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Go Eat at Abuelita’s on Midlothian

I’m not wise to the ways of restaurant reviewers but I hope you’ll take my word for it and give this fairly new restaurant a try.

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Richmond is lucky to have more than a few excellent restaurant reviewers. I’m not one of them. I do however eat out way more than I should. My dining out shows in my vast waistline and empty. So while not an expert in the writing of food I do have strong opinions and one of those opinions I’m dropping on you right now.

If you want to get a plate of authentic home-made Mexican food you need to get your stomach over to Abuelita’s. Abuelita’s is at 6400 Midlothian Turnpike, near my favorite taco spot Taqueria Panchito. You’re not going to find your typical Americanized taco, nacho fare instead owners Karina Benavides and Everardo Fonseca serve up Mexican stews called guisos. Don’t be put off by the fast-food chain looking building, this place is anything but chain style Mexican.

Every day they have a menu (usually posted daily on their FB page) for the different stews they’re serving up. The one below is from a few days ago so don’t head out there today expecting these items.

You have options of a small plate pick one of the items above  and one side (black beans, refried beans, rice) or a large plate pick two and a side. Regardless of large or small, you get made on site tortillas. Fresh tortillas are a completely different beast from what you’ll find any nearly every other Mexican restaurant in town. The owners and worker there are so nice and will happily answer questions and guide you through your first visit.

Un Plato de Huevos con Chorizo, Papas con Ejotes y Frijoles Fritos es más rico con una salsa de Tomatillo, queso y cebolla con habanero.
Photo from Abuelito’s Facebook.

I’ve tried about six different dishes and haven’t been disappointed in any. The meat is always tender and flavorful. Nothing I’ve sampled dips into the spicy category but fear not my heat-seekers there is a selection of 6-8  homemade salsas and pickled jalapenos if you need to kick it up a bit. All the salsas have their own distinctive flavor and all fall into the hot category with none going into the sweet Jesus what the hell is this hot lava I just put in my mouth category. Also before I forget, Sunday is tamale day and the tamales are great.

No ABC license but they do make a kick-ass aqua fresco, Jarrito’s, and the usual lineup of Coke products.

If you received your most recent Valpak there should be a coupon with 20% which will make an already reasonable meal cheap. We picked up a small, large, soda, and aqua fresco for right around $20. Bottom line if you want to try something different head over to Midlothian Turnpike and put some stew in your belly.

If like me you want more places serving up authentic, inexpensive, homemade dishes in Richmond you need to get out there and support these efforts.

Photo from Abuelito’s Facebook

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Postbellum Will Post No More

After 10 years the fan bar/restaurant is calling quits.

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The decision to close was announced on Facebook.

Thank you all for 10 years of support and loyal patronage.

Postbellum will be permanently closing at the end of this month. Our last day of service will be Sunday January 29th, 2023.

Any outstanding gift certificates or coupons will remain redeemable at our other restaurants (Station 2 and Oak & Apple).

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Sub Rosa Bakery bakers Evin and Evrim Dogu step you through the process of making the pear and ricotta croissant.

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Torchy’s Tacos hosting grand opening of new Short Pump location today

Torchy’s is kicking off grand opening day on January 11th by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Short Pump location.

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Torchy’s Tacos, the popular Austin-based craft-casual brand known for its “Damn Good Tacos and addictive Green Chile Queso” according to its news release, is growing in Virginia with the opening of its newest restaurant on Wednesday, January 11th at 11120 West Broad Street, Suite A in Short Pump. This new location joins Torchy’s Charlottesville as the company’s second restaurant in Virginia, with an additional location in Carytown Exchange planned for February 2023.

Torchy’s is kicking off grand opening day on January 11th by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Short Pump location.

The Short Pump location boasts a 4,020-square foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy options like the Baja Shrimp taco, plant-based Mofaux taco and Torchy’s Taco of the Month while sipping fresh-made margaritas and signature cocktails. The company says every taco, queso and margarita is made-to-order.

Highlights from the Short Pump location include, per the press release:

  • Damn Good Tacos: Torchy’s inventive taco creations served on fresh, housemade corn or flour tortillas like Green Chile Pork featuring pork carnitas, green chiles and cotija cheese, MoFaux made with plant-based, cowboy-style Beyond Beef, the famous Trailer Park inspired by Torchy’s beginnings in an Austin food trailer with fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo and cheddar jack cheese (or make it “trashy” by removing the lettuce and adding Green Chile Queso) and many more

  • Breakfast Tacos: Served all day long, with options like The Wrangler made with cage-free eggs, smoked beef brisket, potato, cheese and tomatillo sauce,Migas made with cage-free eggs, corn tortilla strips, green chiles, avocado, pico de gallo and cheese, and more

  • Taco of the Month: Torchy’s ever-changing monthly promotion of unique and mouth-watering tacos that keep Taco Junkies guessing and relishing year-round, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Torchy’s charitable partners including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, MD Anderson, and Phoenix House

  • Flavorful Sides: Including Green Chile Queso + Chips, Juan’s Refried Beans,Street Corn and fresh-made guacamole and salsa

  • Freshly Squeezed, Hand-shaken Margaritas and Local Brews: Happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. for dining in, with drink specials including $1.50 off draft and bottled beer and $2 off Damn Good Drinks

The restaurant’s hours of operation are:

  • Sunday: 9AM – 9PM
  • Mon-Thu: 10AM – 10PM
  • Friday: 10AM – 11PM
  • Saturday: 9AM – 11PM

Torchy’s Short Pump is currently hiring for all restaurant positions including cashiers, bartenders, food runners, expo, prep, grill cooks and dishwashers. Those interested can visit torchystacos.com/careers or stop by 11120 West Broad Street, Suite A to apply.

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