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A listing of your dining choices.



Andy's Restaurant & Lounge A restaurant-bar serving up daily lunch specials, typical bar food, a little bit of everything. Lunch and dinner daily. 412 England St. 798-9751. $

Ashland Coffee and Tea Quaint cafe — menu offers panini, quesadillas, homemade soups and more — adjacent to large listening room that hosts frequent performances by local and national musicians. Also book exchange and coffee and tea bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Breakfast and lunch Sunday. 100 N. Railroad Ave. 798-1702. $ NS

Houndstooth Café Simple country fare like ribs, crab cakes and derby pie. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 13271 Hanover Courthouse Blvd. 537-5404. $ NSS

Ironhorse Tasteful dining destination in historic Ashland offers fine-dining and casual menus, ranging from fresh seafood, lamb, pork and duck to bison meatloaf and chicken marsala. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 100 S. Railroad Ave. 752-6410. $$-$$$ NS


Acacia Regional cuisine with al fresco dining. Chef Dale Reitzer named one of "Food and Wine's" 10 best new chefs in America for 1999. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday 3325 W. Cary St. 354-6060. $$$ Smoking at bar, NSS *

Amici Ristorante Northern Italian cucina with patio dining. Lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner every night. 3343 W. Cary St. 353-4700. $$ NSS

Babe's Alternative lifestyle bar serving pub grub. Closed Monday. 3166 W. Cary St. 355-9330. $ No NSS

Baker's Crust Popular European-style cafe serving imaginative sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, soups in bread bowls and upscale dinner entrees. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 3553 W. Cary St. 213-0800. $ NS

Chopstix Traditional Vietnamese. Occasional live music upstairs. Closed Sunday. 3129 W. Cary St. 358-7027. $ NSS

Coppola's Italian-style deli. (Think foccacia bread, mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted red peppers.) Plus, gourmet groceries. (Think Nutella, Pellegrino.) And pasta dinners. Eat in at small cafe tables inside or out. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Lunch Sunday. 2900 W. Cary St. 359-6969. $ Inside NS, Smoking on patio

Cosmopolitan Daily specials and theme nights including Drag Bingo in this Cary Court spot, formerly known as Cheers. Open 11-2 daily. 355-5527 $

Double T's Real Smoked Barbecue St. Louis cut ribs, pulled and sliced barbecue and more sauces than you can shake a bone at. Watch as your order is glazed over the indoor hickory wood grill. Lunch and dinner daily. 2907 W. Cary St. 353-9861. $ NSS

Farouk's House of India Traditional Indian food. Lunch Buffet daily. 3033 W. Cary St. 355-0378. $$ NSS

Galaxy Diner A heaping list of old-fashioned American diner fare. Lunch and dinner daily. 3109 W. Cary St. 213-0510. $ NSS

Indochine Richmond's only French-Vietnamese restaurant. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 2923 W. Cary St. 353-5799. $$$ NS *

Limani Sophisticated, fine dining specializing in wood-grilled fresh fish from around the world. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Reservations suggested. 3123A W. Cary St. 353-7117. $$$ NSS

Mary Angela's Pizza and Subs New York-style thin crust with heaps of toppings. Also known for their calzones. Open daily for lunch, dinner or a quick slice. 3345 W. Cary St. 353-2333. $ NSS

Mom's Siam Fresh, authentic Thai food with seafood, beef, chicken, curry and vegetarian options, all made by mom. Interesting dessert and drink menus. Lunch and dinner daily. 2929 W. Cary St. 359-7606. $

Mrs. Marshall's Carytown Cafe This eat-in and takeout spot has been open in Carytown for only a few years, but has been in Richmond since 1963, serving lunch fare, including sandwiches, box lunches, salad plates and some bulk items. Lunch Monday-Saturday. 3125 W. Cary St. 355-1305. $ NS

Nacho Mama's Colorful cantina serving Americanized Mexican cuisine. Fun deck and great margaritas. 3449 W. Cary St. 358-6262. $ NSS

New York Deli As close to an old-time N.Y. deli as you'll get in Richmond. All the standard sandwiches, mayo in packets and a claim to the sailor sandwich's origin. Breakfast (served all day), lunch and dinner daily. 2920 W. Cary St. 355-6056. $ NSS

Thai Diner Too Traditional Thai fare, with hot dishes cooked to taste.Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 3028 W. Cary St. 353-9514. $ NSS

The Track Traditional with flair. Virginia seafood. Known for innovation. Dinner only. Closed Sun and Mon 2915 W. Cary St. 359-4781. $$$$ NSS *

church hill

Acappella Authentic German and Italian dishes served in an old inn with a scenic garden patio. Lunch Tuesday.-Saturday. Dinner Tuesday.-Sunday. Downstairs pub open for dinner and drinks everyday. 2300 E. Broad St. 377-1963. $$$ NSS

The Hill Cafe Upscale menu gets along nicely with the casual, intimate setting in this noisy neighborhood cafe. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Brunch and dinner Sunday. 2800 E. Broad St. 648-0360. $$$ NSS

Millie's Diner Globally-inspired eclectic food with national reputation. Menu on chalkboards, cozy, funky interior and popular Saturday and Sunday brunch. Live music on the occasional Sunday night. Lunch Tuesday-Friday. Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 2603 E. Main St. 643-5512. $$$ NSS *

The Old Original Bookbinder's Offers steak and seafood in an old tobacco warehouse. Fine dining with a casual feel. Dinner daily 2306 E. Cary St. 643-6900. $$$ NSS, Smoking in lounge area only

Poe's Pub This local hangout serves American fare, lots of sandwiches and Americana/roots music in a friendly pub atmosphere. Dinner only Monday. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Motorcycle brunch every second Sunday. 2706 E. Main St. 648-2120. $


3rd Street Diner American diner food. Open 24 hours daily. 218 E. Main St. 788-4750. $

4th St. Cafe Diner open 24 hours. Breakfast at any hour, vegetarian options. Hopping at 2 a.m. with the Bottom crowd stopping for a bite on their way home. Fourth and Main streets. 648-2838. $

Allie's American Grill American regional cuisine inside the Marriott. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday. 500 E. Broad St. 643-3400. $$ NSS

Apollo Restaurant Italian takeout or eat-in. Thick and gooey pizza. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 703 E. Broad St. 649-7070. $

Bar Code Alternative lifestyle spot with long bar, pool tables, theme nights. Separate dining room serves soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. 6 E. Grace St. 648-2040. $

Blue's Cafe Bistro Casual atmosphere featuring American favorites: salads, burgers, pasta, seafood. Adjacent to the Coliseum. Karaoke on Fridays. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 550 E. Marshall St. 225-7400. $ NSS

Bluefire Steakhouse Located in the Richmond Marriott, the Bluefire serves a diverse menu of meat and seafood entrees, but specializes in USDA prime. Dinner daily. 500 E. Broad St. 643-3400. $$$ NS

Capital Ale House Specializing in a large, international selection of beer, with 40 selections on-draft and 200-plus in bottles. The upscale tavern-type selections, Angus beef, specialty pastas and pizzas, are crafted to go with the suds. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 623 E. Main St. 643-2537. $$ NSS

Comfort The name tells you what type of food they serve, simple chicken, steak and fish dinners with sides like mac and cheese, black-eyed peas and potatoes au gratin. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 200 W. Broad St. 780-0004. $$ NSS

Croaker's Spot Neighborhood seafood restaurant with bar and patio dining, located in Jackson Ward on historic Second Street. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Second and Leigh streets. 421-0560. $ NS

The Dining Room at Linden Row Inn Traditional fare. First and Franklin streets. 783-7000. $$ NS inside, Smoking on patio

