Don’t Look Back (Taco Bar): A Review

Bean, Rajas and Chicken Tacos

Where: Don’t Look Back (W. Cary St., Richmond)
What: Tacos
Number of People: 2
Total Cost: $50
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adam and I heard of a new place in Cary Town that was the result of Nate’s Taco Truck, which was a big hitter on VCU’s campus for a while. We knew it had a strange name and it turns out we were right. It also turns out that the people who said the tacos were amazing were also right. The tacos were delicious. There are a variety of options on the menu, including vegetarian. They had all the basics, chicken, shredded beef, fish, carnitas and some nice additions such as bean, peppers, soy, and chorizo. They also had burritos, tostadas and the like. We tried a chicken, shredded beef, bean, peppers (Rajas), fish and chorizo with some guacamole on the side. Each taco is $3 and can be served traditionally (onions, cilantro and lime) or gringo (sour cream, cheese, salsa, lettuce) and either with corn or flour tortillas. We had corn on everything except the bean and mixed up the styles depending on the filling.

Tacos!

My favorite was definitely the fish taco. The fish was delicious and the cabbage slaw and sauce were just how I remember fish tacos. All of the others were also delicious. I definitely prefer traditional style because it’s simple and let’s the flavors show. Plus I’m a bit of a snob and want them to be as authentic as possible. The guacamole was also good and I’m picky about my guacamole.

I would definitely recommend this place to any one looking for a good, upscale Mexican restaurant in Richmond. The atmosphere was very modern with loud music in a tight space with TVs playing various shows and sports. They had a good beer selection and we hit at happy hour. The service was pretty good but not perfect, hence a missing star. I will certainly be going back in the future and taking a lot of friends.

Fish Taco

Capital Ale House: A Review

Italian Burger

Where: Capital Ale House (4024 Cox Rd.)
What: American, Burgers and Beer
Number of People: 4
Total Cost: About $25 per person
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

It was a day worth celebrating on Thursday so we decided to head to Capital Ale House. They have a great selection of beer and the burgers are always good. And as a bonus it needed up being Endless Mussels night so Adam was happy. Our server was excellent at suggesting beers since looking through the menu would probably take a good hour. I ended up getting the Italian burger which was topped with mozzarella, pesto and tomato. It was an excellent mix if flavors and all the toppings were pretty mild so they didn’t mask the taste of the burger. And I always love Capital Ale’s fries because they are the perfect size and never too crunchy. Plus they have great dips.

And of course, dessert. We all shared the brownie sundae and it was delicious. Brownie with vanilla ice cream, brownie bites, caramel and chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. It was awesome. Unfortunately I don’t remember the names of the beers we had, but they were tasty. Capital Ale House is a great place to go if you want a good burger and a beer in a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere.