These days, we're all informed about the various dangers of smoking tobacco products. But in colonial Virginia, tobacco was a hot New World cash crop. People thought tobacco did all kinds of wild things for your health, all of them good. And as a result, cities like Richmond grew up around the industry. The Tobacco Company restaurant is a little more recent, but since it's housed in a former tobacco warehouse, it's still a really neat spot to take in local history.
Covered in curious antiques, this is also a place with remarkable decor, from a chandelier that was originally hung at The Federal Reserve in Chicago to a staircase that once graced Richmond's old St. Luke's Hospital. But what makes The Tobacco Company different is its commitment to old-fashioned American fare - with a 21st century twist.
Sure, you can come here for prime rib or she-crab soup and drink a mint julep, but what makes the Tobacco Company great is that you don't have to. Bring the whole family. Even your oldest (or youngest), pickiest relatives will find something to love. There's poke and Scottish salmon for the pescatarians, grilled cauliflower steak and fried green tomatoes for the vegetarians, and pork tenderloin marinated in molasses and served with apple butter, sweet potato pecan casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, and balsamic walnut butter for you. You're very intelligent.
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