Richmond RVA Radar: Westhampton.
Westhampton is generally described as the area near and surrounding Libbie, Grove and Patterson Avenues. This is a vibrant affluent neighborhood in Richmond’s Near West End and convenient to a diverse range of local shops, dining, drinking and entertainment options. This mid-century, well maintained stylish area has it all within walking distance. However, it does still fall under the city taxes so it is more expensive than Henrico for instance.
The Blue Goat is my first choice located on Grove Avenue. Laid back, eclectic, and unpretentious. This is a great place to meet your special friends for drinks or food. Sit out on the patio and watch the people go by on this wonderful street in Westhampton, or sit inside and listen to the music surrounded by exposed brick and soft lighting. The dining experience is quiet lovely, you get what you pay for here, a wide variety of choices and features some great American southern comfort food. Everything is created from scratch and sourced locally whenever possible, representing the bounty of the surrounding area. To enhance the experience they offer a selection of wines from around the world with a focus on small producers,from fresh seared scallops and pan seared rockfish to fried oysters and crab cakes. Beyond seafood you’ll find a hearty bistro steak, pimento tots, and fried green tomatoes, The staff are courteous and knowledgable. If you like beer, they have a rotating list of craft beers from local breweries. This is a must go to experience, you will probably want to move to this neighborhood after visiting the Blue Goat.
The Continental is located again on Grove Avenue.This is a Richmond ‘Go To’ venue. Large portions, (so order something that you want to eat tomorrow too, they do provide you with a take home container), and let your eyes feast on the expansive menu. Lobster fried rice and Nachos were my choice, amazing! This place has a great American bar feel, dark and comforting, with an outside covered area, so sit and drink at the bar and watch the game or sit in a booth and satisfy even the largest hunger pangs. The staff are warm friendly and great company, so this is another great reason to move to the neighborhood, (Call me!).
Jack Brown’s Burger & Beer Joint On Grove Avenue, with over 100 craft beers on tap, this burger joint is full of great food and drink. The venture started in Harrisonburg before expanding with a second location in Westhampton. Their large list of Burgers is made from Wagyu beef, which is also known as American-Style Kobe beef and is the result of cross breeding Japanese Wagyu cattle with Angus cattle. Kobe meat is highly sought after because of intense marbling and high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat. Wagyu cattle raised outside of Kobe must be identified as Wagyu or Kobe-style. so these burgers are a little bit special, there’s something for every meat lover out there and some great Vegetarian options too!
Yellow Umbrella You’ll find it on Patterson Avenue. Yellow Umbrella is the area’s premiere sustainably of harvested fish, seafood, artisan bread and produce market. This is your one stop shop for delicious and fresh local goods. If you want to treat yourself to the finest of ingredients for a special meal, please head here.
The Toy Center Again, head to Patterson Avenue, This is the oldest toy store in Richmond VA, celebrating 50 years! (1966). Mary Mollen the owner is wonderful! She takes great care in sourcing all the ‘right’ toys and games to stimulate your child’s enquiring mind. From Playmobil® to locally sourced toys, Mary will also source that hard to find toy for you. The train set in the store is worth going for alone. If you want to have that special time with your child bring them here and watch their excitement, (and yours if you let it!), as you walk round the store. I love this place, as does my 5 year old son! Personal service and a massive choice, there’s something for everyone.
Libbie Market is on funnily enough on Libbie Avenue! It is locally owned By David Taylor and Buster Wright who love to provide a special client experience.This grocery store gives you an upscale user experience offering prepared foods, a gourmet bakery, coffee bar, butcher shop and Groceries. Libbie Market also offers gourmet sandwiches, freshly prepared sushi, a salad bar, extensive wine and beer selections, and catering services. Libbie Market also carries traditional grocery items as well as over 500 different wines. If your having a special event there is always the option of using their catering service. Truly a one stop shop.
Paper On The Avenues Located on Libbie Avenue ‘Friendly, Knowledgeable Service in a Relaxed Boutique Setting’ They sell traditional as well as modern and unique invitations for both weddings as well as special and everyday occasions plus a wide variety of stationery products, Paper On The Avenues is your go to paper store. From custom engraving and letterpress products to thermography and digital services, so if you need something printing go and see them, they can do it all.
The Barrel Thief and Cafe, is located on Patterson Avenue and is quite simply a wonderful place to go and meet a special someone, eat from a delicious snack menu and drink a great glass of wine. This is a well established choice for the wine curious to be educated by their knowledgable staff. Go to their Jazz nights, join their club to get discounts in store or buy a gift card for a loved one!
So, whether you want to socialize whilst eating and drinking, go shopping in small boutiques or just go and people watch this is a wonderful area to spend a day or evening. Please leave comments below if you would like me to review any of the other stores in this area as this article is going to expand with time. #The BritinRVA