After intense debate, doctors have declared that eating three meals a day is a key requirement of leading a long life, along with spontaneously breaking into the cha-cha at least once a week and participating in tickle wars on a bimonthly basis. Take the first step toward centenarian status with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of sandwiches, salads, and more at Strange Matter on West Grace Street.
As a music venue by night and restaurant and arcade by day, Strange Matter dishes up eats and an atmosphere designed to please the entire mix of the human species, from vegans to carnivores and the omnivores stuck in the middle. Almost every option on the menu can be made vegan friendly, such as the Pilgrim’s Progress, a smoked turkey breast sandwich served with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce ($7). Salivate over the southwest burger, which comes dressed with cheddar, salsa, avocado, and spicy garlic mayo ($9), or enjoy a crispy eggplant sub with eggplant, marinara, mozzarella, and house pesto ($7). Diners who suffer hay fever when exposed to the a.m. hours can still get their daily allowance of omelettes ($7) and biscuits and gravy ($6) thanks to a breakfast menu that lingers around the restaurant until 3 p.m. daily.
Walls decked out in graffiti-style murals and chalkboard drawings lend a street vibe to the casual dining atmosphere at Strange Matter. Patrons waiting for their order to arrive or wishing to slim down their thumbs after overindulging in the mango donut holes ($2) can sidle up to 1 of 19 different arcade games.
The menu at Strange Matter has plenty of meaty offerings, but chef Paul Webb prefers to focus on vegan food. Diners averse to animal products can munch on mango donut holes, house-made lentil burgers, and even vegan grilled-cheese sandwiches. Visit Strange Matter’s graffiti-decorated space during the day, and you’ll feast amid the blips and bleeps of an arcade stocked with classic games including Space Invaders, and Street Fighter II, where players see how hard they can punch a cobblestone road. At night, the restaurant transforms into a music venue for indie acts such as Jeff the Brotherhood and Titus Andronicus.
929 W Grace St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220