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New York Deli Photo by Ash Daniel
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Even RGIII will need to take a break.
And if you want a brief escape from the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, here are a few suggestions for things to see and places to eat nearby. For a comprehensive list of Richmond restaurants, visit richmag.com/dine .
An enclave of mid-20th-century warehouses and garages transforming into condos and restaurants west of the Redskins facility, across North Boulevard. Attractions Movieland at Boulevard Square (1301 N. Boulevard, 354-6099 or bowtiecinemas.com ) is a 17-screen cinema with an additional four-screen Criterion art house.
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Dining Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen & Bar (1200 N. Boulevard, 354-9888 or fatdragonrva.com ) offers Cantonese, Sichuan and Hunan cuisine, along with craft beers,. A consistent regional favorite, Buz & Ned's Real Barbecue (1119 N. Boulevard, 355-6055 or buzandneds.com ) has plentiful outdoor seating, while En Su Boca (1001 N. Boulevard, facebook.com/EnSuBoca ) is a full-service taqueria that was scheduled to open in June. Lunch (1213 Summit Ave, 353-0111 or eatlunchrva.com ), a small place for big and discerning appetites, also serves breakfast and supper, and Summit Ave. Roastery (1719 Summit Ave., 447-2648 or lamplighter coffee.com/summit.html ), a satellite of Lamplighter Roasting Co., has sandwiches and good joe. Finally, The Dairy Bar Restaurant (1602 Roseneath Road, 355-1937, dairybarrestaurant.com ) has been producing incredible milkshakes since 1946.
Richmond's commercial spine is also its main drag. Attractions Located behind the stadium and undergoing a huge new upgrade, The Science Museum of Virginia (2500 W. Broad St., 864-1400 or smv.org ) also has an IMAX theater. Next door is the Children's Museum of Richmond (2626 W. Broad St., 474-7000 or c-mor.org ), with fun educational exhibits. Dining Along with plenty of TVs, Gus' Bar & Grill (2701 W. Broad St., 612-9275 or gusbarandgrill.com ) has a Monday to Friday 3 to 7 p.m. happy hour with $3 drafts and $2.50 rail drinks, while The City Diner (2237 W. Broad St., 254-1974 or citydinerrva.com ) offers glad-to-see-you diner grub, including breakfast all day, until 2 p.m. A sophisticated but not stuffy alternative is Avenue 805 (805 N. Davis Ave., 353-2505 or avenue805.net ), serving sandwiches, soups, pasta and seafood a half-block off Broad. The Savory Grain Restaurant & Draft House (2043 W. Broad St., 592-4000 or thesavorygrain.com ) has a seasonally changing New American menu, 24 beers on tap and bare-brick-wall conviviality.
A retail and entertainment district with more than 200 shops, boutiques and restaurants. Attractions The Byrd Theatre (2908 W. Cary St., 358-3056 or byrdtheatre.com ) is a working 1928 movie palace showing second-run films for just $1.99. There's a Wurlitzer organ performance before movies on Saturdays. Dining Tasty Thai, specialty drinks and outdoor seating can be found at Mom's Siam (2811 W. Cary St., 359-7606 or momsiam.com ), while Coppola's Deli (2900 W. Cary St., 359-6969 or coppolasdelirichmond.com ) makes big, satisfying specialty sandwiches. Don't Look Back (2929 W. Cary St., 353-8226) has tacos, burritos and walls adorned with flat-screen televisions, and favored Carytown nightspot the New York Deli (2920 W. Cary St., 358-3354 or ny-d.com ) is a successful overhaul of an old establishment, with sandwiches, specials, karaoke and trivia nights. Mary Angela's (3345 W. Cary St., 353-2333) is a local pizza institution. Galaxy Diner (3109 W. Cary St., 213-0510), a busy space-themed diner with stellar milkshakes, also serves breakfast all day. Weezie's Kitchen (3123 W. Cary St. 726-1270 or weezieskitchen.com ) has nightly seafood and pasta specials, karaoke and live music. Can Can Brasserie (3120 W. Cary St., 358-7274 or cancanbrasserie.com ) is a French vacation without the jet fare. Carytown Burgers and Fries (3500 1/2 W. Cary St., 358-5225 or carytownburgersandfries.com ) creates big and messy burgers, salads, shakes and vegetarian fare in the oldest building in Carytown — circa 1820.
