The restaurant and overall food scene in Richmond surprised me. I had been wanting to visit this city for a long time, and I’m so glad I finally made it. There are high end restaurants, an array of international foods, and interesting bars. I’ll write more about these in other articles. But if you know me, I’m always going to seek out the best brunch wherever I am. Here are what I found to be some of the best brunch spots in Richmond, Virginia.
SB's Lake Side Love Shack
When I arrived in Richmond I asked a Facebook group where the best breakfast spots were. SB’s Lakeside Love Shack was one of the most mentioned spots, so I decided to take a drive up. Its about 15 minutes north of downtown, and well worth the short drive.
SB’s (named after owner Sarabeth Hagen) has a small menu of unique breakfast items that includes things like:
- “Tin Roof Rusted: Hash: Sweet potato hash with sunny side up eggs
- “Bang Bang on the Door” Benny: With Virginia Ham and served on a grilled croissant
- “I Can’t Hear You” Over this Pile of Pork: Scallion and cheddar pancakes topped with braised pork
If you remember 1980’s music then you might notice that the menu is themed after the band the B-52’s. There is also a rotating specials menu. This is easily a top pick for breakfast in the Richmond area. And because of the success of the Lakeside location, they have also now opened up a 2nd location closer to downtown in the Fan District.
Pro Tip: If you have a late breakfast, head over to Final Gravity Brewing Co afterwards to try one of Richmond’s most loved breweries.
I’ve lived in New York City for a long time, and love a great Jewish deli. But I didn’t expect that one would become a favorite spot in Richmond. Perly’s calls themselves a Jewish restaurant and deli with a “modern spin.”
They have many of the expected deli items such as corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. But I love to come in for breakfast for items like the Cinnamon Babka French Toast, eggs benedict with smoked salmon over potato latkes, and cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce.
Perly’s opens at 9am for breakfast, and its common to see people waiting outside to be ushered in when the doors are unlocked. Its certainly worth getting there early for.
Moore Street Cafe
It doesn’t look like much form the outside, and if you didn’t know Moore Street Cafe was there, you’d likely drive by and miss it. But inside is one of the best breakfast & brunch spots in all of Richmond. It’s more of a diner feel than a fancy brunch spot and is of the true must go places in Richmond. At first glance, the menu makes it sound like the breakfast club sandwich is sorta gimmicky, with so much stuff on it (bacon, sausage, and ham along with eggs, lettuce and tomato). All that meat might not make it healthy, but honestly, it’s one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had and well worth the $10.
If you’re in the mood for morning booze, them they have several flavors of mimosas (called Moore-mosas) served in 32 ounce personal pitchers. They start at $7 and are perhaps the best bargain in Richmond.
Make sure to tack on a side of pancakes, which remind me of the ones my grandfather made when I was a kid – they are large and thinner than the overly fluffy style ones that are commonly found. Its right on the edge of Scott’s Addition, so come here for a late brunch and then go explore the many great local breweries in this area.
Millie’s Diner didn’t start in Richmond, or even the east coast. The music business had lured owner Paul Keevil from the United Kingdom to Los Angeles, where he eventually opened a restaurant that he called Millie’s (named after the previous owner). And then in 1989 he moved Millie’s to Richmond, and it’s been a local favorite for over 30 years.
Paul says that growing up in the U.K. there was nothing like a good curry after the pubs closed, and so he introduced some of these Indian curry spices into dishes here at Millie’s. One such dish he called “The Devil’s Mess” is an opened faced omelet with sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and mild curry that is finished off with melted cheddar and avocado. This is the type of dish that might have some people passing on it, but I found that it turned an egg dish into something unique and I love the curry spice. Even the home fries have a kick to them. This is a place that’s far enough from the downtown to avoid the tourist vibe, but close enough to make it a regular stop.
Dot's Back Inn
Man… I almost missed this place. It was my last stop in the city as I was leaving Richmond and thankfully, I made it. Because Dot’s Back Inn immediately jumped into my list of favorite brunch spots here. It’s definitely got a diner feel to it, but so much better than any ordinary one. In addition to the normal menu that consists of an array of omelets, breakfast platters, and other items, they also have a small specials menu where you can find some more off the run items.
Even though Dot’s Back Inn is listed as one of my favorite brunch spots, it’s also a local favorite for dinner too. People love their burgers, wings, and they even have specials like fried oysters or soft shell crabs in season. And the prices here, are more than reasonable. This is a true neighborhood gem.
Bonus Tip: For a great dinner, try Demi’s Mediterrannean Kitchen across the street. It’s run by the same owner of Dot’s, Chef Jimmy Tsamouras.
If I didn’t already give you enough reasons to leave downtown Richmond and head up to the Lake Side area (SB’s Lakeside Love Shack and Final Gravity Brewing) then add Hobnob as another reason. This small restaurant is worth finding. The menu varies by season, and could include things like steak Benedict, zucchini pancakes, and a low country scramble made with shrimp and andouille sausage. This is another place that I’d also highly recommend for dinner as well. Offering Sunday brunch only.