The Village of Midlothian
sits just west of Richmond,
Virginia's capital city. Part of Chesterfield County's
decades old tradition of excellent schools, Midlothian draws educated, upper middle class residents. Bookended by two shopping malls and with several more shopping centers along Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian makes shopping extremely convenient for residents.
Located about 15 miles from downtown, Midlothian developed primarily as a suburb of the Richmond, and still houses
many workers who commute to the city for work and for play.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Just as shopping is plentiful in Midlothian, restaurants with variety and high quality line Midlothian Turnpike, or Route 60, some nestled into shopping malls, while others stand alone. Although not a coastal city by any means, Midlothian serves enough seafood in its many restaurants to make you think you are by the sea. Several ethnic eateries provide a change from the usual, and great beer selection surprises given the suburban setting.
Pescados Seafood flies fresh fish in daily for its Caribbean and Latin flavor seafood creations. Locals can't get enough of the Voodoo Seafood, and exquisite blend of sweet and heat that keeps spice fans coming back for more. Crab cakes melt in the mouth, served over shredded cabbage and smothered in a divine lobster cream sauce. Hammered copper artwork behind the bar and a tropical theme create a great date night atmosphere.
If you are looking for gourmet desserts of every kind, put The Desserterie on your list of haunts. Don't limit yourself to layered dark chocolate cakes or creamy, heavenly cheesecake, however--the place is famous for varied and flavourful soups like creamy Red Pepper Soup and Lobster Bisque, and every kind of tasty panini imaginable. The patio sunroom imitates a European bistro, and makes a pleasant place to savor a dinner of smoked salmon wrapped asparagus, before diving into that tasty slice of Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake.
When the inevitable sushi craving hits, head to Wild Ginger for fresh and creative sushi and Asian fusion dishes. The New York strip steak should not be missed, with its flavorful wasabi rub. This place hops at night, as inventive drinks like the blueberry smash and cucumber fizz keep the bar busy.
Another great spot for nightlife, /masterpage_3" Sedona Taphouse draws beer geeks like pilgrims to Mecca. More than 500 craft beers make this restaurant one of the top in the state for beer selection. Servers with impressive knowledge of the immense beer list make spot-on suggestions for a great beer flight.
History & Culture
Coal miners from East and West Lothian counties in Scotland dug mine shafts in this hilly and wooded area, naming their new venture "Mid-Lothian." When the Richmond and Danville Railroad built a line to the new Coalfield Station to facilitate distribution of the coal, the nearby village was called Midlothian. By the late 1850s, a series of accidents and problems with the mines essentially ended coal mining in the area.
Midlothian remained a rural area until the 1970s, when suburban growth exploded. By the 21st century, residents actively fought to control growth in order to avoid the exaggerated suburban sprawl they saw in Northern Virginia.
Midlothian Village Day celebrates the community's mining history with a parade and festival, as well as guided tours of the old mineshafts.
Although Midlothian calls itself "the most walkable city in Chesterfield County," its walk score ranks at only 44, with most errands requiring a car. Planned city improvements for walkability include adding additional sidewalks along Route 60.
Getting around by car is easier. Midlothian Turnpike (Rte 60) connects the 288 freeway, which circles around Richmond to the left, and Powhite Parkway, a commuter toll road into the capital city. Plentiful free parking surrounds each shopping and restaurant destination.
Many bike lanes support a fairly good biking infrastructure, and a growing community of cyclists get around the area by bike as well as plan longer rides radiating from the Village.
The only bus service available takes downtown commuters from a shopping center on the west side of Midlothian into downtown, but plentiful taxi service and Uber fill the gap.
A fill-up at the tank in Midlothian will run 4.6% less than the state average cost of gas, and a full 8.7% less than the national average cost. Other cost of living measures indicate that it costs less to live in Midlothian than in Richmond; rent for a single bedroom apartment runs $801 in the Village and close to $1000 downtown. Cost of living in Midlothian equals about 2.4% of the average national cost of living.
Fares to take the Route 81 commuter bus into Richmond bump transportation are quite high at a $6 each way. A pint at the pub can be as low as $3 during happy hours on some draft options.
Popular markets Food Lion and Kroger, situated along Route 60, keep pantries full, but no farmer's market exists to bring fresh local produce to the community.
Malls and shopping centers abound, with Target, Macy's, Sears, and every staple chain store just a few minutes from home, and clustered right around the main thoroughfare of Route 60. For more boutique-style shopping, visit Sycamore Square. A remodeled period mansion, complete with brick walkways, picket fences, and paned windows, has been remodeled to house boutique-style shops. Meander through the historical shopping center to S.E.E. Boutique which hand-picks its merchandise to have specific appeal to Midlothian women. Pick up a bouquet of flowers for your dinner party at Pandora's Posies, find an unusual gift for a friend at Cottage Lane, or indulge in some "me" time at the nail salon.
Mid-Lothian Mines Park, a free 44 acre preserve just south of Rte 60, features cut stone ruins of mines and mine shafts. Guided tours teach residents and visitors of coal mining accidents that took dozens of lives and coal seams that produced tens of thousands of tons of coal, some finding its way to such esteemed customers as Thomas Jefferson. The two-story granite Grove Shaft ruin provides a gorgeous backdrop for pictures, and can be toured as well. Bike and jogging trails meander through the park and create an excellent exercise
destination. The park plays a part in Midlothian Village Day, with special tours and events.
The Stonehenge Golf Country Club boasts and exceptional 18-hole championship golf course and a superior course layout. The Club offers activities like cookie decorating for kids, mixers for adults, and private lessons for all. Six lighted tennis courts round out the amenities of this exclusive establishment.