Once known as "The Harlem of the South," Jackson Ward was a haven for Richmond's African-American community during the 1920s. The Hippodrome Theater was a center of that community and has played host to big names like Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, and Ella Fitzgerald in its day.
While it's mostly an event venue these days, you can visit the Hippodrome any time if what you're after is dinner. In an homage to that roaring decade, The Speakeasy Grill serves Southern favorites with flair, from crab-stuffed fish and chicken and waffles to house martinis named after legendary soul musicians. Heck, they even have a couple of moonshine cocktails. We're below the Mason-Dixon line, after all. Want to get a taste of The Hippodrome without leaving the couch? Check out this virtual tour and take a look inside!
Lots of folks book "The Hipp" for parties, and if you end up coming for a serious rager, you should probably come back for brunch. Not only are there fried oysters and cornbread, but the Speakeasy serves a crab omelet and the truly extra, truly delicious heart-attack-on-a-plate that is The Little Nasty. How else would you describe a dish with fried yardbird, buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, two eggs, AND potatoes? If you're looking to recover from a hangover, there are few ways as effective.
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