Let’s Go to Lunch

 

Well in this particular case, we went to Supper. Lunch and Supper are two of the same restaurant located right next to each other. During the week at dinnertime, Lunch closes, so it’s only Supper. And Lunch is open for brunch. The way they work is kind of complicated but the reason for the two different places is space and timing. Supper just opened two months ago, while Lunch has been in Richmond since 2012.

Lunch and Supper serve some of the best Southern food I have tasted in Virginia, let alone Richmond. What sets it apart is the twists they put on the classics. The southern fried chicken is topped with a cheese sauce. And the mac and cheese involved only a little bacon.

I opted for a healthier option of salmon, while my family went for the southern fried goodness. Don’t worry, I tried theirs too. My salmon was pan-seared to perfection, the perfect salmon buttery flavor. It was served on a bed of some of the most delicious cheesy grits. Oh yummy.

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Coaxed by fellow foodie brother and I, my mother went for the Southern Pride BLT. Everyone at the table unanimously agreed this was the best BLT we have ever had. The bacon was thick. The tomatoes were fried and green. The cheese sauce I talked about earlier that tops the chicken was smothering the BLT. There were so many flavor profiles, it was hard to keep up with. It didn’t even last long enough to get a picture.

Lunch and Supper is great for more than just Southern food. But for some modern twists on the classics, this is the place to go.

The Battle of The GR Burger

I was fortunate enough to visit my best friend again at the end of September. It was such an amazingly relaxing trip per usual. Her family is my second family because of how welcoming they are. Lucky for me, they consider me their second daughter. Courtney and I always have so much fun even if we are sitting there doing nothing. It’s good to have a friend like that.

She also knows to take me to all the best food places around. There are many places I could talk about from my trip. Reds in Rockford for one. Judson’s in the BOB in the city of Grand Rapids. So much good food. Including the best cake donuts I have ever put in my mouth from Klackles. I could definitely talk about that for a whole post.

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Today, we are focusing on my favorite and having a battle of the burger.

First up, we ventured to Graydon’s Crossing.

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The Drunken Cow Burger. When I saw this burger on the menu, I honestly had no choice to divulge in its majesty. It was topped with pale ale sautéed onions and beer cheese. How could I deny that!

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It was such a good profile of flavors. The onions were slightly sweet and with that beer cheese, every bite has an awesome mix of flavors. The burger was also super juicy.

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Second, O’Toole’s.

This restaurant has a deal that’s sure to make anyone smile. Every Sunday, you can get a burger and fries basket for only $5. I walked out of there and only spent $6 including tip.

The Frisco Melt is topped with thousand island, sautéed onions and Swiss cheese on sourdough.

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This burger may not have had the same flavor profile as the one from Graydon’s. But this burger was made to a juicy perfection. And for $6, who can beat that!

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All in all, it was very hard for me to judge which might be better. They have different elements that make them as amazing burger. The one thing I learned is that you can never underestimate the food or beer culture of a city. If you can make me this happy with a burger, you’re doing something right.

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Got Dessert?

Look no further ladies and gentleman, I have found the holy grail of dessert. It is located here in Richmond, Virginia. Shyndigz was originally located further out of the city. But their recent move closer to VCU’s campus has business booming.

They boost a menu of dessert, simply dessert, nothing else. There are the classics and the everyday specials. They have everything. Chocolate cake to a grown-up oatmeal cream pie.

After work one night, I joined a large group of my sorority sisters to finally enjoy this majesty I had constantly been hearing about.

My little, Brittany, ordered me the crème brulee but considering I had it the night before, I also ordered the strawberry cobbler. I received both. The crème brulee is what you would expect. Creamy with a gust of vanilla. I have never seen a harder top to crack or a larger serving.

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I also mooched a few bites of the oatmeal crème pie from one of my sisters. The cookie was chewy and the crème was not as thick as its grocery counterpart. This is not to mean it was not simply delicious. I would have eaten the whole plate if she had let me.

