uebereinhorn (uebereinhorn) wrote in rva_eats,

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.
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