This one is the anchor restaurant for this Chesterfield Towne Center, much like Ruby Tuesday’s is for many other malls. This is the big sit-down place with much better food than the food court. It’s not real fancy, but it is pretty good. There is a bar to the right as you walk in, and the hostess station to the left, along with the bakery. See, the main thing Spinnaker’s is known for is their flowerpot bread. This is a wheat bread cooked in clay flowerpots, and it is sooo yummy!! This comes with most dinners, but you can also buy the kit for $5 to take home and bake. It makes a cute gift, but trust me on this, it’s a pain in the rear end to make! Just eat it here when you crave it.
The seating is all booths, and they are the big cushiony comfy ones. The decor is varied, with local sports teams and whatnot, but also with computer related items as this chain started off to appeal to the techno crowd. Once upon a time, the menu reflected that with computer-ese named selections… wish I could remember a couple because they were cute. Now they’re trying to do away with that and go towards more of a sea-fairing type of feel.
For the holidays, Spinnaker’s pulls out all the stops to serve up traditional Thanksgiving and Yule meals. You can expect to find both Turkey and Ham meals added to their menu, complete with all the trimmings, and all for a very reasonable price.
11500 Midlothian Trnpk,
Richmond, VA 23112
Located on a little side street in the West End of Richmond is India House. This is in a little industrial type of area, and you are not likely to accidentally just stumble across it. It’s in a white brick warehouse looking building. They rely heavily on word-of-mouth, and it’s working. When you pull up you may have second thoughts. The parking is a major problem as the lot is quite small… but go ahead and find a space and come in. You won’t be sorry.
This is a nice place in orange and yellow, with mirrors and various Indian items on the walls. The tables are covered with a nice white cloth, which is in turn covered with a piece of glass. The napkins are also cloth. Indian music wafts from the speakers at just the right volume.
As you might expect, the food here is Indian, mostly from the south. As such, your traditional Thanksgiving meal won’t be (traditional, that is.) You will get Basmati Rice in place of stuffing, for instance. But oh what a great meal it is. The food ´here is beyond excellent.
2313 Westwood Ave
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m.
Do you ever have those times when you don’t want anything fancy… just something hot and filling? Those times where greasy is a bonus? Well, I do! I crave home cooking from time to time and the best places to find that is the little cheesy places that you usually never notice. Chesterfield Diner is just such a place.
There are old-fashioned ‘Grandma’ tables on either side of the door (you know, vinyl topped, silver rimmed), along with a counter along the back if you wish to sit there. There’s a TV in one corner showing mainly NASCAR races, and various racing memorabilia all over the walls. I noticed a trophy sitting on a shelf too. I wonder if one of the owners races cars? Maybe his/her son? Interesting at any rate.
This is the place to go if you want no-frills, inexpensive and very traditional Thanksgiving food. The staff will treat you like you are sitting down at Grandma’s house. Expect heaps of real mashed potatoes and mountains of stuffing.
11306 Hull Street Rd
Midlothian, VA 23112
New China Buffet–
This is a smallish kinda place compared to most of the others in the area. That’s not a bad thing really; it feels a bit more intimate that way. The seating is at tables here, no booths.
One thing that we found to be really odd is they put the smoking section by the door and hostess station. This means all you non-smokers have to go through us to get to your section. heh. This may account for part of why they don’t seem to be doing a very brisk business. The lack of business is a plus, though, if you don’t wish to deal with long waits at other restaurants on Thanksgiving Day.
During the holidays, this one adds things to the buffet following a more American theme, such as turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, etc. The cost for the buffet is not prohibitive, and you can eat all you want.
1085 Hull St Rd
Midlothian, VA 23112
Hops Restaurant & Brewery–
I’d seen Hops popping up everywhere over the past few years here in Richmond, but the whole Micro brewery thang put me off. I’m not a drinker, usually, and when I do drink it’s just not beer… unless it’s on a dare. heh. Beer is just really nasty unless it’s like over 100 outside and the beer is so cold it’s almost frozen… even then after a few sips it warms up too much for me so like, yeah. Not into the brewskis at all.
The first thing our waiter brought after our Ice Teas was a plate of the most divine fresh-baked honey-butter croissants. Umm mmm good. These are cute little thangs that just melt in your mouth. I almost decided to just order a ton more of those and call that a meal. Boy were those good.
For Thanksgiving Day and through the holidays, Hops serves up a lot of Turkey, Ham, and Goose dishes. This is not the fare your granny lays on the table though. It may look like it is, but take a bite. See what I mean? The chef here is all about unconventional spices, and the food is all the better for it.
1570 W Kroger Center Dr
Richmond, VA 23235-4721
Located directly across the street from the gorgeous Omni Hotel in Richmond’s infamous Shockoe Slip, The Tobacco Company has been around for about 26 years now. Shockoe Slip is an area that was once rich in the tobacco industry, but then devastated by the Civil War. Tobacco Company is in two of the old 3-story tobacco warehouses. This place just exudes Richmond’s roots in history.
