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May 04, 2011

Romance/Getaway Series - Julep Restaurant


















About this Restaurant:
Amy Cabaniss, the proprietor, opened Julep’s New Southern Cuisine in July, 2003. She has beautifully remodeled the oldest commercial building in the city of Richmond, located in the heart of the historic river district, originally built circa 1817 as a lumber house by Charles Whitlock. Over the next half-century it housed a candle and soap factory, a brewery, a cigar-box maker, a produce market and a locksmith.















Julep’s has already been named one of Richmond’s “Top Seven Sensations” by Richmond Magazine. The professional and friendly staff, elegant atmosphere and charm of this historic building create a hospitable setting as you savor a fresh mix of flavor that captures the flare of Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah.

My Thoughts:
I have never been to Richmond before so I was very curious to see how their restaurants compared to other major cities I've been in such as Philadelphia, DC, Baltimore etc, and I'm happy to report that they more than measure up, or at least Juleps did. Julep doesn't look like much from the outside, as it's a corner location on a seemingly run down street, but inside offers so much more. Stepping inside Julep's you realize it is more than meets the eye with it's two-level seating with spiral staircase, exposed wood beams/bricks and beautiful hardwood flooring. I enjoy and appreciate architecture and keeping the integrity of a building, so I loved seeing all the natural elements, while still keeping the atmosphere of the restaurant classy and romantic. On top of the cozy chic setting, the menu has much to offer. Of the many menu items below were the items I had a chance to try: Crab Bisque, Pork Special of the night, Bacon Wrapped Filet, Chocolate Pecan Tart and Creme Brulee.  Starting off the meal with the crab soup was the perfect selection. It was creamy with such vibrant flavors, and I would have made that my meal if I could have, my husband agreed. My filet was cooked to perfection and full of natural juices and flavors; a perfect combination. My husband had the pork special, and he had no negative feedback to provide, so that's always a plus. At the conclusion of our meal we tried the creme brulee and chocolate pecan tart with home-made vanilla bean ice cream, which were the ultimate endings to the meal.

Sweet Water Crab Bisque with Shiitake Mushrooms, Fresh Thyme and Lemon-Basil Oil:

 
Pork Special:

Creme Brulee:

Grilled Petite Angus Filet Mignon wrapped with Applewood Smoked Bacon, served with Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Beer Batter Onion Rings and Julep’s House Made Steak Sauce:












I do want to provide an honest review, so I also want to share about a problem we had while dining. Due to some strong storms and humidity some moisture had built up in the restaurant causing the condensation to drop off parts of the ceiling, but as soon as we brought it to our server's attention it was remedied immediately, so I have no qualms with their level of service and would still recommend Juleps whole-heartedly.

Advantages:
1. Food to rave about! The flavor combinations and quality of the food were fantastic.
2. Ambience/Atmosphere - if you want a rustic yet modern and romantic location this is perfect!

Disadvantages:
1. The part of town where Julep's is located appears a bit run down which may prevent people from dining here, but the food makes up for it
2. Since Juleps is located in town, it only offers on-street parking, so finding parking may be a challenge
For more information, to view menus or to make reservations visit their website: http://juleps.net/

disclaimer: compensation provided for this review, but information provided here is completely unbiased and truthful

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