We were in Richmond this past weekend for the Ukrop Monument Avenue 10k. We treat our races as mini-vacations and plan them in nearby cities that we generally wouldn't visit otherwise. Richmond was hopping since VCU was playing Butler in a Final Four game. We saw a lot of yellow and black garb, ran our 10k, ate some Richmond food, and visited the Hollywood Cemetery (we don't usually visit cemeteries, but this is a well-known Richmond attraction with the headstones of two former presidents and thousands of Confederates; it was a nice walk after all the eating).
Here's where we ate, in order: Edo's Squid, Mama's Kitchen, Sub Central, and Comfort. A quick overview of our Richmond food experience:
Edo's Squid: Far exceeded our expectations; we would be very happy if Edo's Squid picked up and moved into our DC neighborhood. The fried squid was among the best we've ever had and we are suckers for calamari, so we've had a lot. Light, crispy, perfect. The arugula salad tasted as though it was just picked, so fresh and simply dressed. Loved it. The eggplant parmigiana was solid, simple, just tasty. The overall theme of Edo's Squid: simply prepared and perfect. Braised fennel was so good that Mr. Plantain just ran out to the store for fennel and cream to mimic the flavors at home. The waiter was kind enough to tell us that the fennel was braised in white wine before cream, nutmeg, and parmesan were added before broiling. Never knew that fennel could be this good.
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