The city of Richmond has long been overlooked and underrated in the pantheon of Bay Area food cities — overshadowed, even in the East Bay, by better-publicized neighbors such as Berkeley and Oakland. And it’s true Richmond doesn’t have the fine-dining scene, or even a quarter of the amount of name chef hype, as those cities. But what its residents have known for a long time is this: For unfussy, budget-friendly everyday eating, there aren’t many better places in the Bay.
Of course, taco enthusiasts will know that the city’s 23rd Street commercial district can go toe to toe with any neighborhood — Fruitvale and the Mission included — in terms of sheer concentration of Mexican deliciousness. But Richmond also abounds with amazing fried chicken spots, charming diners, and destination-worthy food hidden inside of convenience stores. Here are 20 of the city’s must-visit restaurants.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More