116 S. Addison St.
Second Place: Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
Third Place: Black Hand Coffee Co.
An enlightened cross-section of Richmond makes its way to Lamplighter for a sandwich, latte or conversation, showing that off the path in a vintage neighborhood is actually right on it. There's plenty of stimulus from house-roasted coffee beans to food experiments that work, and a staff that knows its stuff but may or may not feel your urgency. That's part of the charm at this rough-hewn, hand-formed little gem, which has a new sibling in Scott's Addition. Lamplighter's roastery at 1719 Summit Ave. is a new go-to for coffee tastings, simple sustenance and more of the city's best espressos. Audiences on two sides of the river find their spot at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, where the menu hits all the food groups and mealtimes, and local art and local foods make a comfortable, welcoming statement. Patios are a plus at both the Westover Hills and Morris Avenue spots, the busier the better. And now in new quarters in the Museum District at 3101 Patterson Ave., Black Hand Coffee Co. flies just under the radar but has a loyal fan base for its house roasted coffee beans, hot bagel sandwiches and pastries, offered daily.