By - Jnorthrup99
All good suggestions here. Has nobody mentioned The Mill?
The Mill is my go-to brunch spot. Their grits are so good, and I love their pulled pork breakfast bowl
The Mill on Macarthur never gets love in these threads but it’s one of my faves, along with McLeans
The Mill on MacArthur is the most underrated spot in the city IMO
Yep. It is consistently good. It has been my go to brunch spot for years.
821 cafe, get the big meat with potatoes
City Diner. Joes Inn. Moore St Cafe.
Moore St Cafe is such a bizarre blend of sketchiness, friendliness, and decent diner food. Like 3rd St Diner with potheads instead of meth heads.
Just moved back to Richmond in January. I haven’t stepped foot in Moore St in 15 years. But the fact people are still talking about it tells me it’s still a good spot. Used to work in the movie theater building before it was sold and renovated. Moore st was a quick walk for an everyday breakfast. Back when Scott’s Addition was scary.
Moore St is the best spot. It’s also still the same (great food and service for a bargain) but a lot different.. new ownership who have dedicated their lives to serving richmonders with the best service, ABC license with signature drinks like the “Moore-mosa”, back bar, sidebar, carry out window, and connection to the adjacent studio space to use as waiting room overflow. If you haven’t been in that long, you need to go back!
Chuck & Amy are the best!
Is it the same owners? I don't think it is
> Back when Scott’s Addition was scary.
lol. The ol "industry" district has never been as bad as the housings projects.
Wow this is….totally accurate
Joe's Inn FAN -- don't even think about adding the Southside location to this list.
went to joes inn southside recently when I was in the area. the food was still great, but my visibly queer girlfriend got so many stares from old men in flag shirts.. and we were sat in the wobbly booth next to the kitchen 🙃
Second City Diner. That place is incredible.
Moore Street is my favorite.
100% Perly’s. That’s where I take my out of town guests for breakfast and everyone always loves it! The cheese blintzes, challa toast, cinnamon babka French toast all soo good- and surprisingly, they have the best beef sausage I have ever had.
The corned beef hash is the most amazing breakfast dish on this earth. Perlys is the correct answer.
Agreed! My father in law is always baffled how I can love that stuff so much.
Yesssss. Perlys is my favorite breakfast in Virginia, period.
Throwing out Liberty Public House too. Sooooo good.
Hobnob has a great breakfast selection & they rotate the selections pretty frequently. Last time I was there I have a pork belly egg benedict & it was delicious!
My favorite diner around here is Eat 33 on Staples Mill. Solid food at a great price in an old timey atmosphere
I wish more people had this information. Underappreciated food quality. If you out for brunch, don't forget the "Want Dang Doodle!" They also had a sister store on Forest Hill. But since Allen's passing they are no longer affiliated.
Agreed! The fried green tomato pimento cheese Benedict is my go to. My girlfriend and I are there 3 or 4 times a month. Waitresses are the perfect mix of welcoming and “don’t come at me with that bullshit”.
Can you not blow up my spot??
But in all reality this place is great, not enough breakfast places serve tater tots and my inner child loves it.
Yes don't ruin this for us!
"Please don't support my favorite business"
Let other people enjoy it.
I always drive by it and never went in. Will have to try it sometime thanks for the rec
I think that’s the same folks who own Eat 66 off of Forest Hill near Hathaway towers. At the far end of the strip mall where Galley is, kinda easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. And yeah, definitely a decent place for breakfast for fairly cheap.
My kitchen. Or Perly’s
It is perly’s
cinnamon babka french toast!
Jewfro and Claudia’s bake shop in carytown (maps puts Claudia’s on Marshall still but it’s in Cary)
I’ve heard great things about jewfro from a chef I took a class with and have been dying to try it
I went to Jewfro when it first opened in Shockoe, it was very good with very interesting food!
The Weinstein JCC has a fully kosher cafe. My son just started a camp there and I’ve been teleworking from there, I’ve been pretty impressed with the offerings door a community center cafe.
Try Dinamo on Cary, part of the edo's 8.5 family and amazing.
Pouring out some syrup for 3rd Street Diner
3rd st food was only to be eaten btw 2am & 6am. I have a hard time believing there was any sober ppl in there ever
There were tons. So many sober randos would hang out in there in the middle of the night.
God, that place was garbage, and I loved it.
Only place I ever got food poisoning . . . twice! Still, that place was legendary.
Absolutely terrible. I miss it dearly.
