by Colby Rogers
Diners can grab $5 deals this week at more than 25 local restaurants during Style Weekly's RVA Sandwich Week, which runs through Aug. 30. Pictured is one of them —the Union Market Reuben, with house-made corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, spicy mustard and Gruyère cheese on Billy Bread.
Participating restaurants include Bellytimber Tavern, Brew, Burgerworks, Café Caturra, Cary Street Cafe Carytown Burgers & Fries, the Cask Café & Market, Cha Cha's Cantina, Commercial Taphouse & Grill, En Su Boca, Good Foods Grocery, Hurley's Tavern, the Local Eatery & Pub, Metro Grill, Mojo's, New York Deli, Positive Vibe Café, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the Savory Grain, Siné, Society, Strawberry Street Café, Superstars Pizza, Torero, Union Market, and Xtra's.
Details on each restaurant's sandwich can be found at rvasandwichweek.com.
Stuffy's gets filled: After Stuffy's packed up shop and left the Virginia Commonwealth University area in May after 38 years, diners wondered what would become of the former sub-maker's space on Harrison Street. Wonder no longer: Construction is underway to turn the space into an open-kitchen Asian fusion spot from Paulo Benavides, the owner of Pepe's Mexican Restaurant on Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. The restaurant has yet to be named. But Benavides says that in making the leap from cuisine to cuisine and from suburbs to city, he hopes the location will do well with college diners hungry for variety. Watch this space for details as they become available.
Just opened: Also on Harrison Street, in the former Yogie's Yogurt Shop, the second Richmond location of Charlottesville transplant Christian's Pizza is now slinging slices to early favorable buzz. The pie-maker, known for its specialty and house favorite pizzas, also opened a location in the Village Shopping Center on Three Chopt Road earlier this year. We've been told to try: the avocado and feta pizza with mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil, and the arugula and prosciutto pizza with pecorino romano. Christian's Pizza, 404 N. Harrison St., 204-1643.
Stony Point Pair-Up: CinéBistro at Stony Point Fashion Park is throwing an eight-course beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m., Aug. 28. A couple of course standouts are beer-braised littleneck clams and mussels with melted sweet peppers and lemon grass, alongside Flying Dog Brewery's Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, and spiced lamb ribs with strained yogurt and minted tomato jam paired with an Ommegang Rare Vos. $49. Seating is limited. 9200 Stony Point Parkway, 864-0460.
Wranglin' up mall grub: Food trucks may be familiar sights in the city, but a fleet of them will head to Chesterfield Town Center on Sept. 14 for the Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo. The festival will feature more than 35 Richmond-area trucks, including Hungry Turtle, Grilled Meats and Treats, and River City Wood Fire Pizza. Also on tap are 25 local craft beers from Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood, Starr Hill and Legend. Music will also be provided by funky soul masters Gedeon Luke and the People. The festival runs from noon-7 p.m. centralvirginiafoodtruckrodeo.com.
The Halligan Bar-B-Q Grill Express: Same spicy, hearty fare as the Shockoe and Short Pump locations, but at a three-alarm pace. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 10108 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland, 299-2921. thehalliganbar.com.
The Urban Tavern: New American gastropub in Short Pump from Home Team Grill owner Garland Taylor. Tavern-esque food, charcuterie and small plates. Featuring 24 taps of craft beer, plus growlers. 10498 Ridgefield Parkway, 716-7029. theurbantavern.com.
L'Opposum: Quirky fusion of French fare and Southern cuisine in Oregon Hill. Unique cocktails alongside the usual stable of local craft beer. 626 China St., 918-6028. lopossum.com.
Southern Kitchen: Mouth of the South New eatery from former Sweet Tea's manager Shane Thomas. Soul food staples including po'boys, pulled pork and — of course — heaping helpings of fried chicken in a cozy, white-linen dining room. 2 N. 18th St., 729-4141.