Blanchard’s Blend, Dark as Dark, and El Obraje, known for their smooth, non-bitter taste. The modern setting of the cafés is elevated by the bright and friendly character in the air emanating from the décor, staff’s attitude, and charming latte art.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-687-9443

Coffee Shop or Roaster

Restaurants

2nd
Lamplighter Coffee Roasters
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-728-2292

Coffee Shop or Roaster

Restaurants

3rd
The Local Cup
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-277-3689

or Gluten-Free Fare

Restaurants

1st
Blue Atlas
Blue Atlas embraces global culinary traditions with a diverse menu inspired by worldwide flavors. Centering sustainability, the restaurant highlights vegetables as the star of its dishes, reflecting a commitment to a more eco-friendly dining future. The clean eating experience includes vegan and gluten-free Cachapas, vegetarian Georgian Flatbread, and gluten-free Opera Cake.
Address:
1000 Carlisle Ave. Suite 200, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-554-0258

or Gluten-Free Fare

Restaurants

2nd
Goatocado
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-464-8226

or Gluten-Free Fare

Restaurants

3rd
Pinky’s
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-802-4716

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants

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

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants

1st
Portico Restaurant & Bar
Portico exudes the charm of Italy in a cottage setting. A stone terrace scattered with blanket-laden benches surrounds a fireplace amid fragrant herbs. The small kitchen crafts an Italian-inspired menu paired with curated wines. Renowned for transforming both dinner and brunch settings with enchanting outdoor dining under the stars or sun, Portico captivates patrons with its garden oasis, Sunday brunch, and valet parking.
Address:
12506 River Rd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-784-4800

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants

2nd
The Boathouse
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-616-4222

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Bodo’s Bagels
Bodo’s buzzes with a constant stream of customers. Celebrated for their daily, in-house baked bagels, the establishment is known to impress even New Yorkers. The menu also features housemade cream cheese and a variety of salads and sandwiches. Their breakfast sandwiches are a crowd favorite. Complementing the delicious fare are coffee, tea, and fruit juices.
Address:
1418 Emmet St., Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-293-5224

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Joe’s Inn
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-2282

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
SB’s Lakeside Love Shack
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-922-2371

Sandwich Shop

Restaurants

3rd
Bodo’s Bagels
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
434-293-5224

Sandwich Shop

Restaurants

2nd
Boychik’s Deli
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-747-1030

Sandwich Shop

Restaurants

1st
TASTE
This shop invites patrons to “taste the good life” with each delicious bite. Pair their Virginian sandwich with a chocolate chip cookie for the quintessential sandwich shop meal. The bright and casual atmosphere sets the stage for a culinary experience that embodies TASTE’s commitment to elevating everyday moments with good food and a welcoming spirit.
Address:
5706 Grove Ave. Suite 100, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-362-0504

Food Truck

Restaurants

3rd
Boka Tako
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-928-2652

Food Truck

Restaurants

2nd
Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-399-7197

Food Truck

Restaurants

1st
River City Wood Fire
Patrons of this well-kept foodie secret rave about the Scott’s Addition barbecue chicken pizza and the homemade spicy honey dipping sauce. The use of sourdough crust adds a unique touch to their creations, achieving an ideal balance of chew and char. With cozy seating, the attentive staff and superior ingredients make this wood-fired gem a must-visit, earning it high praise and a loyal following.
Address:
2300 Genito Rd., Powhatan
Phone Number:

Steakhouse

Restaurants

1st
Buckhead’s
This chophouse is renowned for its variety of steak offerings and indulgent lobster bisque. The restaurant provides a calm and intimate atmosphere, ideal for those seeking a romantic dining experience. With a focus on quality cuts, it caters to a range of tastes, making it a go-to spot for those looking for an anniversary meal or simply a great cut of steak.
Address:
8510 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-750-2000

Steakhouse

Restaurants

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

Steakhouse

Restaurants

2nd
The Tobacco Company Restaurant
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-782-9555

Burger Joint

Restaurants

3rd
Burger Bach
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-359-1305

Burger Joint

Restaurants

2nd
Five Guys
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
866-345-4897

Burger Joint

Restaurants

1st
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
This bar and burger hotspot existed in the imaginations of its founders many years before it opened its first location in Harrisonburg in 2013. Striving for the vibe of a “basement bar,” the burger joint has now surpassed its dreams with locations in six states serving 100 percent American Wagyu beef, deep-fried Oreos, and many, many varieties of beer.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-285-1758

Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Buz and Ned’s Real Barbeque
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-346-4227

Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
The Barbeque Exchange LLC
Address:
Gordonsville
Phone Number:
540-832-0227

Barbecue Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque
This noteworthy barbecue joint is celebrated for its aromatic dishes, including expertly crafted brisket and pulled pork. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to the unique twist ZZQ brings to traditional barbecue, with standout items filling even the Sides menu, notably their cavatappi mac and cheese. The eatery pulls diners into Richmond’s diverse culinary scene, offering a distinctive experience for those seeking well-executed barbecue.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-528-5648

Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

3rd
Carl’s Frozen Custard
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:

Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

1st
Gelati Celesti Ice Cream
At this ice cream destination, tradition meets innovation. Using Italian equipment to achieve excellence in the flavor mixing process, they boast options like chocolate decadence and creamy almond amaretto. Beyond the rich offerings, the cheerful and friendly atmosphere shines through at each visit, making Gelati Celesti an adored local favorite.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-320-0000

Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants

2nd
Ruby Scoops
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-912-1320

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Edo’s Squid
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Rappahannock
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-545-0565

Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
The Boathouse
This Virginia seafood staple delights palates with signature dishes like succulent fried oysters, perfectly seared Atlantic salmon, and classic crab cakes. The range of dishes provides diners with a taste of coastal culinary excellence. Beyond the menu, it’s a sought-after venue for special events, making it a top choice for unforgettable occasions like weddings and birthdays.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-616-4222

Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Edo’s Squid
Tucked in an unconventional staircase entrance, Edo’s Squid is a hidden gem, a well-kept secret for those who know and love it. Despite its small and cozy setup, this restaurant boasts a big reputation for bold flavors. From the tangy arugula salad to the crispy fried squid and tantalizing puttanesca, Edo’s Squid delivers a culinary experience that’s as unique as its hidden entrance.
Address:
441 N. Harrison St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-5488

Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
Mama Cucina
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-346-3350

Italian Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
The Grapevine
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-440-9100

Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

3rd
En Su Boca Taqueria Y Cantina
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-0768

Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Mexico Restaurant
This vibrant local chain brings a taste of Central America right to Central Virginia. Its extensive menu, serving about every Mexican dish one can think of, caters to every craving. Try signature dishes like Avocado Fries and Chori Pollo or unwind with inventive margaritas like the Choco Strawberry and Irish Blush, delivering a punch of flavor in a lively atmosphere.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-559-8126

Mexican Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Mi Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-325-3920

Caterer

Restaurants

3rd
Exchange Events & Catering
Address:
Gordonsville
Phone Number:
540-832-0227

Caterer

Restaurants

2nd
Homemades by Suzanne
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-798-8331

Caterer

Restaurants

1st
MOSAIC Catering + Events
MOSAIC combines over two decades of industry expertise with youthful creativity. As a one-stop solution, it handles everything from event planning to catering, design, rentals, and lighting. The diverse team, comprised of designers, foodies, and more, promises a unique and well-coordinated experience. Also known for its delicious cuisine, MOSAIC’s catering elevates the local culinary scene.
Address:
3001 Cutshaw Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-525-2190

Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

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

Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

1st
Mekong Restaurant
Richmond’s Vietnamese gem beckons with authentic delights. Renowned for its mouthwatering dishes, including the irresistible pan-fried dumplings and an extensive range of pho, Mekong has solidified its place as a beloved local eatery. Beyond its culinary excellence, the restaurant uniquely blends Vietnamese comfort foods with an impressive selection of American craft and Belgian beers, offering patrons a pleasing fusion of flavors.
Address:
6004 W. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-8929

Asian Restaurant

Restaurants

2nd
Peter Chang
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-728-1820

Fine Dining

Restaurants

2nd
L’Opossum
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-918-6028

Fine Dining

Restaurants

3rd
Portico Restaurant & Bar
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-784-4800

Fine Dining

Restaurants

1st
Stella’s
Stella’s is a culinary haven of contemporary Greek delights. The restaurant’s chic ambiance sets the stage for a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Fresh ingredients breathe life into authentic Greek flavors, with must-try dishes like Stella’s Crabcakes. A standout favorite, the Roasted Leg of Lamb, enraptures patrons’ tastebuds, while the engaging waitstaff and charismatic bartenders infuse personality into the dining experience.
Address:
1012 Lafayette St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-2011

FOOD SHOPPING

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Agriberry Farm and CSA
Seasonal eating grows an intimate connection between consumers and nature’s bounty at this CSA in Hanover. Led by the skilled Geyers and partner farmers, they navigate the whims of weather to deliver fresh, locally-grown fruit. Through weekly shares, members embark on a flavorful journey, embracing diversity while savoring the richness of the mid-Atlantic region. Their flexible share options cater to households of all sizes.
Address:
6289 River Rd., Hanover
Phone Number:
804-537-0448

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Bellair Farm
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-244-0325

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Seasonal Roots
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
833-524-0954

Wine Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Barrel Thief Wine & Provisions
In the heart of Westhampton, Barrel Thief beckons wine enthusiasts. Embraced by locals, it offers a thorough wine shopping experience with its vast array of wines from near and far regions at varied price points. The shop is celebrated for its friendly staff and personalized service. Whether seeking a specific bottle or exploring new options, patrons rediscover the joy of wine-hunting here.
Address:
5805 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-9232

Wine Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
J. Emerson, Inc.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-8011

Wine Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Once Upon a Vine
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-726-9463

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Charlottesville City Market
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-970-3371

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Pole Green Produce
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-730-7732

