If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale American fare and drinks at Stronghill Dining Company on North Boulevard.
Stronghill Dining Company’s chef Campbell Tucker makes mouths merry with a Creole-influenced menu of fine American fare, earning accolades from Richmond magazine in 2009 as one of the city’s Best New Restaurants. Lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch are served in a sophisticated, art-nouveau atmosphere, accentuated by regular live music. The house specialty, blackened shrimp gumbo ($18), brings the essence of New Orleans to mouths minus the hazards of recreational bead swallowing. Put howling hunger pangs to rest with the grilled hanger steak, featuring a steer-meat blanket topped with fried oysters and served with a choice of two sides, including fluffy mashed-potato pillows ($19). For hybrid meal cravings, try the breakfast casserole ($8) from the Sunday brunch menu, rousing drowsy taste buds with the power of a bullhorn orchestra outside the tents of sleeping campers.