Ever Green Cantonese cuisine, large menu featuring lo mein, fried rice dishes and other Asian delights. Lunch and dinner daily. 812 W. Grace St. 643-6333. $

Fu Kim Chinese traditional fare. Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Lunch Saturday Sometimes closed Sunday. 515 E. Main St. 780-2999. $ NSS

Godfrey's Alternative-lifestyle bar with locally-famed drag brunch. Dinner: pasta, fish, steak, chicken, salads, finger food. DJ and theme dance nights Wednesday-Sunday, open at 8 p.m. 308 E. Grace St. 648-3957. $

John Marshall's Martini Kitchen and Bubble Bar "New Virginia" cuisine compliments a well-stocked bar menu boasting more than 50 martinis and champagne cocktails. Extensive cigar menu. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Dinner only Saturday. 101 N. Fifth St. 783-1840. NSS

Lemaire Inside the elegant Jefferson Hotel, Southern specialties with a Jeffersonian flair. 649-4644. $$$$ NSS *

Manhattans Artfully prepared fusion cuisine in an upscale-casual contemporary setting. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 112 N. Fifth St. 644-5777. $$$ NSS

Mr. Bojangles Large, three-story Downtown restaurant specializes in soul food and seafood. From the owners of Croaker's Spot. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Lunch and dinner Saturday. 550 E. Marshall. 344-2901. NS (Smoking at upstairs bar). $

The Pavilion Dining room has view of the James. 555 Canal St. Crowne Plaza Hotel. 788-0900. $$

Penny Lane Pub & Restaurant Bangers and mash, cottage pie, fish and chips. Closed Sun. 421 E. Franklin St. 780-1682. $$ NSS

Red Door Eight kinds of "spaghettini," plus Greek, Tex Mex. Closed Saturday and Sunday. 314 E. Grace St. 649-1588. $ NSS

Sheep Hill Café Intimate space complemented by small, monthly menu of upscale America cuisine. Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner Friday-Saturday. Brunch Sunday. 1301 W. Leigh St. 716-9052. $$$ NS

Taste Restaurant & Coffee East African, Ethiopian and American cuisine in an unassuming locale on the line between downtown and the Fan. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Saturday is African club night. 417 W. Grace St. 225-0022. $$

The Thai Room Authentic Thai served in elegant setting. Tranquil courtyard. Lunch and dinner. 103 E. Cary St. 644-2328. $$ NSS

Tony's Bar-Be-Que All-homemade North Carolina-style pork barbecue. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 207 N. Third St. 644-8544. $ NSS

Tropical Soul Sea and Soulfood Cafe This family owned place blends seafood and soul food creating dishes like garlic crabs with baked macaroni and bean pie served with a pina colada. Live jazz weekend nights. Lunch and dinner daily. 314 N. Second St. 771-1605. $ NSS

TJ's Beautifully paneled, leather chair, cozy, relaxed atmosphere for cocktails or dining within the Jefferson Hotel. 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Open till midnight on Sunday. Food service until midnight daily for cocktails, appetizers or full dining 788-8000. $$ NSS

east end

Carini's Restaurant Family-owned Italian spot, pasta, pizza, subs and seafood. Lunch and dinner daily. 3718 Williamsburg Road. 222-0715. $ NSS

Chillin' and Grillin' Shack Louisiana-style diner food off the beaten path, specializing in Cajun jambalaya, barbecue, burgers etc. Carry out available. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Open Saturdays 11-3 p.m. 2097 New Market Road. 795-4114. $

Chin Yung Restaurant Chinese and American. 3710 Mechanicsville Turnpike. 329-3571. $ NSS

Gus' Italian Café Family oriented restaurant serving pasta, seafood and more. Lunch and dinner daily. 7358 Bellcreek Road in Mechanicsville. 730-9620. $ NSS

Indian Fields Tavern Restored farmhouse serving sophisticated Southern cuisine like James River saltimboca, seafood brochette and fried Chesapeake oyster po' boy. Lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday. Friday and Saturday dinner only. 9220 John Tyler Memorial Hwy. 829-5004. $$$ NSS

Italian Kitchen Traditional Italian with seafood and steak options. 7522 Lee Davis Highway. 746-4324. $$ NSS

Mexico Restaurant Local restaurant has grown to four locations because of its warm service and good value. Lunch and dinner daily. Two locations: 5312 Williamsburg Road. 226-2388, and 7162 Mechanicsville Turnpike, 559-8126. $ NSS

Moon Garden Cantonese and American cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 3400 Williamsburg Road. 222-2668. $

Peking Restaurant This is the sixth Peking in the area, so you figure their chicken imperial and beef broccoli have got to be crowd-pleasers. Lunch and dinner Sunday-Friday. Dinner Saturday. 7100 Mechanicsville Turnpike. 730-9898. $$ NS

Portabella's Ristorante Low-key, moderately priced Italian. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 2627 New Market Road. 795-4144. $ NS

Prairie Schooner Down-home family cooking, — the silverware and plates may not match, but the pork chops are peerless. Lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast Saturday-Sunday. 8036 Mechanicsville Turnpike. 746-2333. $ NSS

Roma's Italian Restaurant Roma's boasts Italianate arches, stained-glass windows and banquet facilities. Much-loved baked spaghetti. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 6017 Nine Mile Road, 737-3104. $ NSS

Texas Grill Black Angus ribs, steaks and seafood. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Dinner Saturday. Sunday brunch. 9502 Chamberlayne Ave. 730-4600. $$ NSS

the fan

Akida Intimate sushi bar popular for its wide selection of fresh, authentic rolls. Teriyaki, udon and ramen soups available, too. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Sunday. 814 N. Robinson St. 359-8036. $$ NS

Athens Tavern Traditional Greek dishes and wines, as well as seafood and lamb chops, draw a faithful following to this small restaurant. Dinner daily. 401 N. Robinson St. 353-9119. $ NSS

Avalon Restaurant & Bar Continental cuisine in an intimate and casual setting. Menu changes with the seasons. Dinner daily. 2619 W. Main St. 353-9709. $$ NSS

Avenue 805 Italian-inspired menu and an extensive wine list. Mondays and Tuesdays are "cheap date night." Lunch Tuesday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Sunday brunch. 805 N. Davis Ave. 353-2505. $$ NSS

Bacchus Upscale menu with emphasis on fresh seafood, French and Mediterranean flavors. Candlelight and cozy interior draws many couples. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Corner of Main and Meadow. 355-9919. $$$ *

Bamboo Cafe Fan hangout with a built-in crowd of regulars. The '20s style tavern features daily chalkboard specials and a great Bloody Mary brunch. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday (starts at 10 a.m.)-Sunday (starts at 11 a.m.). Main and Mulberry streets. 353-1609. $$

Baja Bean Co. Casual California-style Mexican eatery with a smattering of Southwestern specials. Cantina upfront, occasional live music in back, patio open in warm weather. Lunch and dinner daily. 1520 W. Main St. 257-5445. $ NSS

Border Chophouse and Bar Hearty steaks rule the menu (which also includes some tasty vegetarian dishes) at this relaxed Fan chophouse. Make-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Sundays. Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 1501 W. Main. St. 355-2907. $$

Bogart's Sandwiches and entrees up front. Wander further back for more elegance and jazz in the back room. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 203 N. Lombardy St. 353-9280. $

Buddy's Place Classic, crowded and rowdy neighborhood bar with good sandwiches, better patio. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 325 N. Robinson. 355-3701. $

Cabo's Corner Bistro Lofty ceilings, vintage posters and candlelight set the stage for gracefully presented fusion cooking, which draws from American and European cuisine. Live jazz or R&B most nights. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Parking available across the street. 2053 W. Broad St. 355-1144. $$$$ NSS

