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Accomplished-East771 t1_j9brxla wrote

The Daily for me


spawn3887 t1_j9bw7cx wrote

Damn, just went there the other night and had a pretty good Buddha bowl. That said, my wife's salad was meh at best.


The_Cawing_Chemist t1_j9d2shu wrote

I’m also going to chime in with support. Ive had 3 or 4 different dishes there that I really enjoyed. Drinks are pretty mediocre, but they do carry falcon smash


Density_Allocation t1_j9ck7ik wrote

Has always been the most restaurant of Carytown


amongthesunflowers t1_j9cre54 wrote

The one in Short Pump is way better.


farte3745328 t1_j9ddpmx wrote

I used to go the short pump one a decent amount since I lived out there and was definitely disappointed by the carytown one. Same with mellow mushroom.


Dexxstarslab t1_j9cj3un wrote

Holy shit I came here to say this and it’s at the top 😂😂


_d3ez_ t1_j9cjg9k wrote

Service there has always sucked.


MrsBains t1_j9f8m1y wrote

I've been here so many times thinking it would be different. Nope. Each of the past 3 times I've been, I was seated and then there was zero follow up. No water, no service, nothing. Hosts were too busy chatting to notice my family walking out either.


jwillsrva t1_j9gpnmn wrote

Oh Tarrant's has got them beat, IMO


katie5002 t1_j9gwud3 wrote

Yeah, that's another overpriced, very mediocre place


lurked2long t1_j9bn6ua wrote

Tobacco Company! For any function honestly.


healing_gourd t1_j9cn51v wrote

Nah Tobacco Company is expensive, but definitely not mediocre. I see a lot of functions happening at Casa del Barco which fits the description of mediocre and path of least resistance waaaay more I think.


92eph t1_j9c1dim wrote

Amazingly, that has been the case for the 30 years I’ve lived in RVA.


manintheyellowhat t1_j9bt9vm wrote

I’ve been there exactly once and my steak was terrible


doodersrage123 t1_j9fz7r2 wrote

Went there once in the late 90s or early 00s and whatever I ordered was inedible. Never wanted to go back. Tastes have likely changed since then, but it's out of my way to even attempt to go there anyway.


neatlair t1_j9ciylq wrote

Used to be good


RVAPerson804 t1_j9ltilv wrote

When? Seriously asking, because I've been in Richmond a long time and never heard good things about the food.


tpasmall t1_j9dnywt wrote

Never had a bad experience there. Expensive and pretentious? A little bit, but the food is great.


saintdemon21 t1_j9dzjty wrote

I’ve never been, but in high school it was the go to Homecoming and Prom spot.


sinyre t1_j9cp2hx wrote

The Boathouse.


heraus t1_j9doj88 wrote

This is what I came looking for..and specifically, the allure around the one at Rockett's Landing *eyeroll*.


fiestymcshiesty t1_j9bnw8i wrote

Capital Ale House downtown


Safe-Radio-3336 t1_j9brao0 wrote

Worked there for years! Between MCV, General Assembly, and hotels, that place is OVERLY content being bleh forever


fiestymcshiesty t1_j9brqvg wrote

We probably know each other then.


LostDefectivePearl t1_j9bvpvn wrote

This is my worst Reddit fear


piggyperson2013 t1_j9fl1j8 wrote

#Brewers of Bingo and Main Line doxxed me on here a couple months ago, it’s definitely spooky when someone calls you by your full legal deadname on here

Edit: Someone reported this for a suicide check. Good to see that the brewers and their buddies are still bullies that get their kicks by trying to intimidate people online. Also I’m definitely making this comment bigger now!


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fiestymcshiesty t1_j9bud5t wrote

I don’t think they had a chili night. Unless you are confusing the late night menu specials with a chili night.


RustyLugs t1_j9cwtbp wrote

How I wish they gave the music hall the love it deserves. Probably the current best room in town bar the camel.


iwearlederhosen t1_j9cq1hv wrote

15+ years ago they were the only place to get a variety of beers and have tried to ride that same thing despite craft beers being readily available everywhere


betao05 t1_j9e8b1d wrote

I miss the $1 burger night on mondays.


