For those of you still on your way up for the XTERRA East Championships in Richmond, Virginia, here’s a few recommendations. This holds especially true if you’ve never been here before.
There’s lots of places to eat, things to see and places to go. Here’s a few favorites of ours. With so many options, this is only a handful of joints. We’d love to hear your favorites, too, so comment below!!
Great coffee a place to grab some healthy grub: Elwood Thompson’s
If you’re a Whole Foods or Earth Fare fan, then you’ll love Elwood Thompson’s Local Market. Plenty of locally grown foods and goods. They have a great coffee bar where I first witnessed the Clover coffee machine back in 2010 (before Starbucks even knew what it was). More info.
Where else to eat?
Great Little Cafe: Lucy’s
We stumbled upon Lucy’s looking for lunch and loved this place. Great atmosphere and decor and the food was delish. One person on Yelp perfectly described it as, “Atmosphere is relaxing with cool hues, classy yet managing to be casual and unpretentious.” Alba had the HRT sandwich and I had the special of the day which was mahi mahi on field greens with roasted peppers, red onions and garlic croutons. More info.
Awesome Mexican food with flare: Casa del Barco
We had dinner here after Craig Evans recommended this joint. Man, was the food outstanding. It’s built inside one of the renovated Reynold’s buildings that sat abandoned after closing down in the 60’s. Very cool decor with raw brick and recovered wood. It’s super close to the race venue as you’ll run right by it on the run course. You can walk there from the transition area, so no need to even move your car. More info.
Sounds like bad bar food but it’s not: Pearl’s Raw Bar
We at here last night and was a bit afraid when Charlotte Mahan invited us. Although a “raw bar” stirs visions in my head of some sketchy places back home, this place was far from it. We crammed as many XTERRA racers as we could get into one booth and had a great time, with great people and great food. I had the salmon with coconut risotto. Loved it. More info.
Local’s recommendation for a close microbrew: Legend Brewery
We ate here and enjoyed some of the brews after the guys at Coqui Cyclery recommended it. The nachos are out of this world, as are their hamburgers. The view of the RIchmond skyline from the deck is stunning. We might be hitting up this place after the race on Sunday for some great burgers and beer made on premises. It’s central Virginia’s oldest and largest microbrewery. More info.
Well, there’s a couple of recommendations. Again, if you have some, we’d love to hear them. Comment below!!!