A decade of recipe honing has informed the success of Richard's Hawgwild BBQ. The kitchen team prepares barbecue version of chicken, beef brisket, and pulled pork either by the pound or on sandwiches. They also make comfort food such as nachos, beans, and cole slaw.
Situated on the edge of the James River, River Smokin lets guests take a break from canoeing and stop by its dining room, patio, or deck. Plates of smoked spare ribs or deep-fried shrimp emerge from the kitchen, making their way to tables crowded with appetizers such as chicken quesadillas and fried dill pickles.
The Belvidere Tea Room serves light lunch fare and pots of fine tea Tuesday–Saturday on the first floor of a 9,000-square-foot Belvidere mansion. Built in the early 1900s, the castle-like Victorian home still evokes the grandeur of its past with period furniture, pressed-tin walls, and original woodwork and trim brought from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Complimentary tours offer guests a glimpse into the mansion's many chambers, including a grand ballroom adorned with gold chandeliers.
Within The Pink House's elegant environs, guests laze their way through teatime and beyond with a plethora of loose-leaf liquids served next to an extensive menu of house-made soups and sandwiches. With more than 50 varieties to choose from, pots of loose-leaf tea ($2.99), help sippers brush up on etiquette while extending the pinky finger, entire arm, or prehensile ponytail of their choosing. Sandwiches made from freshly baked bread include the Summer Garden, with layers of cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, and a victory garden's worth of other vegetables ($7.49). Gobble a savory slice of the smoky ham and cheese quiche ($8.49) or indulge spice-seeking palates with the southwestern cobb salad—a toothsome mixture of romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, egg, and bacon tossed with Tex-Mex-inspired vegetables before getting drizzled and dressed with salsa ($7.49). Chocolate radars will ecstatically short-circuit when in close proximity to the shop's hot, gooey baked fudge, decadently topped with a dollop of whipped cream ($3.99 for whole).