LionOver t1_j9d3fsw wrote

Yep. That was the first place I ever tried/heard of cask conditioned ale. They're alright in my book.


rabit_stroker t1_j9crovc wrote

Horrible restaurant with seedy food handling policies and upper management that thinks running skeleton crews in the kitchen is the way to make $$. You suck Bernadette


BobbyFuckingB t1_j9cvbkt wrote

You telling me thawing chicken wings in the same sink the mop bucket gets dumped into isn’t chill?


rabit_stroker t1_j9f9s7o wrote

I threw out 10 pounds rotten scrap meat, was reprimanded for it then they had an hourly fish it out of the dumpster and turn it into beef skewers they used on the salads. There's another one of my comments in this chain describing how they kept a child rapist on payroll because they'd be too short staffed to fire him right away


BobbyFuckingB t1_j9fga5a wrote

Oh shit. I wonder how long they worked there. I got out around 2017.


rabit_stroker t1_j9fleaq wrote

It was at the midlothian location. I worked there at the end of 2021/beginning of 2022 and he had been there about a year when I was hired.


twelvesteprevenge t1_j9dnl2c wrote

Lol at Bernie still kicking it around Cap Ale. She was one of the inaugural crew w me way back in 2002 or so when they first opened downtown. I should’ve known when I showed up for training and it was actually “help us paint the whole restaurant for minimum wage and hot dogs” to just keep walking. Matt was such a tool.


rabit_stroker t1_j9f9577 wrote

I was hired as management at the end of 2021. Worked there for 4 months. During that time they refused to hire any hourlies and regularly ran shifts with 2 line cooks, no dishwasher, and a km on a 6 station line on busy nights. They had ads up and people regularly applying. I'm convinced it was their way of making up for having to pay competitive salaries to managers. And guess what? They're still posting for the same management position every month on indeed. Its full of miserable people with the "crabs in a barrel mentality". I hated that place, worst restaurant I've worked in in my 20 yr career

Edit: the worst part was during my tenure they discovered a convicted sex offender worked for them and had been being inappropriate with the underage hostesses but since they were so understaffed they decided to let him finish out the week while they figured how to fill his 40 hr. These hostesses were so creeped out one of them googled him and found him on the sex offender registry which said he hadn't registered in years and there was a warrant out for his arrest. His charges include carnal knowledge of a child under 16. This was a 55+ year old man. They let this dude finish out the week even after these girls brought this to their attention. I was in the process of interviewing at a new place and was hired right around this time and was so relieved to be out of that shithole. I have many other stories of why that's a garbage company run by garbage people


Murky_Pack9675 t1_j9n66rl wrote

Holy shit. Had a feeling.

I remember way back when…when this was the place to get to try different beers than the status quo. There were no microbreweries, or breweries with restaurants really, other than Legend and Richbrau (the original). CAH was the place to go. It’s gone super downhill. They’ve tried to continue to follow their same path as before, but times have changed and they’re not keeping up with the changes.

If they don’t pivot soon and fix the food and the service/management and promote the F out of what could be a great music scene: they will go out of business. Which is a shame.


37BrokenMicrowaves t1_j9c1buq wrote

That’s not the one by the VCU hospital is it? I’ve only been once but they had the best gravy I’ve ever had, period. Rest of the meal was good too.


spillsomepaint t1_j9cajuv wrote

I also have had stellar experiences there. Their burgers send it.


neatlair t1_j9cj55d wrote

Its very expensive for average food and shit service. 1/5


tpasmall t1_j9dnl00 wrote

They have gone downhill every year. They actually used to have decent food.


BearcatChemist t1_j9dpo8e wrote

Honestly I used to live on 6th and main - we loved walking to CAH. The fries were good and they had a rotating cider menu. I didnt think it was too bad, lived there for 5 years.


Colt1911-45 t1_j9ej7he wrote

Had their fried pickles and they were the best. Sliced razor thin. We were also pretty drunk and starving after being let down by the crappy food options at a Browns Island concert.


DancyElephant12 t1_j9c1oq3 wrote

I don’t think Richmond qualifies as a “college town” unless we’ve changed the definition to include a capital city that happens to have a college in it.

