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Aziza's on Main

2110 E. Main St. (21st St.) Send to Phone
804-344-1523
This little restaurant with Lebanese in its genes proves food, like love, is a drug.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
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Aziza's on Main Restaurant Review

: Take two grape leaves and call me in the morning. That could be the motto at this hip, Lebanese-punctuated eatery, named for the family matriarch and ensconced in the clan’s McGuire Park Pharmacy. Co-chef Billy Fallen made his name in food service for his Billy's Bread. He’s since sold the business and teamed at Aziza’s with his mom, Rusty. When you enter, you might see them prepping behind the deli case; they do much catering to Richmond offices and homes. Turn right and enter the old-world, pressed-tin ceilinged bar-dining room where you can indulge in hummus (the real deal), orzo salad, and those meat-filled grape leaf rolls (vegetarian versions available). At lunch there are grilled sandwiches and Southern-style chicken salad, potato salads and liffuts, turnips pickled pink. At Sunday brunch, feast on pancetta and Fontina frittatas and Bloody Marys with shrimp. Dinner might feature pork belly, NY strip, or shad roe in season, but whatever, whenever, the ingredients are likely to be local and sustainable. Tuesdays are Tapas Nights and there are always pizzas from the wood-fired brick oven, where Billy’s back to baking again.

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