Out of towners should make their way to Joe's Inn in the Fan if they'd like to see what a Richmond classic looks like.
The restaurant has been around for decades. It's got two separate seating areas, a more diner-like side full of tables and the better looking but more crowded wood paneled bar side. Both sides have a very casual atmosphere. The diner side might be considered more family friendly.
Like many Greek/Italian diners it's got a large menu with breakfast options available all day, as well as subs, sandwiches, and a handful of entrees. They even manage to sneak in some Southern specialties like their fried chicken livers.
While my dining companion raves about their steak and eggs and I've enjoyed their subs, their claim to fame is their baked pasta dishes. Massive piles of baked spaghetti topped with sauce and molten cheese, each easily large enough to make two meals. Plan on leftovers.
Food prices are downright cheap, particularly for the subs and the breakfast items.
There's a short but reasonably priced wine list with a few interesting bottles, but given the casual atmosphere I prefer to get a beer here. Their draft list has a wide variety of craft choices including some local selections.
Parking in the area can be challenging. Just keep driving around until you find a spot and be willing to walk a block or two.
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