It's been open for 10 months, but still seems to be under the radar amid Church Hill's culinary buzz. Sarahfran's Restaurant & Lounge is filling its calendar with events to bring the business to the forefront, including a St. Patrick's Day bash, networking nights, karaoke, and soon, a Sunday jazz brunch.
The long and lean building at 412 N. 25th St. was OMG Café, and has been redecorated by owner Elliott Cox, who named the business Sarahfran's after his mother. Recipes from her Guyana-based parents "all derive from family secrets," Cox says, with oxtail that is "tender till the very last drop," and seasoned chicken, plantains and soul-food standards such as cabbage and collards, waffles and wings, and macaroni and cheese. Entrees come with two sides and cost less than $15. The space can hold 100 in the two-room setting with a full bar. 343-0061.
Glass act: It's officially Virginia wine and dine month, with specials at many of the area's best, most wine-centric restaurants. Some will offer Williamsburg Winery's Adagio, the red blend of cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot grapes that won the Governor's Cup award at a ceremony last month. Virginia wines hit a sales record last year, with more than 6 million bottles sold. A list of events and activities for the Love by the Glass promotion is online at virginiawine.org.
Rib ticklers: An updated menu at longtime barbecue standout Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue brings out the spice, with jalapeño bacon and triple sliders (Broad Street location only), fried okra and pickles, and shrimp on skewers. Among the seasonal lineup, Buz's Cajun fried corn, Brunswick stew and chili are available while it's cold outside. The meats — ribs, pulled pork and brisket — remain the same top sellers as usual, and the company's Twitter followers can count on seeing a pun a day urging customers to come eat. 1119 N. Boulevard, 355-6055; 8205 W. Broad St., 346-4227. buzandneds.com.