Dining Out on a Shoestring Budget: My Top 3 Picks in Richmond
A night out on the town. Those words are a true delight for someone who really does not like cooking much (although with a glass of wine and my iPod on, it's manageable). And with someone like me who is on a budget (strike that, someone who is on a TIGHT budget), finding the perfect dining destination at the right price is crucial. These are my top three finds.
1. Joe's Inn, located in the heart of the fan (205 N. Shields Ave). This place is such a hidden gem. It's delicious with huge portions for a good price. My fiancé and I went there a couple of days ago and split "Spaghetti A La Joe," an enormous portion of carb-o-goodness, which came with a salad and an endless supply of fresh, warm, bread. With our happy hour beers, our total tab came to around 15 bucks. PLUS even though we shared, we still had enough left overs for another meal for the two of us the following day. I can hear it now, "But Quinn, I want my OWN meal." Sandys (sandwiches) run about $6, entrees with two sides will cost you approximately $9, and you can get great priced breakfast foods ALL DAY LONG. You get a gold star, Joe's Inn.
2. Carytown Burgers and Fries, located (you guessed it) on Cary St. Craving some red meat? Need some extra grease after a long night/ early morning? Carytown Burgers and Fries it where it's at! A 1/3 pound cheeseburger is $4.50 and the side of fries is so large you can split it with all of your friends for $2.50. Or just skip the fries because that burger is so delicious you won't need them. Add a beverage and even if you pick up the tab on the fries, your bill will be less than ten bones. Money well spent, I say.
3. Mary Angela's. Honestly just saying the name of that restaurant makes me salivate. Sometimes you just have to have pizza, and if you are in one of those moods, go to Mary Angela's in Carytown. Moving from Sicily in 1976, these folks truly sell Italian-style pizza and goodness sakes alive am I glad they chose to move to Richmond! You can buy a sizable slice for $2.25 or split a pizza with some friends for a low, low price. A small cheese pizza (12", think the size of a ruler) will run you $8.25, if you split it with a friend you get multiple pieces for about $4. Add a pop in there (yes, that's right, I'm from Ohio and I said pop) and you've got yourself a good meal for about $6. What a deal!