It seems like Virginia is a hotspot for restaurants these days, although this is hardly a new trend. For decades, this state has perfected down-home cooking in almost every cuisine imaginable. And while fine dining certainly has its perks, there’s nothing quite like hidden gem neighborhood restaurants to really hit the spot. Here are some you may or may not have heard of, but will definitely want to visit soon.
1. Lunch and Supper (Richmond)
Lunch and Supper is a trendy yet casual spot located in Scott's Addition in Richmond. In addition to southern-inspired comfort food, the restaurant serves up other seasonal entrees. Photographed above is the delectable soy salmon accompanied by the veggie medley. You'll also want to try the Krispy Kreme bread pudding for dessert.
2. Byers Street Bistro (Staunton)
Byers Street Bistro is a popular local spot in Staunton that will make for the perfect casual lunch or dinner. Not only is the food amazing, but the outdoor seating is equally memorable. Some of the most ordered dishes here are the BLT or the bacon cheeseburger and fries, which costs only $10.
3. Namaste (Alexandria)
Tucked away in a shopping center in Alexandria happens to be one of the best Indian restaurants in the area. Namaste offers authentic and mouthwatering flavors in an array of freshly-prepared dishes. The garlic naan is especially memorable and pairs beautifully with almost any entree.
4. Tavola (Yelp)
Tavola is one of the most popular neighborhood restaurants in Charlottesville, and there are plenty to choose from. The restaurant features an open kitchen which allows visitors to watch their dishes being prepared on the spot. Flavors used are both authentically Italian and creative. Photographed above is the linguine carbonara.
5. Brickhouse Tavern (Newport News)
Brickhouse Tavern in Newport News is a charming sports bar serving up pizza that will definitely have you coming back a second time. Generous in size, these pies come in any combination you could hope for. Equally popular are the wings, which are especially delicious in the Jose style.
6. Cutlass Grille (Chesapeake)
There are few places that serve Carribbean and southern barbecue fare, let alone who manage to do a phenomenal job. But that is exactly what you can expect from Cutlass Grille. Some of the most delicious menu items include the coconut shrimp and collard greens. Here we have the brisket with fried tostones and mac & cheese.
7. Stella's (Richmond)
Stella's is a quintessential family neighborhood that has perfected the concept of brunch. Photographed above is the ever-popular lamb benedict. This Greek spot also serves exquisite lunches and dinners, too. You won't want to leave without sampling some of their homemade desserts.
8. Bone Fire Smokehouse (Abingdon)
Bone Fire Smokehouse at the Hardware is one of the best barbecue joints in the area, and it's got some pretty steep competition. What sets Bone Fire Smokehouse apart is the quality of ingredients and all the tasty sides, such as cornbread fritters, mac & cheese, and broccoli salad. Another popular option is the smoked wings.
9. Me's Burgers & Brews (Danville)
This neighborhood spot in Danville serves exactly what its name would suggest. But don't expect just ordinary burgers and beer; Me's uses creative seasonings for a unbelievable meal. Take their shiitake dusted beef patty (photographed above) for example. This burger comes with arugula, swiss cheese, and sweet potato fries cooked to perfection. You'll also enjoy choosing from an impressive beer selection.
10. Blue Seafood & Spirits (Virginia Beach)
There's certainly no shortage of seafood restaurants in Virginia Beach, but there's something about Blue Seafood & Spirits that has attracted plenty of local hype. The size of the restaurant is small, yet you can be certain that the dishes are thoughtful and carefully created. Whether it's fried oysters you're in the mood for, or something else entirely such as sweet potato biscuits and apricot jam, this place has you covered.