We asked writer David Hanson to spend a day exploring Richmond, Virginia. The assignment: each and every spot had to be one recommended by a local. The result: seven stops in the state capitol from the people who know it best.
It’s one great day in one great city. Follow along.
117 South 14th Street
The co-founder of this Wall Street-meets-Billy Reid menswear shop, Paul Trible (above), knows good design. As I browse “Anglo-Southern” dress shirts, he suggests I tour the ‘hood with his artist friend Ed Trask…
2. Shockoe Design District
Dressed in Carhartts and a porkpie hat, Ed Trask takes me on a cruiser tour of the up-and-coming Shockoe Design District, where an array of international artists created an outdoor gallery of modern art beside the ancient James River. After exploring, we get hungry, which leads to…
416 East Grace Street
We stop at Jason Alley’s eatery for no-frills, vintage Southern food. I trust a chef who can butcher a pig and make gourmet scrapple, serves buttery crackers with his house-made pimiento cheese, and directs me to a donut shop for dessert…
4. Country Style Donuts
4300 Williamsburg Road
I’m too late for the morning regulars’ chatter atop teal diner stools. But the family owners are still slinging dough at this 24-hour roadside indulgence. Digging into an apple fritter as big as my face, I hear two stylish ladies talking about Carytown. I type it into Google Maps and go…
West Cary Street
My pal Jackie meets me there. She browses racks at Fab’rik, Need Supply Co., and Pink, lingering at Ashby, a resale and consignment shop. After our afternoon of shopping, Jackie (bless her) finally points me toward a beer…
6. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408 Ownby Lane
Two guys brew craft beer in a giant hops-scented warehouse. You can taste it from the tap and take home a growler. My thirst quenched, I ask them about dinner…
1627 West Main Street
Co-owner Emilia Sparatta takes my order: Brown butter-crusted flounder, prepared by her husband, Joe. Emilia’s brother, Mattias Hägglund, shakes me up a Vieux Carré cocktail. Perfection.
Now we want to hear from you. What’s your favorite spot in Richmond?