The Old School Charm of Roy’s Big Burger

Roy's Big Burger (1960's) on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA @kristelpoole

Roy’s Big Burger is an old Richmond, VA classic. The drive-up stand offers a covered walk-up for ordering and a window to watch the cook prepare burgers as you look on trying to guess which one is yours. There is no dining room and no drive-through, just a couple picnic tables, which most patrons don’t use. Tradition at Roy’s is to eat in your car while you sit in the parking lot. And some things never change.


Roy's Big Burger (A Richmond, VA 1960's classic drive-up burger shop) on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA @kristelpoole Roy's Big Burger (A Richmond, VA 1960's classic drive-up burger shop) on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA @kristelpoole Continue reading

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Quarters


Nothing tastes quite like summer to me as grilled foods flavored with fresh herbs and lemon. It’s a simple combination of bright flavors that makes your taste buds suddenly alert, like the lights came on and everyone wants to know what’s going on. I remember having this feeling of “mouth alertness” during almost every meal I ate in my travels in Greece. I can still remember the sweet, salty, and punchy flavors of a grilled stuffed calamari sprinkled with the juice of a fresh lemon I ate while overlooking the bright blue ocean as it slapped against the cliffs of Corfu. Continue reading

RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy’s Midlothian

I love Tex-Mex food. There. I said it.

#RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy's Midlothian @kristelpoole

Salsa Fresca – Comes with your chips and it is SO good.

Tex-Mex gets a bad rap, but I’m not sure why. Who doesn’t love chiles, cheese, tortillas, meat and more cheese? It’s not authentic Mexican food, but I think that’s okay. It’s not trying to be. Tex-Mex is kind of like jazz; multiple cultural influences can bring out some really wonderful things. Continue reading

RVA Restaurant Preview: Fan Noodle Bar

I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP preview night for a new spot in town called Fan Noodle Bar. The owners Sonny and Zow Kiatsuranon officially open the doors tonight for dinner service, with lunch and late night service coming soon. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a lot of white and silver grey furniture and a nice long, rounded bar. There are little neon-colored uplighting details throughout, giving it a mod vibe you don’t see in many eateries. That’s all well and good, you say, but what about the food? Well, we were able to try a sampling of the menu items including apps, salads, soups, and noodles. Everything seems to have Thai roots, which makes sense because Sonny’s parents are the owners of long-standing Mom’s Siam in Carytown. (Sonny’s brother opened My Noodle not too far back, so it’s definitely all in the family.) Continue reading