The dark warren of coziness that was Avalon in the Fan has given way to a new everything at Social52 Kitchen & Craft Bar, which opened two weeks ago. It touts the Fan's biggest selection of craft beer with 70 choices, six on tap. Sangria is a house specialty along with craft cocktails at the new, larger bar.
With fewer interior walls and opened-up sightlines, the focus is on social events and a young professional crowd. "We're excited to move forward, and we're pleased with the reception we're getting," says co-owner Walied Sanie, who notes that big sellers so far are the ghost pepper buffalo wings and duck spring rolls. Lamb meatballs, seafood, flat breads and steaks also are on the menu, served daily from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. at 2619 W. Main St. 353-9709. social52rva.com.
Food for thought: A food and music matchup gives some tang to the Fall Line Fest downtown this weekend. Chefs and musicians worked together to come up with three-course menus and cocktails: Chef Jason Alley of Pasture with No BS! Brass, chef Will Wienckowski of Ipanema Cafe with Thou, chef Jacob Goff of the Well with Positive No, Adam Hall of Saison with Helado Negro, and Dylan Fultineer of Rappahannock with the Southern Belles. Style Weekly calendar editor Chris Bopst is part of a panel discussion set for Sept. 7 at the Camel, 1 - 3 p.m., also including Constantine Giavos, Nate Gutierrez and Jason Alley and moderated by Michele Jones of Pasture. They'll talk about how music inspires their work in some of the city's most successful kitchens. See details for the Sept. 6-7 event at falllinefest.com.
Bivalve and bubbles: Act fast for the oyster social at Dutch & Co., Sept. 5 starting at 6:30 p.m. with oysters shucked on site from Michael and Laura Hild and nibbles from chefs Philip Perrow and Caleb Shriver. A $25 ticket gets customers half a dozen oysters and a glass of Blue Bee Cider. Additional food and beverage items are available for this one-night-only raw bar at 400 N. 27th St. 643-8824.
Southern Railway Taphouse: Comfort food, crafts on tap, canal-side spot with outdoor dining for weekend lunch, dinner and bar nightly. Burgers, flat breads, hearty entrees. 111 Virginia St. 308-8350. srtaphouse.com.
Society: Deli sandwiches, salads and burgers for weekday lunch; American bistro entrees for dinner Tuesday-Saturday; cocktails and lounge with VIP service Wednesday-Saturday. 1421 E. Cary St. 648-5100. societyrva.com.
Estilo: Peruvian and Latin cuisine with seafood, cocktails, rotisserie meats, street food in luxe casual spot in Village Shopping Center. Dinner nightly, lunch hours begin this week. 7021 Three Chopt Road. 484-6046. estilorichmond.com.
Brew: Gastropub with local-food focus, burgers, apps and seasonal specials, craft beer, refined setting with patio. Lunch, dinner and bar hours Monday through Saturday, and brunch Sunday. 6525 Centralia Road in the Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center. 454-0605. brewgastropub.com.
Mint Gastropub: Chef Malcolm Mitchell presents eclectic comfort food, spicy wings, short ribs, chops, fish and chips. Dinner and bar nightly, weekend brunch. 2501 W. Main St. 359-9690. mintrichmond.com.
En Su Boca: Taqueria with chef Eric Stangerone's California take on Mexican street food: burritos, nachos, churros and beer. Cash only. Lunch, dinner and bar Tuesday-Sunday. 1001 N. Boulevard. 359-0768.
The Daily Kitchen & Bar: Natural foods, gluten-free and vegan options, wide menu of California cuisine in modern setting. Full bar, patio, dinner nightly with expanded hours coming. 2934 W. Cary St. 342-8990. thedailykitchenandbar.com.
The Viceroy: Rustic contemporary food, appetizers, sandwiches, seasonal entrees and desserts with creative twists from chef Ryan Baldwin. Craft beer, full bar. Lunch weekdays and dinner nightly. 600 N. Sheppard St. 342-7696. viceroyrichmond.com.