Where to Eat

Convenience is king!

Not looking to drive around a lot or spend any more than you have to?  Boom, we have you covered!

Like previous years, we are bringing in two food trucks for the Saturday lunch break.


--2019 Saturday Food Trucks --

Curry in a Hurry

Happy Empanada



(Sunday classes start later and will not have food trucks, so eat a hearty breakfast first! Complimentary fruit will be available during the afternoon break on Sunday.)


Other Lunch Options Near Dogtown Dance Theater

Butterbean Market & Cafe 1204 Hull St. Restaurant, corner market and full coffee bar. 5 minute walk.

A&F Seafood & Deli   1305 Hull St. A Halal seafood shop with a deli counter. Limited seating. 5 minute walk.

Hot Diggity Donuts  - 1213 Hull St. 5 minute walk.  Donut bar that also serves bagel sandwiches. $

Brewers Cafe 1125 Bainbridge St. Literally a block away! This friendly neighborhood coffee shop serves coffee drinks and sandwiches. Do be aware that they are not the fastest, so if it is busy, or you are short on time, you may wish to go somewhere else rather than miss a class waiting for your food. $

Subway 1200 Semmes Ave #10. A 5 to 10 minute walk from the venue. Cheap quick sandwiches. You know the drill. $

Pig & Brew, 1313 Hull St. A 5 minute walk from the venue. As the name suggests: barbecue & beer, plus fancy cocktails. $ - $$. (Also open for dinner)

Send a Chef  1303 Hull St. Diner with large menu a 5 minute walk from venue. Apparently, it is the "Home of the Ghetto Burger."

Plant Zero Cafe 3 E 3rd St. Roughly a 5 minute drive from the venue. Bright & airy daytime cafe with outdoor seating serving wraps, salads, pitas & specialty coffees. (Only open until 3pm on Saturdays. Closed Sundays.) $


You can also drive less than 2 miles up the road to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus area, which has tons of the usual fast casual food options, of which these are just a few:

Chipotle  810 W Grace St $

Panera Bread  810 W Grace St #2 $



After classes are over, here are some nearby spots to grab dinner:

Dinner Options Reasonably Near to Dogtown Dance Theater

Dogtown Brewing Co 1209 Hull St. Hip new spot for food & beer. with a game room and rooftop patio. 5 minute walk from venue.

Legend Brewing Company, 321 W 7th St, Good beer, nice outdoor seating with views of downtown skyline. Burgers n' fries. 5 minute drive from venue.

Ironclad Pizza, 924 McDonough St. Divey bar with good pizza. 5 minute drive.

Croaker’s Spot, 1020 Hull St, nice soul food place; great catfish! 5 to 10 minute walk.

Bottom’s Up Pizza, 1700 Dock St, A Richmond favorite. One slice is a full meal!

JKogi, 325 N. Second Street. Super fresh and fast Korean food. $-$$

Little Mexico 1328 W Cary St Serves standard family Mexican fare. Kyle & Erica go for the queso dip and blue margaritas. ;) $

Sine', 1327 E Cary St, Irish pub grub $$

City Dogs, 1316 E Cary St, nice casual creative hot dogs and burgers

Sumo San, 1725 E Main St, Good sushi rolls

Grace Noodle, 1823 E Main St, inexpensive Asian noodle dishes




Local Favorites!

Looking for a good meal and some local flavor? Don't mind making a special excursion? Richmond has a lot to offer! Here's a mix of the high-brow, the low-brow and everything in between. Make sure to double-check the hours, as this will be a holiday weekend!


Alamo BBQ, 2202 Jefferson Ave., Richmond, VA 23223. Solid BBQ joint. $

Belmont Food Shop, 27 N Belmont Ave, great vibe in this tiny restaurant with great food and cocktails, they also play 20s/30s jazz over the PA. Reservations a must. $$-$$$

Brenner Pass 3200 Rockbridge St #100. Stylish modern European dining and craft cocktails. If you aren't doing Sunday classes, hit them up for Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended. $$$

Brewer's Waffles, 1311 Hull St, Richmond Va 23224. Brand new waffle & milkshake joint a 5 minute walk from the venue. Opens early and closes around midnight for all your waffle needs.