Caffe di Pagliacci Italian restaurant offers veal, seafood and sublime fresh pasta in a romantic atmosphere. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Mon. and Sun. 214 N. Lombardy St. 353-3040. $$ NSS, Smoking upstairs on weekends

Café Mandolin Fine dining in a relaxed setting. An international, seasonal and vegetarian-friendly menu features unusual and savory combinations of flavor. Outdoor patio with afternoon light-fare menu. Lunch Tuesday-Friday. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 1309 W. Main St. 355-8558. $$ NS

Cary Street Café Hearty bar fare, including plenty of vegetarian offerings, in a hippie, laid-back atmosphere complete with V.W. bus. Live jam bands, rock or bluegrass every night. Lunch and dinner daily. Weekend brunch. 2631 W. Cary St. 353-7445. $

Chiocca's Park Avenue Inn regulars won't go two weeks without a sandwich. One of the most beloved is the Chiocca special: Genoa salami, provolone and light anchovy sauce on Italian bread. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 2001 Park Ave. 355-9219. $

Commercial Taphouse & Grill Punched-tin lights illuminate this small, dark-wood paneled tavern, best known for its rotating selection of microbrews and imported beers. Most popular are the barbecue ribs, the Baha chicken and of course, the beer. Dinner daily. 111 N. Robinson St. 359-6544. $

Curbside Café Playful restaurant on the Robinson strip shares similar address and patronage with neighboring Buddy's, offering a menu of sandwiches, entrees and Sunday brunch fare. Lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner Monday-Sunday. Brunch Sunday. 2525 Hanover Ave. 355-7008. $

Davis & Main Polished brass and stained wood. Grilled cuisine, salmon to sandwiches, vegetarian, too. Daily pasta special. Unique American wine list. Dinner daily. 2501 W. Main St. 353-6641. $$ Smoking at bar, NSS until 10 p.m.

Dogwood Grille and Spirits American grill tosses international flavors into the recipe and offers a broad wine list for dining in a casual, contemporary-urban atmosphere. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 1731 W. Main St. 340-1984. $$$ NSS

Easy Street Well-rounded menu with a few vegetarian choices in pale wood and pastel colored dining room. Live music and patio draw nightly crowds. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, brunch and dinner Sunday. 2401 W. Main St. 355-1198. $

Edo's Squid Authentic Italian antipasti and entrees in the style of owner Ed Vasaio's other, much-loved restaurant, Mamma 'Zu. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, no lunch Sundays. 411 N. Harrison. 864-5488. $$

Elephant Joe Restaurant The former Café Indochine serves traditional Thai dishes. Specialties include Golden Shrimp, Thai Curry, a wide variety of noodle dishes and several vegetarian options. Lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday. 1100 W. Cary St. 355-3320 $ NS

Emilio's Tapas Bar Specializing in Mediterranean-influenced appetizer dishes and authentic Spanish cuisine served in a corner bar overlooking Fan-area Broad Street. Dinner nightly. Tapas available late. Variety of live music/DJs every night. 1847 W. Broad St. 359-1224. $$

Fan Cafe Cozy sushi bar with menu of bubble tea, fruit and coffee drinks with tapioca pearls. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 948 W. Grace St. 355-0633. NS $$

Helen's Cozy, candlelit landmark spot, eclectic menu. Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 2527 W. Main St. 358-4370. $$$$ NSS *

Hyperlink Café American cuisine, steaks, pastas and seafood served in a vibrantly colored café with wireless internet service and oxygen bar. A hopping daytime spot and cozy nighttime destination. Breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner Thursday-Saturday. 814 W. Grace St. 254-1942. $$$ NS

Ipanema Café Cozy spot with a heavy emphasis on vegetarian fare. Attracts a post-collegiate hipster crowd. Lunch Monday-Friday, dinner Monday-Saturday. 917 W. Grace St. 213-0170. $ NS until 10 p.m.

Jamaica House Curried and jerk chicken, plus more absolutely authentic Jamaican cuisine. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 1215 W. Broad St. 358-5793. $ NS

The Jerk Pit Jamaican grill specializes in traditionally made jerk meats — with jerk tempeh for the veggie-minded. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 2713 W. Broad St. 353-7755. $ NS

Joe's Inn Famous for its mountainous baked spaghetti. Greek salads. Draws families as well as a lively bar crowd. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 205 N. Shields Ave. 355-2282. $ NSS

Julian's Italian cuisine, family recipes, seafood and steak. 2617 W. Broad St. 359-0605. $ NSS

Kuba Kuba The exotic aroma will lure you into this bright Cuban bodega. Try the grilled sandwiches, tuna steaks, Cuban coffee, three kinds of paella and other Latin specialties. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 1601 Park Ave. 355-8817. $ *

Konsta's Greek and Italian pasta and the freshest seafoods. Upscale. Stained glass, bar and dining upstairs. Dinner Monday- Saturday 359-3122. $$ NS

Lou's Varied and eclectic menu of American cuisine served in a casual setting. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 308 N. Laurel St.. 358-7568. $-$$ NSS

Main Street Beer Co. Former grocery store unrecognizable as sleek microbrewery, featuring Mediterranean and Asian-influenced American cuisine. Large bar area and biggest parking lot of any Fan restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 1911 W. Main St. 358-9620. $$ NSS

Ma-Musu's West African Cuisine Richmond's first authentic West African restaurant. Try the spicy collard greens, jerk turkey, corn bread and ginger tea. Also offers a variety of vegetarian choices. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday. Dinner Saturday. 2043 W. Broad St. 355-8063. $ NS

The Metro Grill Menu includes a smattering of flavors from Tex-Mex to Caribbean to Southern. At night the bar is packed with young professionals. Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 301 N. Robinson St. 353-4453. $$ NSS

Morgan's French provincial cuisine served in French colors — red, blue and cream — dark wood and candlelight. Dinner nightly. 304 N. Robinson St. 359-9155. $$

Mulligan's Sports bar with big deck and fans' favorite foods. 1323 W. Main St. 353-8686. $ NSS

The Nanci Raygun Live music venue doubles as dining pub with a good amount of vegetarian choices — everything from Indian to Greek to the ever-popular veggie chicken nuggets. Lunch and dinner daily. 929 W. Grace St. 353-4263. $

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant and Cafe Ethiopian served in the cozy former confines of Holy Chow/Hole in the Wall. Lunch and dinner daily. 309 N. Laurel St. 225-5544. NSS $

Out of Bounds A sports bar. Beer, food and steaks. Lunch and Dinner Daily. 2701 W. Broad St. 355-7390. $

Panda Garden Healthy Asian cuisine. Only all-vegetarian menu. Free delivery. 935 W. Grace St. 359-6688. $ NSS

Piccola Pizzeria and Restaurant Full menu specializing in Southern Italian cuisine. Great pizza, too. Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight. Open Sunday noon-midnight. 1100 W. Main St. (Corner of Main and Harrison) 355-3111. $ NSS

Robin Inn Casual Italian and American dining. Family owned and operated since 1964. Will deliver. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. 2601 Park Ave. 353-0298. $ NSS

Saigon Some of the city's best Vietnamese. Closed Sunday. 903 W. Grace St. 355-6633. $ NS

Sidewalk Café Quintessential Fan bar with decor that's chock full of character. Plus great toasted subs and more. Lunch and dinner daily. 2101 W. Main St. 358-0645. $

Six Burner Restaurant and Bar American cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Late hours Friday and Saturday. 1627 W. Main St. 353-4060. $$ NSS

Southern Culture Southern, Caribbean, Tex-Mex, Cajun in a '40s retro setting. Jazz some nights. Divine desserts. Dinner only. 2229 W. Main St., 355-6939. $$ NSS upstairs

Stella's Traditional Greek cuisine and other specialties, including fresh seafood, homemade soups, salads, Mediterranean coffees and pastries. International wine list. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 2132 W. Main St. 257-9885. $$$$ NS H

Star-lite Dining and Lounge Large, shaded deck attracts crowds for typical Fan fare: steak and cheese subs, chicken sandwiches, cobb salad. At night the bar is packed with singles. Lunch and dinner daily. Main and Robinson streets. 254-2667. $

Strawberry Street Cafe A Fan establishment since 1976. American food. Famous bathtub salad bar. Lunch and dinner daily. Saturday and Sunday brunch. 421 N. Strawberry St. 353-6860. $$ NSS

Sticky Rice Spring rolls to tater tots, teriyaki burger to meatloaf, in this Japanese-American hybrid cafe. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner daily. 2232 W. Main St. 358-7870. $ No smoking til 7 p.m.

