Secret Sandwich Society
Arguably my favorite sandwich place in Richmond. If you're downtown checking out the capital building or staying at the Hilton, this would be a great place to try for lunch. It can get very busy during the weekday lunch rush, but usually the wait isn’t too bad. All sandwiches are named after presidents.
My favorite: The Truman with fries + pimento cheese. There's something about the combo of turkey, blue cheese, apricot jam, and crunchy onions that is absolutely amazing. At first I was hesitant about the apricot jam, but the sweetness with the blue cheese is fantastic.
Pit and the Peel
Two words. Smoothie bowls. They are so incredibly good. They also have an espresso smoothie that will wake you the fuck up. It is a little overpriced in my opinion and the staff can be less than friendly, but I still will go for an instagram-able smoothie bowl. It is the perfect summer lunch when trying to survive hot and humid July in Richmond.
One of the first places I had lunch in Richmond was Union Market in Church Hill. When you walk in the door there is a little market and to order you just go through the market towards the back. Union Market always has a new sandwich or soup of the day to try and has a bar. With plenty of tasty vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, this is a great spot to enjoy a fresh lunch outside.