Pasture is another superb restaurant that’s also made notice on Richmond Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2011″ list. Of course, it’s hip vibes and comfort food fare deserves a Richmond Magazine mention but is it really that great?
Yep, it is.
Pasture is located on unusual side of East Grace street- no hipsters, dog walkers, runners here. You’ve got Charmette’s beauty salon and Uniform City USA in this block. I love this area, nothing has to go conform- unlike some cutesy repetitious areas of the city…Carytown…cough. Stores, restaurants, and churches found in these blocks of East Grace are free to be themselves.
Inside, you’ll find Pasture’s atmosphere cool, calm, and collected. It’s open and airy- maybe making bustling weekends a bit too noisy (luckily our weekday night visit was nice and quiet). Worn wood panels lines the spacious walls with shocks of aqua everywhere…on the backs on chairs, on top of the walls, and the iconic logo.
Our group was seated at a long wooden table lined dotted with aluminum pails full of silverware and napkins and Mason jars flowing with mismatched fresh cut greens. It was like an Anthropologie opened a restaurant.
We conveniently made it in time for happy hour (see details below)…but didn’t get the specials since we failed to sit at the bar. Epic fail. Pasture’s got a mentionable beer selection. For around $7 you can get a flight of beers served on a chalkboard plate. It looks cool and you get the choice of sampling craft beers without making a full commitment.
For food, we started with the fried pickles ($4), deviled eggs ($5), house pickles ($4), and black bean falafel ($4). These were all pretty standard, the house pickles (also served with pickled beets and green beans) were a hit at our table.
The grilled bistro steak ($19) won we over for my entree. Maybe it was because I was craving some carnivorous grub or that the menu noted it was served a goat cheese potato cake and pea salad and tarragon butter. Goat cheese potato cake…how could that not influence decision-making? The steak was tender and cooked just like I ordered (I’m a medium girl) and the potato cake was phenomenal. This is something that I’d choose to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
We managed to conserve some tummy room for dessert…lots of dessert- maybe even every dessert they had. All desserts are $7 and range from the Jelly Roll served with strawberry jelly and lemon curd to the banana flan with salted caramel peanut brittle. My favorite was the pecan pie infused with smoked maple and bourbon cream. Think grandmas pecan pie with creamy notes of sweet cream and bacon.
Pasture is fantastic. The space is hip, the beer selection is phenomenal, and the food is marvelous.
Happy Hour (4-7):
Half off snacks/ $5 wine/ $3 rails/ $2 off drafts