Sven Shine Inn Richmond's only wood oven produces specialty pizzas and an entree list of fine meats, poultry and seafood that changes monthly. Lunch and Dinner daily.1319 W. Main St. 358-0646. $$

Taqueria Loco Burritos, tacos and quesadillas made to order. Overstuffed "mission-style" the specialty. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Open until 3 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free delivery. 818 W. Broad St. 648-5626. $ NS

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Signature dishes are chicken teriyaki and sushi. Lunch buffet. Closed Sunday. 924 W. Grace St. 355-7517. $ NS

2525 West Main Cafe Chef Jimmy Whaley offers seafood specials nightly and award-winning barbecue at this laid-back Fan bar. Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Weekend brunch. 2525 W. Main St. 204-2525. $$

Village Cafe "Diversions for the young and old, rich & poor, wise & otherwise." Menu says it all, arty Fan mix, breakfast all day. Free deliveries. At Harrison and Grace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 353-8204. $ NSS

Vito's Pizza, subs and Italian specialties. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, dinner on Sunday. 904 W. Grace St. 353-5533. $ NSS

White Dog Intimate restaurant featuring American regional menu with international accents, daily specials include "vegetarian plate of the day" and inventive seafood. Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 2329 W. Main St. 340-1975. $$ NSS

Woody's Inn A family-style restaurant with homemade soul food by day. Hot jazz spot by night. Dinner Monday-Sunday. 2128 W. Cary St. 358-0205. $

World Cup They may be best known as a popular coffee shop, but tasty light fare — panini sandwiches, salads and pastas — makes it a good bet for lunch or a light dinner. Free high-speed Internet access, wireless or ethernet available. Open daily. 26 N. Morris St., 359-5282. $ NSS

forest hill/westover hills

Benny's BBQ Variety of barbecue platters, made with traditional, sauceless barbecue cooked at the restaurant. Ribs and chicken also popular. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 2919 Hathaway Road. 320-7447. $

Big Daddy's Barbeque North Carolina-style barbecue and Tennessee baby-back ribs. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday to 8 p.m. 6359 Jahnke Road. 560-1570. $ Takeout only.

Cielito Lindo Small Mexican spot with large patio. 4702 Forest Hill Ave.233-3022. $ NS

The Forest Restaurant Diverse menu of American comfort food. Well-known neighborhood sports bar. Lunch and dinner daily. 5057 Forest Hill Ave. 233-1940. $

Italian Delight Pizza, subs and entrees. Large banquet room. Café dining. Dressed up or dressed down. 6331 Jahnke Road. 320-6700. $ NSS

Liberty Valance John Wayne lives in this country-western-themed restaurant offering Texas-sized steaks, seafood and ribs. Closed Monday. 7017 Forest Hill Ave. 320-4276. $ NSS

Mexico Mexican. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 2845 Hathaway Road. 320-1069. $ NSS

Mom's Siam Made with family recipes, this Thai cuisine is so authentic you think you are there. Lunch and dinner daily. 6790 Forest Hill Ave. 272-5397. $ NSS

O'Toole's Irish pub. A neighborhood favorite. 4800 Forest Hill Ave. 233-1781. $ NSS

Patty's Country Kitchen Chicken dumplings and other family favorites. Open daily. 7005 Forest Hill Ave. 560-9035. $ NSS

Rock Falls Tavern Pasta, sandwiches and pizza in casual atmosphere. 11a.m-10 p.m. dining, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. bar. 2813 Hathaway Road. 272-9470. $ NSS

Stratford Grill A neighborhood tavern, famous for big cheeseburgers. 2805 Hathaway Road in Stratford Hills Shopping Center. 320-1218. $


Enzo's Ristorante Contemporary Italian. Manakin-Sabot, Goochland. 784-2962. $$ NSS

Fox Head Inn Ltd. Renovated 1800s country tavern transformed into an elegant fine dining destination in Goochland. Wine Spectator award-winning wine cellar. Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Thursday night Jazz. 1840 Manakin Road. 784-5126. $$$$ NS *

Manakin Grill Family restaurant featuring American regional cuisine. Slow-roasted New York strip, ribs, smoked duck, lamb, burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 12912 Plaza Drive. 784-0544. $$$ NSS

North Pole American and Italian. Huge meat portions. Fun, upscale couples spot. Dinner only. Closed Monday-Tuesday. State Route 6 (Crozier). 784-4222. $$ NSS

Red Oak Cafe Friendly wine list and microbrews. Fresh seafood, pork, steaks. Countryside cafe. Lunch Monday-Saturday; dinner daily. Sunday brunch. Broad Street and Rt. 623. 784-2330. $$ NSS

Tanglewood Ordinary Family-style, home-cooked meals. Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Lunch Sunday No credit cards. 2210 River Road West. 556-3284. $ NS


Caribbean Chef Caribbean and American food, curry and jerk chicken, plantains, cabbage, served in brightly colored, tropical-themed setting. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Lunch only Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 901 Hull St. 421-9538. NS

Legend Brewing Co. Microbrewery with best deck in town. Plus, Cajun-influenced food: jambalaya, New York strip steak, and Bourbon Street pasta. Lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday. 321 W. Seventh St. 232-3446. $ NSS

Plant Zero Café Pastries, sandwiches and soups served inside or on the patio, in the building shared by the Plant Zero art gallery. Breakfast and lunch daily. Dinner Friday and Saturday. 7 E. Third St. 231-6500. $ NSS


Angelo's Italian Pizza & Restaurant Italian. The usual pasta, cheese and sauce dishes in a popular suburban location. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Dinner Sunday. 11643 Midlothian Turnpike. 378-0723. $ NSS

Bookbinder's Grill Focus on seafood, with steak and other options served in an upscale but casual bistro setting. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner daily. 1244 Alverser Plaza. 379-3338. $$$ NSS

Caddy's Casual dining featuring daily specials and some of the best shrimp on the South Side. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Karaoke Tuesday-Saturday. 13312 Midlothian Turnpike. 794-3007. $

Candela's Pizzeria and Ristorante Classic Italian, family friendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 14235 Midlothian Turnpike, 379-0910; 12802 Jefferson Davis Highway, 748-5300; 2021 Huguenot Road. 560-1678. $ NSS

Crab Louie's Seafood Tavern Diverse wine list, fresh seafood, relishes, sweet breads. Sycamore Square Shopping Center. 275-2722. $$ NSS

Extra Billy's Smokehouse and Brewery Barbecue and variations. Popular spot for office parties. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 1110 Alverser Drive. 379-8727. $$ NSS

Givanni's Italian and Greek Ristoranti Twenty years of restaurant experience goes into Givanni's recipes of Greek and Italian cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 7102 Midlothian Turnpike. 674-7750. $$ NSS

Hong Kong King Buffet Traditional Chinese fare, also offering American and Italian foods. Lunch and dinner daily. Located in the Pocono Crossing Center. 1033 Midlothian Turnpike. 272-8808. $ NSS

