At NU Restaurant & Lounge, a meal isn't complete without an accompanying show. The full-service restaurant specializes in brunch and dinner performances ranging from vaudeville acts to live music sets. As the stage explodes in bright lights and glitter, the culinary team prepares classic bar dishes such as fried pickles, Angus rib-eye steaks, and burgers topped with sautéed mushrooms. Perhaps NU's most enduring attraction is its drag brunch—a cabaret replete with comedy, music, and aerial routines from East Coast-based female impersonation group The Glitz Girls.
Simplify Me owner Ranee uses a sharp eye and 20 years of experience in the New York fashion industry to help clients rejuvenate their home or personal style. Her trio of services includes personal shopping, organizing homes to create a beautiful space, and re-working closets to fine-tune the outfits within to fit their wearer.
Modest white booths glow with golden sconce light at the base of a red-brick wall. A few feet away, crisp tablecloths fold over the edges of black wooden tables, whose accompanying wooden chairs look as though they belong to a home in the country.
All aspects of The Peacock's Pantry display a marriage of familiarity and refinement. The menu presents comforting American and European classics with contemporary, gourmet twists, such as honey-lime-glazed chicken, panko-crusted crab cakes, and bacon-wrapped petite beef filet mignon. The small-plate selection allows diners to enhance meals with the excitement of a game of hot potato, and the dessert selection includes specialties such as Kahlua chocolate mousse and maple-and-pecan-baked brie.
Little Mexico Restaurant crowns its menu of traditional Mexican recipes with ranchero, mole poblano, and other zesty sauces. Chicken fajitas arrive in sizzling skillets with spanish rice, beans, guacamole salad, sour cream, and tortillas, joining tabletops alongside house specialties such as carnitas and taquitos. The kitchen also caters to vegetarians with meat-free twists on taco salad and enchiladas, and prepares deep-fried ice cream for dessert with help from a crunchy breading and the fifth law of thermodynamics.
It's been more than half a century since the Visual Arts Center of Richmond was founded to engage the community through art, proving Virginia's creative community is as fruitful as it is inventive. In rotating exhibits that spotlight local and nationally recognized artists, the museum makes contemporary art accessible, relatable, and rarely covered in bees. But it's not all about established artists. VisArts makes classes for the community a priority as well, and programs include an introduction to blacksmithing for adults, fabric design, letterpress printing, and weekly art classes for both adults and kids that focus on cartooning, clay, photography, and simple jewelry.
With candles illuminating its rustic wooden furnishings and duck confit garnishing its pizzas, The Bellytimber Tavern strikes a satisfying balance between modern refinement and classic pub comforts. To complement a selection of draft brews as well as a full slate of harder options, the food menu incorporates all the bar standards, including small plates of fried chicken wings and bowls of Richmond red chili with housemade bread. However, even the staples come with an elegant twist: The wings are made with all-natural chicken, and the pizzas, which are fired in a brick oven, feature unusual toppings such as broccolini, caramelized bacon, and vegan cheese, if desired. As patrons slurp up the foamy heads of Guinness or toss back pints filled with a rotating selection of craft beers, they can rest their eyes on flat-screen TVs or sling their contact lenses at artwork by emerging artists hanging on the walls. Beneath the bar’s vintage-style copper ceilings, special events range from live music and DJ sets to VCU Rams game-day parties.