Mal Smiles: Stella's

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Now that our time in Richmond is limited, DLW and I are making a point to explore Richmond's many local restaurants. I wasn't always the "foodie" I am now and we wasted years only eating at national chains. My friend Stanley has volunteered to be our personal Richmond restaurant tour guide and the first stop on the tour was Stella's.
I love these two.... and my romper.
We didn't make dinner plans until Saturday evening and even without a reservation we only had to wait about twenty minutes to be seated at the 'community table.'

Stanley demanded suggested that we be 'fancy' with him and ordered a carafe of the house white wine for the table. I've never ordered wine at a restaurant or been much of a wine drinker but I enjoyed a glass or two with dinner. We toasted to good food and great friends.
Wine & Olive Oil.... Yum.
As an appetizer, I ordered the Hummus and Tabouli with pita bread to share. DLW asked me what Tabouli was and the only answer I could give him was, "it's delicious" so here is a better definition, "a salad of fine-ground bulgur, parsley, tomatoes, green onions, mint, olive oil, and lemon juice."
We also ordered the Lamb Frites- fried potatoes, sliced leg of lamb and onion baked with feta and manouri cheese. Or as Stanley explained it to us common folk, potato wedges with lamb and cheese.
As always I had a difficult time deciding on a dinner on entree and enlisted the help of our server. He 'translated' the menu items for me but kind of made me feel like a ding dong for not knowing the Greek names. I ordered the Artichoke Moussaka or as he put it, "vegetarian Greek lasagna."
Oh.My.Goodness. The moussaka was one of the best dishes I have ordered in a looooong time. The layers of artichoke hearts, potatoes, fennel, caramelized onion and sauteed eggplant were perfectly baked with bechamel (white sauce) and topped with cheese. I didn't feel like I was eating vegetables- it was an indulgent dish that I savored until the last bite. Yum.

We passed on dessert at Stella's but made sure to finished our wine. DLW & I made a 'pact' to only eat at local restaurants when we go out to dinner from now until we move (however, we might have to grab Mexican a few times because it's my fav). I am looking forward to more Richmond restaurant experiences and I wished we were introduced to Stella's sooner.
  • Do you eat at mostly chain or local restaurants?
  • Have you ever had moussaka?
  • What is the best dinner entree you have ordered recently? 
Linking up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday.
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  1. Oh my! That lasagna looks looks great! I love to cook and have made stuff like that before! I have never thought to put in artichoke! Our town, Pensacola, is pretty "small". Well, at least compared to most.. we try to eat local as much as possibly and there are the cutest places around here with great food-- especially seafood.

  2. If I had known you were friends with Stanley and Lauren I wouldn't have run from you in Target that day I saw you hahaha Lauren was one of the first friends I made when I moved here. I have been dying to try Stellas and after reading your post I will be trying it very soon!!

  3. Never ordered wine at dinner?! I'm glad you've moved to the dark side. :) Now come up to DC so I can drink wine at dinner with you!

  4. all of this looks so good! and i love your romper. i wish rompers looked good on me!

  5. All of that looks amazing!!

  6. I absolutely LOVE Mediterranean flavors!

  7. We eat mostly at local restaurants too! We're fortunate enough to have a lot of microbreweries & start ups in our area so it makes supporting small businesses pretty easy.

  8. The food looks so yummy! I've told my husband that we need to start getting out of our comfort zones and exploring more good restaurants around our area.

  9. Oh my goodness, moussaka... my mom went through a Greek food phase when I was in high school and to this day, I cannot stand it. We ate it often during that time. :)


  10. That food looks amazing! I am waiting on my dinner to be ready and this is making me hungry! haha!

  11. oh YUM! What better way to experience a city than to eat your way through it?!

  12. I want that hummus! Seriously.

  13. I love Stella's! It's so delicious! Their lamb frites are incredible!

  14. Wow, that looks like an amazing meal! I'm from Virginia and will have to remember that if my travels ever take me to Richmond!

  15. Stella's is so good! If you go back get the chocolate baklava for dessert, but unfortunately DLW can't share :( There are so many great local places around here, holla if you need any suggestions because we've tried to hit as many as possible!

  16. I also like these type of food such as Lamb Frites- fried potatoes, sliced leg of lamb and onion baked with feta and manouri cheese.In this photos these are looking delicious .travel food for dogs


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