Here it is, the first bacon-stuffed cheeseburger photo of 2014, from the Brook Road business Pop's Dogs & Ma's Burgers. The tiny, six-seat dog house (formerly Sam's Burger Shack) is taking down any chance of a new year's resolution with "more than you can eat" triple burgers, jumbo hot dogs, steak and cheese subs, chili cheese fries and milkshakes.
Richard and Melody Walden repainted and reinvented the business as a breakfast-to-dinner spot with picnic tables out front and a doggie area in back. Six months in, they're going gangbusters, mostly for takeout, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Sunday. 7301 Brook Road, 266-5781.
Zeus change: Angie and Randy Dudley met while working as managers at Buddy's in the Fan. This month the couple bought Zeus Gallery Café in the Museum District, and plan to add their own touches over time to the popular, 23-year-old business. The blackboard menu and staff, including chef Matthew Ondishko, remain in place. Lunch hours and more affordable wines are coming when the new owners mark a grand reopening this spring. 201 N. Belmont Ave., 359-3219.
Come hither: A new menu at Citizen, the breakfast and lunch spot downtown, promises hearty and healthy options for winter dining. Pupusas, smoked sausage on focaccia, pressed brisket sandwiches, salt cod on potato cakes, braised chicken thighs on grits and herbed quinoa salad with Brussels sprouts, along with daily soups and sides, make this a subterranean gem worth finding for chef Greg Johnson's creative cooking. Weekdays 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 909 E. Main St., 780-9038. citizenrva.com.
Burning love: Chester resident Carie Keller is a contestant on the reality cooking show "Worst Cooks in America." Season five debuts Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. on the Food Network. The show aims to help the kitchen-impaired pick up skills from celebrity chef mentors Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell. Top prize is $25,000. Keller is a promotional model who says she wants to be able to prepare decent meals for her family instead of ordering takeout.
Merci Mozart: Celebrate Mozart's birthday at Can Can Brasserie on Jan. 26. Members of Classical Revolution RVA will play French-inspired Mozart pieces during brunch from noon-2 p.m. and at dinner from 6-7 p.m. Reservations are being taken at 358-7274. 3120 W. Cary St. cancanbrasserie.com.
Tap it: Cask Café & Market will tap a selection of Devils Backbone beers Jan. 29 to mark the release of the new IPA Sixteen Point. A dry-hopped Eight Point cask will be pinned, Pizza Tonight will make pies onsite, and the Cask's local foods will be served starting at 5 p.m. The unique storefront pumps up drinking and dining options in the neighborhood at 206 S. Robinson St. Parking is alongside the building. Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 355-2402.
Billy in Williamsburg: Baker Billy Fallen has opened a bakery at 1433 Richmond Road in Williamsburg, making his eponymous bread, pastries and other confections. Billy Bread of Williamsburg is a wholesale business now with deliveries extending into Hampton Roads. Later this year, a retail bakery will be added, along with an Italian market and Neopolitan pizzeria in a 6,000-square-foot space designed by Helen Reed.
Alcove Indian Cuisine Fast casual lunch with wraps, bowls, poultry, lamb, soups and samosas. Happy hour, dinner entrees, catering and delivery. Lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday. 1112 E. Main St., 644-0767 or 501-8185. alcoveva.com.
Lucy's Chef Jason Lucy presents Angus beef, all cuts, in sandwiches, stew, steaks. Salads, fish, pasta and specials, urban rustic interior with full bar, casual and friendly new neighborhood spot in Jackson Ward. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 404 N. Second St., 562-1444.