Penne for your Thoughts: A City Guide to the Richmond Road

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MADELEINE HARRIS // THE FLAT HAT

Have you already explored all the food that Merchants Square has to offer, or maybe you just want to try something new? Curious about what lies beyond campus on Richmond Road? If so, then this article is for you: a list of my top favorite restaurants to visit just off campus around Richmond Road.

JR HERMAN // THE FLAT HAT

Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Kyoto

Kyoto is a Japanese Teppanyaki-style steakhouse and sushi bar. Not only is the food delicious, Kyoto also offers good vibes and a fun experience.

If you choose the hibachi route, sit at a grill where you can actually see your food being prepared in front of you and witness the chef engage in Japanese steakhouse shenanigans: tossing eggs in a hat, fire with a water bottle and throwing small pieces of chicken for people to try to catch in their mouths. If you’re lucky, you might even get the singing chef, whose extensive repertoire includes John Denver’s “Country Roads.”and Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Lovewhich he sings while cooking fried rice and banging his cookware on the grill as a makeshift drum.

Simply put, every dinner at Kyoto is more than just a dinner – it’s an experience. It’s also a fun place to celebrate a birthday; They even get a special birthday dessert and may ring the birthday gong. I celebrated my birthday there last year and bumped into one of my classmates who was also celebrating her birthday there. Kyoto is a popular restaurant among college students; If you want a quiet night on the town and don’t want to meet anyone you know, Kyoto might not be the best place to visit Richmond Road. The food is consistently fantastic. I always get the Medium Rare Hibachi Steak with Noodles and I recommend it to everyone. The veggies that come with the meal are delicious – a wonderful accomplishment for the non-veggie eater.

WITH KIND PHOTO // KEΦI GREEK CUISINE

KEΦI Greek kitchen

Kephi serves delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. When choosing appetizers, consider the spanakopita, the classic Greek salad, or loukaniko – a homemade Greek sausage. As for the starters, chicken gyros, beef shish kebab, kotse arnison – a braised lamb shank and pastichio – a Greek lasagna – are incredible. Kephi also boasts an entire dessert case, so it requires a level of self-control that I’m often unable to go there and leave without dessert. I especially like the filled baklava, a creamy dream.

COURTESY // RESTAURANT

food for thought

Food for Thought remains a staple on Richmond Road, and the fact that the car park is completely packed 9 times out of 10 I drive past it is a testament to their amazing food, fun atmosphere, thought-provoking decor and their quirky menu puns.

Food for Thought exudes a colonial atmosphere with its large selection of classic American dishes. My favorite is the fork-tender pot roast, a slow-cooked pot roast smothered in homemade gravy, with a side of french fries. Their gourmet bread pudding made with buttery croissants, chocolate chips, and cherries marinated in brandy is simply delicious, and because I’m decadent, I order it à la mode.

My only complaint is that they are always so busy which means you often have to wait a while to get a table. While they don’t take reservations, they do have preferred seating on the waitlist, which basically means that if you call ahead, you won’t have to wait that long for a table once you get there…something I always forget. learn from my mistakes

PHOTO COUR TESY // FIRESIDE CHOPHOUSE BAR & GRILL

Fireside Chophouse Bar & Grill

Fireside Chophouse is definitely an oldie but goodie that has been around for almost 50 years. I would recommend the Fireside Chophouse especially for special occasions; The tablecloths give it a slightly formal vibe, but it’s still relaxed.

The buns and butter are delicious, and while it’s not on the menu, you can order a side salad to get your veggies for a few dollars more. The steak sandwich with grilled onions, peppers, and provolone doesn’t exude Philly cheesesteak vibes, though it contains similar ingredients. The Fireside Chophouse steak and subsequent steak sandwich are the highest quality cuts of meat. Imagine slices of a fancy steak on a sandwich. Delicious! If you fancy a steak in non-sandwich form, the Delmonico is fantastic. The prime rib looks delicious too. And if you want to try dessert, consider the Chocolate Pecan Pie with Ice Cream. Personally, pecan pies don’t get any better.

PHOTO COURTESY // LA TERRAZA MEXICAN BARBECUE

La Terraza Mexican Grill

La Terraza is my go-to place in Williamsburg for delicious Mexican food. If you order a guacamole side, it will be fresh. In fact, it’s so fresh that they literally bring the avocados to your table and prepare them before your eyes. I love Mexican food so I ate a lot of guacamole and I can honestly say it’s the best guacamole I’ve ever eaten. I’ve tried several dishes and everything is delicious – my personal favorites are steak fajitas with mushrooms, steak quesadilla fajitas, fish tacos, and burrito California. If you’re looking for dessert, try the churros with ice cream.

WITH KIND PHOTO // ANATOLIA BAR & GRILL

Anatolia Bar & Grill

Anatolia is not on Richmond Road but just down the road in New Town. It’s so good that I include it. It serves authentic Armenian, Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine and everything I’ve ordered there has been delicious. As a starter, I particularly recommend the cheese boreg, an Armenian fried pastry filled with feta cheese and parsley, the Mediterranean meatballs served with tomato and mint sauce, and the chickpea hummus. The dinner starters are served with a nice mix of rice, salad and vegetables. Main courses range from kabobs, shawarmas, lamb chops, lamb shanks, shrimp dishes and baked or stuffed vegetables.

COURTESY // FAT TUNA GRILL & OYSTER HOUSE

Fat Tuna Grill & Oyster House

Fat Tuna is my go-to seafood destination in Burg for fresh food and a relaxed atmosphere. Their tuna tacos with fresh, crispy fries are absolutely delicious, and their Caesar salads are some of the best in town, in my opinion. Also their mac and cheese… I get hungry just thinking about it.

I hope these townie tips help you discover more of what the castle has to offer beyond our campus and Colonial Williamsburg!

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