Upon entering, there is a bar to the left and the hostess booth straight ahead of you. This is actually an old ticket booth. Tobacco Company utilizes all three floors of the old warehouses, and you can either take the stairs (salvaged from the old St. Luke’s Hospital in Richmond) or the antique brass elevator to get to your designated floor. We took the elevator up to the second floor where another hostess lead us to our smoking table. The center of all three floors is open so you can see above and below. Everything is elegantly done and that brass chandelier is beautiful!
The walls are the original brick, and hanging throughout the place are other historic items such as antique gothic mirrors and advertisements from a bygone era. The lighting is low, but not so dark that you can’t read the menu. My only complaint would be that the piano player was a bit loud, making it sometimes hard to keep up with conversation. Other than that, it’s hard to beat the feel of this marvellous place.
This is the place you go for Thanksgiving dinner if you mean to impress your Mother-in-law as it is a bit on the pricey side. Still, the food is good and the ambiance is to die for.
1201 East Cary St
This is in Richmond’s West End in a very non-distinctive lot of businesses. You’ll likely miss it if you aren’t looking for it. Do look for it. It’s on the right heading west from downtown on Broad. Their sign has a half moon on it. Look for the red roof on the adobe building.
It’s a little dim inside but not dark my any means. It’s all about dark woods and Italian decor such as big bottles of seasoned oils and strings of peppers and garlic hanging from the ceiling. The hostesses are all very nice and on the ball. We’ve never had to wait for a table here, but I bet you would have to on a weekend.
They have an upper deck and a lower terrace, besides the dining area inside… but being in a shopping center there isn’t what I’d call a romantic view so where you sit doesn’t really make much difference… unless it’s a nice balmy summer night and you want to watch the moon and stars.
Dining here is casual so you don’t have to dress up for it. Most of the clientele show up in business casual, khakis and polos… but jeans or shorts are just fine and dandy.
The appetizers are plentiful. Almost too plentiful. If you go with your honey there is a good possibility you will be too full from this to eat your main course so be careful. We usually go with the wonderful Ooh, Zi for $8.95. This consists of olives, roasted red peppers, and fresh mozzarella slices topped with sun-dried tomatoes and slices of proscuitto and mortadella. Excellent in every conceivable way.
For Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays, they adjust their pasta menu to throw in turkey rather than chicken into the rich sauces. You will not get the traditional meal here, but you will get some fabulous food for a moderate cost.
8902 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294
Mon.-Thu. 11:30AM-3PM, 5-10PM
Fri. 11:30AM-3PM, 5-11PM
Sat. 11:30AM-2PM, 4-11PM
Upon entering you will come to the hostess stand, as usual. To the right is a bar and the smoking area, to the left the non-smoking section. The decor is blue/aqua and white and there are all kinds of sea related items all over the walls and such. I really liked the feel of this place.
The booths are very comfy, and the staff is always nothing but smiles. The service can be a bit slow during peak times, but they make up for it by being very nice.
While this is normally a seafood place, you can rest assured that you will get a very nice Turkey dinner here on Thanksgiving, although the stuffing will include oysters. heh.
7408 W. Broad St
Richmond, VA 23294
This hotspot is located downtown by the Farmer’s Market, on a cobblestone kinda street. The ambiance begins before you even walk into the place. The front of the restaurant is made so that the windows can be propped up and open, so the various aromas hit you immediately. When you enter the place, you are greeted right away. There is no seating preference since this is a Cigar Bar as well as a restaurant… it’s 100% smoking. My kind of place!
We were seated at a comfy-cozy booth, but there are also tables throughout this darkened place. Cuban music blasts on the speakers so it can get a bit difficult to hold a conversation at times, but you get used to it. The music is really part of its charm.
The decor is mostly wood with a subdued yellow on the walls full of Cuban art (painted on the walls, not hanging paintings.) You will also find palm trees scattered throughout this fine establishment. It really makes you feel like you are in another country.
Of course you can expect that Havana 59’s expert chefs will be putting a Cuban flare to your otherwise traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. Be glad they do. It is oooh la la good.
16 N. 17th St
Young Bin Kwan–
is in the corner of a large shopping center on the corner of Midlothian and Turner Rd. It has a Marshall’s and a Burlington Coat outlet… stores like that. Kind of a so-so place. But if you go back into the very corner of that V, you will find one of the absolute best-kept secrets in Richmond.
Walking into Young Bin Kwan is like travelling to another country. It’s all very Korean in style. Windows and light wall paper with various ethnic items on the wall. You can even get a newspaper that is printed in Korean by the hostess stand.
There are tables in the middle of this smallish dining room, but we were drawn to the booths lining the wall to the right. They had a square thingy in the center. My friend grinned at my perplexity and sat us there. Turns out that thingy is a small grill. I would come to love this grill.
While Young Bin Kwan is open on Thanksgiving Day, you will not get a traditional turkey meal here. I added them in because some folks don’t want a turkey with all the fixings kind of meal, they just want to find someplace that happens to be open that day and has exceptional food. This, then, is their spot.
7437 Midlothian Tpke # B,
Richmond, VA 23225