Whatever you want to eat, it's probably on the menu at Lunch, a new business from longtime food pro Rick Lyons in Scott's Addition. In a fortunate trend for later breakfasts, pancakes and eggs are served until 3 p.m. and hot dogs, sandwiches, steaks and specials give the old-timey joint some new energy. For dinner, Southern griddle cakes, shrimp and grits, a meatloaf tallboy and loaded chicken nod to local icons and favorite flavors. Lunch opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner Weekdays 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 1213 Summit Ave. 353-0111. Eatlunchrva.com.
Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream: It is Forest Hill central, and the coffeehouse marks its 10th year with some stretching and more music. A patio enclosure out front and the potential for an upper deck are among the changes that owners Will Herring and Olivia Patrick will introduce during the next few months. Live music nights, fine beer and wine, affordable food, attention to recycling, local personality and a bunch of creative-minded regulars make this the neighborhood's favorite hangout. 3600 Forest Hill Ave. 231-2030. Crossroadsrva.com.
Next door at Parkside Café, some changes, including a new chef and menu, are in progress at this cozy charmer after a temporary closing last week. Partner Travis Milton has left the kitchen. There's strong food interest in the neighborhood, with the city's busiest farmers' markets and many chefs and kitchen folk living nearby. As things sort out we'll bring details, with hopes that the pecky cypress handcrafting at Parkside remains intact.
Positively mad: A German oompah band called the Sauerkrauts will pump March Madness into the Positive Vibe Café in Stratford Hills on March 24. Brats and chops are served buffet style with sides for $22 plus tax and tip, from 5-9 p.m. The week prior, a St. Patrick's Day bash has live local music, Irish stew and corned beef going all weekend. The Vibe graduated the 500th student from its food-industry training program last year, and continues to deliver on its teaching and service mission. Many of the city's top chefs have participated since its inception in 2005, particularly J Frank, Paul Elbling, Ed Vasaio, Walter Bundy, Dale Reitzer, Greg Haley, Todd Manley, Jim Ertel, John Maxwell and the late Bob DeCapri. 560-9622. positivevibecafe.com.
Bombolini Pasta: Local vinegars are on tap at this new pasta and food shop, bringing something different to Richmond. The family-run business has a select lineup of wine and beer, gourmet comestibles, pastas, prepared foods, breads and other items for take-out; look for recipe printouts at the counter and guys making pasta up front. Pressed sandwiches are $5.25 and soup of the day is $2.99. Pasta dishes include chicken piccatta, seafood scampi, sautéed vegetable, meatballs, smoked salmon and puttanesca, ($5.99-$8.25). 1606 W. Main St. 213-0212. From 10 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Bombolinipasta.com.