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A Tiny Taste of Virginia’s Food Scene

Submitted by on May 18, 2019 – 8:14 amNo Comment

Alewife Restaurant, Richmond, Virginia Special to Road Trips for Foodies
By Virginia Tourism Corporation

For a taste of Virginia’s unique salty sensations, plan a journey through the Southeastern region following the recently launched Salty Southern Route honoring our famous Virginia peanuts, salt-cured hams and pork products.

Richmond continues to deliver new and innovative restaurants to Virginia’s booming culinary scene, quickly becoming acknowledged as one of the foremost culinary cities in the U.S. The trendy Scott’s Addition neighborhood in Richmond recently added several new dining options including:

*Perch, helmed by Chef Mike Ledesma, is a blend of Pacific flavors and Virginia cuisine.
*Longoven, a popular longtime pop-up dinner series, opened its first brick and mortar restaurant.
*Alewife, three-time James Beard semifinalist Lee Gregory’s first solo restaurant. Alewife features Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic seafood and emphasizes conservation.

Part of the new Farm Brew Live campus that just opened last year, the spectacular, two-story, historic dairy barn known as the Thomasson Barn will soon open as the rustic industrial restaurant, The Black Sheep whiskey + wine + noshery. The vintage barn will also feature a dedicated arts and entertainment space, outdoor terrace and private dining rooms in the lower level barrel-aging quarters.

Opened in Arlington County’s bustling Clarendon neighborhood is Le Kon, a Mexican and Japanese fusion restaurant from former “Top Chef” contestant Katsuji Tanabe. It’s the first venture into the D.C. area market for Tanabe, best known for his kosher taco spot MexiKosher in New York. And located in Arlington’s new Ballston Quarter retail and entertainment complex, Quarter Market is an 18-concept food hall that brings the newest up-and-coming food establishments to Arlington along with some tried and true favorites.

Fresh market and food hall concepts are popping up all over Virginia. Explore unique and evolving food concepts at Fredericksburg’s Dominion Public Market. Just opened, the market and food hall occupies the first floor of a historic 35,000-square-foot brick building while the second floor features a culinary teaching kitchen, an outdoor music venue, bar and event gathering space on the rooftop. The public market and food hall features restaurants and vendors selling fresh produce and other food items. Local chefs served as advisers on the culinary components of the project, making it a truly home-grown experience. The space also serves as an incubator and test space for entrepreneurs.

Oysters are a great reason to visit Virginia, with multiple attractions and offerings all along the Virginia Oyster Trail. In April 2019, the first ever “Shuckapalooza” debuted – an exclusive, bucket-list worthy event of private oyster tastings, tours and educational experiences showcasing on-water excursions, oyster farm tours, wine and oyster pairings – providing numerous ways to grow to love Virginia’s eight distinctive oyster tastes!

Speaking of unique oyster tastes – Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town Alexandria, always serves their Virginia-grown Salty Wolfe oyster as part of their rotating list of East and West Coast oysters. The Salty Wolfe is the proprietary oyster locally grown just for Hank’s Oyster Bar and you can only have it at Hank’s. It is a tribute to Jamie’s father, Hank Wolfe Leeds and is salty like its name with a mild, creamy finish.

Here’s a video:

(Photo courtesy of Alewife; video courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation)

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