$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Southern Cuisine at Julep's

Shockoe Bottom, Richmond

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$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Southern Cuisine

An appetizer of fried green tomatoes arrives with pimento cheese and peppadew aioli ($8), and tasso-ham rémoulade lends flavor to crispy fried oysters ($13). Entrees include the seafood gumbo—mussels, oysters, crab, halibut, okra, and pork-belly sausage over Carolina gold rice ($27)—and the award-winning shrimp and grits ($26). Click here to see the full menu.

Julep's

Inside the 19th-century River District building that now contains Julep's, industry seems to have progressed backward. The structure, which once housed a lumber house, a candle factory, a cyborg-assembly plant, and a locksmith, has transformed into a farmer's haven, where locally grown and organic products construct modernized Southern fare. It’s a place where executive chef Randall Doetzer looks to several pinpoints on the map—namely Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans—to inspire his menu. Duck confit and Cajun beer-barbecued mussels herald helpings of seafood gumbo, and the wine selection ranges from domestic Virginian bottles to Old-World European imports.

Randall's creations have helped Julep's secure awards in Richmond magazine for the Best Southern-Inspired Restaurant Dish of 2012, with shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes taking first and second place, respectively. Julep's was also awarded a spot on the magazine's 2010 list of Richmond's 25 Best Restaurants for its "house-made stocks, baked-daily breads and farm-to-table ingredients" that "represent a true philosophy, not a nod to trends."

The magazine also lauded its “sexy environs”—lampshades stand on each white-clothed tabletop, illuminating a backdrop of exposed brick and polished wood. A winding staircase leads to an upper dining room flanked by artwork and a fireplace. Here, private parties order from prix fixe menus that rotate seasonally.

Reviews

Everything about this place is wonderful. The decor, the food (appetizer, entree, dessert), the drinks, the service.

FoodieConsumedbyWanderlust, Urbanspoon, 7/15/12

Loved the cornbread, fried green tomatoes and the seafood appetizers. Lamb, pork and gnocchi entrees were all delicious.

j k, TripAdvisor, 7/12/12
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    Shockoe Bottom

    1719 East Franklin Street

    Richmond, Virginia 23119

    804-377-3968

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In a Nutshell

Inside a 19th-century building, guests tuck into Southern staples of fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and award-winning shrimp and grits

The Fine Print

Expires Jan 30th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid for special events or holidays i.e. Restaurant Week or Valentine's Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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    1719 East Franklin Street

    Richmond, Virginia 23119

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