Whether out for a day trip or a weekend away, arrive in Richmond with an empty stomach because the Commonwealth’s capital has a scorching-hot food scene. How to choose? Start with twin-like versions of your favorite DC restaurants.
Heritage offers the same spoiled-rotten hospitality that diners get at Rose’s Luxury. And, like Aaron Silverman’s menu in DC, Joe Sparatta’s cuisine has whispers of both the South and cultures around the world. 1627 W. Main St., 804-353-4060
If you crave Convivial’s bad-boy, leather-jacketed French food, seek out L’Opossum, where classics are also twisted into something new: Try Les Escargots à la Ham Biscuit (pictured here) or Beef Swellington, which is glossy with duck butter. 626 China St., 804-918-6028
The small oyster bar inside Union Market is just an amuse bouche of what the Rappahannock team is capable of doing with Chesapeake Bay seafood and oysters from its very own farms. The wood-grilled fish wows. 320 E. Grace St., 804-545-0565
Like Kapnos, Stella’s modernizes one of the world’s oldest cuisines. Greek-born Stella Dikos tempts diners with savory dips, charred meats, and a parade of meze selections, much like Mike Isabella’s first foray into Greek food in DC. 1012 Lafayette St., 804-358-2011