Where else in Richmond are you finding Texas caviar on the menu? That's a black bean and black-eyed pea dish, marinated in hotness, best served with a cold one and a plate loaded with wood-fired meats. It's what Paul Hubbard and Chris Davis are serving at their new take-out business, Alamo Barbecue, 2202 Jefferson Ave. in Church Hill.
Vegetarians find something to love in the barbecue portobello sandwich and the 10 daily sides such as corn bread, cowboy beans and jalapeno mac and cheese. Diehards will appreciate Davis' no-propane cooking methods, learned from Texas pitmasters, for smoked ribs, pulled pork and chicken, and beef brisket. Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. for takeout only. 592-3138.
Weezie's Kitchen: One of the city's workingest cafes is open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily, serving moderately priced, fresh comfort foods in a welcoming atmosphere, breakfast through bar crowd. Live bluegrass on Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Nonsmoking. 3123 W. Cary St. 726-1270. www.weezieskitchen.com.
Bin22: Now serving lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regulars have long loved the 30-seat patio. New lunch menu includes snacks (prosciutto and cantaloupe; artichoke and goat cheese spread), five traditional sandwiches and a handful of gourmet paninis, salads and cheeses. 3200 W. Cary St. 358-4501. www.bin22carytown.com.
Mise En Place: Singles event known as the Blender, June 11. Some two dozen taste-minded people will cook up more than food, apparently. www.miseenplaceshockoe.com.
Kluge Estate Vineyard: Friday night movies in the Charlottesville estate ballroom and grounds, June 19, July 24 and Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. $50 per couple includes film tickets (“Casablanca,” “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” “Some Like it Hot” or “An Affair to Remember”); wine and cheese basket with Kluge Estate RosAc or 2003 Albemarle Simply Red. Bring blankets or chairs. www.klugeestate.com.
Ocean Breeze Bar and Grill: Seafood and American fare; dinner nightly from 4, brunch Saturday and Sunday 13923 Hull Street Road. 639-9550.
Doraldo's Restaurant: Italian lunch and dinner daily. 13253 Rittenhouse Road (off Hull Street Road near Kroger). 562-0815. Nonsmoking.
Vegan Brunch: June 13, 10 a.m.-noon, $20 all-inclusive. Boaz and Ruth's Firehouse 15. 3011 Meadowbridge Road in Highland Park. www.vegetarianrichmond.com.
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