On the Road: Restaurants and Breweries in Richmond, VA
Last weekend we went on a little mini vacation to Richmond, VA. It was a full-fledged weekend of eating and drinking.
We started the weekend by visiting a delicious restaurant called The Daily Kitchen & Bar.
It has an eco-friendly vibe with a modern twist. The menu was eclectic and fun, and had a little bit of everything — including a wide variety of gluten-free options. I indulged in a bourbon blackberry cocktail that had freshly squeezed lemonade mixed in and was topped off with a fresh blackberry. Talk about starting the weekend off right! My husband and I shared some delicious pork steamed buns for an appetizer, and I enjoyed three delicious fish tacos for dinner. Afterward, we moseyed on over to an awesome little brewery called Garden Grove Brewing Company, where the seen was very “hipster” — upbeat and fun, with a young vibe. We grabbed a beer and a deck of cards and played blackjack until about midnight.
After a fun-filled night, we woke up a little slow. We put on a pot of coffee and then headed out to grab some delicious, homemade, flaky, buttery biscuits from Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery.
The bakery is a true hidden gem. The head baker and owner makes biscuits your southern grandma would fall over for. Don’t even get me started on their amazingly delicious whoopie pie, which is filled with a cappuccino cream filling! Wow. This place sure gave our Saturday morning a great start.
After breakfast, our bellies were full, and around 11am we started drinking! Who doesn’t love day drinking? We headed out to one of our favorite breweries, Strangeways Brewing.
We sipped on some amazing beer, played cornhole, and, of course, did a tasting of a few of the great, new brews they had. We met some new friends there who we sat around with, playing Cards Against Humanity. After a few laughs, a few beers and a tour, it was time to move on and fill our bellies with some food.
The next stop was Center of the Universe Brewing Co., which had live music blasting and was packed with lively people. We enjoyed one brew and the scenery, and then headed back. It was a long day of drinking, but after a siesta we rallied and headed back out to a restaurant called Postbellum for dinner. It’s a fun, funky place with an amazing rooftop bar. The drinks were good, the company was even better and the wings with the basil ranch blew my mind!
Sunday was our last day in Richmond, and what better way to start it off than with brunch! We headed out to Pearl Raw Bar.
Talk about an amazing food experience! The mimosas were on point and refreshing. The oyster po’ boy sandwich was perfectly crispy and seasoned just right! I couldn’t get over the presentation of my dish on the cutting board — so cool.
After our bellies were full of great food, it set a great foundation for the rest of the day! We headed to Goochland, VA where we drank at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery.
It is a farm and is on acres and acres of farmland, surrounded by beautiful scenery. People were enjoying each other’s company over cold brews and wonderful wood-fired pizzas by River City Wood Fire Pizza.
The chef was friendly and the pizza was some of the best I have ever had. I truly could say it was the best brewery experience we have had thus far. We made a few friends, enjoyed a few great laughs, and sipped on some great beer.
We ended our Richmond vacation at New Kent Winery. We sat out on their beautiful patio overlooking the vineyards and took in the breathtaking views while enjoying a glass of wine. We bought a few bottles of wine to go and then headed home.
We were sad to have our Richmond trip end.
Photos: Nisa Burns Cochran