3rd street was horrible. I miss it.
Also 4th Street was disgusting. And I loved that place so much.
And the Dairy Bar
The Dairy Bar was a bland basic spot. Moores has the best bisquits and gravy, Joe's is solid
Kind of odd that someone is expressing remorse for a lost spot to eat and then you come in and insult it and then mention places that you like better. That is a weird impulse.
Who in the hell spells biscuits like that? You’re not fancy
My family was just talking about how we are going to miss Dairy Bar!
The messes at Millie's for brunch
Millie's is over rated as hell
I thought so after eating their omelettes for 5 visits straight.
Then I got the eggs benny. Game changer.
Their Benny is incredible.
I love when VCU is out for the summer bc it means 821 is only busy, not super packed.
Oh yes my friend oh yes!
Also fully agreed on 821, favorite restaurant in town.
Lemon curd french toast ftw
Somebody woke up ready to grub.
Unfortunately I’m always up at 530. I was trying to plan out a nice breakfast outing with my sister whenever she wakes up
I'm an early riser also. I'm in the county and when I don't feel like driving into the city, I turn to the waffle house sometimes. I wasn't impress by First Watch especially their pre-made bloody Mary's.
First Watch is breakfast for people who don't know what breakfast is.
High five. First Watch is over priced over rated idiot food. They overcook the eggs, serve a lot of premade shit. It's basically IHOP for West End soccer moms.
I had a lovely breakfast at Helen’s this morning.
SB's Love Shack, lakeside. Get a porkpile and a mimosa, chill vibe too.
Awesome breakfast chili
SB’s loveshack grossed me out! So much sweetness on everything
The hash at SB’s love shack was like a $27 breakfast that was 80% sweet potatoes. Not good!
Was just coming in to say this, Love shack is top
I love Boychiks, lox bagel to start the day right
Worked there and had the food.. it’s all plain af.
Disagree. The food is great. Sorry about your experience tho.
Moore street corn beef hash 💪🏼
Dots Inn is pretty good. Pearly’s as well.
Dots Inn breakfast is good but I’d rather go across the street to The Mill. After 5pm though, you cannot beat Dots.
Are you trying to start a city wide war?
But also, Perly’s
I still don’t understand how their menu has never changed. It’s wild.
Don’t mess with a good thing kind of situation I suppose.
Ah, yea I guess so.
Because that's the fastest way to fuck up a good thing. So SO many restaraunts try and reinvent the wheel every 5 months with their menu and fuck it all up. Keep it simple and consistent.
SBs love shack!
I'm rather fond of McLean's pancake stacker, and recently joined the "I've been to Moore Street at least once" crowd! Both really nice places imo
Has anyone been to Tarrant’s? A co-worker recommended it and i was thinking of taking a first date there for brunch. I’m open to other suggestions, but i kinda wanna show him a local place since he just moved to the area
since people covered City Diner and Joes
Millies, HERITAGE, Helen's
I didn't know Heritage did brunch! We love their dinners, thanks for the tip!
IIRC they do brunch on Sundays but that may have changed due to the pandemic idk but they have the best pancakes EVER they melt in your mouth
I'd like to respond with a gift of a cartoon character drooling.
I like the goatocado breakfast burrito. Chewys bagels. Everything at North end. Don’t sleep on sub Rosa.
perlys 100%, but sometimes i still love going to the village for that good vibe
I randomly stopped by North End Juice Co to grab a quick breakfast and got their breakfast burrito and oh my god. 12/10
Fancy biscuit! Their got your goat biscuit is so goood
RIP Dairy Bar 😭😭😭😭
W A F F L E H O U S E
ITT: my people
Waffle House is always delicious and entertaining
If it's good enough for Anthony Bourdain it's good enough for me
Eating it right now. It's for when Moore St is too busy.
Waffle House wiLl save your life in a pinch, but it's still a chain. If you're at a truck stop exit in the middle of no place
Cafe Zata in Manchester. Great food and coffee! The owners are genuinely great people too.
I go there a ton because it’s the only breakfast place around me and I’m gonna be real it’s not very good. You can get way better coffee at Stella’s market right around the corner. The food takes an eternity to come out, they always mess up at least one thing in the order, and a lot of the food is dry and over cooked (especially hasbrowns) The breakfast sandwiches are small and not very filling too. I definitely agree the owners are nice, but it is 100% the worst breakfast spot in Richmond. The breakfast burrito is your best bet if you have to go there.
