WCK

This is a place, Water Coastal Kitchen, I have been meaning to try in Carytown, a neighborhood of Richmond. The chance to try it came by happenstance when my mom randomly called me on a Friday night to have dinner with her, my step-dad and step-brother.

I was so excited! But unfortunately, full from earlier in the day. I also arrived far after they had ordered. Who knows why I even went.

But nonetheless, the Fried Green Tomato appetizer was ordered. Something unexpected, it was served with pimento cheese. I had no Idea this was a thing but ironically, I went to another restaurant less than a week after and saw almost the same thing on the menu.

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With a beautiful presentation, the dish was a perfect crisp for the tomatoes, added just the right amount of crunch. This pimento cheese was homemade at that. You could taste the freshness. The combination of the two, heat of the tomatoes and the coolness of the cheese, created such an amazing balance.

Then the desert came, and jaws dropped. The Blueberry Bread Pudding. Oh my goodness, it was amazing. The bread pudding was just the right amount of moisture, and almost melted in your mouth. The blueberries only added to the wonderful experience, by adding a little more flavor.

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I’ve heard a million and one about this place. Even not a full meal, I was satisfied with the serendipitous occasion and delicious food, to top it all off.

It’s Batch, Not Bach

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I am going to let yall in on a little secret. My favorite burger place of RVA. I would honestly like you to challenge me on this. I will listen. At Burger Bach   , it isn’t simply about the burger to me. Its about the atmosphere, the vibe, the beer selection and not to mention the fries, served Belgian style, with a myriad of sauces. Burger Bach is inspired by a new Zealand gastro pub, responsible for the vibe I speak of. All of their meat is grass-fed too.

Besides being one of the best places to find burgers in Richmond, this is one of the best places for fries in Richmond too. This time around, my mom and I went for the honey mustard and garlic aioli sauce. I honestly have no idea what they were doing to their fries that night. But I could not stop eating them. Per usual, they were crispy, not soggy or overfried. Simple fry perfection in my book.

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When it comes to the burgers at Burger Bach, they stop at nothing less than gourmet. They have the hangover cure with and I quote, “fried egg, uncured bacon, caramelized onion .. Mexican green chile sauce and hot sauce.” My mom and I shared one of my favorites: the East Coast, topped with delicious thick bacon, blueberry chipotle bbq sauce and garlic aioli. Who could ask for more!

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Although the blueberry flavor can sometimes be overpowering, this burger is truly amazing. It has quality meat, cooked to a juicy perfection. The level of flavors on all of their burgers, not just this one, is absolutely astounding. It’s hard to even explain. It has a burst of sweetness coupled with the savory mastery of the bacon and cheese. It is uncomparable.

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Burger Bach is the place to go in Richmond if you’re looking for a gourmet burger and don’t mind be adventurous with your palette. You wont regret it.

(BTW: It is pronounced batch not bach)

You Say We’re Eating What?

My goodness. Mamma Zu is a restaurant known throughout Richmond for being some really amazing Italian food. It is conveniently located literally a block from my house.

You all know I am normally very easy to please when it comes to food. Not so much as an ill word about the places I go. Unfortunately, not exactly the case with this place. My company did not help. I went with Luke, my step-brother’s best friend, who’s my pseudo brother, and his roommate. These boys are some jokers. The whole time they had some random thing to say about the décor, menu presentation, and the food.

The décor is a very eclectic mixture of what looks like Latin art, Italian and hipster art. Very Richmond. Major fault: they had no menu, simply a chalkboard on the wall. This is completely acceptable at a café but not a fancy restaurant. Another thing is they didn’t take Visa, so beware. They will let you come back in the next few days to pay. Don’t expect to get pictures of your food either with the low lighting.

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On to the food, a little more success was found here. We ordered the kslfhd and kajd. A family style place so we all shared. One dish we shared was delicious, no complaints. Lamb meatballs with pasta covered in a tomato parmesan sauce. The meatballs had a sweet jam flavor behind them. The combination of the sweet from the meatballs and the sweetness of the tomatoes of the sauce accented the cheese.

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The other dish we shared, we had little idea what we were actually getting handed. One of us was in the know, the other two not so much. Needless to say, I lost my chicken liver virginity that night. Seriously the most tender piece of meat I have ever put in my mouth. In the beginning, I had no idea what it was. After Luke understood what it was, he simply couldn’t stomach it.

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Mamma Zu was quite the experience. Interesting to say the least. Just the same, the rumors are true. If you’re looking for quality Italian in Richmond, this is one of the places to go.

Feeling Cheesy and Gouda

There is one person who may surpass me in my love of cheese. This person is my younger brother. In high school, I was the “captain” of our cheese club and he acted as my “first mate.” What can we say, we both love cheese.

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We were unfortunate to be brought together for a funeral in Culpeper, Virginia. The fortunate part was the bonding time I had with him. Over cheese. Because what else?

We were looking for places to eat before the funeral and I happened upon this gem. The Culpeper Cheese Company. They not only have a wide variety of cheese, even local, but also an amazing selection of beer and wine in the back. Warren and I were very happy campers in this place.

We were even happier with our paninis we ordered. He got the Italian and I got the Fire in the House, which had Bruder basil cheese, pepper jack and pepper jelly. I added prosciutto because why not.

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Without a doubt, these were the best paninis have ever had. No exaggeration. The bread was toasted but not soggy. The combination of cheese and pepper jelly was just right. And the gusto of flavor was indescribable. The cheese was melty. The Bruder basil cheese is a smoked cheese and accents the panini perfectly. It was delicious on its own, even better melted. The panini I got was a bit fiery but worth the flavor.

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After this we even got to try my favorite Belgian chocolate at the shop next door.

Who the heck knew one of my favorite sandwiches would have come from Culpeper Virginia of all places.

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