Farmers Market

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
RVA Big Market
RVA Big Market invites you to a spirited gathering of local treasures. Explore a medley of handmade goods, fresh produce, and artisanal treats, including donuts, crab cakes, and more. Music fills the air as dogs stroll with their owners, adding to the convivial atmosphere. These community celebrations are a foothold for local craftsmanship and flavors.
Address:
4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-513-3100

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
Foods Of All Nations
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-296-6131

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Stella’s Grocery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-0020

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Yellow Umbrella Provisions
Find an array of sustainably sourced artisanal products originating from destinations both near and far. The marketplace hosts a curated selection of fresh produce, gourmet treats, and unique provisions—from Isigny Sainte-Mere butter to produce straight from a Hanover farm. With experiences like their Perfect Wine Pairing Dinners, Yellow Umbrella fosters a sense of community for local foodies.
Address:
5607 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-9591

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
For the Love of Chocolate
When facing a candy craving, this is a one-stop shop to find nearly every conceivable sweet treat. Acclaimed for its extensive range, For the Love of Chocolate houses exquisite chocolates from Belgium, Ghana, Vietnam, and local Virginia chocolatiers. With a variety of international delights and classic favorites, it’s the ultimate destination for any sweet tooth.
Address:
3136 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-5645

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Gearharts Fine Chocolates
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-972-9100

Chocolatier

FOOD SHOPPING

3rd
River City Chocolate
Address:
Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-350-1384

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

1st
Shyndigz
At Shyndigz, sweetness intertwines with culinary artistry. This bakery transcends desserts, offering savory delights alongside a gift emporium. The scrumptious menu is enriched by daily specials showcased on the monthly flyer. Among the standout sweet treats are the Raspberry Blackout Cake and Blackberry Lime Cake, complemented by the menu’s housemade ice cream.
Address:
1912 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-938-3449

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

2nd
Sub Rosa Bakery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-7672

Bakery

FOOD SHOPPING

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

DRINK

Winery

DRINK

2nd
Barboursville Vineyards
Address:
Barboursville
Phone Number:
540-832-3824

Winery

DRINK

3rd
King Family Vineyards
Address:
Crozet
Phone Number:
434-823-7800

Winery

DRINK

1st
Trump Winery
Nestled amid scenic vines, trees, and expansive grounds, this is one of the largest wineries on the East Coast. With the leadership of master winemaker Jonathan Wheeler, the winery redefines perceptions of Virginia viticulture. Each year, its wines garner acclaim, renowned for customer-favorite bottles like the Sparkling Rosé. Whether visiting the Tasting Room or savoring award-winning wines at home, wine aficionados will experience a thoroughly Virginian taste.
Address:
385 Albemarle House Dr., Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-266-9909

Distillery

DRINK

1st
Belle Isle Moonshine
This moonshine distillery has a reputation for one-of-a-kind creations. Savor the signature Belle Isle Black Label, the fiery Belle Isle Honey Habanero, and the convenient Belle Isle Canned Cocktails. Their extensive lineup blends enticing flavors like lavender, lemon, peppermint, mango, pear, and more. Visit their tasting room in Richmond to experience the craft and artistry of moonshine like never before.
Address:
615 Maury St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-723-1030

Distillery

DRINK

3rd
Cirrus Vodka
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-495-1148

Distillery

DRINK

2nd
Three Crosses Distilling Co.
Address:
Powhatan
Phone Number:
804-818-6330

Cidery

DRINK

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

Cidery

DRINK

1st
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Bold Rock’s cideries dot the picturesque Virginia landscape, offering scenic vistas of mountains to complement the cider-tasting experience. Explore a variety of cider flavors with curated flights to pair with delectable food options. Its kid-friendly choices make it an ideal destination for families looking to blend delicious flavors with unbeatable natural scenery.
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
434-361-1030

Cidery

DRINK

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

Brewery

DRINK

2nd
Blue Mountain Brewery
Address:
Afton
Phone Number:
540-456-8020

Brewery

DRINK

3rd
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Address:
Roseland
Phone Number:
434-361-1001

Brewery

DRINK

1st
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
This craft beer embraces a mission to “brew with purpose.” Their commitment extends beyond exceptional brews, with a focus on environmental stewardship and local sourcing. Renowned for its sustainability efforts, Virginia Roots series of drinks, and strong local ties, Hardywood not only quenches your thirst but also champions a responsible and community-driven approach to brewing.
Address:
2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-420-2420

Cocktails

DRINK

2nd
The Alley Light
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-296-5003

Cocktails

DRINK

1st
The Jasper
The Jasper’s old-school charm greets patrons at the door, offering artisanal cocktails and snacks. Known for its reasonable prices, especially during Happy Hour, patrons relish handcrafted cocktails like the outstanding Negroni and menu highlights such as the buttery bourbon Swan Song cocktail and the Lux Manhattan. This bar’s cozy, retro vibes inspire visitors to stay for a drink or two or three.
Address:
3113 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:

Cocktails

DRINK

3rd
The Lobby Bar at Quirk Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6050
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