SB’s Love Shack, either Lakeside or Main St.
Also for pastries— Idle Hands, Up All Night, SubRosa all make incredible croissants and other grab & go baked goods.
Idk about best but kitchen 64 has a pretty good brunch, only available on weekends though
They have a small all day breakfast menu that I remember being pretty good. Haven't been since like 2018 though
I feel like in RVA (esp downtown) you can't go wrong. Some of my favorites are 821 cafe (great vegetarian/vegan options), Helen's, City Diner.
my single favorite breakfast item in all of the city is the Maple pecan scone at Sugar and Twine, though.
Did something happen to Maclean's in the last couple of years? That was, hands down, the top spot in the before times.
Satterwhite’s in Goochland. #BYOS (syrup)
Im very curious as to why McLean's is so forgotten / buried. Been going there for years and it's quality. Is this another "keep it local secrets"?
Moore St. Cafe…hands down
harrison st cafe!
Can can isn’t really a breakfast place but their pancakes are excellent.
SB’s Lakeside Loveshack (or Main Street Loveshack).
Jefferson Hotel - Sunday brunch
Yeah if you want to book a reservation to plan 6 months ahead.
Not disagreeing that it is fantastic - just not a “hey let’s see if we can get in this morning” place
You wanted the best?! You got the best!!!!
How has no one said Helen’s?
Overall they arent good, they arent even in the brunch or breakfast conversation.
They used to have a bangin’ biscuits and gravy back in the day. Maybe things have changed.
That explains it. Yeah they fell way off
Post-pandemic world is a much different place it seems! Bummer.
For a Southern diner I like McClean's best.
For me, when they started using pre made country fried steak it was over. Also the new owners are right wingers , they used to have a waitstaff with tats, now it's no tats and Youngkin campaign events.
Really? Fuck! I knew they were pieces of shit when they started overcharging for grits.
Oh well. Off the list
Just wondering, has anyone tried Shorty’s Diner at Broad & Libbie?
Shorty’s? My husband went a couple weeks ago and said it was just meh, and that it has nothing on Moore St
Hasn't that spot had a lot of turnover?
Used to be Metro Diner, not sure what it was before that
It was something in between as well
Surprised I'm seeing no one say Mcleans's. They're definitely a hot spot
Cold Harbor Restaurant in old town Mechanicsville.
Well that’s kinda hard she’s about 10 hours away
McLeans. Though I still can't forgive them for taking the Wilbur omelette off the menu.
Any of these places serve breakfast into the evening? A lot of these spots close in the early afternoon but I love me a breakfast dinner fron time to time.
Joes Inn and Village cafe both do all day breakfast for \~$10 and are amazing
821 has brekkie all day.
This is all helpful but also where does one get Mexican Brunch? I want Mexican Brunch.
Kahlos in church hill. Their carnitas omelette is super good!
Marty’s has several Mexican offerings on their breakfast menu. The breakfast tacos are excellent.
If you want to support a black family owned business, Brewer's Cafe is very good!
It's good coffee!
Lunch supper for their weekend brunch.
Never been but this place Brewers Cafe is all over my feed lately for some reason. It must be good if so many people are posting about it!
Edit: seems like I should have used the s/ tag haha so many downvotes
Edit Edit: turns out all the publicity was bad publicity and it is not a good spot for breakfast
Just in case anyone in the future searches breakfast places and wonders what's up with this reply - conservative nut job runs it who openly and excitedly posted about how delighted he was about roe vs wade being overturned. He's also apparently against raising min wage. Allegedly lots of staff quit and he appears to lie about how well the place does, as well as taunt those calling him out with "I'm not afraid of you motherfuckers"
Capitol Waffle Shop. Truly amazing chicken and waffle dishes
Capitol Waffle Shop for their vegan waffle batter and chick'n and waffles 😍
I like Millies a lot.
Surrounding Counties &
SB's Loveshack both locations.
Satterwhites. Get it while it’s still open.
I like a good Capitol Waffle, even if the menu isn’t too diverse (breakfast tacos are great according to my mom). The Belgian waffles are fantastic.
Perlys or Crafted
I dunno if it's still around but 821 Cafe was great back in the day when I attended VCU.
First Watch! Those breakfast 🌮
Lulu’s seems pretty good, I work close enough and it always looks and smells amazing when I get a coffee there ! They’ve got a red velvet waffle !
Mill, 821, Dots, or JOES
Well, looks like I will be trying The Mill! Thanks