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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
10:46 pm
Parkside restaurant
Hello! Fellow "foodie" here and I tried the new Parkside restaurant last night in Richmond's south side. It's located at the Semmes Avenue and Forest Hill Avenue split, next to Crossroads. The side street is Carson Rd. I was not impressed and I'll tell you why.

They opened two and a half weeks ago. There's a cute (read: cramped) parking lot outside, that anyone with a vehicle larger than my Yaris would have a hard time using. I did appreciate the off-street parking though; it's getting harder and harder to find, even if you have to multi-point to park.

The inside is renovated and beautiful. It has a homey/rustic look, with a touch of modern city. Like lumberjack meets Ikea. We were seated next to a large window, which was awesome. The tables are made out of something like old, wooden, window decorations! Very cool. The seats were very uncomfortable though. My bench seat was shallow and my dates' chair had a hard, circular seat that made his tailbone sore.

Our waiter seemed terrified. He also seemed like it was his first day and his arms were in invisible slings. He was really awkward. I felt bad for him.

They automatically gave us water but I ordered Thai iced tea that was delicious! I also ordered an appetizer, consisting of granny apple slices, green grapes, tiny pickles and baked Virginia cheddar cheese. The tips of the baked cheese squares were burned, but we ignored that.

The appetizer was delicious! The apples were fresh and sweet, the pickles had a unique flavor, the grapes were appropriately sour and the baked Virginia cheddar cheese was very tasty, despite the burned corners.

Our entrees took an hour to arrive. An hour!

I had the vegetarian lasagna, and the top was so badly burned, that I couldn't cut it with a knife and fork. The only reason I didn't return it to the kitchen was because I was very hungry and didn't have another hour to wait. I pried it apart and ate everything below the mostly blackened top crust. I think the lasagna sat in the oven the entire hour it took for us to wait for our meals. On the plus side, my lasagna was huge. If it hadn't been half burned black, I would have had leftovers.

My date had the pulled pork, which he thoroughly enjoyed, but his serving was quite small. Nothing else was on the plate, either (no veg side, for instance). If he had been hungrier, I'm sure he would have been upset about the small portion.

We opted to not get dessert, since we'd spend an hour and a half in the restaurant at that point. The restaurant is located directly next to a Crossroads Coffee and ice cream shop and if I hadn't been tired and grumpy, I would have stopped by for dessert.

Maybe Parkside will tighten up and improve everything. I was disappointed but mainly because the restaurant was recommended to me. Maybe the friend who recommended it ate there on a good night. If I try them again, it'll be long from now.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010
5:02 pm
Inexpensive awesome sushi
Im looking for somewhere that serves delicious sushi at reasonable prices. Any suggestions?

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Friday, May 21st, 2010
8:48 am
Cupcake Contest!
Pearl's Cupcake Shoppe is hosting a new contest. We love naming cupcakes after cool people -- Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and of course, Pearl (the co-owner's Grandmother). Come into the shoppe or post on our Facebook wall (http://ow.ly/1Oc8y) and tell us about someone in Richmond who is so awesome and inspiring that they deserve a cupcake named after them, and tell us what their flavor should be.

On June 1, we'll pick a winner, and feature their cupcake in the shoppe for a whole week! And what's even better: the cupcake namesake and the person who nominated them each get a FREE DOZEN cupcakes!
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
11:35 am
Good blueberry panckes?
Good morning, all!
Where would you go to get good blueberry pancakes?
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
8:29 pm
Dinner in Ashland
This weekend I am meeting someone for dinner. She lives in Fredericksburg, I live in Chester. We want to have this dinner about halfway which would be in the ashland/virginia center commons area. I'm looking for recommendations on where to go

1.) I would like it to be as close to the interstate as possible. I'm not sure how good she is with directions and I don't want this to require too many turns to find

2.) This is NOT a date so I don't care if it could be considered a romantic setting (in fact I'd prefer it not be a "romantic" setting) but I do want it to be relatively quiet so we can have good conversation.

