The most recent of Hip Green Scene’s “carefully curated city guides” says that “Church Hill is the neighborhood to watch” and offers up a fairly extensive look at what make Richmond awesome:
Set on the James River, this town has plenty to offer paddlers and history aficionados, yes. But the real story happening in Richmond is the burgeoning art scene and the reshaping of its culture as it looks forward, leaving behind the city best known for its past. Church Hill is the neighborhood to watch, but culinary uprisings are popping up all over town. Richmond is home to the gorgeous VMFA, but also the turf of scrappier little galleries aiming to catch your eye. Live theatre, mountain biking, fire hoops, bow ties or breweries–name your fancy, and Richmond can fill the bill. […] Church Hill Proper Pie Co. Oh, Proper Pie how we love you! Little savory pies to hold in your hands, just long enough to gobble down and wish you had more. They open at high noon, but arrive before the line stretches down the block. P.S.–We realize you also carry sweet stuff, but frankly we haven’t been able to move beyond the perfection of your Pork Chile Verde. 2505 E. Broad St. Where else are you going to get canneles around here? We didn’t even know we needed canneles until you, WPA Bakery! 2707 E. Marshall St. Dutch and Company Chef’s Caleb Shriver and Philip Perrow garnered the national spotlight this year when they were nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic region. Go see what all the buzz is about. Whether you’re there for a Basil Smash (which we highly recommend, btw) or a leisurely meal of Rockfish with tonnato sauce, crisped brussel sprouts and sunchokes, the experience will be memorable. Don’t forget the Honey Pot. 400 N. 27th St. Era Vintage carries 50?s,60?s, and 70?s vintage furnishings and accessories. If you love Mid-Century modern, you’ll love Era. This handsome little shop just up the street from Dutch & Co. is open 11-6. Since they run an online business as well, Richmond gets the benefit of periodic warehouse sales. Follow their Facebook page for details. 2704 E. Marshall St. Sub Rosa Bakery The granola is made with rose water, Medjool dates and cardamom. Everything comes out of their wood fired masonry oven. Expect a slight char on your flaky croissant. The ingredients are organic and local whenever possible which makes a huge difference in the delicious quiches and tarts. 620 N. 25th St. The Roosevelt Further heightening Church Hill’s national rep as a culinary hot spot, Lee Gregory was nominated a James Beard Semi Finalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic region. Not surprisingly, the Roosevelt claimed Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Chef at the Richmond Elby awards this year. But that’s not why we love it. Roosevelt is just the right combination of laid back charm and intense culinary passion. If you arrive for Early Bird (before 6:30), you’ll have a shot at their Calabash fried oysters with remoulade and slaw. 623 N. 25th St. Union Hill Alamo BBQ Righteous BBQ from a little pick-up window. Don’t even punish yourself by waiting to dig in. Sit right down on one of their picnic benches out front and go to town. We’re not even going to tell you how to order, it’s all phenomenal. 2202 Jefferson Ave. Union Market We adore this little neighborhood market and eatery. Judging by the fans on the back patio, we’re not alone. Union has tasty pressed sandwiches on Billy Bread, craft beer and kombucha on tap (for you really healthy people), plus a great selection of local faves including Blue Bee Cider and Bombolini pasta. 2306 Jefferson Ave.