When given the choice, Andrew and I generally choose to eat dinner on the early side–6:30ish. I think Andrew would eat the moment he walked in the door at 5:30 if he could. 😉 Friday night he had a basketball game (he plays in a church league) at 6:30, so we planned on having a late date night.
After the game–they won, and Andrew was on fire!–we headed to a restaurant in the city called The Daily Kitchen & Bar. We’d been once before for lunch and determined that it was definitely worth a second trip for dinner. As it turns out, we were right; after Friday this restaurant has moved to the top of our favorites list, but I’ll get into that more in a moment. When we arrived at 8:30, we were told the wait would be an hour–crazy-late for us old folks–so we gave them my phone number (they text when the table is ready so you can explore the area) and walked up the street to our favorite Thai restaurant… for appetizers 😀
Wonton soup for me (with all the scallions given to Andrew), and tofu vegetable soup for A.
Just as we were finishing our soup, I received the text that our table was ready, so we headed back down the street to The Daily. According to their website (and printed on the first page of the menus) :
“We strive to serve foods that are not only delicious but also health conscious, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible. We use organic, all natural, local, and sustainable ingredients as much as possible while still keeping our prices fair. In addition, we also offer an extensive selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items.”
In other words, this is the restaurant of our dreams.
We started with drinks:
Pomegranate mojito for me, cucumber martini for Andrew. They were both delicious; mine tasted like straight juice, which is exactly how I want a mixed drink to taste. 🙂 Just as we were about to order our entrees, Andrew spotted something great on the appetizer menu: gluten-free calamari. We love calamari, but it’s most always breaded with wheat flour, so Andrew can never have it. Despite the fact that we’d already had soup as an appetizer, we knew we needed to try this.
Oh. My. Gosh. The calamari was amazing. It came with two sauces: a chipotle lemon vinaigrette and a garlic toum. Both were fantastic.
For the entrees, Andrew ordered the blackened tuna sandwich (GF bread) with sweet potato fries and crispy Brussels sprouts. I had the organic roasted chicken with whipped potatoes, asparagus, and a lemon herb pan sauce.
Everything was swoon-worthy. I don’t know how else to put it. Every time we took a bite of something we felt so much joy that we’d found such a great restaurant! Let’s talk about the Brussels sprouts for a minute. The next time we go, I will be very tempted to order a few bowls of them and nothing else. The waiter told us that the sauce is a lemon-something gastrique, and somehow, the sprouts were perfectly soft on the inside yet delightfully crispy on the outside. How do they do that? And somehow, they tasted like egg rolls–and I mean that in a very good way! Who wouldn’t want to eat vegetables that taste like egg rolls? Oh, man.
Andrew, give me your best “Most Interesting Man in the World.”
Monster-hand spoofs 😉
As you might imagine, after two appetizers and drinks neither of us had much room left in our stomachs, so we brought home a lot of leftovers, which were just as tasty the next day. If you are in Richmond and looking for a restaurant with a. amazing food b. vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options c.organic, socially responsible food, or d. all of the above, you must try The Daily Kitchen & Bar in Carytown!
The rest of the weekend was a nice mix of fun and relaxation. Saturday morning we went to the gym together–after Friday’s dog bite incident I just took a relatively slow walk on the treadmill. The bite mark is still pretty gross, but it doesn’t hurt as much to move today. Progress 😉
Saturday night we had a hilarious game night with some friends. Have you ever played The Game of Things? It’s my favorite…and not just because it’s the only game I can almost always win. 🙂 We had church and youth group on Sunday, with a lot of lounging in between, plus a phone call to my dad for his birthday! All in all it was a great weekend.
I’m off now to attempt a run! I hope to encounter exactly zero animals, wild or otherwise.
-What did you do this weekend?
-Are you an early or late dinner-eater?
-Have you ever played Things?
Nice post and pictures!! Sounds like you had a great weekend! I am an early dinner-eater! Good luck on your run today!
Thank you! Glad we aren’t the only ones who like to eat early 🙂 The run was pretty painless, thankfully!
No you’re not! I’m glad you had a good run- that always makes the day a little better! 🙂
HOLY CRAP I just read your dog bite picture OMG OMG OMG OMG I’m glad you’re okay.
Not to get too belligerent on here, but dogs should never do that to a human WHILE they’re on leash. That’s like, the ultimate red flag about your dog’s personality. That’s a sign that he/she could very well do something much worse in the future. I’m glad you’re fine and all, but whoa, that’s awful. I hope that owner didn’t brush it off as nothing, because it’s not.
Anyway, on to happier things! YES to this awesome dinner date! This is totally a place my man and I would go and probably order very similar things as you guys! And don’t you just love it when Brussels are prepared so deliciously? I wonder how come they’re all of a sudden so popular – because they are SO SO GOOD! AHH! What a cute date night. Keep on healing that dog bite. Ouch.
Crazy, right?? The owner didn’t brush it off as nothing, but right before the dog bit me she did say, “Oh, he’s very friendly!” Hah! My thigh tells a different story. Thanks for the well-wishes!
We can never get our Brussels quiite perfect. They are either a little burned on the outside, but soft on the inside, or not quite soft enough, but look good on the outside. I need to know the secret!
That is so scary about the dog bite – we had kids in our neighborhood who were mauled by rotweilers (sp?) and one kid ended up losing their leg. Glad you had a nice date night!!
Thanks! That is terrifying about the kids in your neighborhood! So sad. Did the dogs belong to another neighbor? Did they catch them and put them down?
Ahhh girl that leg still looks rough! That is definitely one of my worst fears about running outside (besides getting kidnapped or hit by a car). I hope that bite continues to improve! On the weekends, we usually eat dinner between 7 and 9, which is late for me, but I’ve gotten used to it. Joe always ate a lot later than me, so I got used to doing so when he moved home. Since I sleep in later on the weekends, everything gets pushed back, so a later dinner isn’t that big a deal…but I always make sure to have an extra snack if I need it! Hungry Caitlin is a bad and scary thing! And that dinner on Friday looks amazing 🙂 Calamari is one of my favs so i’m glad you were both able to partake!
Thanks, girl! Getting bitten by a dog was high up on my list of running fears too… And might even be higher now that I know the pain!
The driving force for us eating dinner earlier is definitely to avoid getting Hangry too! Snacks are crucial if we are eating later!
I hope you’re continuing to feel better!!!! That is insane!! As for the restaurant, where is it?? I am striving to find places like that in my home state of New Jersey.
Thank you!! The restaurant is in downtown Richmond, VA! Probably a little too far to drive from NJ 🙂
Just a bit, but when traveling south next time that’ll be good information to know!
I MUST eat early..MUST! Love these photos of you two, and HOLY DOG BITE!
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