Hot Tamale Café A family-owned cafe featuring flavors of the southwest and Mexico. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 13815 Fribble Way. 595-0138. $ NSS

Inter China Peking duck is house specialty, also crispy shrimp. Wonton soup is just $1.25. 11623 Midlothian Turnpike. 794-0866. $ NSS

Italian Café New specials. Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 1002 Sycamore Square. 794-8100. $ NS

Kabuto Japanese House of Steaks With real Teppan-Yaki tables, sushi. 13158 Midlothian Turnpike. 379-7979. NSS

Kitty O'Shea's Irish-American Restaurant and Pub Steak and potatoes pub serving a mix of traditional fare with an Irish twist. Lunch and dinner daily. Hull Street and Spring Run roads. 739-0800. $$$ NSS

La Palmera Restaurant Latin-American food featured on a funky, colorful wall menu offering Mexican tamales, enchiladas rojas, fried tilapia (fish) with rice, breakfast burritos and coconut macaroons. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 7701 Midlothian Turnpike. 330-9234. $$ NS

Milepost 5 Seafood, bringin' the beach to Midlothian. Sycamore Square. 794-9344. $ NSS

Peking Chinese. 13132 Midlothian Turnpike. 794-1799. $ S on weekdays only, NSS available

Pescados Seafood with a Latin twist in a casual, tropical-themed setting. Live entertainment Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 13126 Midlothian Turnpike. 379-7121. $$$ NSS

Spinnaker's Known for its homemade "flowerpot" bread, this restaurant also serves the standard stick-to-your-ribs American food of prime rib, steaks and pasta dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. Kids eat free Monday-Thursday (one child per adult entree). 11500 Midlothian Turnpike. 794-0045. $ NSS

Szechuan Chinese Restaurant 11523 Midlothian Turnpike. 378-1899. $

Ruchee Authentic Indian cuisine with a lunch buffet. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 9930 Midlothian Turnpike. 323-5999. $$ NS

Sino-American Café Largest international buffet in Richmond, over 200 items of American, Chinese and Japanese food. Lunch and dinner daily. 8701 Midlothian Turnpike. 272-1818. 9135 W. Broad St. 273-9898. $ NSS

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1 North Belmont Restaurant French cuisine such as pan-seared duck, braised veal cheeks and fillet mignon medallions. 1 N. Belmont Ave. 358-0050. $$$ NS

Bandito's Burrito Lounge Insert yourself in a sheath of shiny wood and tile to enjoy Bandito's distinctive menu of mondo burritos and icy margaritas. New location, same great taste. Lunch and dinner daily. Free karaoke Wednesday nights. 2905 Patterson Ave. 354-9999. $ NSS

Café Diem Seize this cafe for serious food served in a laid-back setting, with live entertainment Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Dinner Monday-Sunday. Sunday brunch. Lunch Monday-Friday. 600 N. Shepherd St. 353-2500. $

Caliente Eclectic menu of Caribbean, Cajun and Southern cuisine, such as New Orleans clam chowder, margarita mahi and pi¤a-colada bread pudding. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 2922 Park Ave. 340-2920. $$ NSS

Chiocca's Downstairs Deli and Bar Deli sandwiches not for the weak and timid. Wash down with a pitcher of beer and repeat. 425 N. Belmont Ave. Lunch and dinner daily. Dinner only Tuesday. 355-3228. $

China Panda Szechuan and Hunan, limited seating. 616 N. Sheppard St. 355-6888. $ NS

The Corner Cafe Slightly eclectic menu emphasizes spicy pastas, chicken, seafood and microbrews in a cozy setting. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 800 N. Cleveland St. 355-1954. $

The Triple Casual-style dining with full menu including sandwiches pastas and streaks. Large bar and billiards room. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch on weekends. 3306 W. Broad St. 359-7777. $$

Zeus Gallery Café Intimate. Steaks, seafood and pasta. Chalkboard menu changes daily, rotating wall art. Weekend brunch. 201 N. Belmont Ave. 359-3219. $$$ *

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Bella Arte Warm, inviting atmosphere is home for a menu of world cuisine with an emphasis on French. Open for dinner Monday-Saturday. 1223 Bellevue Ave. 515-9099. $$ NSS

Bella Luna Ristorante Italian restaurant offers American-style Italian — spaghetti, manicotti, etc. — plus Sicilian-inspired traditional dishes like marsala, carciofi and ravioli con porcini in a colorful, "Pompeii-inspired" interior. Menu is also highlighted with vegetarian and seafood choices Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner nightly. Off Parham Road in the Hungary Brook Shopping Center. 497-4681. $$ NSS

Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue Buz and Ned's barbecue is a hybrid of styles, with a menu featuring pork barbecue, pulled chicken, beef brisket, ribs and more, served eat-in, takeout or catering. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 1119 N. Boulevard. 355-6055. $ NS

Caribbean Flavor The big seller is roti, a kind of wrap with many options for fillings, but this Caribbean cuisine menu offers other specialties like jerk and stewed chicken, and lots of vegetarian dishes. Lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday. Dancing and Caribbean Night on Saturdays. 5114 Richmond Henrico Turnpike. 321-4145. $ NSS

The Chef's Island Caribbean cuisine specializing in curried chicken and goat. 2914 North Ave. 228-2101. $ NS

China Wok Restaurant Customers swear by the General Tso's Chicken. Chinese standards, carryout. 9502 Chamberlayne Road. 559-1686, 559-8888. $ NS

Dot's Back Inn Dot's continues a long tradition of serving neighbors a variety of hearty food from the humble BLT to the New York Strip in a '40s-style hangout. Also kid's menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 4030 MacArthur Ave. 266-3167. $

El Caporal Quesadillas, tacos and other typical Mexican creations. Lunch and dinner daily. 1417 East Ridge Road. 673-1090. $ NS

Family Secrets Southern-style fare such as pork chops, chicken dishes, meatloaf and North Carolina barbecue, as well as breakfast dishes. Claims to have the best wings in the city. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 2927 North Ave. 329-9000. $ NS

The Glen Restaurant, Virginia Crossings Resort Colonial-inspired decor overlooking The Crossings Golf Club houses fine dining on food made from Virginia products. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch.1000 Virginia

Glenn's Tavern Country-style soul food and emphasis on late-night entertainment. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday, and Sunday. Dinner Monday and Saturday. Late-night hours and live entertainment Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. 1509 Chamberlayne Ave. 321-3444.

Hermitage Grill Steaks, pasta, seafood and homemade barbecue in a casual neighborhood setting. Sunday brunch. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday-Friday for lunch and dinner 6010 Hermitage Road. 264-7400. $

Huck's Berrypatch Tea Room Soups, salads and sandwiches, plus homemade desserts, gourmet coffee and specialty drinks. Lunch Tuesday-Saturday. 6943 Lakeside Ave. 261-1134. NS

La Casita Mexican. Long-timers swear by this place. Closed Sunday. 5204 Brook Road. 264-9896. $ NSS

LA Grill Bright, airy atmosphere offers a casual setting for a menu of smoked meats and grilled seafood. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 5516 Lakeside Drive. 266-3328 $$ NSS

Magnolia Restaurant Traditional American fare and Cajun-inspired favorites. Breakfast and dinner daily. 3207 N. Boulevard. 359-9441. $$ NSS

Ming Dynasty Chinese and Szechuan cuisine. Corner of Parham and Route 1, 266-1888. $ NSS

Paul's Southern Cookn' Family-owned and run, serving blue plate specials like pot roast, chicken and dumplings, with sides, sweet tea and bread. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. 1600 Brook Road. 343-7500. $

