OH my God, the tres leches cake at makes me wanna slap my momma (sorry mom.)

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Joe's Inn

An RVA classic. Best happy hour ever, Greek and Italian family recipes - all treasures.

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The Camel

One of Richmond most storied venues, a Social Oasis to some. This fantastic venue / bar / restaurant is the reason many smaller touring acts have decided to play Richmond again.

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The Box

Chas, Tash, Ben, Church, Matt... The only bar in town that I learned EVERYONE’s name in the first week of writing this thing. The first bar that I’m going to MISS when I leave. Have some of their good juju. Go.

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Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar

It’s the diamond ring on the slender finger of the girl someone better than you proposed to. Sexy, sleek and well-dressed restauraunt sporting an open air skybar.

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Continental Divide

Local indie ICON. Order EVERYTHING. From the Margaritas to the Santa Fe Enchiladas, noms and more noms. Get in here!! The cooks eat crying babies.

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Fellini's #9

Old school dark wood and brass bar with a colorful past and a secret next door (9 1/2). I didn’t tell you about it though. Best Calamari Ever. Live band karaoke too!!

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Mas Tapas

Unforgettable tapas, extensive wine list, and a very "happy" bullfighter portrait to stare you down at the bar. You'll get it when you see it.

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Maya

Christian and Peter have corralled the locals who know how to drink without being obnoxious d-holes. Best place to go if you if you don’t know anyone in town. You will by the time you leave.

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Ten

Cavernous and designed at the edge of a blade, this place is SHARP. Pocket squares and cufflinks sharp. The sushi so good it judges YOU.

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Zinc

An old gas station turned gastropub, Zinc is pure platinum. Oh, and Vu, the owner, has the best tattoos in town. Damn straight. If you take pride in making perfect martinis, order one here and feel bad about yourself.

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Zocalo

Spanish cuisine with odd little numbers like Key Lime Chicken and Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding. Reserve the private, curtained booth if you’re famous. Douche. You’re not famous.

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Fardowners

Live music, straightforward American menu, like a Budweiser on your neighbors’ porch. Being directly across from train tracks makes me want to call it precious, but I’m scared it might punch me.

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The National

This venue saved our souls when it opened in 2008. It's a renovated historical landmark, as are a lot of Richmond venues - but with a lot of tech thrown in. The best bands come here and they're always booked full.

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Akida Japanese

You will never have an argument about the best place for sushi in Richmond. This is it.

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Can Can Brasserie

Our best response to any argument that puts Richmond behind any other city. French brasserie with enough unique elements and service flair to make Balthasar take notes.

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Comfort

As I write this I am craving their mac n’ cheese, cornbread, and every Southern fried gob of deliciousness that has made them unimpeachable force of pride in this city. Hot DAMN, they are good.

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Cous Cous

A little Marrakech and a lot of heart. Beautiful and delicious, with a healthy bar scene after hours.

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Empire

Our CBGB’s. The spot has changed names and hands over the decades but has always remained a legendary hole for the punk and metal horde.

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Helen's Restaurant

Incredible southern comfort food in heels. After 10, the best place to insert yourself into the wheels that move RVA’s underground culture.

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Ipanema Cafe

Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant with giant tofu bricks of history as one of RVA’s locals’ all-time favorites. Don’t miss the delicious pie!

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Julep's

New Southern Cuisine - like Tom Wolfe in skinny jeans or Scarlett O’Hara in Prada.

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McCormack's Whisky Grill

It’s called Whiskey, why aren’t you already there? If the wall of amber-hued heavenly libations isn’t enough, the fried green beans should do the trick.

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Secco Wine Bar

The wine bar you WANT to go to - oh the fried chickpeas!!!

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Strange Matter

THE venue that touring metal, punk and indie bands want to play. The list of “who played here” is long and un-Richmondlike braggy.

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Sidewalk Cafe

Giant food portions and one of the last few REAL Fan bars.