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Asked: What should Richmond’s unofficial food passport be?


Fried chicken sandwich trail, anyone? | Photo by @rvafoodsandstuffs

Richmond food is on another level — but we love seeing (and tasting) different influences + getting inspiration from other cities. Our pals at COLAtoday were talking about how Columbia, SC has a Pimento Cheese Passport, where you can go all over town trying different restaurants’ pimento cheese dishes.

We know Richmonders can explore local cuisine through services like Discover Richmond Food Tours + Street Food Finder — but a food passport? Our first thought was, “We’re jealous! We wish we had something like that.” So we’re going to make one.

But that’s where we need your help. Columbia loves their pimento cheese and claims to have one of the oldest recorded pimento cheese recipes from 1912. We might not have a claim to fame quite like that, but Richmond has a world of dishes all over town.

What food, dish, or ingredient would you be willing to travel around town trying different versions of? Maybe it’s sushi, a dessert deep dive, or a winter staple comfort food. Should we go on a trip through Richmond’s food history with the Sailor sandwich?

We already have a few readers in our inbox with different views re: Richmond’s best bagel.

Let us know, and we’ll put together an unofficial food passport. We want it to be a way for newcomers to experience our restaurant scene or even for the most seasoned 804 epicureans to step out of their normal dining routines.

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