Restaurants

Top Choice Modern American in The Piedmont

Inn at Little Washington

This Relais and Chateaux property has one of the best restaurants in the state – you should sell a kidney and make a reservation. Diners have their pick of three tasting menus, one of which is vegetarian. Treats lik…
Top Choice American in Richmond

L'Opossum

We're not exactly sure what's going on at this gastronomic laboratory, but it works. The name of the place is terrible. And dishes come with names that are self-consciously hip and verging on offensive ('Vegan Orgy …
Top Choice Seafood in Charlottesville

Public Fish & Oyster

This bright and inviting space will catch your eye, but it's the skillfully seasoned seafood dishes that will keep you inside ordering plate after plate of freshly shucked oysters, mussels and other maritime delight…
Top Choice Cafe in Richmond

Sugar & Twine

Let's face it: contemporary coffee culture hasn't made inroads in Virginia yet. Fortunately, stylish cafes like this one are in the vanguard. We like everything about Sugar & Twine: the excellent espresso coffee…
Top Choice Deli in Richmond

Perly's

Generations of locals have enjoyed Yiddish specialties at Perly's (it dates from 1962) and we think you should too. Choose from treats including corned beef hash, cinnamon babka, knish and latkes at brunch (which ru…
Top Choice Bagels in Charlottesville

Bodo's Bagels

Students and university staff are regulars at this Charlottesville institution, lured by its wonderful bagels and its location on UVA Corner. Choose from a large array of options (plain, slathered with butter or cre…
Top Choice Modern American in Charlottesville

Oakhart Social

Seasonally inspired small plates and wood-fired pizzas emerge from the kitchen of this hipster haunt at a great rate, keeping its loyal crew of regulars fed and happy. On warm nights, the front patio is a perfect co…
Top Choice Cuban in Richmond

Kuba Kuba

Kuba Kuba feels like a bodega straight out of Old Havana, with mouth-watering roast pork dishes, Spanish-style omelets and panini offered at rock-bottom prices. Finish with a dessert and good espresso coffee.
Bakery in Richmond

Sub Rosa

In the residential Church Hill neighborhood, this wood-fired bakery serves some of the best baked goods in the south. Some of the treats on offer are Turkish – flakey börek stuffed with cheese, meat or greens and sw…
American in Richmond

Mama J's

The fried catfish may not look fancy, but it sure tastes like heaven. Set in the historic African American neighborhood of Jackson Ward, Mama J's serves delicious fried chicken and legendary fried catfish, along wit…