Richmond: Where to Eat and Drink
Ramblin' in the River City
Where to Eat
Chef Dale Reitzer and his wife, Aline, have created the sleekest of Richmond spots for American haute cuisine. It’s a sensation. After starting with small plates like beef carpaccio or local rabbit rillettes, you finally get to the entrées, from lovely sautéed fish to roasted meat and game. Constantly busy and consistently good.
2601 W. Cary St.; acaciarestaurant.com
The Black Sheep
Providing plates and a menu that are more fun—and more surprising—than some modern novels, this restaurant is a locus for tasty stuff, such as the Prodigal Son, a grilled-pork sausage with all the trimmings, and the CSS Virginia, a fried-chicken-liver, cabbage, and green-onion sandwich on a baguette that comes under the heading “The War of Northern Ingestion.”
901 W. Marshall St.; theblacksheeprva.com
Most every American city of size has some version of a French brasserie, but Can Can is the real deal. From the pale golden light off the tiny squares of white floor tile to the plats du mer served on a bed of chipped ice, it’s as if they’ve airlifted Paris to Richmond. It goes almost without saying that the steak and frites is terrific.
3120 W. Cary St.; cancanbrasserie.com