Residents of the Mary Munford neighborhood have enviable choices for nearby dining: go to Carytown
or head to the shops at Grove and Libbie avenues. Both areas host local independent restaurants with a diversity of fine cuisines from casual to more upscale.
One longtime Carytown favorite, Coppola's Deli, has served authentic delicatessen fare since 1982, pleasing vegetarians as well as meat lovers. Popular sandwiches include the South Bronx Club, voted by Richmond Magazine readers as one of the best 50 foods in Richmond. It features sauteed corned beef, sauerkraut and pastrami smothered with melted Swiss cheese and the restaurant's house-made dressing on three slices of toasted rye bread. Diners also love The Industrial, a classic Italian sub with mortadella, Genoa salami, Capicola ham, provolone cheese, peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes sprinkled with oil and vinegar. Locals rave about the vegetarian Cheese Columbo, topping fine deli cheese with a choice of marinated eggplant or artichoke hearts.
Carytown's Burger Bach serves New Zealand-inspired cuisine, highlighting premium beef and lamb burgers and sustainable ingredients in a contemporary, high-energy environment. The meat is ground fresh daily, hand patted and served on homemade local rolls. The chicken sandwiches use free-range birds, and the vegetarian burger uses Virginia-made No Bull Burger patties.
At Grove and Libbie, the Continental Westhampton
serves American fare in a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere. For brunch, check out the unique popover Benedicts, including the Benedict Arnold (given that this hollandaise-topped breakfast entree has no meat, you are not betraying anyone) or the maple sausage corn dogs: three pancake-battered and fried maple sausage dogs served with syrup for dipping. For a hearty entree, try the Home Run burger with sliced brisket atop the beef patty. Even salads rate high here. Just look at the locally named Three Chopt
Salad, with chicken, chopped bacon, avocado, eggs, roasted red pepper, tomato, onion, blue cheese and romaine, topped with blue cheese dressing and served with a side of jalapeno cornbread.
After dinner, you can find live music every day at Cary Street Cafe-jam bands, reggae, bluegrass, rock and alternative country-as well as a decent selection of beers. For bigger-name bands, check out The National, The Camel or the Richmond Coliseum. For an upscale bar, a place to be spotted and duly noted, go to Carytown's Can Can Brasserie.
The Byrd Theater in Carytown and the Regal Cinemas Westhampton Cinema 2 on Grove Avenue serve the area in their historic buildings.