vol. 70 / go south

vol. 70 / go south ↘️


March, here we come! Our advice, go south. Cross the raging James this weekend and you'll be rewarded with oysters, donuts, and craft cocktails. 

Venture forward …



The first ever Dogtown Winter Beer and Oyster Festival is this Saturday at The Butterbean, a newly opened neighborhood café on Hull Street by Michael and Laura Hild. This Manchester celebration promises a hearty selection of craft beer, cider, wine and kombucha on tap, a raw oyster station from Anderson's Neck Oyster Company, oyster stew, crab muffins, and made from scratch eats by The Butterbean. Not to mention, there will be plenty of live music, outdoor fire pits to keep you warm, outside beer stations (serving Ardent IPA, Trapezium Oyster Stout, Potter's Farmhouse Dry Cider, and Center of the Universe Kolsch) and an inside bar pouring a variety of beer, cider, and wine. 


Hot Diggity


Because on Richmond’s south side, donuts are served warm and with a cocktail. Sometimes they're even turned into sandwiches! So when you’re venturing over the river this weekend for the Dogtown Oyster Festival, make sure to skip across the street to Hot Diggity Donuts to see what we’re talking about. Here you can indulge in sweet and savory donuts, all made to order, with a cocktail or shooter in hand if you’re so inclined. We’re talking Maple Bourbon donuts (topped with salty peanuts), Grasshopper Pie donuts (pistachio, mint, chocolate shavings), and Bittersweet Mocha (dark chocolate espresso glaze, turbinado). And if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial but equally adventurous, consider one of their signature sandwiches served between two sourdough yeast donuts.

Perk: Tell them Here sent you and receive a free cup of Blanchard's Coffee with the purchase of a donut this weekend at Hot Diggity! 




Round out your South Side jaunt with a pit stop at Little Nickel, a jewel of a restaurant that invites you to pretend you’re on vacation with a playful mix of tropical dishes and plenty of tiki-inspired and neo-tropical cocktails. Brought to you by Johnny and Katrina Giavos, of Stella’s fame, this Forest Hill destination is all about taking guests to another land with its vacation food, punch bowls designed for two or more, and a retro vibe unlike anything you’ll find in RVA. We suggest starting with a Walk the Plank cocktail (pictured) and the Pu-Pu platter, a house favorite that’s served flaming with General Tso’s wings, pineapple skewers, pork bbq skewers, and lumpia. 

Little Nickel offers Happy Hour, from 3-6 p.m., with eclectic cocktail specials and an unforgettable Sunday brunch. On a recent Sunday visit we went for the El Cortez (cheddar waffles, braised pork, queso, sliced jalapeno, and crispy bacon). But really, when you’re on a vacation that's south of the James everything is a winner. Book your trip now.   
Perk: Ask for the Here Special to receive a surprise tropical cocktail at $2.00 off this weekend. 



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