One of RVA’s favorite dining hot spots and sister restaurant to Toast, Hutch Bar & Eatery, recently came under my radar. I visited for the first time for brunch, but I knew if I wanted to give an accurate review I needed to give dinner a try too. You know, just for you guys. Okay, and because it’s all delicious!
Known to most Richmonders as simply Hutch, this cool, but comfortable restaurant in the Gayton Crossing Shopping Center in the West End has quickly become one of my favorites.
Locally owned by Jessica and Josh Bufford, this local eatery offers southern favorites with a twist, along with some out of the box specials that are spectacular. They call their style New American cuisine. They use only the freshest ingredients in their dishes and have something for everyone including gluten free, vegetarian, and kid-friendly options.
Hutch offers brunch (Saturdays and Sundays), lunch, and dinner and I’ve been to all three so I can tell you that no matter what time of day you choose to visit you’ll be happy you did. To get a feel for the food they serve, head to their Facebook page and you’ll see what I mean.
The first time I ate here it was for their brunch. I’m a huge brunch fan and am always looking for new places to try, so when my girlfriends suggested this spot I was excited to give it a whirl.
First, let me say that the atmosphere is fantastic. The decor is a mix of contemporary, industrial, and farmhouse which makes it low-key and perfect for a casual meal out with family yet stylish for the perfect date night. There is plenty of seating inside and I’ve never felt crowded even when it’s busy, plus they have outdoor seating as well. The prices are about mid-range and very reasonable I thought for the type of meal and experience you get here.
I chose a coffee (a must always) and the Cali Omelet which had avocado, pico de gallo, Monterrey jack cheese, and cilantro crème fraiche ($12). It also came with hash browns or grits and toast. So delicious! Other selections among my group were the Chesapeake Omelet with shrimp and crab ($13) and the French Toast with crème anglais ($9). There were rave reviews all around. I absolutely felt like everything we had was very fresh and the service was fantastic as well.
For lunch I recommend the Fried Oyster Salad ($15) or Thai Wrap with shrimp ($16) and for dinner I opted for their Oyster Bacon Po’ Boy ($15). I’ve had Oyster Po’ Boys at many other restaurants as it’s one of my favorites and Hutch’s version did not disappoint. The oysters were fried to perfection, very tender and their size made them much easier to eat than some other places I’ve had. Plus, doesn’t bacon just make everything better? As a side I went with the Sweet Tots which are their sweet potato tater tots and are a favorite of regular patrons…and I can see why.
We stayed for drinks at the bar which was also fantastic. They have a large selection of craft beers and wine, along with great cocktail choices as well. I can’t wait to visit many more times and try some appetizers, desserts, and some of their specials. Their Cuban Eggrolls and Sweet Tea Fried Mini Chicken Biscuits are calling my name.
I strongly suggest giving Hutch Bar & Eatery a try. They are open everyday with varying hours shown below. Click here for a full menu and keep an eye on their Facebook page for daily specials.
Sunday: 9:30 am-10 pm
Mon-Thurs: 11 am-10 pm
Friday: 11 am-11 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am-11 pm
1308 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23238