Tucked-away eateries and shops spread out from North Boulevard and Hermitage Avenue. Attractions Enjoy minor-league baseball with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (3001 N. Boulevard, 359-3866 or http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t3410 ), who play at The Diamond. Dining Soups, salads, big sandwiches, pizzas and the house specialty of a fried oyster platter are all on the menu at Kitchen 64 (3336 N. Boulevard, 358-0064 or kitchen64.com ), adjacent to the interstate I-64 ramp. Sweet 95 (3312 N. Boulevard, 354-9595) is an ice cream stand next door. Dot's Back Inn (4030 MacArthur Ave, 266-3167 or dotsbackrichmond.com ) is a North Side institution but not the stuffy kind. Other options include Enoteca Sogno (1223 Bellevue Ave., 355-8466 or enoteca-sogno.com ), an Italian wine bar; Northside Grille (1217 Bellevue Ave., 266-4403 or northsidegrille.com ), with seafood specials, pasta and patio seating; and Stir Crazy Café (4015 MacArthur Ave., 864-0264 or stircrazycafe.net ), with panini, breakfast all day, wraps, beer and wine, and live music on Friday nights. Roy's Big Burger (200 Lakeside Ave., 262-8775), a longtime neighborhood tradition, serves hulking burgers for walk-up, takeout or enjoying at its picnic tables. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (2408 Owenby Lane, 420-2420 or hardywood.com ) hosts frequent food events, entertainment and tastings.
The Fan District
A neighborhood with easily walkable corner bars and shops. Attractions Stroll along Monument Avenue and enjoy the architecture, or take in an exhibition at the Virginia Center for Architecture (2501 Monument Ave., 644-3041 or architectureva.org ). Dining Venerable hangout Buddy's Place (325 N. Robinson, 355-3701 or buddysplace.net ) offers appetizers, sandwiches and specials. McCormack's Whisky Grill and Smokehouse (204 N. Robinson St.) is an urban roadhouse with a knowledgeable staff, while the youthful crowd at Star-lite Dining & Lounge (2600 W. Main St., 254-2667 or starlitediningandlounge.com ) enjoys its happy-hour specials, late-night menu and weekend brunch. Gourmet pub food and flat-screen TVs can be found at F.W. Sullivan's Fan Bar & Grill (2401 W. Main St., 308-8576 or fwsullivans.com ), and Home Team Grill (1630 W. Main St., 254-7360 or hometeamgrill.com ) is a proud sports bar. Joe's Inn (205 N. Shields Ave., 355-2282 or joesinn.com ) is a classic neighborhood joint with a Greek-Italian menu, and Balliceaux (203 N. Lombardy St., 355-3008 or balliceauxrva.com ) delivers tasty fare with flair and live music just about every night.
An urbane street lined by trees and culture, south of Broad and bordered by Museum District restaurants. Attractions A treasure trove of Virginia history with lectures and gallery tours can be found at The Virginia Historical Society (428 N. Boulevard, 358-4901 or vahistorical.org ). A couple blocks south, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (200 N. Boulevard, 340-1400 or vmfa.museum) delivers a comprehensive overview of 6,000 years of creativity along with two dining options: the casual Best Café and the more formal but welcoming Amuse. Dining At Bandito's Burrito Lounge (2905 Patterson Ave., 354-9999 or banditosburritolounge.com ), you'll find Mexi-Cali fare, events, karaoke and live music, while Deco Ristorante (2901 Park Ave., 342-4278 or decorichmond.com ) supplies traditional Italian and interpretations of Sicilian "street food. Caliente (2922 Park Ave., 340-2920 or calienterva.com ) is a popular neighborhood spot with an easy drinkin' patio and seriously hot wings. Chiocca's (425 N. Belmont Ave., 355-3228 or chioccasdeli.com ) is a neighborhood stalwart serving huge sandwiches and subs in a cozy basement location.