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Lakeside, a portion of Richmond’s Northside, is an area brimming with local businesses, recreation, and dining. Its crown jewels are perhaps Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Bryan Park, and Belmont Golf Course, but there’s plenty else to see and do in the neighborhood. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Eating & Drinking
The Hermitage Grill – Located in Lakeside neighborhood for nearly two decades, the Hermitage Grill offers a made-from-scratch menu and organically grown herbs and vegetables. Check out their delicious North Carolina-style barbecue or hand-breaded fried oysters for a tasty treat. Open for lunch and dinner, you’ll find everything from crab cakes and salmon to pasta portobella and chicken cordon bleu.
Lakeside Farmers’ Market – The Lakeside Farmers Market is a year-round farmers’ market that is open Saturday mornings and Wednesdays all day. From fresh, locally-grown veggies to local meats and hand-made goods, you’ll find something for everyone at this market.
Roy’s Big Burger – This no-frills fast-food shack offers a walk-up window and picnic tables. Specializing in made-to-order burgers, fries, and shakes, Roy’s is as simple as it is tasty and has been around since the 1980s–and it’s still just as popular! If you love a good, old-fashioned greasy burger, this is your place.
Seeing & Doing
Belmont Golf Course – Belmont Golf Course features an 18-hole PGA Championship golf course. In 1949, the course was host to the PGA Championship won by Sam Snead. Formerly the Hermitage Country Club, the course was designed in 1916 by Albert Warren Tillinghast, one of the best course architects of his time. It was redesigned in 1927 by Donald Ross. Henrico County purchased the golf course, recreation center, and other buildings in 1976. The facility includes The Fairway Grill, 9th Hole, and a full-service pro shop on site.
Bryan Park – Bryan Park is one of Richmond’s more historic parks. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park was the site of a planned slavery insurrection known as Gabriel’s Rebellion. The Audubon Society hosts bird walks in Bryan Park on the first Sunday of each month, 30 minutes after sunrise. The park also offers a disc golf course and is home to many festivals and events throughout the year.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a local and regional treasure that is consistently ranked among the best facilities of its type in the entire nation. The property features year-round beauty on a historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining and shopping. A 63-foot classical domed conservatory is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. Visitors can explore more than a dozen themed gardens including a Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Healing Garden, Fountain Garden, Asian Valley, and more with special events throughout the year.