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Most people visiting Richmond, VA are heading to its historical sites and plan to indulge in the area’s incredible amount of Black history. Adding to that cultural richness is a bustling Black food scene churning out amazing cuisine.
To that end, let’s get into Buttermilk and Honey. First things first – we arrived right before closing and received great service and fresh, tasty food. Starting with the Southern Hospitality chicken sandwich with pimento cheese, slab bacon, collard greens and smokey honey mustard, everything about it was delicious.
The crispy, juicy fried chicken breast was seasoned to perfection and sandwiched between two buttered soft buns that would make even Truett Cathy proud! The house made honey mustard elevated the sandwich and the crispy bacon provided an evolving texture and welcomed saltiness. The collards were not just for show. They were definitely supporting roles that provided a tad bit of acidic earthiness featured in an all-star cast of deliciousness.
The second sandwich we enjoyed was the What the Cluck with two fried chicken breasts, Nashville spice, slab bacon, shaved pickles, smokey honey mustard, cheddar jack cheese, ranch and slaw. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. The sandwich had all the qualities of our first sandwich but bigger and boasting yet another inhouse made sauce, with their creamy and tasty ranch dressing. Steve Henson had to have been consulted on its final iteration!
We had the collard greens and mac and cheese as side items and found them both incredibly delicious. The greens had their usual earthiness, but a wondaful balance of vinegary saltiness and a hint of heat while the uncomplicated mac and cheese allowed for a cheddar-cheesy, buttery experience without being overly sharp, pungent, salty or sweet. The pasta was cooked to a tender texture that supported the cheese blend, making each bite a little piece of gastronomic bliss.
The only miss were the chicken strips, which were a bit underwhelming in flavor and texture with entirely too much paprika. Stick with the chicken sandwiches and their tasty sides – their true stars.
While in the city, we ate at Hot Chick and Big Hern’s Kitchen, and while both had delicious sandwiches, Buttermilk and Honey had an edge with its soulful offerings and delicious drinks!
You can visit them at 414 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224 and visit them online to place your order at: https://www.toasttab.com/hatch-local/v3/?mode=fulfillmentR