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CafAc Rustica
I've had one excellent meal after another here. And the most remarkable thing about it is that most of the entrees are $20 and less. Food that good at that price is almost unheard of. Whenever I'm asked where someone should go eat — and I get asked that all the time — I send them to Rustica. With the exception of Mamma 'Zu, it's my new favorite place. — Brandon Fox

The Black Sheep
Kevin Roberts has an interesting menu, three times a day, for a price point that's affordable for the Carver neighborhood and Virginia Commonwealth University. It's a great addition to Richmond's restaurant landscape, with New Orleans-influenced comfort food — battleships with jerk chicken or chicken livers, savory frittatas and chive dumplings. — John Haddad

Bistro 27
It's accomplished and operating at a high level all around. Bistro 27 has an ambitious menu, a great cocktail and wine list, a beautiful setting. Service is always a benchmark for me, and Bistro 27 makes you feel like you're eating somewhere special. I think the downtown location is important too, because that area is seeing such a resurgence. — Tess Autrey Bosher

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