3. I don't want it to be TOO overly expensive.
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
3:43 pm
There is no good Mexican food in Richmond...
...that I know of. Please, can you educate me? Can you prove me wrong in the belief that I will never, ever find any?

I hope so! Where are your favorite mexican places, tacquerias, etc?

Also will take suggestions for best margarita. I personally think I make close to perfect ones... but when I'm in the mood to have them made for me, where should I go?

Thank you in advance for any advice!
9:03 am
If you're craving delicious baked goods...
Most people here who know me probably already know about this, but I wanted to post and plug my mom's bakery: Pearl's Cupcake Shoppe. They're at 5812 Grove Avenue and are open monday through saturday, 10:30 - 5:30. The specials today are: Bananas Foster, vegan bananas & peanut butter, and gluten free carrot cake. Even though my mom is one of the owners, I wouldn't plug it if I didn't love the product!
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm
This topic has come up but the posts are from 2+ years ago...

So where can one get good bbq?

I prefer ribs (baby back and spare ribs, pork more than beef) that are moist or "falling off the bone" and not dry.
I also like pulled pork, but that is a little more common at restaurants.
Some hidden hole in the wall or shack.

I've had Buz and Neds and Ronnie's Ribs (across from Millies) and both are good, but looking for more options. I've seen Double T's and Extra Billy's but don't know if it's worth trying.
Friday, March 12th, 2010
9:21 pm
Plaza Mexico
Is apparently closed. There is a For Sale sign up in the window, so I'd say that's pretty closed. Sadness.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, January 30th, 2010
10:56 pm
Korean Garden
My husband and I checked out the new Korean restaurant in town the other day and wanted to share. The place is called Korean Garden; it's on Midlothian just east of the Chippenham interchange in the old Red Lobster building. This place is AWESOME, ya'll. They do Korean and Japanese--we stuck to the Korean menu for the night, and it was fantastic. They have a really extensive menu with a lot of things I haven't seen before. My husband had oxtail soup, which reminded him of something he had growing up and loved as comfort food, and I had bi bim bap with steak tartare, which was fantastic. It came with the wonderful little side dishes you can always expect in Korean restaurants--about ten--and they were delicious. They had all the regular stuff (kimchi, bean sprouts, etc.) and some new surprises, including a really fabulous sliced apple dish dressed in a spicy, tangy sauce that we loved. Two entrees & two appetizers and it came in at around $35!

Other neat things: they have the charcoal grills in several of the tables, so you can grill your meat if you choose the BBQ. Also, the waitresses dress in traditional costumes, which was pretty cool. The place would be awesome for a date night.

And a bonus--they have a Korean market attached, so if you get inspired to make your own Korean food, hop around back and check it out. 
Saturday, January 16th, 2010
8:23 pm
cafe diem
A friend mentioned wanting to go to cafe diem. I figured I'd check with y'all to see what are your opinions of the place? good? bad? good for certain things but bad for others? etc. Thanks
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
1:18 pm
tater skins
Hey. Where in Richmond can I find bomb-ass potato skins? none of that T.G.I Fridays crap neither. How about it?
Friday, October 30th, 2009
4:47 pm
Restaurant for Group Meal

I am in a VCU organization and we are trying to find a place to have an end of the semester dinner in December. There is only about 7-8 of us and we were looking for a nice place where we could all dress up and eat. We are planning on going on a Sunday so it has to be open Sunday evenings. People have cars so distance isn't a huge deal but, if it was in Downtown or the Fan that would be great.

The price range would have to be like 12-24 entrees. In the past we went to Gibsons Grill so, anything in that range works.

I personally think a restaurant that has a prix fixe menu or family style dining option would be better because we can budget better.

So, any suggestions ?
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
1:02 pm
Richmond Restaurant Week Oct 26 - Nov 1
How come no one wrote about the Restaurant week?
Anyway, here are the menus: http://www2.richmond.com/content/2009/oct/07/restaurant-week-menus/
12:41 pm
I can't remember if I've asked this before or not, but since the weather is getting cooler, I'm in the mood for CHILI!