Charlottesville fits the bill because UVA and the town are almost synonymous; I don’t think that applies here, even while acknowledging that VCU has bought up a decent portion of part of the city.

I have a feeling this thread isn’t really going to include the types of places that the original tweet was defining and will be mostly places that people find fit the first four adjectives.


salawm t1_j9c5uwt wrote

The level of insight into Reddit within this comment is dissertation level.


Also, The Fancy Biscuit.


djc8 t1_j9cgnbd wrote

You think? I’ve been out of the city a few years so the quality could have dropped but I really enjoyed everything I tried there


ragingrandyrivers t1_j9c5qhx wrote

Richmond itself isn’t a college town but the Monroe park area is kinda like a college town within a larger city just because VCU owns so much of that area


OMGEntitlement t1_j9cbtju wrote

I feel like VCU, VUU, UofR and JSarge all being so close in qualify it.


Adoniram1733 t1_j9cchuh wrote

Richmond is a big city, so of course not all of it is college towny.

But if you live in the fan, yes, this is a college town.


achilidogmom t1_j9g2uif wrote

My only qualm with this thread and I agree to the above statement. As a person from Radford now living in Richmond this is accurate, Radford & VT &UVA solely keep those towns they are in alive. VCU/VUU/Richmond dropped out of the city they would still be a city with large employment opportunities. Soooo hard agree Richmond isn’t a college town - it’s a city with colleges within.


BendThen5412 t1_j9fni4a wrote

You know the city of Richmond has more than one college/university in it don’t you?


KDRadio1 t1_j9bomil wrote

Exposed vents and intentional lack of sound absorbing materials to make the dining experience similar to a Jr High cafeteria at noon. Lol.

“But it’s trendy”


chairmanbrando t1_j9cngex wrote

Starlight (or Starlite? I forget how it was spelled) vibes. Loudest place I ever had a meal.


KDRadio1 t1_j9cnzmp wrote

My wife called me old when I started complaining about how loud places were. Turns out it’s intentional! They want you to eat fast and leave so another paying customer can take your place, or you drink more alcohol to compensate.

So no, wifey, it’s not cool…it’s a mildly tortuous room that we spent money in. Lol.


chairmanbrando t1_j9coyo6 wrote

Yeah. We were sampling random 'staurants for dates and Starlight was just... obscene. And it's not like we went at 11 in the evening or anything!


rabit_stroker t1_j9cs1dl wrote

Did you just shorten the word "restaurant"?


chairmanbrando t1_j9cti4z wrote

Yes, I did.


rabit_stroker t1_j9f9ul2 wrote

You can't do that


chairmanbrando t1_j9gaemk wrote

I tried to find a clip of the scene in Independence Day in response to this -- the last line being the relevant bit -- but failed. Text will have to do.

> President: Mr Nimziki, you're fired. *walks away*
> Mr Nimziki: He can't do that.
> Jeff Goldblum's ex-wife: Well, he just, um, did.


Proper-Ad4006 t1_j9ct2vc wrote

This doesn't really meet any of the qualifiers but The Village. The food is mediocre but it thrives due to its location by VCU.


vonarchimboldi t1_j9d2ma1 wrote

Yeah idk if I'd call it expensive or pretentious though - just kinda crappy.


Rs90 t1_j9dn21m wrote

Make a mean milkshake though. And you get the extra bit in the metal cup too.


vonarchimboldi t1_j9dr1yq wrote

i do love me a milkshake. can’t really fuck that up too lol


Proper-Ad4006 t1_j9fekiu wrote

That's why I said it doesn't really meet any of the qualifiers. Just came to mind when I saw mediocre and survives due to convenient location for faculty gathering


LionOver t1_j9d39m2 wrote

Ruined any weight the endorsement of "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" had going for it. That place is a greasy spoon in the most C+ way possible.


ramrugbydood t1_j9djqme wrote

Did village go down hill recently? I graduated 2015 and village was always a relatively cheap place to get a descent meal.


doodersrage123 t1_j9g0yy4 wrote

Loved The Village back in the early 00s. Then again I haven't been since the early 00s.


