We love a good splurge from time to time, and RVA is full of them! But more often, we prefer to munch on things that are both tasty and responsible to our bodies and our world. Luckily, we’re surrounded by plenty of that too. Here’s Om On’s take on the Richmond organic food scene. As a bonus, you’ll find our favorite things to eat at these places. Be sure to let us know what you think!
Juice and Snacks
Ellwood Thompson’s: Ellwood’s is a local favorite since 1989 and a hub for foodies and health conscious folks alike. Their prepared foods, hot bar, and salad bar are great for a quick meal, as is their cafe.
Our fave: Get Glowing smoothie
Ginger Juice: Fresh pressed juices in the vein of Pressed Juicery or Liqueteria. Pick a juice made from your favorite fruits, one with a specific health goal, or even try a cleanse.
Our fave: Glitzy juice
North End Juice Co.: Hip walkup window juice bar in the Museum District. Grab something fresh and healthy when you’re on the go.
Our fave: Avocado toast; Medicine Man wellness shot
The Pit and the Peel: A healthy choice in Carytown or near VCU with a wide selection of juices, bowls, and sandwiches.
Our fave: Any of the acai bowls
Cava: A DC-based chain featuring fast casual Mediterranean food. You might have seen their tasty dips in your grocery store.
Our Fave: Build-your-own grains or greens bowl; Crazy Feta dip and pita
Chopt Salad: Freshly made salads with a wide variety of delicious ingredients. Pick from one of their favorites or build your own.
Goatocado: This popular food cart’s brick-and-mortar location specializes in bowls and wraps, but also features ramen and arepas. Anything you choose can be customized with their fresh, local ingredients.
Our fave: Californian bowl; mint lime iced tea
East Coast Provisions: Fresh fish and seafood in the heart of Carytown. Their sushi and raw bar offerings are some of the best in town!
Our fave: Simply Grilled fish and veggies
Ipanema: The soul of RVA’s vegetarian and vegan community. All menu items are vegetarian, and many menu items can be made vegan or gluten free.
Our fave: Jackfruit sandwich and vegan Caesar salad; tea from Carytown Teas
Sen Organic: Vietnamese classics with a French twist and lots of plant-based options.
Our fave: Fresh spring rolls; bun cha gio; Hydrating tea
The Daily: We’re not sure if any restaurant in town is as friendly to diets and food allergies as The Daily. Plant-based, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and paleo options are all available.
Our fave: Kale salad; vegetarian lettuce wraps
To-Go and RVA Made
Bombolini Pasta: Fresh pasta in both classic and creative flavors. There are different flavors each week. You can either get it to go at most grocery stores in town, or stop by the restaurant and have them fix it for you!
Our fave: Spinach linguini
Carytown Teas: Carefully selected and blended non-GMO teas. There is a blend to suit every taste or need.
Our fave: Vanilla rooibos; mint verbena; Russian Earl Grey
Health Warrior: Health Warrior may have hit the big time, but they still call RVA home. They make a lot more than their old faithful chia bar now, and it’s all healthy and delicious.
Our fave: Coconut chia bar
Idle Hands Bread: Come on, who doesn’t love bread? Sometimes you just have to treat yourself to a handmade loaf.
Our fave: Baguette
Montana Gold Bread: Okay, yes, more bread. Montana Gold is an old favorite, and they always have (very generously sliced) samples ready for hungry customers.
Our fave: Cinnamon swirl bread; pimento cheese sandwich on English muffin bread
Mother Shrub: Their drinking vinegars have two pretty terrific uses – sip on them straight for all the health benefits of vinegar, or mix them into a fancy cocktail.
Our fave: Ginger
Ninja Kombucha: We couldn’t be a foodie town without our own kombucha.
Scoop: If you just have to have ice cream, this small-batch and locally sourced treat is the way to go. Vegan and gluten free options, plus rotating seasonal flavors. Their baked goods are made by another RVA gem, Whisk.
Our fave: Rhubarb crisp; macarons
Stella’s Grocery: Simply put, a takeout mecca. Baked goods prepared in-house, delicious Greek food from Stella’s restaurant, plus healthy everyday provisions.
Our fave: Village salad; homemade hummus
Sub Rosa Bakery: This Church Hill spot exclusively uses a wood-fired oven. They make a point to use Virginia-grown products as much as possible.
Our fave: Pain au chocolat
WPA Bakery: Tasty sweets like sticky buns, cupcakes, and muffins. They make plenty of vegan and gluten free options that taste just like their buttery homestyle goodies.
Our fave: Anything!
Yellow Umbrella: Fresh, high-quality seafood and meats, as well as prepared foods that you can either cook at home or pick up already made. A great choice if you’re entertaining but want to take it a little easy on yourself!
Our fave: Fresh fish; lobster rolls
We’re so lucky to live in a town that means business when it comes to local, organic, handmade food. Do you have any favorites that we missed? Send them our way!