Where are the best places to get an awesome bowl of chili in this city? Places that serve chili mac get extra points (hold the beans).

That's one thing I always miss about the DC area...they have Hard Times Cafe and Ben's Chili Bowl. Do we have ANYTHING that can compare, or at least tide me over until I go north again?
Monday, October 12th, 2009
8:52 am
I'm trying to accommodate my family on a birthday/anniversary outing. Here are the criteria:

1. carnivore AND vegan friendly
2. picky eater friendly. my younger sister is very picky, and prefers basic foods (hamburgers, pasta, chicken) over anything adventurous.
3. (and this is the kicker) open sundays.

ugh. so far all i've really found has been the hill cafe in o-hill. any other suggestions?
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
12:20 pm
What's the best place to go for a tasty grilled cheese and soup? I have a hankering and would rather have someone else make them for me. :)
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
9:09 pm
Good croissants?
Hi everyone,

I need to pick up some croissants for a birthday breakfast, but I have no clue where to get some quality ones in town. Any recommendations?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
9:05 pm
Armenian Food Festival
Thursday September 17th - Sunday September 20th

St James Armenian Church
Patterson & Pepper Avenues


Sunday, September 6th, 2009
2:18 pm
Plaza Mexico - good Mexican food in the Fan
When Plaza Mexico first opened up at the corner of Main and Allen, I wondered how it would compete with Little Mexico a few blocks away down Cary Street (hoping it would be better). It first opened with seemingly little fanfare and always appeared empty when I drove by. Curious, and always game for new, decent Mexican food options in the Fan, I decided to try it out. Take note, Plaza is a contender!

Located the old Cirrus spot, the space is fairly small but immaculate. Blue, grey, and white dominate the color scheme... this is probably leftover from the Cirrus days. Not typical Mexican decor, but that's certainly not a problem. It feels clean, light and airy. Kind of a refreshing change from the forced fiesta feeling found elsewhere.

Thing are still festive, however underpopulated. They have their ABC license finally, and offer weekly happy hour specials from 5-8 PM. They have Dos XX on draft, which I think is awesome, and it's $2 during happy hour. Margaritas, which are some of the best I have had outside my own kitchen, are a bargain at $3.50 during happy hour. Drink prices are pretty cheap the rest of the time, too.

But on to the food. Plaza Mexico's menu is simple, there are the standards of Mexican fare: tacos, burritos, enchiladas. Combo plates and fajitas. But the real stars of the menu are the house specialties and the tacos. I've tried the Sopes - corn masa cups filled with chopped grilled steak and onions, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage and cheese, served with a spicy, vinegar-y red sauce. Very, very good.

I've also loved the carne asada tacos, as well as today's try: tacos de lechuga. Spicy, jalapeno-peppery grilled steak, onions, and cilantro, served with cheese and salsa fresca and a half a head of crispy iceberg lettuce for wrapping. No tortilla! The result is delicious, amazing and light. great for those who might be trying to cut carbs, or, like me, have already eaten your weight in tortilla chips and salsa.

The salsa and chips, by the way, are above average - really flavorful, bright spicy salsa. They also serve the creamy white sauce here... that magical condiment that isn't quite cheese dip, sour cream, or ranch dressing, and is better than all three. What do you call that - salsa blanca? How about just calling it fantastic.

Service has always been quick, friendly and earnest. I can't think of a bad thing to say.. if forced to find a complaint, maybe I'll admit that the music is too loud. There, one complaint that should prove they are not paying me to write glowing reviews (although if they were that would be lovely, because I could use an easy job).

The only thing really missing at Plaza is more people! I hope you guys will go try it out and see what you think. It's become my go-to place, and I really don't want them to close.

Plaza Mexico
1731 W Main St
Richmond, VA
(804) 278-9944‎

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