Eat. Drink. Think.
Have fun while enjoying a deliciously inspiring meal and expand your mind as well as your belly.
Food For Thought is just one of those places that is practically begging to be reviewed, and when you have multiple people telling you “You have to review Food For Thought”, it makes it a no-brainer!
Food For Thought is the kind of restaurant that doesn’t really fit into a specific category. It’s unique and different concept make it stand out amongst the sea of restaurants on Richmond Rd. The owner envisioned a restaurant that praised the great thinkers of our time. So what you will see are numerous pictures of inventors/inventions, famous insightful quotes and thoughtful books to engage the mind. The atmosphere is warm and fun at the same time.
The menu is an eclectic mix of various cuisines to represent the diversity of the thinkers shown on the walls. We started off the meal with the Shrimp Boat Appetizer. It was shrimp over little potato boats covered in a remoulade sauce. I seriously could have eaten the whole plate of them because that sauce was delicious. I asked Eddie if he wanted to split the last one while secretly hoping he wouldn’t want it. I tried to contain my excitement when he said I could have it. We moved on to the entrees and tried their Ribs, and then the Shrimp and Grits (“Down South”). I appreciated that the ribs were literally fall off the bone because I’m one of those girls who does not like to get her hands dirty while eating ribs and wings. They were “forkable”, which was nice. One of the sides on the rib plate was creamed spinach. Oh boy was that good. I do not think I have ever voluntarily ordered creamed spinach because it’s not “my thing”, but these were very yummy. I kept going back for more even while I was trying the Shrimp and Grits! We ordered the Shrimp and Grits (“Down South”) medium on the spice meter and it was actually pretty mild at the table. But watch out if you eat it for leftovers the next day because it turned out to be a nose-runner for me! We completed our meal with 2 desserts: “Time For Chocolate” and “Gourmet Bread Pudding With Brandy Sauce”. Yum!
My Favorite Thing: I was going back and forth between the Shrimp Boats and the Bread Pudding, but after wrestling with it, I decided my favorite thing had to be the Gourmet Bread Pudding With Brandy Sauce. Initially I was grateful for Eddie’s sake that we were getting to try it, but honestly bread pudding and cherries are one of my least favorite desserts, so I didn’t expect to like it that much. However, it was incredibly unexpected and delicious! I have to say, I was knocked off my feet with surprise that I not only liked it, but that it was my favorite thing of the whole meal. You have to read the description: “Brandy marinated cherries are baked into this scrumptious bread pudding made with buttery croissants and topped with our brandy crème sauce”…are you drooling yet? I am just thinking about it again!
What I would like to try next time: The Crab-A-Bella – “One of our lump crab cakes nestled atop a spinach stuffed portabella mushroom, topped off with melted provolone cheese and a sprinkle of Old Bay. Served on a bed of jasmine mushroom rice and bruschetta tomatoes”
Mmmm… Brain Food
Do you ever feel like great minds don’t get celebrated as much as they should? That we tend to celebrate the greatness of looks, athleticism and riches over the greatness of thought, invention and compassion? Well that’s the inspiration behind one of the most original restaurants in our great town of Williamsburg.
Howard Hopkins, the owner/operator of Food For Thought, opened the restaurant in 2006 with the desire to celebrate the great thinkers, innovators and leaders in history. You get this right off the bat, in the cleverness and wittiness of their logo displayed in various areas of their restaurant. You see this in the infamous quotes that have been pulled from the past and arranged on the warm and lively colored walls. And you appreciate this in the many pictures decorating the interior, where only geniuses are allowed in the frames. The atmosphere is fun, witty and definitely different than most restaurants you’ve probably been to. Brain games are available on every table to help you challenge your mind while the quotes on the wall inspire you as you await the food.
Ah yes, the food. There’s cleverness here as well. The menu is mostly Classic American with a mix of different cuisines from around the world. We started with the Shrimp Boat – “Crispy shrimp tossed in a southwest remoulade sauce piled in baby potato skins, topped with bruschetta tomatoes.” This was very good. I loved the slightly spicy remoulade mixed with cool bruschetta tomatoes. A nice clean and tasty dish. Next, we tried the Down South – “Creamy cheese grits are smothered with lots of sautéed shrimp, bell peppers, and mushrooms in a zesty pan sauce.” You can order it mild, medium or spicy. We had it medium. This was really tasty as well. Great sauce and a nice creamy mound of grits to mix in. We then moved on to the Stick to Your Ribs – “A rack of ‘fall off the bone’ pork loin baby back ribs. Grilled with a slightly sweet and smoky finger lickin’ BBQ sauce.” The ribs fell off the bone, and the creamy spinach that we got with them was amazing. I know Mindy mentioned it as well, but it really was that good. Nothing too fancy, but I just couldn’t stop eating it. We ended with two desserts. The first was a nice rich chocolate cake entitled Time For Chocolate – “A dense flourless dark chocolate cake is drizzled with raspberry sauce and topped off with vanilla bean ice cream.” Very good. The second was the Gourmet Bread Pudding with Brandy Cream Sauce – “Brandy marinated cherries are baked into this scrumptious bread pudding made with buttery croissants and topped with our brandy crème sauce.” Wow. I love bread pudding. And when I saw this one highlighted on the menu, I got giddy. It was so good. The brandy cream sauce was outstanding with those brandy marinated cherries and a nice big square block of buttery croissant bread pudding to soak it all up and melt in your mouth. Oh man, I want another.
My Favorite Thing: It’s gotta be the Gourmet Bread Pudding with Brandy Cream Sauce. Simply awesome. One of the best desserts in Williamsburg.
What I would like to try next time: Jerk Chicken Salad on a Croissant – “Chunky Spicy Jerk Chicken tossed in a honey mustard mayonnaise sauce on a buttery croissant served with mango salsa & Skinny Fries.” With how successful they were using a croissant for the Bread Pudding, I’m dying to try it with something savory.
“Best New Restaurant in Williamsburg in 2006″
“The Best Restaurant in Wiliamsburg, 2009″
Recommeneded in National Geographic’s 10 Best Places for Families