Saved by the snacks | Five reasons we love hanging out in Church Hill
Five reasons we love hanging out in Church Hill
The fan is fine, but what really what really digging about life in Richmond right now is a little foursome of great eats up on Church Hill. This neighborhood, once the sight of the largest Civil War hospital, is now a swank streetscape with wicked high real estate prices. But that won’t prevent us from cruising its sterats in search of great food and here are our top four spots to snack this time of year.
Captain’s Buzzy Beanery
This casual coffee shop is one of our favorite places to linger longer. Sure the business owner is currently trying to sue the neighborhood association for not supporting his request for an alcohol permit. (Part of the suit also says he was assaulted by a nieghbor with a flower pot.) But neighborhood bad blood be damned, we love this little haunt and will keep drinking their strong java, flying flower pots, or not.
You don’t have to go to Austin for fantastic brisket thanks to The Alamo. This Church Hill staple lives up to its name with portions of a Bowie knife. Lunch and dinner are alfresco year round, making for an evolving setting, but Church Hill locals to out of town hipsters, seek this place out for it’s meaty masterpieces.
The Hill Cafe
When we’re craving comfort food and a taste of nostalgia, The Hill Cafe is the place. This cozy eatery is a staple of Richmond’s dining scene and even though the options are no-frills, simple offerings like the fried green tomato BLT and Hill Burger keep us coming back for more. Fun note, Daniel Day Lewis was a regular during the filming of Lincoln, so you can sit in his booth, just be careful which booth you choose.
James Beard-nominated chef and owner Lee Gregory runs this romantic spot and while you could go here with a troupe of friends, we recommend a cozy dinner for two. Sit in the window during winter for an extra special eve. You can’t go wrong with the spaetzle or chicken with cheese grits.
In the shadow of the former Lucky Strike factory sits this diner. Now granted it’s not on Church Hill, but it’s just at the foot of it and worth your time. An institution, it’s been serving Richmond for ages and is not only loved for it’s classic fare, but for it’s jukeboxes and huge collection of 45s. Of course dinner and lunch are available, but we recommend breakfast. The omelettes are note worthy. That and a cup a joe and you’re ready to tackle the day.