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In its centennial year, Williams Bakery’s batter mixers fill the air with the aroma of just-baked breads, cakes, pies, and pastries made from scratch every day. Ciabatta or loaf breads ($2.59–$2.99) house sandwich fillers without relying on crutches such as preservatives or flying buttresses made of toothpicks. Patrons can transform humdrum mealtimes with life-changing desserts such as Mom’s carrot cake, chocolate-lover’s cake ($12.99+), or pecan pie ($9.69). Oodles of pastries ($1.19+) and stacks of cookies by the dozen ($3.59) perch on kitchen counters and peek out from state-of-the-art cookie receptacles.

9502 Chamberlayne Rd
Mechanicsville,
VA
US

As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.

8319 Bell Creek Rd
Mechanicsville,
VA
US

An iconic pig sits atop the roof of Carter's Pig Pen Bar-B-Que, where the scent of smoking chicken and simmering pork wafts through the air. Inside, chefs dress up hand-pulled meats and dreary cubist masterpieces either with a spicy, vinegar-based north carolina sauce or a thick, Virginia-style tomato sauce. Meaty cuts grace tables alongside classic Southern sides such as red-skin-potato salad and fresh-baked corn-bread muffins.

8011 Cold Harbor Rd
Mechanicsville,
VA
US

The chefs in the kitchen at Sapori craft both Italian dishes of pasta and chicken parmigiana with Latin classics such as sweet plantains. They craft each dish to order including empanadas stuffed with beef and ceviche cooked in natural lemon juice with ginger, red onions, and Spanish spices.

7154 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville,
VA
US

Riverbound Café's friendly owner, Michael Cohan, dishes up made-from-scratch diner eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner amidst his restaurant's casual maritime décor. From their post on the wall, paintings of beach life look longingly down upon crab cakes and other seafood shipped in fresh daily, and model sailboats and lighthouses surround eggs, burgers, and hand-cut steaks cooked to order. Boardwalk fries accompany all sandwiches, wraps, and melts, and homemade desserts entice sweet teeth with their siren song. Catering and box-lunch options feed off-site diners at gatherings of all occasions, including business luncheons, birthday parties, and meetings of the Box-Lunch Appreciation Club.

8005 Creighton Pkwy
Mechanicsville,
VA
US

Servers armed with avocados, limes, chopped spices, and a traditional molcajete mortar and pestle mash fresh tableside guacamole at The Patron, a verdant ritual that whets appetites for the Mexican meal to come. The chefs assemble standards such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, and mix-and-match combinations thereof, as well as specialties that include camarones Patrón, shrimp and mushrooms in chipotle cream sauce, or Patrón gorditas stuffed with slow-cooked pork carnitas and pico de gallo.

7610 Left Flank Rd
Mechanicsville,
VA
US