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Three finalists for Richmond’s signature dish
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Ukrop’s White House Rolls with chicken salad were a popular pick for Richmond’s signature dish. | Photo by RICtoday
About a week ago, we asked our readers what they thought Richmond’s signature cuisine is. As anticipated, you had plenty of opinions.

Sifting through all the answers in our inbox, some trends began to emerge. A significant percentage seemed to focus on the three familiar names. More on that in a moment, but first — some honorable mentions.
  • I vote for Brunswick Stew. Whether it’s from a fire department or American Legion post where the stew is a guaranteed sellout... it’s a local delicacy.” — Campbell D.
  • “Craft beer” — Judy M.
  • “The sailor [sandwich] isn’t celebrated enough IMO... Maybe PBR? ;)” — Katie M.
A sailor sandwich on a plate with fries and a limeade on a white table

The sailor sandwich is a Richmond original, but is it our signature offering?


Photo by RICtoday

The big three

The vast majority of the responses focused on one of three brands: Ukrop’s, Duke’s Mayonnaise, or Sally Bell’s.

Ukrop’s classic White House Roll — either as-is or loaded up with chicken salad — was a popular contender. Ukrop’s was also mentioned for its fried chicken and its signature rainbow cookies.

Duke’s Mayonnaise — Richmond’s favorite egg-based spread — was another top response. Duke’s, which has called Richmond home since it was purchased by by the C.F. Sauer Company in 1929, made the list both on its own and accompanied by a Hanover tomato.


One thing about Richmonders — they really, really love Duke’s


Photos via Duke’s Mayo

The third finalist is a Richmond establishment beloved for its local eats for nearly a century. Located at 708 W. Grace St., Sally Bell’s Kitchen has been in business since 1924. Though plenty of its offerings were mentioned individually, the consensus seems to rest on the boxed lunches, which include five components of its history-laden menu.

Have you had any of these local delicacies — maybe all three? Let us know which Richmond classic you think deserves the crown.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • “Stop Making Sense” | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $8 | Be sure to wear your largest suit to this screening of the Talking Heads documentary.
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Indigenous Photo Power: Personal Reflections | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 4-5 p.m. | Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave., Richmond | Free | Dr. Farris will share photos documenting Native American-led marches and movements around the US.
  • Candlelight: Best of Hip-Hop on Strings | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. 2nd St., Richmond | $32 | Enjoy a survey of hip-hop history through this candlelight string performance.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Glamorous Glizzy Get Together | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Benchtop Brewing, 434 Hull St., Richmond | Cost of purchase | Try some delicious hot dogs — including veggie-friendly dogs — and help support Mustaches for Kids.
  • Test Pattern 10: Anh Vo | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-10 p.m. | Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond | Free | Dancer and theorist Anh Vo will and participate in a Q+A at this 18+ event.
Saturday, Nov. 18
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Holiday shopping alert: Craft + Design returns this Friday
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The event is hosted by Visual Arts Center of Richmond, a nonprofit community arts center located in the heart of Richmond’s Fan District. | Photo provided by Visual Arts Center of Richmond
For all you art lovers and holiday shoppers, here’s a three-day event that showcases museum-quality works from more than 150 local and national artists.

The Craft + Design contemporary craft show celebrates its 59th year Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 at the historic Main Street Station — and promises delicious food, beer + warm beverages, and all the shopping your heart desires.

Whether stopping by for the day or purchasing a weekend pass, attendees will enjoy browsing thousands of unique art pieces and interacting directly with the artists.

Here’s what to look forward to each day:

The weekend kicks off with the Patrons’ Preview Party, which includes a firsthand look at the artworks, an awards show, and early-bird shopping.

Rise + Shine Brunch pairs shopping with breakfast, bloody marys, and mimosas.

In addition to shopping, the Education Wing is a free + family-friendly space for guests to explore the art techniques taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
News Notes
  • GRTC has launched LINK Microtransit, a zone-based, on-demand service that functions similarly to a rideshare service. Though there’s only one zone so far, GRTC plans to have five by the end of 2024. Fare is free.
  • Feed More is asking Central Virginians to help provide food to those in need this holiday season. Richmonders can donate food, time, or money to help the nonprofit keep local families fed.
  • The upcoming W League RVA women’s soccer team has announced an opportunity for fans to join the Founder’s Club. Membership costs $90-180 and comes with with exclusive merch and tickets to all regular season games.
  • The Virginia Holocaust Museum’s new exhibit, “Memorial Without Witness," is on display now. Go see the eight floor-to-ceiling sized photos taken by Dr. Charles W. Sydnor, Jr. through Nov. 30, 2024.
Plan Ahead
  • The Science Museum of Virginia’s 46th Annual Model Railroad Show returns the weekend of Nov. 24-26. Timed entry tickets are available online, and Science Museum members can enjoy special members-only hours each morning.
  • Belle Isle Moonshine has announced a limited run of their Lemon Drop flavor in a 750 ml bottle. Only about 100 bottles of the Big Boi Lemon Drop will be produced.
  • Say goodbye to fillers and weird ingredients in your dog’s food. Get 50% off your pup’s first order of Nom Nom for fresh, recognizable ingredients they’ll love.*
City Council seeks to fill vacant 9th District seat
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Richmond’s 9th District needs an interim representative for 2024. | Photo via Richmond City government
City Council is seeking interested residents to fill the seat which will soon be vacated by delegate-elect Michael Jones.

Residents of Richmond’s 9th Voter District can apply for appointment to the position before 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. The selected applicant will serve in the position from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 of 2024.

Jones, who has served as a city councilmember since 2016, resigned his post following his election to the House of Delegates on Nov. 7. His resignation goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Applicants must be eligible to vote in the 9th to be considered, and will have to attend an Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting on Monday, Dec. 4 to express their candidacy.

Applications can be submitted online.
The Buy
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Now that the chilly November weather has really set in, my mornings as of late have involved a hot latte from Reviresco and a long walk around my neighborhood. No better way to ring in the new season.
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