March 18: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week's issue of Style Weekly is its annual "State of the Plate" issue. It features it's critics' choice for local restaurant of the year.

Style Weekly's "Restaurant of the Year" is Acacia Mid-town at 2601 West Cary Street in the Fan. Style's restaurant critics say Acacia Mid-town sets a superlative standard in food, wine and cocktails, with an emphasis on seafood and American regional favorites, all for what they say are reasonable prices.

Acacia's co-owner Aline Reitzer reacts to the award, "We've been fortunate, especially Dale, to be recognized a lot. We do it because we love to do it. Getting press here or there is not going to change it. It's only going to make us work harder and try to do it even better."

If you are a cocktail connoisseur, Style Weekly also features an article by columnist Jack Lauterback about a drink that has become rare: after dinner drinks called digestifs. We caught up with Jack at Balliceaux, which showed us it's Hottie-Toddie.

Said Lauterback, "It really soothes the throat. It's something that you're not going to drink fast, because its blazing hot, and it kind of gives you a pep of energy. You know, your bogged down after a big meal, it makes you feel good. It's got a little bit of caffeine in it."

Restaurant Report

Now here are some local restaurants that had critical violations on their state health inspections and how they've responded.

In Henrico, Bakery Art Mediterranean Cuisine at 1404 North Parham Road inside Regency Square mall had 5 critical violations. The report says a chicken gyro, spinach pies, rice, and falafels were being held at improper temperatures. The manager tells us all violations have been corrected, which was evident in a follow-up inspection two weeks later when the restaurant earned a perfect score.

In the same mall food court, Famous Wok also at 1404 North Parham Road had 4 critical violations. The inspector wrote that the unit keeping the rice warm was not working properly and the rice was from the previous day. One violation was corrected during the inspection. The restaurant had two critical violations on a follow-up. Our call to Famous Wok was not returned.

Moving to Chesterfield, Asian Bistro at 2612 Perdue Spring Drive had 4 critical violations, including that the cutting board was not observed sanitized. The restaurant had no critical violations in a follow-up inspection, and had no criticals on previous inspections.

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