If you've made it to 2014 and still don't know quite where Scott's Addition is, it's time to get up to speed.
Originally part of the Mayo family plantation, it became a magnet for businesses because of its central location served by streetcars, railroad and highways. The city annexed the industrial area in the early 20th century. It's north of Broad Street, west of the Boulevard, with railroad tracks to the north and Interstate 195 on the west.
What's changed dramatically is the complexion of the area, which is home to live theater, contemporary condos and a host of places vying to woo you with a joyride of dining and imbibing options, old and new.
Moore Street Café
Among the classic ways to experience Scott's Addition is Moore Street, a real-deal diner with lunch regulars devoted to the bologna burger ($5.50) or one of the dozen burger options, self-deprecatingly labeled "best burgers this side of Moore Street." Cue the redneck surf and turf ($11.50) that finds a house-made crab cake perched atop a burger with cheese on a bun. Lunch specials are likely to be something hearty such as meat loaf, three sides and a drink for $7.95. Or rise and shine with the Squirrels' nest breakfast bowl ($3.50), a cholesterol explosion of bacon, eggs, cheese and tater tots slathered with sausage gravy — "made the way your granddaddy liked it." Will yourself to save room for house-made desserts of blackberry or peach cobbler.
2904 W. Moore Street, 359-5979.
Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,
Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Isley and Ardent Breweries
If part of the culture of hipness requires a turntable in every home, another part is a brewery in every neighborhood. The Addition has Isley Brewing Co., with Ardent Craft Ales due to open by late spring. Isley is where you can find Scott's Addition IPA, described by beer geeks as having a nose of pine with a hint of citrus. Like any brewery worth its hops, Isley isn't just about pounding pints. It'll keep you entertained with food trucks, a board games and brews night, and music Fridays and Saturdays. Stay tuned for Ardent's grand opening.
Isley Brewing Co., 1715 Summit Ave. 499-0721.
Tuesday-Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 1-10 p.m., Sunday 1-9 p.m.
Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh St.
Step back into 1957 at this throwback to the Eisenhower years via an American Chinese restaurant. Joy Garden even has those island drinks your parents used to order, Tonga punch and love potions ($4.95). Or go for the brass ring with a flaming volcano for two ($9.95), worth it for the kitsch factor alone. Including egg foo young and chow mein, the menu is expansive, but the steady stream of regulars greeted by the smiling hostess sticks more closely to dishes such as General Tso's chicken.
2918 W. Broad St., 358-8012.
Daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.
Lamplighter Roasting Co.
Proof of the Addition's ascent to hipster heaven is due in part to the holy grail of Richmond coffeedom, Lamplighter Roasting Co. It's a brilliant location, allowing locals to buy their beans bagged fresh or avail themselves of a full coffee bar with espresso. The small cafe out front is airy and possesses the siren song of free Wi-Fi. With a case of guilt-inducing pastries such as scones, apple turnovers and doughnut holes to tease the caffeine-deprived, along with salads and sandwiches to satisfy a vegan or beast master, Lamplighter has announced itself as the beating heart of Scott's Addition. We'll know Richmond has arrived when they add evening hours.
1719 Summit Ave., 447-2648.
Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The grand dame of the Addition, the Dairy Bar put down roots in 1946 with a cafe adjacent to the Curles Neck Dairy plant. Southern Living magazine deemed two of its breakfast items — the eggstravaganza omelet and the buy-the-farm breakfast — as favorites. Order the fried fish sandwich ($8.99) at lunch and the piece of tilapia fried to golden crunchiness easily is three times the size of the buoyant bun. When you see the sides of collards and green beans, both swimming in a pork bath, you'll be glad there are no food police around. Ditto when dessert time arrives, because consumption of milkshakes and sundaes is practically required. When a friend orders only a scoop of ice cream, our cheerful server chirps, "That's boring!"
1602 Roseneath Road, 355-1937.
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
When it comes to the melding of old and new in Scott's Addition, Lunch hits on all cylinders. The space formerly known as Sue's Kitchen got a new lease on life serving well-priced and creatively executed breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pork is king, but crab cakes and griddle cakes aren't to be missed. If eager eaters have one complaint, it's that the tiny room fills up quickly. That'll be soon solved when the adjacent Supper opens, allowing three times as many butts in seats, every restaurant's goal.
1213 Summit Ave., 353-0111.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The place is noisy with lively conversations, there's a giant TV screen, and you'll often find '80s music blaring. Depending on your taste, these things can be a draw or a turnoff. Judging by the bustling crowds on both the bar and dining side, it works for a lot of people. The menu slants American Chinese, say chicken satay with crinkle-cut fries or the shrimp satay Chinese sub, both good choices if you need something to soak up one of the 20-plus beers on draft.
1200 N. Boulevard, 354-9888.
Lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner Sunday, Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-11 p.m.
No judging here.
Richard's Restaurant and Gentlemen's Club, 1732 Altamont Ave., 257-7138.
Paper Moon Gentlemen's Club, 3300 Norfolk St., 353-4386.
Following the nose of pine with a hint of citrus will land you squarely in Scott's Addition, an up-and-comer with the potential to be a lot of things to a lot of people. The folks at Urban Farmhouse Market and Café must agree. Look for them coming soon to Norfolk Street. S