RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Ever feel like you have endless options when it comes to food in Richmond? We’re taking a closer look at some of them to help you find just what you’re looking for.
Heritage in the Fan has the eggs and the waffles – just not in the “traditional” sense. If you need eggs, there is ramen with braised pork belly, nori and a poached egg. Joe Sparatta, chef and owner, makes his own noodles for his ramen and they are forever changing. For the waffle, there is their rendition of chicken and waffles with golden chicken strips and a cheddar waffle drizzled in spicy honey. You won’t even miss meat (if that is your thing) with the Big Hot Vegan Mess – spicy and filled with local vegetables from Victory Farms – whatever is in season.
Stella’s in the near West End dresses up their fried eggs with black kale and pops the whole thing in a skillet with toasted bread, a lemon vinaigrette and kasseri cheese, which is a hard pale yellow sheep’s milk cheese. Instead of waffles, go Greek French toast, Tsoureki. A sweet Greek Easter bread complete with texturally pleasant almonds is topped with seasonal fresh fruit and powdered sugar. If you lean toward more savory items, the Vyssino adds pistachio, tart yogurt and sour cherries. Don’t miss the spiral-style spanakopita, a flaky spinach and cheese pie.
Helen’s (serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday) pairs their eggs with salmon. In a less-than-traditional Florentine, they take poached eggs and balance them with smoked salmon, creamed spinach, hollandaise, and of course, an English muffin. The result is luxuriously smoky and unctuous. Check your waffle at the door and hit the chicken biscuit. It’s large enough for two…but you’ll want it for yourself. Lightly fried, the chicken has a barely there breading that is only enhanced by black pepper honey and sharp white cheddar.