OK Im on a mission...I'm looking for the absolute best Martini in Richmond. Im a huge fan of the Classic...copious amounts of vodka(Im a Goose fan...but whatever you like)...just a hint of vermouth, three very large olives stuffed with bluecheese...all served up.
So here are a few of my local faves...but Id really like to hear from some other Martini fans..
The Hill Cafe- Broad St in Church Hill...the Moldy I think is what they call my favorite. But they have several variations. I love the setting here too- the original Heart Pine floors, the cozy layout, the exposed brick walls...all create the perfect laid back Martini ambience.
Buckheads- Patterson Ave...I've long been a fan of Buckheads steaks. The bar is set up perfectly for a great cigar and Martini. Less pretentious than most upscale steak houses- Buckheads still maintains a casual elegance that makes it a local fave for steaks, chops and Martinis.
Mortons-Virginia St. Downtown...Im not normally the type to go for Chain restaurants....I traditionally favor Indie places that have character. But I cant help but love the massive Martinis that Morton's serves up. Just like their steaks- they dont skimp on drink size either. When you have a great martini the only way to make it better is to make if BIGGER.
TJ's- The Jefferson Hotel...While not really known for their Martinis- TJ's, which is the little brother of LeMaire's, offers a Martini any way you want it. I dont think these guys even have well liquors. Just like the Hotel and its namesake everything here is topshelf.
Europa- Shockoe Bottom... Im not a huge fan of Europa's food... I know a lot of people that love it- Im just not a Tapas kind of guy. But I do love the Martini menu. They make my personal classic just right!
Infuzion-Roseneath and Leigh...Im not sure if its actually the Martini I love at Infuzion...or the fact that Im drinking it in the East Coasts first Ice Bar. Pay the $15 fee to get in the Ice Bar- it's ummmm....cool.