Saito's City's first Japanese restaurant still serves native cuisine in a casual sitting, with a mix of traditional (floor) seating and table seating. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 611 E. Laburnum Ave. 329-9765. $$ NS

Shenanigans Locals feast seven nights a week from a selection of tasty diner specials including seafood's hand-cut steaks and pasta. The regular menu offers a wide range of homemade comfort food, salads and sandwiches. Live music often. Lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. 4017 MacArthur Ave. 264-5010. $

Top's Chinese to takeout or eat in. Lunch and dinner daily. 5660 Brook Road. 264-8168. $ NS

Upper East Side Restaurant, sports bar and jazz lounge serving American food and live music. Lunch and dinner daily. 7103 Brook Road. 515-8099. $

Zippy's Ba-Ba's Fan-style restaurant on the Boulevard featuring eclectic, Greek village-style menu, with some American choices, too. A must-visit for the beer connoisseur. Dinner Monday-Friday. 3336 N. Boulevard. 359-5673. $

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821 Café Popular VCU-area spot serves American food, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Weekend brunch hangout. Hopping delivery business. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 821 W. Cary St. 649-1042. $

Hollywood Grill Steaks, seafood and vegetarian options. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Corner of China and Pine streets. 819-1988. $

Mamma 'Zu Italian dining, eclectic crowd. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Corner of Pine and Spring streets. 788-4205. $$ *

Mojo's Favorites like the Philly cheese steak plus an expanded menu of affordable entrees. Eat in and takeout. Lunch and dinner daily. 733 W. Cary St. 644-6676. $

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Awful Arthur's Seafood Company Fresh fish daily, good deals on nightly specials, extensive raw bar. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and dinner on Sunday. 101 N. 18th St. 643-1700. $$

Bottom Billiards & Grill Enjoy subs, burgers and pizza while shooting some stick in one of the city's oldest buildings. Dinner and late-night hours nightly. Free pool Sunday-Thursday. 117 N. 18th St. 643-4323. $

The Bottom Line Full lunch menu specializing in creative deli sandwiches. Full bar. Weekly seafood and meat specials prepared on the patio. Dinner specializing in steaks and pasta. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. 1814 E. Main St. 644-5944. $

Bottoms Up Pizza Renowned for its thick and cheesy pizza, new renovations make this place bigger, better. A leader in the Bottom. Open lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, dinner Friday and Saturday. 1700 Dock St. 644-4400. $ NSS

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill + Bar Live entertainment and sports bar specializing in wings, burgers and other bar food. Lunch and dinner daily. 1501 E. Cary St. 648-8900. $ NSS

Café Gutenberg Coffee, wine and specialty drinks, plus a small menu of salads and sandwiches, and a larger selection of books and international newspapers. Wireless access. Weekly events. 1700 E. Main St. 497-5000. $-$$ NS

Desmond and Molly's Under the Stage Café Multinational fusion cuisine, open for dinner, soon to be expanding hours. Interesting bar foods directed to a younger crowd. A preconcert pit stop, spacious dining area with pool tables, dart boards, cocktail tables, open and relaxed feel. 1545 E. Cary St. downstairs from Canal Club 643-2582. $

El Paso Mexican restuarant. Once a month mariachi band. Lunch and dinner daily. Corner of 18th and 19th streets. $ NSS

Havana '59 Step into old Cuba and try traditional Cuban fare while sipping a mojito. Emphasis on fresh seafood. Summer outdoor dining on palm-tree shaded deck. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.16 N. 17th St. 649-2822. $$ NSS

Have a Nice Day Cafe Groovy retro restaurant and nightclub serving entrees such as pastas, baby back ribs and bar food such as hamburgers, chicken fingers, nachos, etc. 11 S. 18th St. 771-1700. Wednesday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $

Honey Whyte's American bar and grill — burgers are the specialty. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday. Dinner Saturday. Live music Thursday-Saturday. 2116 E. Main St. 643-6022. $ NSS

Julep's New Southern Cuisine New-Southern cuisine served among rich mahogany and exposed brick in the oldest existing commercial building in the city. Try a cool mint julep during a visit. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 18th and Franklin streets. 377-3968. $$$ NSS

Kabobs Mediterranean food — shish-kabobs, wraps, gyros. Dine in and takeout. Late-night crowd converges after bars close. 104 N. 18th St. 225-1300. $

The Kitchen Table Varied menu featuring free-range, all-natural meats as well as vegetarian options, served in a casual but inspired art nouveau-style setting. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Brunch Sunday. 3 N. 17th St. 782-9200. $$$ NS

McCormack's Irish Pub Formerly Swingers, with same menu of Greek and Italian favorites. Try the seafood or Caesar salad. Food served until 1 a.m. daily. Lunch on weekdays. 12 N 18th St. 648-1003. $

O'Brien's Located in the historic Richmond Railroad YMCA building, this brightly-colored lunch counter/restaurant is an Irish pub featuring deli sandwiches and late-night pub hours. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 1548 E. Main St. 648-6271. $ Smoking at bar.

River City Diner Hamburgers, hot dogs, subs, nachos, banana splits. In that order. 1712 E. Main St. 644-9418. $

Sumo San Japanese fine dining, specializing in assorted sushi, New York-style steak and seafood. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner nightly. 1725 E. Main St. 643-6500. $$ NSS

Sugar & Spice Southern soul food made from family recipes claimed to pre-date the Civil War. Lunch daily. Lunch Sunday. Dinner Thursday-Sunday. 2116 E. Main St. 648-4855. $ NS

Tiki Bob's Cantina Polynesia meets Mexico with fusion cuisine, but it's more about the tropical drinks. Island-theme decor, and outdoor deck. Dance club at night. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 110 N. 18th St. 644-9091. $$ NSS

Tonic High-concept cocktail bar and lounge provides a stylish modern dining space, offering menus of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired fare. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 14 N. 18th St. 648-4300. $$

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Barlowe's Terrace at the Omni Hotel Good food in a pleasant setting sets this place apart from typical hotel-restaurant fare. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 S. 12th St. 344-7000 $$$ NSS

The Dining Room at the Berkeley Hotel American with European flair. A sure bet: the chef's nightly five-course dinner with wines, or the four-course Sunday brunch. Sedate setting overlooking the Slip. Lunch and dinner daily.12th and Cary streets. 780-1300. $$$$ NSS *

Europa From the creators of the Hard Shell, a Mediterranean cafe and tapas bar with lively after-hours crowd. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Dinner Saturday and Sunday. 1409 E. Cary St. 643-0911. $$$ NSS until 11 p.m.

Fusion Eclectic menu plus jazz and blues upstairs. Lunch and Dinner weekdays, closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. Smoking at bar and upstairs. 109 S. 12th St.. 249-2338. $$

Hana Zushi Two tatami tables, a long bar and delectably authentic sushi. Freshest ingredients. Richmond's first sushi spot and still a favorite. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 1309 E. Cary St. 225-8801. $ NS *

The Hard Shell Hip spot specializing in seafood and creativity. Go for the grilled shrimp and sea scallops, or seafood quesadillas. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 1411 E. Cary St. 643-2333. $$$ Smoking at bar, NS at tables

Kobe Japanese Steak and Sushi Roomy, bilevel Japanese restaurant with hibachi table cooking nestled in the Slip. Sushi specials for lunch and early dinner. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Dinner daily. 19 S. 13th St. 643-8080. $$-$$$$ NSS

La Grotta Descend into authentic Italian splendor. Homemade pastas, breads, desserts. Finest quality meat and seafood. 1218 E. Cary St. 644-2466. $$$ NSS

Morton's Famous high-end steakhouse, white linens and USDA prime. Dinner daily. 111 Virginia St. 648-1662. $$$$ NSS

