Stronghill Dining Company: "Updated Southern cuisine on the Boulevard" Top 5 Page for this destination Richmond Restaurant Tip by b1bob
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With a street name like the Boulevard, you would think it was a thoroughfare that had more than a minor league baseball stadium and the Greyhound bus station on it. They need more restaurants like the Stronghill Dining Company to make it that prominent. I worry about this and other restaurants if the Diamond is no longer the home of the minor league team, the Flying Squirrels. On entering the restaurant, you immediately get the vibe of a friendly neighbourhood bar and grill, albeit a little more upmarket than those nearer to Virginia Commonwealth University. There is a lounge with leather sofas just off the entrance. The recurring theme to their menu appears to be updated Southern cuisine.
Here are their hours as of 1 December 2011:
Tuesday - Friday 4:30pm - 10pm
Saturday Brunch 10:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday Dinner 4:30pm – 11pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30am - 3:30pm
Favorite Dish: The complimentary offerings are the first impression of a restaurant's cuisine. It worried Lee and me that the bread was so bloody awful. It was as dry as British humor. Stronghill couldn't do worse in terms of bread if they simply went to Martin's and served up their rolls as their own. We had to wait a significant, but not overly long time to be served. It is better to take it a little slower and get it right. You can't roast anything in a hurry, for example. I had the Roasted Airline Chicken Breast with dirty rice, roasted vegetables, and fried apples. It was plated so it looked like we were getting ripped off on portion size, but in reality it was deceptively ample. It was autumn on a plate. Any chicken breast dish can end up dry, but this was tender. The dirty rice had that hint of chicken liver, rather like giblet stuffings at Thanksgiving. The root vegetables, fried apples (which also brought a sweet counterpoint to the savory dish) and the branch of thyme used as a garnish gave it that autumnal feel. It was so good all I had left was a small chicken bone and thyme on my hands. Stronghill would have earned the highest score possible if it weren't for their bread. Nevertheless, it was a satisfying experience. I recommend going there, eating hearty, and taking the bread home to people you DON'T like.
Address: 1200 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: FROM I-95: Take EXIT 78 for Boulevard. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for VA-161 S and merge onto VA-161 S/N Blvd. Restaurant will be on the right.
Phone: (804) 359-0202
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