Proper Pie Co.'s pork chile verde pie (photo by Breonca Trofort)
"People often ask us at [The Local Palate] to identify the most impressive emerging food locales in the South," begins Maggie White's editor's letter in the Southern food magazine's October issue. "An exact science with subjective, ever-evolving answers, it's usually best to be vague. Today, however, I have an unequivocal response: Richmond."
The reputation of River City's dining scene has been picking up steam with mentions, nods and accolades in publications like USA Today, Departures Magazine (via Saveur Magazine's co-founder), and The Huffington Post, shining a national spotlight on our innovative chefs, concepts and culinary community. Now, according to an eight-page spread in the The Local Palate, Richmond is the up-and-coming home of gold-standard Southern cuisine.
"Palpable is the passion, pride and devotion demonstrated by this community hungry to both grow and revel in their food renaissance," writes White.
The food-culture-focused magazine first explores this renaissance with The Roosevelt's Lee Gregory, who outlines a daylong food tour from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Stops along the way include bites and sips at some of his favorite locations, like Saison, Metzger Bar & Butchery, Proper Pie Co., and Acacia Mid-town, though of course you'll have to read the latest issue to follow in Gregory's exact footsteps.
A well-curated list of staff picks follows, featuring Richmond mainstay Kuba Kuba and newbies The Rogue Gentlemen, The Magpie and Shyndigz, among others. In the magazine's October issue, you'll also find spotlight features on Stella's, Sub Rosa, and Rappahannock River Oysters ("the Croxtons are the epitome of the everyman working for the everyman"), as well as recipes for Pasture's pimento cheese and The Roosevelt's steak tartare.
"What makes it all so delicious is this: Any and all are welcome to a seat at the RVA table," reads The Local Palate's ode to Richmond. "You'd be wise to pull up a chair."
The Local Palate's October issue hits stands Sept. 23 and is available at most Richmond-area Barnes & Noble, Fresh Market, and Walmart stores.