Peking Pavilion Everybody knows the menu, either sit-in or takeout. Try the chicken imperial and Peking duck. Plus vegetarian specials. No Saturday lunch. 1302 E. Cary St. 649-8888. $ NS

The Pizza Place The name says it all about this late-night Shockoe Bottom destination. Cheese slices and calzones are menu staples. 1727 E. Main. Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 343-1300 $ NSS

Pomegranate Euro Bistro Creative menu offers a wide variety of European cuisine. Impressive wine list. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 1209 E. Cary St. 643-9354. $$$$ Smoking at bar NS everywhere else

Richbrau Brewing Co. and Restaurant Richmond's first microbrewery aims to please with familiar menu options and a comfortable upstairs pub with billiards, darts and sports TV. Lunch and dinner daily. Lively late-night bar crowd . Club Richbrau open Thursday-Saturday. 1214 E. Cary St. 644-3018. $$ NSS

Rivah Bistro French and Moroccan cuisine with daily specials. Eat in the bright dining room or out on the patio. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 1417 E.Cary St. 344-8222. $$ NSS

Sam Miller's Restaurant Chesapeake Bay seafood, really great steaks and fine dining. 1210 E. Cary St. 644-5465. $$$$ NSS

Sin é Irish Pub and Restaurant Authentically Irish down to the last handcrafted detail. A great place to hoist a pint with friends or chow down on shepherd's pie. Lunch and dinner daily. 1327 E. Cary St. 649-7767. $$ NSS

The TapHouse Grill The owners of Richbrau are behind this endeavor, an intimate grill with an open kitchen creating lots of meat dishes in what they call a neo-Southern style. Sit down lunch. Lunch Monday-Friday, dinner Monday-Saturday live jazz Thursday through Saturday. 1212 East Cary St. 644-3018. NSS

The Tobacco Company Two floors of dining in a restored tobacco warehouse, each with a different atmosphere. American cuisine, dessert buffet, extensive wine list. Lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 1201 E. Cary St. 782-9555. $$$ Smoking on first floor and in club, NSS

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Alexander's BBQ, chicken, ribs, Virginia-style. Closed Sunday. 1126 Westbriar Drive. 740-3135. $

Baker's Crust Café Virginia Beach-based restaurant offering self-service in upscale setting, with orders placed at counter then delivered to table. Eighteen types of fresh bread and Boar's Head deli meat. Lunch and dinner daily. Short Pump Town Center. 377-9060. $ NS

Belle Kuisine Upscale cafe, wines, beers and cappuccino bar. Heart-healthy entrees and salads. Short Pump Crossing Shopping Center. 360-1964. $ NS

Bungalow Grill This casual family place specializes in burgers, but also serves barbecue, pizza, salads and more. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 12859 W. Broad St. 784-2991. $ NSS.

California Pizza Kitchen Gourmet-pizza chain offering odd toppings such as shrimp and barbecue chicken. Lunch and dinner daily. Short Pump Town Center. 364-9047. $$ NS

City Lights of China Famous crispy shrimp. Open daily. 12391 Gayton Road. 741-6716. $ NSS

Copper Grill Lobster and Steak House Upscale steak and lobster house. Lunch and dinner daily. Short Pump Town Center. 364-9408. $$$$ NSS

Cozzoli's Traditional New York-style pizza, Philly cheese steaks, sandwiches and Italian favorites. Open daily. 3324 Short Pump Road. 360-2900. $NS

Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill In a setting reminiscent of a Colorado lodge, dine on aged, hand-cut steaks, prime rib, fresh seafood, rotisserie chicken, homemade pizza, and pasta. Lunch and dinner daily. Short Pump Town Center. 364-9744. $$ NSS

Funny Bone Comedy Club Vast comedy club network offers dinner and laughs as nationally touring comedians enhance the American menu. Shows Thursday and Saturday. Dinner only. Short Pump Town Center. 521-8900. $$ NS

Garland's Way Casual and contemporary dining with an imaginative menu that includes seafood, meat, and vegetarian entrees. Extensive desserts and wine list. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 11351 Nuckols Road. 967-9060. $$$ NSS

Glory Days Grill Offers a little bit of everything: pastas, seafood, steaks, ribs, chicken, salads and its very own "Glory Wings." Dinner Monday-Thursday, and lunch and dinner on weekends. 10466 Ridgefield Parkway. 754-3710. $$ NSS

The Grapevine Greek and Italian, family owned. 3061 Lauderdale Drive. 360-0900. $ NSS

House of VietnamAuthentic Vietnamese cuisine. Very light and healthy. 3402 Pump Road. 364-1888. $ NS

Ipanema Grill Large portions is the specialty at this spacious and popular ethnic all-you-can-eat buffet. The sides (rice, fried bananas, stewed eggplant, potatoes) are self-serve, with beef, chicken, lamb and other meats carved tableside. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Sunday brunch. 12379 Gayton Road. 740-9083. $$$ NS

Little Venice Restaurant & Bar The former owners of Sal Federico's decked this upscale Italian restaurant with white linen and warm colors. It features pasta dishes, as well as entrees like veal … la Emiliana, veal scaloppini lightly breaded with plum tomato and mozzarella. Lunch Monday-Friday. Dinner Monday-Saturday. Glen Eagles Shopping Center on Ridgefield Parkway. 741-6022. $$$ NSS

Maggiano's Little Italy Dark-stained wood, red checked tablecloths, Frank Sinatra crooning and heaping helpings of homemade pasta. Lunch and dinner daily. Short Pump Town Center. 253-0900. $$$ NSS

Malabar Southern Indian cuisine, dinner specials and lunch buffet Tuesday-Friday. Lunch and Dinner-Tuesday-Sunday. 3456 Lauderdale Drive. 364-7077. $ NS

The Melting Pot Upscale casual fondue restaurant known for romantic atmosphere and award-winning wine list. Dinner daily. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. 741-3120. $$$ NSS

Memphis Bar-B-Q Company Memphis-style barbecue with hickory smoked ribs, pork, beef and chicken. Lunch and dinner daily. All you can eat ribs on Monday. Monday-Friday all you can eat buffet 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3438 Pump Road. 360-5400. $$ NSS

Nanking Chinese. 1504 E. Ridge Road. 358-1818. $$ NSS

Osaka Sushi and Steakhouse Visually and artfully prepared Japanese food, from steaks to sushi. Lunch and dinner daily. 11674 W. Broad St. 364-8800. $$$ NS

Pacino's Authentic Philadelphia hoagies, pasta, pizza and nightly specials in a casual bistro setting. 12347 Gayton Road. 741-9000. $ NSS

Patina Grill Affordable, ethnic influenced world-style food in an elegant, hand-crafted setting. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended. 3416 Lauderdale Drive. 360-8217. $$$ NS *

Shackleford's Diverse American food including grilled specialties, raw bar. 10496 Ridgefield Parkway. 741-9900. $$ NSS

Short Pump Grill Large West End restaurant with lunch and dinner menus specializing in American fare, steaks to meatloaf to crab cakes. Elaborate salad menu. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Dinner Saturday-Sunday. 11530 W. Broad St. 364-1004. $$$$ NSS

Sushi Bay Roomy, nicely decorated sushi house also cuts a mean sashimi, plus teriyaki, tempura and other specialties. Dinner daily. 10490 Ridgefield Parkway. 754-8070. $$ NSS

Tara Thai Richmond location of a popular Washington chain of uniquely decorated Thai restaurants. Lunch and dinner daily. 11800 W. Broad St. 360-0001. $ NS

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American Diner Typical diner fare: hamburgers, steaks, country fries. Breakfast served all day, every day. 11001 Midlothian Turnpike. 378-5145. $

