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Aziza’s on Main named Restaurant of the Year

Style Weekly‘s annual State of the Plate issue, their in-depth look Richmond’s restaurant scene, again has props for this end of town.

First off, the biggie: Aziza’s on Main was named as the 2013 Restaurant of the Year:

Not everyone will get it. The place is so low-key it’s almost invisible while Shockoe Bottom churns around it. The small, brick-walled cafe called Aziza’s on Main is wedged next to a family-run pharmacy and has only 10 tables and a bar, with a brick oven glowing in back. The atmosphere is a bit rough around the edges, but somehow that makes the contrast of elegantly personal food more acute.

Inside are served some of the city’s most flavorful, fascinating meals with a humble spirit that’s refreshing in an age of branding and bragging.

Also in the mix: open only since January and not yet reviewed anywhere, Dutch and Co. at 27th and Marshall is on a short list of Critics’ Hot Spots

Dutch & Company
400 N. 27th St., 643-8824
Dutch & Co., adding to the destination dining of Church Hill, is among the best of the class in newcomers to the local restaurant scene. With artful European touches, a three-course menu at $28, expert service and vintage decor, it’s a gentle charmer that’s winning raves. — Deveron Timberlake

Last year’s Restaurant of the Year The Roosevelt gets props for their all-Virginia wine list and cozy decor:

Same with the Roosevelt at 623 N. 25th St., where gently historic warmth and a subtle palette already have inspired copycats. “I always like the handsome facade at the Roosevelt and its someone’s-dining-room feel,” Basch says. “It welcomes guests warmly as soon as they step over the threshold.”

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