Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Football and Steak - Dinner in Richmond Virginia at Xtra's Cafe


I was reading the Washington Post online Friday night when the special section on the Washington Redskins training camp caught my eye. It mentioned the training camp was in Richmond, VA and after visiting the Redskin's website, I found out the training camp was open to the public on Saturday afternoon. Now we like football in this house. We're Redskins fans, too. Couldn't pass this up.

Of course, we need to eat when visiting the Redskins training camp and honestly hot dogs wasn't going to do it. For me anyway. Richmond has a rich food scene going on so it was hard to pick a place to eat. Using my favorite food apps, Foodspotting and OpenTable, we picked a place, Xtra's Cafe based on the reviews, menu, location near the training camp, mid-range dinner prices, and kids menu. I booked using OpenTable which makes reserving a table so easy.

After enjoying the Redskins training camp, we headed over to the Carytown neighborhood of Richmond. It is a pretty hip and trendy section. It had two cupcake shops and two yogurt places so that says it all. And I'm sure the PBL was served like water. Anyhow I regress.

After watching some football, I was ready to eat a manly meal. Ok so I've got to say this here, but why is meat associated with men? I mean I'm very much a woman and I enjoy a good piece of meat. And so do my female friends. Again, I regress.

We climbed the stairs to Xtra's Cafe hot, thirsty, and hungry. We walked into a place with very chic decor, but yet it still was very comfortable. They had a nice balcony which would be good in cooler temps; we chose to stay in the air conditioning. The staff was very attentive and helpful.

I ordered the petite filet which was finished with a Stella Artois cheese fondue served with a fennel potato au gratin and sautéed broccolini. It was delicious. The filet was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. The sides complimented the filet well. I thought the price of $24 was fair for the quality.

I skipped a starter so I could have dessert. And I was not disappointed with my choice to go for dessert. I had the almond tiramisu. Amazing. So light. So flavorful. Balanced perfectly with the main course.

After dinner we strolled through Carytown. We'll be back.

And "Hail Yeah!"

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