If you’re trying to keep a secret, don’t tell me. I love to share them. And here’s one that I’m especially excited to share. Have you heard that tucked away in one of the county’s most beautiful master-planned communities is also one of... more

Jan 23, 2018 9:26 AM FLAVOR


Photo by Josh Young

Meet some of the talented pitmasters who make the pure joy of feasting on barbecue so special to so many of us in this neck of the woods. more

Sep 28, 2017 8:47 AM FLAVOR


Photo by Josh Young

Richmond Navigator has gone in search of the best barbecue. Indulge your craving at these neighborhood restaurants spotlighted in our September/October 2017 In Search Of feature. more

Sep 26, 2017 10:55 AM In Search Of

Dining on the OBX, plus a cool new pizza place heading to the Fan. Have a ball (literally) at the Diamond and more. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:24 PM Tastebudz

Alfresco Dining …It even sounds exciting. But if you think that patio dining in the city comes with not much more than a view of a parking lot, think again. Take a look at these popular city restaurant patios.... more

May 9, 2016 1:00 PM FLAVOR

Oysters in Charlottesville, mussels in Richmond and free bowling in Midlothian. Now, get going. more

Apr 28, 2016 10:50 AM Tastebudz

Richmond's food scene has expanded across the James River to cater to mortgage-paying-minivan-driving-lawn-mower-owning suburbanites in Chesterfield County. more

Nov 18, 2015 12:54 PM FLAVOR

Patrick Henry walked its streets. So did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Both of those future presidents were in attendance on March 23, 1775, when Henry delivered his historic call to arms, concluding with the words, “Give me liberty or... more

Nov 18, 2015 11:35 AM FEATURES

I’ve taken a fancy to Strawberry Street Café’s breakfasts. The food is very good, as is the service, and owner, Ron Joseph, is really a nice guy. How nice? Well, when I was down there for breakfast last week... more

Sep 10, 2015 2:35 PM Tastebudz

This week for our little foray into the wonderful world of dining and drinking, I’m joined by our lovely TasteBud, Meredith Dauksz. Besides having her own travel business, Travel with Meredith, she also conducts food tours for... more

Sep 8, 2015 12:00 PM Tastebudz


Sarah Choi and Will Richardson of Shoryuken Ramen. Photo by Robert Thomas

I’m always on the lookout for the newest restaurants, so much so, that sometimes I forget about my old favorites. So this week I decided to go have Sunday brunch at Strawberry Street Café... more

Aug 14, 2015 12:20 PM Tastebudz


The tuna panini with cucumber salad at Vino Market. Photo courtesy of Hunter Boxley

It’s twue, it’s twue. There really is a patio at My Noodle & Bar at Monument and Lombardy. After much anticipation and a lot of hard work, including approval from the city, it’s now open! That’s... more

Aug 6, 2015 3:57 PM Tastebudz


The Wild Noodle from My Noodle & Bar. Photo courtesy of My Noodle and Bar

I was at City Hall earlier this week with some of my most favorite Taste Budz, Joe and Whitney Kiatsuranon of My Noodle and Bar (1600 Monument Avenue, at Stuart Circle), when city council unanimously approved their petition to put a patio out in... more

Jul 30, 2015 2:11 PM Tastebudz


Avocado rolls at Red Embers Grill and Bar at Uptown Alley

Speaking of beer, did you make it to the National Beer Expo, at the Convention Center? Plenty of craft beer enthusiasts did. I’ve never seen so many delicious beers in one place in my life, and such amazing varieties, too. The Expo offered a slew... more

Jul 23, 2015 3:34 PM Tastebudz


Claudia's smile makes happy hour even happier at Dot's Back Inn. Photo by Steve Cook

Nothing Says Loving: They’re serving up love at Ashland’s new Southern Soul Café at 105 Junction Drive, according to executive chef Ammie Mines-Derricott. Ammie has brought her 17 years of experience in the kitchen at Ashland’s popular Iron Horse... more

Jun 19, 2015 12:05 PM Tastebudz


Adrienne Yancey and Bernadette Young with Capital Ale House. Photo by Temple Hill

Where can you go for one (actually, several) of the best sandwiches not in town? How can you rub shoulders with the food stars? And are they really serving the official drink of the Astronauts down on Cary Street? Answers to these and other... more

Jun 11, 2015 2:50 PM Tastebudz


Sue Pala-art, mother of Sabai co-owner, Joe Kiatsuranon, joins in for Sabai's ribbon cutting as they celebrate their grand opening on May 27th. From left to right: Jason Lough, Whitney Kiatsuranon, Brandon Pearson, Sue Pala-art, Joe Kiatsuranon. Photo by Steve Cook

Shhh – Don't Tell A Soul: You didn’t hear this from me, unless it turns out to be true. But I heard through a semi-reliable grapevine, that one vacant West Broad restaurant site, could possibly be the new home from a national major restaurant... more

May 28, 2015 10:41 AM Tastebudz


Tazza Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Derek Bennion/Tazza Kitchen

Cheap Seats: It surprises many to learn that I’m not pulling in at least a quarter million a year writing this. But no, I’m forced to be a frugal diner, which means I’m always on the lookout for a cheap meal, especially lunch. Back in the good ol’ d more

May 14, 2015 2:41 PM Tastebudz


Jason Lough in front of Sabai's mural. Photo by Steve Cook

I had the chance to get out on the streets of the city this week and visit with some of my best friends in the biz. As I was heading down Main, passing Sonny Kiatsuranon’s Fan Noodle Bar [], I looked over and who did I see sitting... more

May 7, 2015 2:56 PM Tastebudz 1 Comments


Interior of Aldi. Photo by Steve Cook

A Fifth of May: If you haven’t made your Cinco de Mayo plans yet (it’s May 5th this year), I’d recommend you check out Lalo’s Cocina [] at 2617 W. Broad Street. Lalo is a really cool guy, who takes great pride in serving excellent... more

May 1, 2015 12:51 PM Tastebudz

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