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Top Choice Modern American in Richmond


One of Richmond's finest restaurants serves decadent New Southern cuisine in a classy old-fashioned dining room that's cinematically set inside a restored 1817 building. Start with a mint julep, fried green tomatoes…
Museum in Northern Virginia

US Patent & Trademark Office Museum

This nearly new museum tells the history of the United States patent. Step inside to see where the story started in 1917 in Memphis, TN, when a wholesale grocer named Clarence Saunders invented and patented what he …
Deli in Virginia Beach

Jewish Mother

Get your nosh on here with packed deli sandwiches, 'penicillin soup' (chicken and matzo ball) and monster-sized pie. Excellent live music staged nightly.
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This 9250-acre wildlife and migratory-bird marshland habitat is most stunning during the December migration season.
Cafe in Williamsburg


One block north of Merchants Sq, Aromas is an inviting coffeehouse serving a wide range of fare, plus wine and beer. There's outdoor seating and live music (jazz on Tuesdays; wide-ranging sounds on weekends).
Diner in Norfolk


Since 1904 this slice of Americana has been the drive-up home of the world's original ice-cream-cone machine, plus great BBQ.
Modern American in Norfolk

Todd Jurich's Bistro

This award-winning bistro serves innovative regional fare, like Virginia sea bass and lump crab Norfolk with wilted greens and lemon confit.
Gardens in Norfolk

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens offer 19km (12mi) of pathways in, around and through all kinds of beautiful landscaped flora. A butterfly garden, Renaissance Garden and children's vegetable garden are among the many a…
Seafood in Richmond

Croaker's Spot

Everyone in Jackson Ward knows this soul and seafood joint. The decor is proudly African American and the food…angels sing on high of the 'fish boat': fried catfish drowning in spicy sauce with hunks of cornb…
American in Richmond

Ipanema Café

This underground den is much loved by the bohemian and art-student crowd. It has a tempting selection of vegan and vegetarian fare (tempeh 'bacon' sandwich, curried vegetables, changing specials), plus moules-frites…