RICHMOND, Va. — Editors at National Geographic Travel have traveled the globe searching for the best food cities in the world. Now the city of Richmond has made their list of where to travel for food in 2016.
The magazine said while nearby Washington, D.C., and Charleston, South Carolina, are both regarded among the U.S.’s best food cities, “Richmond’s blend of English, Native American, and African-American influences help the city stand out.”
“Chefs in this capital city with plenty of charm are now whipping up southern cuisine with a contemporary flair.”
National Geographic Travel highlighted local dishes and city restaurants like Heritage, located at 1627 W Main St., Rappahannock Restaurant, located at 320 E Grace St., and the Roosevelt, located at 623 N 25th St.
“Indulge in pork “fries”—deep-fried logs of pulled pork—at trendy Heritage and try Chesapeake Bay oysters at Rappahannock, products of a recently restored population (although the populations are still suffering). You can get peanut butter pie or an appetizer of pimento cheese, BBQ pork rinds, and pickles at the Roosevelt, run by local restaurateur Kendra Feather.”
They also emphasized Richmond’s “booming” craft brewery scene.
“Local brewers such as Ardent Craft Ales and Strangeways Brewing have made a name for themselves, while Colorado-based Stone Brewing Company plans to undergo a massive expansion to the city in early 2016.”
The magazine recommends visiting the tasting room at Blue Bee Cider downtown to try their rotating selection of small-batch ciders. An additional staff tip also recommends Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and their tasting room every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m.
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