Don’t Look Back Is Coming to Forest Hill Avenue This Summer and Other Food News

Taco lookout

When Don’t Look Back updated its Facebook page last December, the news was cautiously optimistic—no “concrete answers” about whether the taco restaurant would reopen in its original Carytown spot, but a second location may be on the horizon. Lo and behold, a Feb. 2 Facebook post announced that Don’t Look Back is coming to Forest Hill Avenue this summer. And there was much rejoicing.

According to owner Nate Gutierrez, the building is just a shell right now, but when all’s said and done it’ll be serving up the same tacos and margs (plus a few additional kid-friendly options). It’s been a while since the doors closed in Carytown, so here’s a refresher on the menu: tacos with fillings like shredded beef, chorizo, carnitas, potatoes, portobello mushrooms, shrimp and tofu, served on flour or corn tortillas, either gringo style with cheese, lettuce, sour cream and salsa, or traditional with cilantro, red onion and lime.  

As for the original restaurant?  

“The Carytown building is still tied up with banks and red tape,” Gutierrez says. “It would have been nice to start rebuilding right away but it’s out of our hands.”  

Patience is a virtue

Fan dwellers, it’s almost here — a brewery you can walk to without crossing Broad Street. Steam Bell Beer Works owners Brad and Brittany Cooper announced last spring that a brewery near Virginia Commonwealth University was on the horizon, and we’ve finally got an opening date. Canon & Draw Brewing Co. at 1529 W. Main St. will officially open its doors at noon on Saturday, March 10.

Also opening next month is the much-anticipated ZZQ. Chris Fultz and Alex Graf launched ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue in 2013, and Richmonders have since fallen head over heels for the brisket, burnt ends and jalapeño mac and cheese it has been serving at catered events, pop-ups and breweries. In late 2016 the pitmasters announced their plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 3201 W. Mooore St. in Scott’s Addition, and at long last we have a date: Saturday, March 3.

And the winner is. …

There’s still time to buy your tickets to the Elby Awards, Richmond Magazine’s annual recognition ceremony and dinner celebrating the folks behind our favorite food and drink in town. Tickets for the Feb. 18 event, held at the train shed at Main Street Station, are $120 and available at Categories include best new restaurant, chef of the year, front-of-the-house personality, brewery of the year, family-friendly restaurant and promoter of sustainability.


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