As expected, I made my way to Helen’s. I still maintain that this is one of, if not the most, underrated restaurants in the River City. If you go right now, order the corn on the cob. In fact, go right now and order the corn on the cob. Grilled and seasoned with ancho chilies, fresh lime zest and whipped feta. I took one bite of this corn and swore my allegiance to it...and once again proposed marriage to Chef Clay (one of , if not the most, underrated chefs in the River City). I put a picture of the corn on my “food-stagram” (@fohrva) and my sister just dreamed of the corn from afar for over 24 hours. It was great sitting at the bar with my friend Christian as we gear up for another school year, chatting and noshing on some delicious pork tacos that were on special that night. The atmosphere at Helen’s was exactly as I remembered it.
Another night, during the ten days since I returned, I met my friend Rachel out for dinner at Stella’s. Often times my friends make me pick where we should eat, but Rachel always has her heart set on a place she has always wanted to try, or a place she has tried and wants to take me to. It’s very refreshing to have the pressure removed from me. Now, normally I can’t stop myself from ordering the pastichio at Stella’s because...well...if you don’t know, I can’t speak to you. Get your ass to Stella’s and order the pastichio. This time I switched it up and ordered the pastichiato...really branching out, I know. I also made Rachel try the grilled haloumi cause it is immaculate. It’s sweet with raisins and currents, but the haloumi is salty and soft, really a perfect combination.
I’ve just been reacquainting myself with the food of RVA. Additionally I went to Dot’s Back Inn for a STEAK sandwich, cappuccinos at Black Hand and Stir Crazy, sushi at Akida, and nachos at The Camel that were spectacular (I shared with no one!). All this good eating has made me click my heels and say, “there’s no place like home.”