Buz & Ned's BBQ 1119 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230. The other big player on the local BBQ scene. Let them duke it out in your belly. $

Can Can, 3120 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221. One of the coolest vintage-style dining rooms in Richmond! French brasserie in Carytown. Also open for breakfast (pastries & coffee). Reservations recommended for lunch and dinner. $$

Chadar Thai 8030 W Broad St, Henrico, VA 23294 Best drunken noodles in town. $

Chairlift, 3200 Rockbridge St. Giving Sub Rosa a run for its money, this is also a stellar bakery.  $

Dutch & Company, 400 N 27th St, super creative farm to table and also great cocktails, Reservations a must. $$-$$$

Edo's Squid.  411 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA 23220. Incredibly delicious Italian food, with an emphasis on seafood. Reservations a must. Parties larger than 4 must order family style. Plan to stay a while and make it an event. $-$$$

Fancy Biscuit, 1831 W. Cary St.  The name says it all. And oh so tasty!  $

Garnett's Cafe, 2001 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220. Awesome sandwiches and pie! $

Heritage, 1627 W Main St, one of the best farm to table restaurants in Richmond, Reservations a must. $$ -$$$

Joe's Inn 205 N Shields Ave, Richmond, VA 23220. Classic family diner in the heart of the historic Fan neighborhood. Big portions of decent food. Surprising amount of vegetarian options and a large beer selection. $

King of Pops. 3001 W Clay St, Richmond, VA 23230. Gourmet popsicle place with a patio in Scott's Addition. $

Kuba Kuba,1601 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23220. Great vibe and Cuban food in the Fan. $$

La Cabana 4086 Crockett St, Henrico, VA 23228. Great little hole-in-the-wall strip mall dive with $1.25 tacos on Fridays. A tradition among Richmond dancers! $

Lucy’s, 404 N. 2nd Street, Richmond 23219. Casual setting for locally-sourced dishes. $$

Metzger Bar & Butchery, 801 N 23rd St, German food with a creative flair, Reservations a must. $$-$$$

Millie's Diner, 2603 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223. A Richmond institution. Eclectic contemporary cuisine. Awesome brunch also! $$

Nile, 306 N. 29th Street, Richmond 23223. Highly-rated Ethiopian in a light and airy setting. $$

Nota Bene, 2110 E Main St, housemade pasta and really good thin-crust pizza, Reservations a must.

Perly's, 111 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219. Creative Jewish deli bites & dinners are served in this funky, retro eatery hung with family photos. Great cocktails. $$

Pho So 1 6403 Rigsby Rd, Richmond, VA 23226 Classic, no-frills, hole-in-the-wall Pho place. Best authentic Pho in town. $

Phoenix Garden, 7103 Brook Road, Richmond 23227.  Everything is vegan at this family-owned Vietnamese restaurant.  $-$$

Proper Pie Company, 2505 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223. Awesome savory and sweet pies! Closes at 7pm, so don't dilly dally $

Rappahannock, 320 E. Grace Street, the best for craft cocktails and seafood; Reservations a must

Rapp Session, 320 E. Grace Street, Rappahannock’s little sister and just as good

Salt and Forge, 312 N. Second Street. Made from scratch breakfasts and sandwiches. Open until 4pm/closed Sunday. $-$$

Secco Wine Bar, 325 N. Robinson Street, Richmond 23220. Casual dining spot in the Fan with creative small plates and great wine selection and cocktails. $$

Shyndigz, 1903 W. Cary St. Delicious and decadent cakes and pies at this dessert-only cafe.  $-$$

Sub Rosa, 620 N. 25th St. Probably the best bakery in RVA with both sweet and savory pastries. Good coffee as well. Open until 5pm on weekends.  $

Sugar Shack Donuts. 1001 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220. Best donuts in town. An absolute must! $

Stoplight Gelato. 405 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23220. Locally owned gelato place in Jackson Ward. $

Temple, 2713 W. Broad Street. Laotian cuisine, kind of a cross between Thai and Malaysian. Nothing else like it in RVA. $$

Tenka Ramen, 110 N. Fifth Street, authentic ramen joint.

The Roosevelt, 623 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223. Great food in a wonderful dining room. Awesome cocktails. One of Richmond's best!  Reservations a must. $$$

Saison, 23 W Marshall St, Mexican/Southern fusion, great craft beer and cocktails, Reservations a must.

Vagabond, 700 E. Broad Street, YUM! Reservations suggested

Zzaam Fresh Korean Grill, 3300 W. Cary Street, Richmond 23221. Fresh and fast rice/noodle bowls. Good beer selection. $

ZZQ, 3201 W. Moore St. The best brisket and pork barbeque in RVA, hands down.  $$