Beefeaters Entrees grilled on mesquite and charcoal. Fresh tuna, ribs. Lunch and dinner daily.11800 Hull Street Road. 744-9541. $ NSS

Beijing Restaurant Chinese, between Brandermill and Woodlake. 13981 Hull Street Road. 739-6688.$ NSS

Bella Italia Real-deal Italian, from the usual pasta and veal dishes to Greek salads, sandwiches and standards. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Dinner Sundays. 6407 Iron Bridge Road. 743-1116. $ NSS

Belle Kuisine Café with takeout, wines, beers and cappuccino bar. Pasta salads, pastries, sandwiches, veggie dishes. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Stony Point Shopping Center. 272-2811. $ NSS

Bottega Bistro Upscale bistro, Mediterranean cooking. 10400 W. Huguenot Road. 379-9899. $$ NSS

The Dining Room at Brandermill Inn Steaks, crab cakes, bottomless soup and salad bar. Dinner daily. 13550 Harbour Pointe Parkway. 739-8871. $$ NSS

Brio Tuscan Grille High-end casual dining featuring Northern Italian Tuscan food, such as pizzas, fish and meats. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point Fashion Park. 272-2255. $$$ NSS

Brock's Bar-B-Q Boston Butts from Smithfield Packing Company. Closed Sunday. 11310 Iron Bridge Road. 796-7539. $ NSS

Cactus Cafe California-style Mexican cuisine. 5713 Hopkins Road. 275-9030. $ NSS

Cafe Palm Big menu, pasta, seafood, European specialties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 9901 Midlothian Turnpike (Sheraton Park South). 323-1144. $ NSS

Candela's Pizzeria and Ristorante Classic Italian, family friendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 379-0910; 12802 Jefferson Davis Highway, 748-5300; 2021 Huguenot Road. 560-1678. $ NSS

Cathay Gourmet Chinese cuisine and takeout in Bon Air. Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m.-11 p.m. 8920 Forest Hill Ave. 320-0888. $ NS

Champps An upscale sports bar and restaurant, offering American fare with an international twist. Lots of large-screen televisions. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point Fashion Park. 323-6053. $$$ NSS

China Panda II Chinese, free delivery. 10020 Robious Road. 323-6888. $ NS

Chipotle Mexican Grill Mexican favorites prepared to order at the counter. Serves dishes with all-organic and freshly made ingredients, specializing in gourmet burritos and tacos. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point Fashion Fashion Park. 272-6322. $ NS

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro New Orleans flavored steak and seafood place, with extensive menu including pizzas and sandwiches. Also, large wine, specialty drink and cheesecake menus. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. Stony Point Fashion Park. 323-1133. $$-$$$ NSS

Deno's Cuisine Casual dining on Greek and American fare. Catering and box lunches. Lunch on Monday and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 10902 Hull Street Road. 745-9200. $ NSS

Dena's Moussaka, spanakopita. Italian, too. Lunch and dinner. 11374 Midlothian Turnpike. 794-9551. $$ NSS

Don Papa Grande Burritos, nachos, tacos and the rest: If you don't find it on the menu it's probably not American-style Mexican. Lunch and dinner daily. 12806 Jeff Davis Highway. 796-7988. $ NSS

Fabulous Foods Café Menu changes weekly. Lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Sunday brunch. Huguenot Village Shopping Center. 320-0615. $$ NS

Fox & Hounds British Pub Pub grub. Dark beers. Billiards. 10455 Midlothian Turnpike. 272-8309. $ NSS

Frank's Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Closed Sunday. Stony Point Shopping Center. 560-1613. $ NSS

French Quarter Cafe Coffee, sandwich bagels and a long sandwich list dominate this large menu, which also offers specialty drinks, ice cream and homemade gelati celesti. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 10837 Hull St. 675-0154. $ NS

Halfway House Restaurant Historic country tavern. Special occasion spot for lobster and steaks. 10301 Jefferson Davis Highway. 275-1760. $$$ NSS

House of Hunan Gourmet Crispy shrimp and beef dishes. 9550 Midlothian Turnpike. 272-8088. $ NSS

Joe's Inn at Bon Air Baked spaghetti, deli. Fan following. 2616 Buford Road. 320-9700. $ NSS

Kanpai Japanese Steakhouse Interactive Japanese steakhouse. Dinner daily. 10438 Midlothian Turnpike. 323-4000. $$ NS

Klara's Kitchen Southern home-style cooking, meatloaf with barbecue sauce, pot roast, liver and onions and real mashed potatoes, served in a casual setting. Also salad bar and children's menu. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 11360 Iron Bridge Road. 796-3737. $ NSS

La Adelita Mexican Grill Authentic Mexican food, served with authentic dancing if you're dining at noon or 6 p.m. Lunch and dinner daily. 3025 Broad Rock Boulevard. 233-3320. NSS

La Siesta Authentic Mexican. 9900 Midlothian Turnpike. 272-7333. $ NSS

Little Saigon Specializes in Vietnamese food. Rice vermicelli with charbroiled pork a favorite. Lunch and dinner daily. 10012 Robious Road. 320-6098 $ NSS

Louie's Cafe Casual family dining with white linen and other small touches of elegance. Large lunch and dinner menus. Children's menu. 3511 Courthouse Road. 675-7003. $$ NSS

Mandarin Palace Upscale authentic Chinese in a gracious setting, with specialties like the Singapore twin delight with shrimp and scallops and barbecued Peking duck. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Dinner Saturday. 2811 Stratford Hills Shopping Center. 272-8020. $$$ NSS

Manhattan Deli The traditional. 9550 Midlothian Turnpike. Closed Sunday. 330-3845. $ NSS

Mulligan's Sports Grill Steaks, fresh seafood, daily specials, children's menu. More then 40 satellite TVs broadcasting complete sports packages, billiards and more. Open for lunch, late-night daily. Genito Crossing Shopping Center. 744-8686. NSS

The New McGoo's Pub Hearty pub fare -- fish and chips, burgers and Hank's barbecue. Extensive beer selection. Pool tables. Open-stage Sunday nights. Lunch and dinner daily. Turner and Hull streets. 276-5577. $

Nuccio's Upscale pizzaria and Italian restaurant with pasta dishes, chicken and veal. Fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner daily. 1108 Courthouse Road. 594-0040. $$ NSS

Padow's Hams & Deli Deli sandwiches, catering and gifts available at all five area locations. Lunch and early dinner Monday-Saturday. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. 9720 Midlothian Turnpike. 330-4267. $ NSS

Papaya Vietnamese restaurant specializing in nutritious pho viet soup and chef specialties like beef and seafood fondue. Lunch and dinner daily. 10445 Midlothian Turnpike. 330-9390. NSS

Passage to India Dinner won't last as long as the movie, but it's just as good. No Sunday lunch. 6856 Midlothian Turnpike. 745-5291. $$ NS

P.F. Chang's China Bistro A contemporary, bistro-style upscale casual restaurant offering Chinese cuisine from five regions in a sophisticated setting. Lunch and dinner daily. Stony Point Fashion Park. 253-0492. $$ NSS

Rio Grande Café Border-style Mexican cuisine, specializing in mesquite-grilled items and signature drinks. Lunch and dinner daily. Sunday brunch. Stony Point Fashion Park. 560-7453. $$$ NSS

River City Diner Retro cool diner with all the fixins' from breakfasts to thick chocolatey milkshakes. Monday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 11430 W. Huguenot Road 897-9518 $ NSS

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Serious steaks. Elegant restored plantation house. Dressy casual. Open nightly 11500 W. Huguenot Road. 378-0600. $$$ NSS *

Saigon Gourmet "From Vietnam to Richmond with Love," the menu says it all. 11033 Hull Street Road. 745-0199. $ NSS

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