It's time for an annual holiday overnight in Richmond at the splendid and dog-friendly Jefferson Hotel.
We have time for one dinner and would like the best meal (preferably unique) that the city has to offer. Our four priorities are...
1. Best Food
2. Best Dining Experience for Two
3. Regional Slant
4. Wine List
Two years ago we ate at the Frog and the Redneck - loved the New South cuisine which transcended that cliche. Terrific (if small) wine list, good service, funky decor.
Of course the Frog, and Southern Grill (chef Jimmy Sneed's follow-up) are both closed. btw - folks in Richmond don't seem to care for Jimmy Sneed. What's the dish? As an outsider, all I know is that his cooking was terrific - but conversations with concierges and taxi drivers grind to a halt when I mention his name.
Last year we ate at Pomegranate, a nice Euro-bistro, nothing more, nothing less. As an aside, my biggest complaint about Pomegranate is that although they supported local Virginia wineries by well-representing them on the list, they were not included amongst the wine-by-the-glass offerings. That's how you introduce diners to local wine.
Right now I'm thinking of trying Lemaire (wonder if it is too old-school? Is the AAA rating a good thing or a sign of stogginess?) or Acacia (wondering if it is as good as the F&W hype).
Thanks in advance.