Hogshead Cafe - Richmond VA
I have been wanting to try this place for a couple of months , since it opened recently. They started with a small menu and added a few things since, but its still small.
I finally had the opportunity to stop with a friend, and I was not disappointed. The menu and the room at the Hogshead Cafe
may be small ,but the taste is as big as can be. I can almost guarantee everything will be good.
In one trip I managed to sample the special Hog Wild Pork Wings, the Pork BBQ sandwich, the fried oysters, and the Fried Shrimp Po Boy. (Sorry, the lighting was bad for my android phone's cam)
The Hog Wild Pork Wings are apparently rib tips of some sort. They were juicy but slightly crunchy and quite delectable. Makes me want to try their Memphis dry rub babybacks even though I am normally more a spare rib guy.
The fried oysters were some of the best I have had in Richmond. Truthfully been a long time since I have had them like that, fried just perfectly. The remoulade was perhaps tame but these oysters shone on their own and so for me was just right.
The fried shrimp po boy was definitely the best I have had since New Orleans. The shrimp was just the right amount of crunchy, but also tasty, the roll was softer than I expected but held together great. Talk about filling. I took a side of scalloped potatoes becuase I forgot I wanted to try the corn pudding.
The BBQ sandwich my friend had, well they had most of it but I did try some of the pulled pork and it was good enough to eat without sauce. I was too stuffed to try another morsel, so I didn't get the pineapple upside down cake I had promised myself.
This place is not cheap but it is not a yuppy hipster paradise either. The place is shoved between a Blockbuster and a place called the Greek Isles at 9503 West Broad in Richmond's Far West End, sort of catty corner to the Sams Club on the other side of West Broad. But to me it was definitely Hog Heaven.