Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of eclectic cuisine and drink at Rowland Fine Dining.
Bruce and Virginia Rowland amalgamate southern, Asian, Mediterranean, and Provence cuisines within a menu of ambrosial starters, seafood spreads, and meaty entrees handcrafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Guests can commence table chats about life, love, and The Little Mermaid Two: Return to the Sea's existential undertones over an appetizer of malpeque oysters, which amicable wait staff serve au natural in shelled beach homes ($12). Then, enlist a glass of wine, such as the Spy Valley sauvignon blanc ($8/glass), to escort pan-roasted cod with celery-root puree across your mouth’s red carpet ($23), or pair a mature yet effervescent Villa Mt. Eden cabernet ($9/glass) with a pan-seared rack of lamb in fig-chipotle sauce ($25). Like a dental-massage therapist, pastry chef Virginia Rowland pampers sweet teeth with handmade dessert creations, such as the bananas foster ($10) or crème brûlée of the day ($6).
Diners can revel in Rowland Fine Dining's elegant, booth-lined dining area that boasts tiled floors and red walls peppered with art. Located in Richmond’s historic Fan District, munchers can stop at Rowland Fine Dining before heading off to snoop through Stonewall Jackson’s historical medicine cabinets.