Preferred Pitstops

Richmond has been Duke’d, plus local pitstops before the Cook Out 400, and more on that new Yellow Umbrella in Scott’s Addition.


It’s condiment chaos in these streets

Mayo week is in full fiery swing and the dukes are up for the Golden Tomato Award. In its inaugural year, local mayonnaise brand Duke’s has opened up voting online for an eater’s choice award during Hot Tomato Summer voting in the best local tomato and mayonnaise dish. Cast your vote. Currently, Northside newcomer Neighbor has the ballot box filled with their Stiffler’s Tomato Pie and Kentucky Hot Brown.

Need more information? We have it all. And we did get the opportunity to sample some of these fine offerings — Pinky’s in Scott’s Addition has a serious setup with crispy pork belly, heirloom tomatoes and Calabrian chili mayonnaise, while Stanley’s in the Fan provides the opportunity to eat a BLT while also lifting weights with its hefty hoagie made with pork belly, heirlooms, shredduce and mayo.

Stiffler's Tomato Pie from Northside newcomer Neighbor.
  • Stiffler's Tomato Pie from Northside newcomer Neighbor.

Alright, race fans: Fuel up

The Cook Out 400 pulls into Richmond International Speedway at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. Inevitably, fans will be looking for nearby places to grab a meal before or after the race. Act like a lock and pop into Northside Grille for its massive plate of nachos (the full-size portion will sink a ship) with jalapeños, cheese, tomatoes and your choice of chicken, buffalo or bbq. Right around the corner, you’ll find another local favorite, Dot’s Back Inn. Anything on the specials board there will have a poll position.

Doors open, doors close

Yellow Umbrella Provisions and Cirrus Vodka are joining forces for a new location in the old Blue Bee Cider in Scott’s Addition. (If you regularly read Style: First, thank you and second, you may have seen a little hint to this happening back in May.)


Thomas and Tucker Brown bought Yellow from David Whitby in 2020 and are planning a restaurant in the new spot. Cirrus Vodka will have a tasting room called Ballast. Says Tom Ellington, director of sales at Cirrus: “Ballast is going to be the name of the Blue Bee Summit property that the Yellow Umbrella family bought, and then different businesses will be inside Ballast: Yellow Umbrella, their restaurant concept, Cirrus, and one [other] in the works.”

If you love Beaunuts, the buttermilk bisc-donut food truck turned Petersburg brick-and-mortar, you’ll be thrilled to hear owner Ernie LaBrecque and partners KB LaBrecque and Elliott Fausz are opening a second spot, Oyster Society. If the logo doesn’t raise your eyebrows, check out their Facebook — its curiously fun.

In sad, sliced-meat news, longtime Innsbrook staple, Padow’s Ham and Deli, shut its doors this week. In 1936, George Padow opened his first grocery in Jackson Ward. Now in order to get your fix, you’ll have to hit one of the other three remaining Richmond locations: Midlothian, Brandermill, or Mechanicsville Turnpike.