All Things RVA: Flora

All Things RVA: Flora

Flora

Mexican inspired food is my favorite. I could eat some combination of rice and beans every day of the week. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that we were getting a new Mexican-style restaurant in Richmond, VA.

A little background: Flora is an Oaxacan (pronounced: wa-hah-cah) inspired restaurant. Oaxaca is a region in Mexico overflowing with rich history and culture. Click here to read more about it. 

You might recognize the names coming up as they are associated with some of RVA’s favorite spots: Comfort, Pasture, Saison. Business partners Jason Alley and Michele Jones dreamed up the regionally inspired restaurant with the support of Jay Bayer and chef Sergio Gomez.

On Friday night, a few days after their soft opening, we ventured over to the location that used to house Balliceaux. 

What we ordered:

  • Guacamole with tortilla chips
  • Mushroom tacos (w/ a side of rice)
  • Shark tacos
  • Tamale 

Drinks:

  • Paloma 
  • Redneck Riviera 
  • Netflix & Chill 

The staff working on Friday were energetic, friendly, and accommodating. The atmosphere was light and upscale, but not stuffy. Hand-painted pictures of bright colored flowers brightened up the walls. 

Our dinner experience was fun and memorable. Our server was attentive, but not overbearing. Food arrived at the perfect pace. Our drinks were really fun. The Redneck Riviera was served in a parrot ceramic. My Paloma arrived in a bottle with mint garnish and a bendy straw. I loved the Lotería inspired drink menu. 

Our food was simple, but tasty. Admittedly, I felt like the prices were a bit steep in general. But, I completely recommend checking it out. The drinks alone are worth a visit. Next time we go we will need to try out one of their larger portioned dinner entrees. And if you're really adventurous, the first item on the menu is...fried crickets! 

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