Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | October 24, 2010

The Black Sheep

You know that a restaurant is superb when you can still remember the flavor of the food that you ate there, a full week after your dining experience!

Such is the case for me, after spending a comfortable evening with family at The Black Sheep last Sunday.

After an enjoyable stroll through Carytown – nine blocks of eclectic shops, funky restaurants and interesting galleries, we decided to end the day by treating ourselves to some comfort food at The Black Sheep, an unassuming little place a few blocks from Cary Street.

The menu offered a number of tempting entrees, but Keith and I settled on the Dixie Dinner, featuring a shrimp stuffed mirliton squash over charred zucchini relish, fried catfish with a divine remoulade sauce, and crawfish etouffee over rice. It was all delicious, but it is the catfish and remoulade sauce that makes my mouth still water whenever I remember the dish.

Others in our party dined on Chicken and Homemade Herb Dumplings, and Pork and Beans – a thick slab of pork loin chop with tart apple and kumquat chutney, accompanied by a generous portion of molasses baked beans on the side.

The meals were appropriately proportioned – plenty to fill you up, but not so overgenerous that you had to leave half of it on your plate.

My daughters and Keith were the only ones who saved room for dessert. The girls selected the Banana Pudding, and Keith chose the Peanut Butter Pie. I managed to steal a few bites of the pie, which was rich and creamy, but not overly sweet, making it the perfect ending to an absolutely delightful dining experience!

If you are ever in the Richmond, Virginia area, you would do yourself a favor to stop by and enjoy The Black Sheep for yourself.

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