Jazz with Fish
Live music starts this week at Ms. Maggie's Seafood Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, an upstart business a block away from Croaker's Spot and treading close to that restaurant's well-known culinary turf. Ms. Maggie's serves fried or baked whiting, shrimp, scallops and crab cakes, grilled or blackened catfish and salmon. For those with a taste for Southern comfort foods, there's liver and onions, baked chicken, pork chops and Big Mama meatloaf — a top seller — all served with cornbread and two classic sides.
The space has 106 seats at booths, tables and the bar, with sofas in the lounge and cocktails such as the Deuce, a secret-ingredient concoction with seven liquors and a real kick — apt for a business set in a former ABC store. “We have a very comfortable atmosphere and we welcome all walks of life,” says the general manager, Ryan Jones, “and there's something on the menu for everyone.” Entrees average $11. Bo Jones and Ronald Hinton are the owners.
Ms. Maggie's serves lunch, dinner and drinks Tuesdays through Sundays. 114 E. Clay St. 343-1180.
Eat and Be Seen
Vibe with vino: Chef J Frank teams up with the equally debonair Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards for a benefit and celebration wine dinner at Max's Positive Vibe CafAc on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. This one has a nice price tag: $75 per couple for a three-course meal matched with some of the vineyard's best-selling vintages; a vegetarian entrAce is available. Reservations are required at 560-9622. The cafAc has achieved another milestone: graduating the 300th trainee in its innovative food-service program for persons with disabilities. It's one of Richmond's restaurant-industry success stories, and guest chefs give plenty of volunteer hours to keep it growing. 2825 Hathaway Road in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. www.positivevibecafe.com.
Serial sightings: Rihanna's not part of the posse, but singer and pummeler Chris Brown and a family entourage are frequent diners at hamburger franchise Johnny Rockets near Short Pump Town Center. It's mostly younger guests who notice the celebrity, who's said to leave generous tips before heading to the flicks at nearby Regal Cinemas — when he's not doing community service hours for his assault conviction.