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The strawberry cobbler came, with a serving of ice cream on top as big as my face. The cobbler below the ice cream is seriously some of the best cobbler I have eaten. This may primarily because Shyndigz does a wonderful job of overloading the dish with the cobbler topping, my favorite part. I could not have been happier, especially considering the full fresh strawberries incorporated into this dish.

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Shyndigz is nothing but delicious. When you come, come prepared for a full meal of delicious sweetness.

A Place That Feels Like Home

I have lived in Roanoke for 14 out of my 21 years of life. Not all at the same time. But even when my parents moved there in 1988, and even far before then, there has been one place that has stuck it out through thick and thin. And they deserve nothing less than pure admiration.

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The Homeplace has been a Roanoke area staple for 32 years. They’re only open Thursday through Sunday and serve everything family style. It has even made the Virginia Tech 120 long list of things to do while you’re at school. They’re so good, they don’t even need a real website.

Their family style meals include all the Southern best: 3 meats (fried chicken, Virginia country ham, and roast beef), green beans, mashed potatoes biscuits, and the list goes on! And every meal is ended with a nice bowl of cobbler, cherry or peach, whichever is in season.

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I have been coming here at least once a year every year since high school. And every time is just as good as the last. You can sometimes wait awhile but lemme tell you, it is worth it. Family style brings you together. The roast beef almost melts in your mouth. The mashed potatoes are better than what Momma used to make, also known as, they use more butter. The green beans are cooked in bacon fat, so they’re obviously amazing. I could go on.

One thing on that table wins out above the rest. Don’t get me wrong, everything on that table is just how you have it on Thanksgiving, maybe even better. But the apple butter is unlike anything. It is so sweet and with the perfect apple taste. It is seriously good on anything. The biscuits, of course, win that fight. I might have had four biscuits dolloped with apple butter on this trip. I even tried the apple butter on the fried chicken. I was surprisingly pleased.

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Like I said, the admiration for the Homeplace is unlike most I have seen for restaurants. Everyone in high school knew it. All of my parents’ friends love it. My friends and I have even made it a tradition to go after one of my best friend’s birthday’s every year. We aren’t the only people who love it though. Why do you think we sometimes wait for 2 hours? Suffice it to say, if you are from the Roanoke area and don’t know what the Homeplace is, I am unsure if you can even say you are from Roanoke. As for the rest of ya, you’re missing out. Big time.

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Chili in the Mitten

I am not the biggest soup maker or eater by any means. My mom has a gift to magically throw things in a pot and come out with some of the best soups I have ever put in my mouth. It’s astounding. But guess what? My cooking skills repertoire does not involve these wonderful skills. Soup is the one thing when I cook I usually need a recipe by my side.

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With cold weather just around the corner. I thought I would bless y’all with one of my favorite soup recipes. Good news: it’s super simple and easy to make! Even for me. This soup is adapted from one I found from the Food Network favorite, Giada.

I recently went to Michigan again to visit my best friend. Her boss, who is also neighbor, had the flu that week so I decided we should whip him up some soup and bring it over. I had only met him once before this but he is one of the sweetest people, as most Michiganders are!

White Chicken Chili:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

 1 medium onion

4 minced garlic cloves

2 pounds of chicken

1 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of cumin

1 tablespoon of fennel seeds

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons chili powder

3 tablespoons

1 can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 package of frozen corn

4 cups of chicken stock

¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

Ground pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Sautee onions until translucent. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the chicken and spices. Stir until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in flour. Add the beans, corn and chicken stock. Simmer this mixture for about an hour, just a little less. The liquid should have decreased to half the original size. Add red pepper flakes and simmer for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Like any chili, it is great next to some cornbread and topped with sour cream or cheese. This chili is just a tad bit healthier than its beef counterpart. With all of the different spices in the soup and letting it simmer for an hour, this soup has such that hearty flavor all chili should have. All of the ingredients just work so well together. Since the flavors have been given time to meld, this soup tastes even better as leftovers.

One of the best feelings in the world to me is cozying up with a bowl of soup on a cold fall or winter day. Hopefully you’ll see what I mean about this soup one day soon!

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