JWelchRVA804 t1_j9bq58k wrote

Faculty dinners were great preparation for mandatory “fun” work dinners.


reignthepain t1_j9dlaxi wrote

Hear me out..even if you’re not gluten free, try 521 biscuits and waffles. 100% gluten free for those that need it and for those that don’t it’s still incredible and so delicious


heraus t1_j9dp9pp wrote

Already upvoted The Boathouse, but I must say, I get irritated every time someone recommends Brenner Pass. I mean, it's's just not all that compared to what you're gonna shell out, imho.


Notthatianmcewan t1_j9cpxca wrote

Made me think about the Iron Horse in Ashland. Has anyone been in awhile. Is it better these days?


MydogisaToelicker t1_j9dm5sa wrote

Been recently. I'm not sure if I'd call it fussy or pretentious, but the prices did seem incongruent.


AsstCurmudgeon t1_j9cw1g0 wrote

I can relate to this comment. Do you have a sense of when it changed (and maybe why)?


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MrsBains t1_j9fbgw8 wrote

Yep. Not good, just snooty. With that being said, sitting at the bar and ordering apps is pretty legit.


BendThen5412 t1_j9fnr4m wrote

Was waiting for this one. I work in higher Ed & it’s always the first choice. Literally have a retirement dinner there this week lol


tpasmall t1_j9i6qwx wrote

Yeah I really don't know how I was the first one to post this. It's beyond mediocre for the money.


TacoTheSuperNurse t1_j9f1v8e wrote

Well, this is definitely apt for Charlottesville. Everything there is fussy.


Moxie_58 t1_j9d1vhn wrote

I waited 45 minutes for a manager to come and talk to me about my meal, and she refused to come. That's when I had to make a scene to get her to my table. I tried to tell her what was wrong and she didn't want to hear it and told us to just leave. my eggs were mixed with egg shells. Let's start there. 😆


ttd_76 t1_j9dpyh7 wrote

I don't think we really have a place like that. There are places in Carytown that are probably mediocre and overpriced, but those are mainly for tourists.

I think we also have several places downtown that cater to professionals where they were once what passed for nice here but have been eclipsed long ago or at least are kind of outdated in terms of style.

But I don't think we don't have a stereotypical "fancy" restaurant for professors (or students when their parents visit at graduation). I'm thinking like Strawberry Street here and The Trellis in Williamsburg but they are both closed now.


No-Notice-9086 t1_j9fdgac wrote

Not specific to Richmond (which has a dope restaurant scene), but I do not think this is true. Seems like OP just needed to get something off their chest…


lucasjackson87 t1_j9f2xsp wrote

Why stop there? Let’s call our individual people! What a toxic post.


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lepchm t1_j9dahm5 wrote

I’ve lived in RVA since I was a kid, went to VCU, met my boyfriend in 2019, he took me to what he referred to as a “cute hole in the wall I’m sure you’ve never heard of”. When we rolled up to Joes Inn my eyes rolled to the back of my head lol. We still go every year on our anniversary though, and I still tease him for thinking it’s a hole in the wall.


Pokemoron_705 t1_j9df9is wrote

Chiocca's. Worst part is that it has got you all convinced it's actually decent food. Anyone who likes Chiocca's definitely boils their chicken and adds only salt. Worst sandwiches I've ever had.


LostDefectivePearl t1_j9bvee7 wrote

The OOP sounds like McDonald’s before they got all health conscious: really fuckin salty


Moxie_58 t1_j9cde0g wrote

The last two restaurants I went to here in Richmond were so bad food wise, and service that I had to walk out without paying per the manager. They weren't even nice about my complaints, they just told me to get out. 🥶


tylernol7 t1_j9crlyy wrote

If that is happening to you twice in a row, maybe you're the problem.


_R_A_ t1_j9cwb3e wrote

Jesus, how badly did you complain that they'd rather you just get out than pay?


jackmeawf t1_j9esxgs wrote

I agree many places here kinda suck but you sound like you suck more


rbush56 t1_j9chw1t wrote

That's about half of the restaurants here. Mostly lukewarm food and below average service.